Simple Italian Salad Dressing

Italian Dressing
The Spruce
  • Total: 10 mins
  • Prep: 10 mins
  • Cook: 0 mins
  • Servings: 16 servings

This Italian salad dressing recipe uses a very easy method that results in a perfectly emulsified vinaigrette. The tiny dash of Dijon mustard, when shaken, keeps the oil and vinegar mixed together for restaurant-quality results.

Dressings carry flavor through every bite and infuse whatever dish you use it on. Green salads are without a doubt the most common use for all dressings, including Italian, but don't stop there. These blends of oil, vinegar, and seasonings make taste spectaculars of otherwise boring and/or bland dishes.

Italian dressing makes a terrific marinade for steaks and for grilled chicken and can turn a cheap steak cut into something that's actually worth eating. Mix it into ground beef for a boost in flavor and a change-of-pace burger or panini. It also can turn potato or pasta salad into a star when it's mixed with more mustard, olives, and red onions.


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Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Italian salad dressing recipe ingredients
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  2. Combine the vinegar, olive oil, salt, sugar, pepper, herb blend, mustard, and garlic in a glass jar with a screw-on lid or another container with a tight-fitting lid.

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  3. Tighten the lid and shake vigorously for 1 minute before serving.

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  4. Refrigerate overnight for best results. Shake before serving. The dressing can be stored for several weeks in the refrigerator.

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Recipe Variations

  • Add crushed red pepper flakes to this Italian dressing recipe to turn up the heat.
  • Bacon and onion powder can be added for a more complex flavor.
  • Add honey to this recipe to turn it into a honey-mustard dressing.
  • Make a creamy vinaigrette by mixing the oil, vinegar, salt, and pepper with mayonnaise or sour cream.
  • Add grated Parmesan cheese and freshly ground black pepper to the creamy vinaigrette for an original and tasty spin.
  • If you like balsamic vinegar, make an Italian dressing with a twist on traditional by substituting balsamic for red wine vinegar, and mixing that with olive oil, Italian seasonings, garlic, and pepper.