Thursday, July 26, 2012

Make-your-own Zesty Italian Salad Dressing

One of the things I love about making homemade salad dressing is how fresh and full of flavor it tastes.  There is something about knowing exactly what ingredients are going into something that makes it that much tastier!  Another great thing about making your own salad dressing is that you can save tons of money.  Store-bought salad dressing can be very expensive.  You can make your own for literally pennies!  This Homemade Zesty Italian Salad Dressing recipe also makes a great marinade for chicken, and is delicious in a pasta salad! 

This is seriously one of the easiest things in the world to make.  Eight out of the ten ingredients are all spices you probably have in your spice rack at home already!  If you don't have something, just leave it out or add a new spice into it!  The easiest way I have found to make this is to use a funnel to pour all of the ingredients through.  I usually save glass containers for things like this, so if you have an old salad dressing container, it would work perfectly to store your homemade dressing in.

Zesty Italian Salad Dressing Recipe

  • 3/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 cup white wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon dried parsley
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon dried onion flakes
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried red pepper flakes (optional)

  1. In a jar, shaker, or any container with lid, add all spices. (I use a funnel)
  2. Add oil and vinegar.  Put lid on container and shake vigorously.  

Salad dressing can be stored in airtight container in refrigerator for up to 3 months.

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