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Homemade Italian Dressing (VIDEO)

Homemade Italian Dressing is so much better than storebought because you can add the best quality ingredients like high-quality olive oil and parmesan cheese. This zesty Italian Dressing Recipe tastes fantastic and keeps really well in the refrigerator.

Homemade Italian dressing in a mason jar pouring form a spoon

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Ingredients for Italian Dressing:

The ingredients for homemade Italian Dressing are pantry and refrigerator staples that we always have on hand to quickly whip up a batch. The addition of parmesan and mayo add a creamy element to this Italian dressing.

Ingredients for Homemade salad dressing

I love to make and serve it right out of the mason jar so you can quickly re-shake it before serving and easily store the leftover dressing in the refrigerator. This is so good over a fresh green salad, Italian Pasta Salad or any recipe that calls for Italian Dressing.

How to make homemade salad dressing in a mason jar

Watch How to Make Italian Dressing Video:


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Which Oil Should I Use?

Store-bought dressings almost always use cheap, poor quality oils because they are cost-effective. With homemade Italian dressing, you control what goes in it. We love using extra virgin olive oil because it adds another layer of flavor. You just have to smell a bottle of extra virgin olive oil when you open it to know it will be a great choice. You can also use mild-flavored oils like regular olive oil, extra light olive oil, vegetable oil, or canola oil.

Italian dressing with extra virgin olive oil and white wine vinegar

The Best Vinegar for Italian Dressing:

the most commonly used vinegar is white wine vinegar. It is less acidic than plain distilled white vinegar and has a deeper flavor because it is a vinegar made from white wine, which makes it perfect for making salad dressings. We did a test with distilled white vinegar and in a pinch, you can still use it to make homemade Italian dressing. If using distilled vinegar, you might add a little less, or just add it to taste.

Can I Omit the Sugar?

The sugar in Italian dressing doesn’t make the dressing sweet, but it balances the acidity of the vinegar but you can add the sugar to taste. If you are looking for a natural alternative, you can substitute the sugar for 1 tsp honey.

Why Did My Dressing Firm Up?

It is normal for a homemade dressing to solidify or firm up when refrigerated. Store-bought dressings add emulsifiers to prevent that but it’s an easy fix. If your dressing firms up with refrigeration, let it sit at room temperature 30 minutes before serving then shake vigorously to re-blend before serving.

Cook’s tip: Remove dressing from the refrigerator before you start making your salad so it is ready to use when you are done prepping your salad.

Homemade Italian dressing in a mason jar ready to be stored in refrigerator

More Homemade Dressings and Sauces:

These homemade dressing recipes prove that making your own is best! Check out all of our condiment recipes here.

Italian Dressing

5 from 11 votes
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Italian dressing pouring from serving spoon
Italian Dressing is so much better homemade because you can add the best quality ingredients without any additives. This zesty Italian Dressing Recipe tastes fantastic and keeps really well in the refrigerator. 
Author: Natasha of NatashasKitchen.com
Skill Level: Easy
Cost to Make: $2-$4
Keyword: italian dressing
Cuisine: American, Italian, Mediterranean
Course: Condiments, Dressing, Sauce
Calories: 148 kcal
Servings: 8 people

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Combine all ingredients in a mason jar, cover tightly with lid and shake until well combined and emulsified.* Add more salt to taste if desired. Use right away or refrigerate up to 2 weeks.

Recipe Notes

*You can also whisk dressing together in a mixing bowl or put it into the bowl of a blender or food processor and whirl it up until well blended.

Nutrition Facts
Italian Dressing
Amount Per Serving
Calories 148 Calories from Fat 144
% Daily Value*
Fat 16g25%
Saturated Fat 3g19%
Cholesterol 3mg1%
Sodium 62mg3%
Carbohydrates 1g0%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 24IU0%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 40mg4%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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  • Dee
    May 24, 2020

    Edited to add: My mistake! it is the Sea Salt, not the pepper. It just says 3/4. (In the dressing Recipe). 🙂

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  • Susan Maxwell
    May 23, 2020

    Can you use Miracle whip instead of Mayo?

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    • Natasha
      May 24, 2020

      Hi Susan, I haven’t tried this with Miracle Whip so I’m not sure how it would change the flavor profile.

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  • Pam
    May 23, 2020

    Have a question–since there is fresh garlic in the dressing can you store it beyond two days as I thought it could be harmful to eat dressing with fresh garlic after two to three days?

    Thank you

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    • Natasha
      May 26, 2020

      Hi Pam, I have never heard that fresh garlic could be harmful. Garlic is a superfood and is really healthy for you. I store the dressing in the refrigerator.

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      • Jackie
        May 27, 2020

        I often make my own dressings with fresh garlic and use them upwards 5-7 days later with no issues whatsoever

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  • Joseph
    May 18, 2020

    Da Mayo da mayo,,,,,,,who data thought ,,,,,obviously it was you great add to my Italian heritage dressing Go Girl.

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      May 18, 2020

      Thank you for that great review Joseph!

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  • Corinne
    May 12, 2020

    Used this Italian dressing recipe to dress my chickpea salad today, it took my salad to the next level! This recipe is going to be my go to for now on, thanks so much for such a delicious salad dressing.

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      May 12, 2020

      You are very welcome, Corinne. I’m happy that you loved this dressing recipe!

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  • Teresa Stevens
    May 9, 2020

    I absolutely loved this dressing. Thank you for sharing.

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      May 10, 2020

      You’re welcome, thanks for giving this recipe a try!

      Reply

  • Vickie J Heimericks
    April 27, 2020

    This has become a family favorite for us! I add extra toppings and a little less pasta. Oh, and that dressing!!! Soooo delicious! Thank you for sharing!

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      April 27, 2020

      You’re welcome! I’m so happy you enjoyed it!

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  • Paula S
    April 26, 2020

    Wow! So easy and delicious! Makes a good amount to use and save for another day! Thanks for recipes!

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      April 26, 2020

      You are welcome, Paula!

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  • Lea
    April 23, 2020

    Hi Natasha, we dont have white wine vinegar. Can I substitute with regular vinegar?

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    • Natasha
      April 23, 2020

      Hi Lea, please see the note above in the section: “The Best Vinegar for Italian Dressing:”

      Reply

  • Karin Lefler
    April 17, 2020

    I made this salad dressing and it is fabulous! In your video, your dressing looks yellow. Mine turned out creamy white like the colour of mayo. I did use canola oil. Could this have made the difference? Also, mine separated very quickly. Any thoughts?

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    • Natasha
      April 17, 2020

      Hi Karin, the color of the oil could have made the difference. Extra virgin has more of a yellow tint than canola. Also, if you use more mayo, it can turn lighter in color. The separation is normal so be sure to give it a thorough shake before using.

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  • Ida Meyer
    April 2, 2020

    Love the dressing, but there is no indication of what a serving size is. Please stipulate what amount is considered a “serving”

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      April 2, 2020

      Hi Ida, this recipe makes for 8 servings. One serving will be 1/8th of that recipe.

      Reply

  • Donna
    March 28, 2020

    Yeah….This is perfect! Love it. My daughter just said we never have to buy dressing again.

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      March 28, 2020

      That’s so awesome, Donna! Thank you for that awesome review!

      Reply

  • Camilla Harrison
    March 23, 2020

    Amazing dressing

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      March 23, 2020

      Thank you for the great review!

      Reply

  • Vera Lúcia
    March 19, 2020

    olá! Nastashas um beijo no coração,Hoje está no ritmo,compasso,alegria,gostei do som music,Obrigada pelas receitas

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      March 19, 2020

      You’re welcome, Vera!

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  • Katia
    March 16, 2020

    What do you think about replacing white wine vinegar with red wine or balsamic?

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    • Natasha
      March 16, 2020

      Hi Katia, I think it could work well with red wine vinegar. Balsamic could work but would give this a different flavor profile. We use balsamic in our balsamic vinaigrette for Chicken Cobb Salad.

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  • Julie
    March 15, 2020

    I can’t wait to try this! Can you tell me where you got your large serving bowl? I love it!

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      March 16, 2020

      Hi Julie, we serve the dressing straight out of the mason jar. Some of our favorite kitchen tools and serve-ware can be found here on our blog shop or our Amazon Shop here. We serve our big salads out of this large bowl here.

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  • Boots Ligad-Pires
    March 15, 2020

    I’ve been watching your show for almost a year now and I make your foodies for potlucks and i watched my friends raves! You’re not only beautiful but so talented mom and wife. I truly appreciated you for sharing you’re God given talent.

    Thank You,
    Boots Ligad

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      March 15, 2020

      Thank you so much for your support and kind words. This is really inspiring me to do better and create more recipes. I truly appreciate it!

      Reply

  • Holli
    March 14, 2020

    Is it possible to substitute Miracle Whip instead of using mayonnaise? We like the bit extra zing and I believe it would pair well.

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      March 14, 2020

      Hi Holli I haven’t tested that but I think it could work. If you experiment, let me know how you liked the recipe.

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  • Jeffrey A Lapre
    March 14, 2020

    I have already made so many of your dishes. Thank you. My wife loves it and I love cooking.

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      March 14, 2020

      Awww that’s the best! Thank you so much for sharing that with me! I’m all smiles

      Reply

  • Girlie
    March 14, 2020

    Hi Natasha i love you and your Cooking show , i also tried some of your recipes too

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      March 14, 2020

      Thank you for that wonderful compliment! You’re so nice.

      Reply

  • Trisha
    March 14, 2020

    Can I substitute regular white vinegar? Thanks!

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    • Natasha
      March 14, 2020

      Hi Trisha, I have notes on using white vinegar in the recipe above. I hope you love the recipe!

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  • Barb Taylor
    March 14, 2020

    It looks delicious, will try it, but wondering if I could substitute the oil with something else.

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    • Natasha
      March 14, 2020

      Hi Barb, I have some oil substitutions in the notes above. I hope that helps.

      Reply

  • mary (sue) sergeant
    March 14, 2020

    haven’t tried this one but how about a creamy garlic or romano like pizza hut used to serve years ago?

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      March 14, 2020

      Thank you so much for that suggestion, Mary! I’ll have to add that to my list.

      Reply

  • Laura Reese
    March 13, 2020

    I love homemade dressing! This Italian dressing was fantastic.

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      March 13, 2020

      Isn’t it amazing! Thank you for stopping by Laura!

      Reply

  • Stephanie
    March 13, 2020

    This was amazing! So much better than the bottles you buy in the store.

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      March 13, 2020

      I’m so glad you enjoyed that Stephanie! That’s so great!

      Reply

  • Matt Taylor
    March 13, 2020

    Yummy! Italian dressing is one of my favorites. This looks super easy to make.

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      March 13, 2020

      It is so good! I hope you try it soon!

      Reply

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