This Italian Salad Dressing rivals any Italian restaurant salad dressing out there.  It’s an easy homemade Italian dressing recipe to have in your back pocket when you need to whip up a delicious dressing in a pinch.  This is one of my favorite homemade salad dressings!

glass jar filled with Italian salad dressingHomemade salad dressing recipes don’t come much easier than this. These Italian dressing ingredients are a simple mix of olive oil, lemon juice, white wine vinegar, fresh garlic, dried oregano and basil.

bowls of Italian dressing ingredients

Once you make this easy Italian Salad Dressing, you won’t ever buy store-bought bottled dressing again.   

Italian Dressing Recipe Ingredients

We use basic ingredients that you’ll likely have on hand for this Italian dressing recipe.

  • White wine vinegar (you can also use red wine vinegar) 
  • Dried oregano and basil  
  • Fresh lemon juice 
  • Garlic 
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • Extra-virgin olive oil

Variations

  • Cheese – add 2 tablespoons Parmesan cheese or Feta cheese (I typically add finely grated Parmesan when I make this dressing).
  • Olives – add 1-1/2 tablespoons minced kalamata olives (If I have kalamata olives on hand, I definitely add them in.  They give this dressing a delicious pop of flavor!).
  • Red pepper – toss in 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes.
  • Mayonnaise – whisk in 1-1/2 tablespoons mayonnaise to make a creamy Italian dressing.

How to Make Italian Dressing 

This homemade Italian dressing comes together in just about 5 minutes start-to-finish.  But it’s best if the dressing is allowed to chill in the refrigerator for up to an hour before serving.

  1. Mix ingredients. Add the vinegar, oregano, lemon juice, garlic, kalamata olives , Parmesan cheese, and pepper in a medium bowl and whisk to combine the ingredients. In a slow stream, whisk in the olive oil. Better yet, add everything to a mason jar, seal the lid and shake to combine.
  2. Refrigerate. This Italian dressing will keep in the refrigerator for up to a week.  When refrigerated, the olive oil in the dressing may solidify a bit. Just remove the dressing from the refrigerator for 10-15 minutes before using so you can whisk it or shake it to blend again.

glass jar of Italian dressing

Serving Suggestions

  • Simple green house salads – toss this homemade Italian dressing on a simple bowl of greens like this Everyday Tossed Salad.
  • Pasta salads – this is the best Italian dressing for pasta salads, like this Italian Pasta Salad.
  • Quinoa salads – Mediterranean Quinoa Salad
  • Bean salads –  it’s also the best Italian dressing to toss this  Mediterranean Bean Salad with.
  • Italian salad – this is the Italian dressing that I use when making my popular Italian Chopped Salad (which is the best Italian salad out there!)
  • Marinade – this is the best Italian dressing to marinade vegetables with to toss on the grill during warm summer months.
  • Bread dipping – use balsamic vinegar instead of white wine vinegar and use this dressing to dip warm crusty bread in.  (SO good!) 
  • Sandwiches – drizzle 2-3 teaspoons of this Italian dressing over the tomato and lettuce on your next sandwich.

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glass jar of Italian salad dressing
Yield: 6 - 8 servings

Italian Salad Dressing

Prep Time 5 minutes
Additional Time 1 minute
Total Time 6 minutes

This Italian Salad Dressing rivals any Italian restaurant salad dressing out there.  It's an easy homemade Italian dressing recipe to have in your back pocket when you need to whip up a delicious dressing in a pinch. 

Ingredients

  • 2-1/2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 1-1/2 tablespoons dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice, plus more to taste
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, plus more to taste
  • 1-1/2 cups good extra-virgin olive oil

Instructions

  1. Combine the vinegar, lemon juice, garlic, dried oregano and basil and pepper in a medium bowl and whisk to combine the ingredients.
  2. Set aside for 5 minutes to marinate the oregano and basil.
  3. Add the olive oil in a slow thin stream, whisking constantly to combine. Or just add  all of the ingredients to a glass mason jar, seal the lid tight and shake to combine.

Notes

Variations

  • Cheese - add 2 tablespoons Parmesan cheese or Feta cheese
  • Olives - add 1-1/2 tablespoons minced kalamata olives 
  • Red pepper - toss in 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • Mayonnaise - whisk in 1-1/2 tablespoons mayonnaise to make a creamy Italian dressing

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

8

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 483Total Fat: 54gSaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 45gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 2mgCarbohydrates: 1gFiber: 1gSugar: 0gProtein: 0g

theharvestkitchen.com attempts to provide accurate information, however, this nutritional information is provided as a courtesy and is an estimate only. The nutritional information provided comes from online sources and calculations.