"Better than Olive Garden" Homemade Italian Dressing ~ this all-natural, zesty salad dressing is economical, easy to make, delicious on salads, and makes an excellent marinade! | FiveHeartHome.com
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Homemade Italian Dressing

Zippy, zesty Homemade Italian Dressing is delicious on salads and makes an excellent marinade...plus it's all-natural and easy to make!
Course Salad
Cuisine Italian
Keyword italian dressing
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 8 servings (approximately 1 cup)
Calories 129kcal
Author Samantha at Five Heart Home

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil OR neutral vegetable oil such as sunflower or safflower
  • 1/4 cup white wine vinegar OR red wine vinegar OR a combo of the two
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1 to 2 teaspoons honey
  • 1 teaspoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 3 tablespoons freshly grated Parmesan
  • 3/4 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 3/4 teaspoon dried parsley
  • 3/4 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/8 teaspoon dried oregano
  • Pinch of red pepper flakes
  • Freshly ground black pepper to taste

Instructions

  • Measure all ingredients into a jar with a tight-fitting lid. Shake vigorously until well-blended and emulsified. Taste and adjust seasonings, adding more salt and pepper if necessary. (Alternatively, you may whisk ingredients together in a bowl, process ingredients in a mini food processor, or blend them in a blender.) Store leftovers in a sealed container in the refrigerator; allow to come to room temperature and shake well before using.

Notes

The honey mellows out the acidity of the dressing, but you may add more or less, to taste.

Nutrition

Serving: 2tablespoons | Calories: 129kcal | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 1mg | Sodium: 247mg | Vitamin A: 0.3% | Vitamin C: 0.3% | Calcium: 2.3% | Iron: 1.1%