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

Italian Dressing

I couldn't live in a world without homemade Italian Dressing. It's 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
Calories 140kcal


  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup red wine vinegar (see note 1)
  • 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice (from 1 lemon, see note 2)
  • 2 teaspoons honey
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard (see note 3)
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil (see note 4)
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon dried parsley
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder or 1 clove minced fresh garlic
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper


  • 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. Red wine vinegar: Or substitute white wine vinegar or apple cider vinegar.
  2. Lemon juice: Throw in some lemon zest if you feel like it (zest the lemon before you cut it in half).
  3. Dijon mustard: For flavor and emulsification. Or substitute Brown (whole grain) mustard.
  4. Dried spices: I like a mixture of dried basil, oregano, and parsley. Or, substitute 1 1/2 teaspoons of Italian seasoning.
  5. Creamy italian dressing: Add 1/2 cup good quality mayo (Hellman's or Best Foods) to the dressing.
  6. Fresh herbs: Use about twice the amount the recipe calls for because the equivalent in dried herbs takes up less room in the measuring spoons.
  7. Leftovers: This dressing will be good for up to a week in the refrigerator. If you want something that can last longer, leave out the Parmesan cheese and sprinkle it on your salad right before tossing.


Serving: 2tbsp | 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