Zesty Italian Dressing

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This zesty Italian dressing is bright, fresh and flavorful with the perfect mix of herbs and spices. This homemade family recipe is quick and easy to assemble. After you taste it, you’ll say goodbye to bottled Italian dressing.


Homemade Italian Dressing


  • It’s affordable to make at home with pantry staples. In fact, right now you might have everything you need on hand in the cupboard.
  • This quick easy recipe makes 1 cup of dressing. About 8 servings.
  • You can make this fresh healthy condiment in just 5 minutes. Then it’s ready to drizzle across a crisp garden salad.
  • Because of the fantastic flavor, you might want to eat more salad!

👉🏻 DID YOU KNOW: Zesty Italian dressing is a delicious marinade for chicken, flank steak and vegetable skewers? A popular condiment for drizzling across Italian sub sandwiches, it’s also a flavorful dressing for pasta salad.

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  • Olive Oil: The rich delicious base for this zesty Italian dressing.
  • Red Wine Vinegar: Adds tang and contributes a zesty flavor profile.
  • Lemon Juice: Adds a bright, fresh, zesty taste. Freshly-squeezed juice has the best flavor, but feel free to use bottled lemon juice instead.
  • Granulated Sugar: Ads a bit of sweetness to offset the tang.
  • Kosher Salt: Enhances the flavor of the other ingredients.
  • Ground Black Pepper: Adds rustic taste and aroma with a hint of heat.
  • Garlic Powder: Has a deep savory taste that enriches the dressing.
  • Dried Basil: A major herb in Italian recipes.
  • Dried Oregano: A traditional ingredient for Italian dressing.
  • Dried Parsley: Adds a fresh grassy flavor.
  • Dried Minced Onion: Pairs well with garlic and the other spices.
  • Crushed Red Pepper Flakes: Adds texture, color and a bit of heat.
  • Parmesan Cheese: We use finely-grated cheese so it can incorporate well into the mixture.
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These are the most commonly-asked questions about homemade Italian dressing, and the most helpful answers for recipe success.

  • STEP 1: In a wide-mouth jar, add olive oil, red wine vinegar, and lemon juice. Mix until well combined.
  • STEP 2: Add granulated sugar and all of the dried herbs and spices. Whisk until well blended. Add the Parmesan cheese. Whisk until fully combined.
  • STEP 3: Refrigerate for 2 hours before serving. This will allow time for the dried spices to soften, and for the flavors to meld together.


How long does homemade Italian dressing last in the fridge?

If it’s made with dried herbs and garlic powder, it can last up to 3 weeks in the fridge. But if it contains raw garlic and/or fresh herbs, then the dressing will expire after 3 days.

Can I use fresh garlic and herbs for zesty Italian dressing?

Yes, fresh herbs will give it fantastic flavor. However, it’s important to note: raw garlic and fresh herbs will make the dressing expire sooner. It must be used within 3 days.

What is a serving size of Italian dressing?

About 2 tablespoons.

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Zesty Italian Dressing

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This homemade Italian dressing is bright, zesty and flavorful with the perfect balance of herbs and spices. It’s a quick easy recipe that tastes 100% better than store-bought.


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  • 3/4 cup virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice, freshly-squeezed
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried minced onion
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried parsley
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 3 tablespoons Parmesan cheese, finely-grated


  1. In a wide-mouth jar, add olive oil, red wine vinegar, and lemon juice. Mix until well combined.
  2. Add granulated sugar and all of the dried herbs and spices. Whisk until well blended. Add the Parmesan cheese. Whisk until fully combined.
  3. Refrigerate for 2 hours before serving. This will allow time for the dried spices to soften, and for the flavors to meld together.


How to swap fresh herbs for dried: The general rule for swapping fresh herbs for dried is upping the measurement by 1/3. Here’s an example: for 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano, substitute 1/2 tablespoon freshly-chopped oregano.

Serving size of Italian dressing: About 2 tablespoons. One cup of dressing yields 8 servings.

  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Category: Salad Dressing
  • Method: Mixing
  • Cuisine: Italian

Keywords: salad dressing, homemade Italian dressing, Italian salad dressing recipe

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  1. A homemade italian dressing is sooo worth the 5 minutes it takes to make it! Its so perfect for fresh summer salads! I can’t wait to try out this recipe!

  2. I LOVE this classic recipe! The bright, tangy flavor of Italian dressing is a welcome change from the world covered in Ranch. Plus, when you make it at home, you know what goes into it.

  3. LOVE a good home made dressing! It’s always nice to know exactly what’s going into your body. Thanks for sharing this recipe!!

  4. I’ve never been that keen on Italian dressing, but this recipe makes me REALLY want to try it! Parmesan IN MY DRESSING??? WHAT?? That sounds sooooo yummy.

    1. Parmesan cheese really makes a difference! It provides beautiful taste and texture to this salad dressing recipe. Many good wishes to you Isabella for a wonderful weekend!

    1. Patricia, I’m so glad you love this yummy salad dressing recipe! It’s packed with beautiful flavors that’ll make you smile.

    1. It is the perfect Italian dressing for all summer salads. Super easy to make and most people will love it.

  5. I absolutely love this recipe!! Can’t wait to try it. With the hot temp these summer salads are a staple in the house and this dressing will be perfect!

  6. I love homemade Italian dressing! You can make so much of it and it’s way better than the store. This one is my new favorite!

  7. I love homemade dressings and have been looking for a good Italian dressing recipe. I think this is exactly what I’ve been looking for, can’t wait to try it!

    1. I’m glad I could help. I think youre really going like this homemade Italian Dressing. Its a nice compliment to any salad.

  8. I absolutely LOVE a good homemade Italian dressing. I love how refreshing and light it is. I will definitely be trying this!