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How to Make Italian Dressing

Now THIS is how to make Italian Dressing! Balsamic instead of white vinegar is what makes it super special.

THIS is how to make Italian Dressing! Balsamic instead of white vinegar is what makes it!

I was making yet another pasta salad when it occurred to me I’ve never shared my simple Italian dressing recipe. It’s one of those things that I could make with my eyes closed, that’s how many times I’ve made it. This time I made sure to write down amounts! So if you’ve been wondering how to make Italian dressing, wonder no more, friends.

The funny thing about Italian dressing – no matter if it’s homemade or bottled – is that I really don’t care for it much. In the hierarchy of salad dressings, Italian has always been last on my list. With the exception of my own. The reason being is that I use balsamic vinegar in my Italian dressing instead of the typical white wine vinegar. Balsamic is just so much smoother and, for me, makes a superior salad dressing that I’ll actually enjoy versus simply tolerate.

And making Italian dressing from scratch really could not be simpler. If you got vinegar and olive oil, you’ve already got two essential ingredients. A little dried basil and oregano adds some great herb flavor (I’ll even toss in a smidge of thyme now and then) and garlic brings it all together. I also add some dijon which gives it that extra “something”…plus I just really love dijon!

So there you go! Now you no longer have to wonder how to make Italian dressing. And I’ve got a few more salad dressings up my sleeve that I’ll be posting over the next couple of months so be sure to check back. By the way, this Italian dressing is great with my Skinny Chopped Veggie Salad (and very low calorie for those trying to shed a few pounds)!

How long can you store Italian Dressing?

 Vinegar-based dressings usually last the longest. Homemade Italian Dressing can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 2-3 weeks, if it only contains oil vinegar and spices. If the dressing also contains fresh ingredients such as garlic and herbs, then the time is shortened according to that ingredient which is about three days. Be sure to give it a good stir or shake before using.  

For store bought Italian dressing look at the “Best if Used By” date. The dates are typically 3 – 4 months after the production date, but this varies by manufacturer, so be sure to check the packaging.

Can you use white or red wine vinegar on Whole30?

This can be confusing since Whole30 doesn’t allow alcohol and wine is in the title. However, according to the Whole30 website most vinegars are allowed with the exception being malt-based vinegars.

THIS is how to make Italian Dressing! Balsamic instead of white vinegar is what makes it!

How to Make Italian Dressing

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Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup balsamic vinegar, or white wine vinegar or champagne vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon dijon mustard
  • 1 large garlic clove, minced (or two small)
  • 1 large pinch salt
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • 3/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil

Instructions

  1. Put all ingredients in a shaker or blender. Shake or blend until blended.

Notes

Can be stored in the refrigerator for up to three days.

Substitute fresh garlic with 1 teaspoon dried garlic and the dressing can be stored for up to three weeks. Dried garlic is more potent so less is needed.

To save on prep time pre-make the dried herbs and spices in advance and keep them in a sealed container or bag.

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