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The best homemade Italian dressing in a clear jar with a spoon on a white plate.

Italian Dressing Recipe

I couldn't live in a world without a good homemade Italian Dressing Recipe. This one is quick, easy, and works delicious magic on anything from baby greens to a plate of homegrown tomatoes. So much better than Olive Garden, and not a filler or artificial ingredient in sight.
Course Pantry
Cuisine American, Italian
Cook Time 2 minutes
Total Time 2 minutes
Servings 8 servings (2 tbsp each)
Calories 140kcal



  • In a large bowl, whisk together olive oil, red wine vinegar, Parmesan cheese, lemon juice, honey, Dijon mustard, basil, oregano, parsley, and garlic powder. Season to taste with salt and pepper (I like 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper). Store covered in the refrigerator.


  1. Lemon juice: To add fresh lemon zest, zest the lemons before cutting in half to squeeze for juice.
  2. Mustard: Dijon mustard adds flavor and aids in emulsification. Or substitute 1/4 teaspoon ground mustard powder.
  3. Herbs: I like a mixture of dried basil, dried oregano, and dried parsley. Or, substitute 1 1/2 teaspoons of Italian seasoning. To substitute fresh herbs, use 1 tablespoon of each.


Serving: 2 tbsp | Calories: 140kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 2mg | Sodium: 58mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 24IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 44mg | Iron: 1mg