The Best Homemade Italian Dressing

To make the best homemade Italian Dressing, upgrade red wine vinaigrette with lots of zesty flavors and Parmesan cheese! Warning: You may want to drink it.

Some things taste better store-bought. Not very many things, but some things.

My secret store-bought guilty pleasure? Boxed brownies. I’m obsessed.

But salad dressing? No thanks, not ever. No matter what you say or what evidence you offer, I will never believe that a store-bought salad dressing tastes better than something you can make yourself.

To make the best homemade Italian Dressing, upgrade red wine vinaigrette with lots of zesty flavors and Parmesan cheese! Warning: You may want to drink it.

This homemade Italian salad dressing really is the best, and it beats the pants of Wishbone or Paul Newman or The Olive Garden “house dressing.”

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And yes, obviously it’s easy. I wouldn’t ask you to make salad dressing if it involved scalded milk, yeast, or a Dutch oven.

Normally, I just make Red Wine Vinaigrette. It’s a 5-ingredient phenomenon that I could eat endlessly. However, I stumbled into this shiny new Homemade Italian Dressing while upgrading the sauce for my California Pasta Salad.

It was love at first sight.

This delicious and colorful California Pasta Salad is always a hit at parties! Make it a day ahead if you want; the flavors only get better as it sits!

Add 5 more ingredents (3 seeds, parprika, and parmesan) and you get a gorgeous orange color, fun textures, and tons of zesty flavor.

You’ll want to eat this on everything!

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To make the best homemade Italian Dressing, upgrade red wine vinaigrette with lots of zesty flavors and Parmesan cheese! Warning: You may want to drink it.
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The Best Homemade Italian Dressing

To make the best homemade Italian Dressing, upgrade red wine vinaigrette with lots of zesty flavors and Parmesan cheese! Warning: You may want to drink it.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 10 servings
Calories 208 kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 cup olive oil
  • 1/2 cup red wine vinegar
  • 2 cloves garlic finely minced
  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese grated
  • 2 teaspoons poppy seeds
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon celery seed
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste start with 1/4 teaspoon (I use 1/2 teaspoon each)

Instructions

  1. In a jar with a tight-fitting lid, combine oil, vinegar, garlic, oregano, cheese, poppy seeds, paprika, celery seed, and garlic powder. Shake vigorously and allow flavors to blend at room temperature, at least 30 minutes.

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To make the best homemade Italian Dressing, upgrade red wine vinaigrette with lots of zesty flavors and Parmesan cheese! Warning: You may want to drink it.

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1 comment

  1. We saw Alton Brown’s life show a while back (gah maybe 5 years) and at the end of it, he took questions from the audience. The one I remember was someone asked what are people not making at home that we should be and his answer salad dressing.

    You might even be able to add sesame seeds to this one, it is starting to look a lot like my favorite garlic bread topping. https://www.mccormick.com/spices-and-flavors/herbs-and-spices/blends/perfect-pinch-salad-supreme-seasoning

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