Italian Salad Dressing

This Italian Salad Dressing rivals any Italian restaurant salad dressing out there.  It’s a good healthy salad dressing recipe to have in your back pocket for those times when you’re craving a big crowded bowl of Italian salad goodness.

This Italian Salad Dressing is a good healthy salad dressing recipe to make for those times when you're craving a big bowl of Italian salad goodness

BEST ITALIAN DRESSING

This Italian Salad Dressing recipe is a versatile one.  Keep things simple, or you can add parmesan cheese, minced kalamata olives and capers if you want to really make it extra special. 

This Italian Salad Dressing is a good healthy salad dressing recipe to make for those times when you're craving a big bowl of Italian salad goodness

This Italian vinaigrette makes a simple green salad super delicious, but it also works well in pasta salads.   If you make it using balsamic vinegar, it makes a great bread dipping sauce to snack on before your meal.  And it’s a great marinade for vegetables to grill as a side with salmon or chicken.  I make this Italian dressing a lot and use it whenever I make this popular Italian Chopped Salad.  It’s a family favorite!

ITALIAN DRESSING INGREDIENTS

A lot of Italian salad dressing recipes call for adding sugar.  But we keep this as a healthy Italian dressing without any added sweeteners.

  • 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
  • 1-1/2 tablespoons minced kalamata olives (optional)
  • 2 tablespoons Parmesan cheese (optional)
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, plus more to taste
  • 1-1/2 cups good extra-virgin olive oil

HOW TO MAKE ITALIAN DRESSING

This Italian vinaigrette recipe comes together in just about 5 minutes start-to-finish.  It’s best if the dressing is allowed to chill in the refrigerator for at least an hour before use.

  1. Combine the vinegar, oregano, lemon juice, garlic, kalamata olives , Parmesan cheese, 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.

Note:

  • If you’re in a hurry, just add  all of the Italian dressing ingredients to a glass jar with a lid and shake to combine.
  • This Italian dressing will keep in the refrigerator for up to a week.  When refrigerated, the olive oil in the dressing will solidify a bit. Just remove the dressing from the refrigerator for 30-45 minutes before using so you can whisk it or shake it to blend once again.

This Italian Salad Dressing is a good healthy salad dressing recipe to make for those times when you're craving a big bowl of Italian salad goodness

It may seem like the amount of oregano is a bit much in this recipe, but trust me, it isn’t at all.  It tastes just perfect once tossed in a salad.  This Italian vinaigrette tastes the very best if the flavors are allowed some time to mingle in the refrigerator.  Overnight even better.  This Italian Salad Dressing is a good healthy salad dressing recipe to make for those times when you're craving a big bowl of Italian salad goodness

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This Italian Salad Dressing is a good healthy salad dressing recipe to make for those times when you're craving a big bowl of Italian salad goodness
Yield: 6 - 8 servings

Italian Salad Dressing

Prep Time 5 minutes
Additional Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes

This Italian Salad Dressing rivals any Italian restaurant salad dressing out there.  It's a good healthy salad dressing recipe to have in your back pocket for those times when you're craving a big crowded bowl of Italian salad goodness.

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
  • 1-1/2 tablespoons minced kalamata olives (optional)
  • 2 tablespoons Parmesan cheese (optional)
  • 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, oregano, lemon juice, garlic, kalamata olives , Parmesan cheese, 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.
  4. If you're in a hurry, just add  all of the ingredients to a glass jar with a lid and shake to combine.

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