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Italian Salad Dressing Recipe

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This Italian salad dressing recipe is easily customizable and can be used in many different recipes.  Just mix the spices and herbs together and then store in your cupboard.  Pull out the mix and use to make a quick and delicious salad dressing anytime.

Italian dressing mix

Salad dressings are one of those things that are so cheap and easy to just throw in to your grocery cart.  I mean, I can pick up a bottle of Italian dressing for about a dollar.  So why bother to make your own?  Well, to keep the sodium and other weird ingredients under control are my main reasons.  But also for those times when you need Italian dressing but don’t have any on hand – just use this Italian salad dressing recipe and you are all set.

I have been making this Italian salad dressing recipe for years and it is one of our favorite mixes to use on pretty much anything.   I keep the dried herb mix in a jar in my spice cupboard, next to my homemade onion soup mix,  ready to make salad dressing, a veggie dip or even to roast on ranch potatoes.   I bet this mix would be great on a roast when making pot roast, too.  I might have to give that a try.

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When making the salad dressing, feel free to use any oil and vinegar combination you like.  I like olive oil with white wine vinegar, but have fun with it and mix things up.  Use balsamic vinegar for a balsamic dressing.  This salad dressing recipe is as versatile as it is delicious.  Now if only I could make it in to a creamy Italian dressing, my husband would be really happy!

You might also like my favorite homemade dressing – Poppy Seed Dressing!

salad dressing

Homemade Italian Dressing Mix

Italian dressing mix


  • 3 teaspoons granulated garlic or garlic powder
  • 2 Tablespoons onion powder
  • 4 teaspoons oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon thyme
  • 2 Tablespoons dried parsley
  • 4 teaspoons sea salt
  • 2 teaspoons ground pepper


Mix all ingredients together thoroughly.
Store in any air tight container.
Mix will keep for months.
To make dressing:
Add 2 Tablespoons dried dressing mix to 1/4 cup of any kind of vinegar, 1/2 cup any kind of oil and 2 Tablespoons water. Shake to mix thoroughly.
To make vegetable or chip dip:
Add 2 Tablespoons to an 8 oz container of sour cream. Let sit for a few hours to allow flavors to meld.

Adapted from Heavenly Homemakers.

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  • Tracy
    July 5, 2019

    For your Italian dressing. Try using lemon juice and buttermilk in place of the out and vinegar. This may give you the creamy dressing you are looking for. That’s what I use for my blue cheese dressing

    • Tracy
      July 5, 2019

      I meant instead of oil and vinegar

    • Camille
      July 6, 2019

      Oh good tip! Thank you!

  • Miz Helen
    January 19, 2013

    Hi Camille,
    I just love a good homemade dressing and this one looks so delicious. Hope you are having a great weekend and thank you so much for sharing your awesome recipe with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

  • kelley
    January 19, 2013

    Camille this looks great and it would be nice to just whip up a big batch to keep on hand, thanks as always for linking up such yummy things @ I Freakin Did it Friday

  • Kris, Neighbor Chick
    January 18, 2013

    In my attempt to make as much as possible from scratch, I haven’t tried dressings yet. I thought I would have to make them then freeze them to get them to keep. Ha! Never thought of having a prepared mix on hand. Makes so much sense. Thanks for the recipe!
    I’m off to tweet this and follow you on twitter!! Have a lovely day!
    Neighbors About Town Blog

    • Camille
      January 18, 2013

      I love it when I find someone else’s idea and am like… duh! LOL

  • Jennifer
    January 17, 2013

    Great recipe! I found you on Foodtastic Friday. I am following you on Pinterest and Google Plus. Have a wonderful weekend. 🙂

  • Katherines Corner
    January 17, 2013

    sounds delish. I don’t use salad dressing. But my hubby does. I just use vinegar and oil. xo and thank you for sharing at the hop.

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