Easy Homemade Italian Dressing

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No need to run to the store the next time you run out of your favorite Italian Dressing! It’s easy to make this Homemade Italian Dressing recipe with pantry ingredients you probably already have on hand.

glass bottle filled with a homemade Italian dressing recipe

Italian Dressing Recipe for Salads and Marinades

Italian Dressing is one of the most versatile ingredients in my pantry. I like to keep a store bought variety on hand, but LOVE knowing I can make an awesome DIY Italian dressing in minutes if I need to!

This tangy, zesty Italian dressing loaded with garlic and herbs will put some serious pizzazz on your next salad.

Try it on our easy garden salad, or use it as a marinade! You’ll need about 1/2 cup for every pound of meat. This marinated Italian Dressing Chicken is a delicious, easy summer dinner.

This Italian dressing recipe also makes the best pasta salad. Use your favorite Italian meats and veggies to make your own version of our Italian Bowtie Pasta Salad.

I’ve modeled this recipe after the homemade Greek dressing I use in this Greek Pasta Salad, with a few tweaks to make it the absolute BEST Italian dressing around!

spoonful of Italian dressing recipe drizzling over salad greens

Ingredients in Italian Dressing

Here’s what you’ll need to make it:

  • Olive Oil
  • Red wine vinegar
  • Spices and herbs (onion powder, garlic powder, dried parsley, dried basil, red pepper flake, salt, and pepper)
  • Sugar
  • Parmesan cheese
bottle of homemade italian dressing with salad in the background

How to Make this Easy Italian Dressing recipe

Well, this part is almost too easy. Just place all of the ingredients in a mason jar (or other container with a tight fitting lid) and shake, shake, shake!

Shake until the oil and vinegar are emulsified and then you’re good to go!

Tips and tricks for the BEST Italian Dressing

  • The olive oil and vinegar are the two main flavor agents here, so choosing a higher quality one really makes a difference. You can use white wine vinegar or red wine vinegar, though I slightly prefer red wine vinegar.
  • If I’m feeling fancy, I love using fresh minced garlic cloves instead of powder. The flavor is incredible. However, if I’m in a hurry or don’t have any cloves, the garlic powder works great!
  • Fresh grated Parmesan cheese is what really sets this Italian dressing apart! It’s excellent on salads! However, if I’m using the dressing as a marinade, I usually omit it. You can also omit the Parmesan cheese if you need a dairy free Italian dressing recipe.
  • You can feel free to substitute honey for the sugar, but I feel like this dressing really benefits from a hint of sweetness.
spoon holding homemade Italian dressing over salad greens

How long does Homemade Italian Dressing last?

Homemade Italian Dressing should be stored in the fridge and will last for about 2 weeks. The ingredients will naturally settle and separate as it sits. Before using, give it a really good shake to mix it up again!

More Homemade Salad Dressings:

spoonful of Italian dressing recipe drizzling over salad greens

Homemade Italian Dressing

This zesty Italian dressing recipe is perfect on salads or pasta salads and also makes a wonderful marinade for meat!
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Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 12
Calories: 125kcal


  • 3/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil (or 2 Tablespoons chopped fresh)
  • 1 teaspoon dried parsley
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder or 2 garlic cloves (minced)
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes (optional)
  • 2 teaspoons sugar


  • Place all the ingredients in a mason jar. Seal tightly and shake until the dressing is well combined. Alternatively, place ingredients in a bowl and whisk together.
  • Dressing will keep in the fridge for 1-2 weeks. Before using, give it a really good shake to get all the ingredients to emulsify again. Separation is normal!


  • Shake well before using.
Course Condiments & Sauces
Cuisine Italian
Keyword DIY Italian dressing, homemade Italian dressing, homemade Italian dressing recipe, Italian dressing recipe


Serving: 2tablespoons | Calories: 125kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 0.1g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 10g | Sodium: 148mg | Potassium: 11mg | Fiber: 0.1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 26IU | Vitamin C: 0.1mg | Calcium: 4mg | Iron: 0.2mg
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