Basic Italian Salad Dressing Recipe

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A basic homemade Italian Salad Dressing Recipe that can be enhanced by the additions of freshly grated cheeses. Perfect for a crisp summer garden salad or as a dressing for an Italian sandwich.



1/2 cup red wine vinegar (white wine vinegar will give a lighter, less robust flavor to the dressing)

1 1/2 cups extra virgin oil

2 tbsp. fresh lemon juice

1 tsp. Dijon Mustard

2 tbsp. sugar or 1 tbsp. of honey (honey is much sweeter than sugar)

1/2 tsp. kosher salt

1/2 tsp. freshly ground black pepper

1 tsp. garlic powder

1 tsp. onion powder

1 tsp. dried oregano

1 tsp. dried basil


If preparing in a bowl, whisk together vinegar, olive oil, lemon juice, Dijon mustard, and sweetener. Whisk vigorously to emulsify.

Add dry seasonings and whisk again.

If preparing in a jar, add all ingredients, place lid on jar, and shake vigorously.


Adding a pinch of red pepper flakes will make a “zesty” Italian dressing. 

Adding an Italian cheese such as Romano or Parmesan is an option.

For creamy Italian dressing add 1 cup of quality mayonnaise.