Homemade Zesty Italian Dressing

Italian Dressing (1 of 3)

There are so many recipes out there that utilize Italian Dressing. You can marinate your chicken in it, toss veggies in it and roast or grill them and so much more.  Well, I thought I would make my own at home instead of buying the bottled stuff.  This tasted so much like the store bought version, plus it used all pantry items that I keep on hand! I used it in pasta salad that I’ll be sharing with you next week, but it would be great on a regular tossed salad as well.

Italian Dressing (3 of 3)

Homemade Zesty Italian Dressing
Source: Penniless Parenting
Makes approximately 2 1/4 cups dressing

1 cup white wine vinegar*
1 1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
2 tbsp. water
1/2 tbsp. garlic powder
1/2 tbsp. onion powder
1/2 tbsp. sugar
1 tbsp. dried oregano
1/2 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
1/4 tsp. dried thyme
1/2 tbsp. plus 1/2 tsp. Italian Seasoning**
1 tbsp. salt

In a medium sized bowl, add garlic powder, onion powder, sugar, oregano, pepper, thyme, Italian Seasoning and salt. Whisk together to combine.  (At this point you can store dry mix and add wet ingredients when ready to make dressing).

Add in the vinegar, olive oil & water. Whisk together to combine.  Transfer dressing to a jar or container with a sealable lid that you can shake up.  Place lid on container and store in the refrigerator. Dressing should last for a while. Shake well before using over chicken, veggies or salad.

*Can sub white wine vinegar with regular vinegar or rice vinegar
**Can sub dried parsley or dried basil for the Italian Seasoning

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    1. I love this homemade dressing! We use Italian dressing to marinade meat and fish and of course in pasta salads too. Knowing what is in your dressing is so important! Can’t wait to try this.
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    2. I use this stuff like crazy! I’ll have to give a try to making my own!
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    3. AAAAAnd this is on the list for me to make asap! Pinned!
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    4. i’ll have to make this for ben asap- he loooves italian dressing and we are almost out! perfect!
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    5. I’m so happy I found this! I need make a pasta salad this weekend and this is the PERFECT dressing! Yeah!
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    6. I just made this dressing. Thank you so much for posting this recipe. I have always wanted a good Italian dressing recipe. It tastes great. I will be using it for pasta salad tomorrow night. Thanks! Have a great day!

    7. i love this…i just bought a bottle of italian dressing and was thinking I should just be making this. Great reminder and can’t wait to make a homemade batch!

    8. Jennifer says:

      I tried this for the first time today. I really like the flavor of balsamic vinegar so I made the recipe with 3/4 C of white vinegar and 1/4 C Balsamic vinegar. Wow it was good!

    9. Howdy! I’m at work browsing your blog from my new iphone 4!
      Just wanted to say I love reading your blog and look forward to all your posts!

      Carry on the fantastic work!
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