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

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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.

Natasha's Kitchen Cookbook

Italian Dressing

5 from 412 votes
Author: Natasha of NatashasKitchen.com
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. 
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes

Ingredients 

Servings: 8 people

Instructions

  • 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.

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 Per Serving

148kcal Calories1g Carbs1g Protein16g Fat3g Saturated Fat2g Polyunsaturated Fat10g Monounsaturated Fat1g Trans Fat3mg Cholesterol186mg Sodium12mg Potassium1g Fiber1g Sugar29IU Vitamin A1mg Vitamin C42mg Calcium1mg Iron
Nutrition Facts
Italian Dressing
Amount per Serving
Calories
148
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
16
g
25
%
Saturated Fat
 
3
g
19
%
Trans Fat
 
1
g
Polyunsaturated Fat
 
2
g
Monounsaturated Fat
 
10
g
Cholesterol
 
3
mg
1
%
Sodium
 
186
mg
8
%
Potassium
 
12
mg
0
%
Carbohydrates
 
1
g
0
%
Fiber
 
1
g
4
%
Sugar
 
1
g
1
%
Protein
 
1
g
2
%
Vitamin A
 
29
IU
1
%
Vitamin C
 
1
mg
1
%
Calcium
 
42
mg
4
%
Iron
 
1
mg
6
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Course: Condiments, Dressing, Sauce
Cuisine: American, Italian, Mediterranean
Keyword: italian dressing
Skill Level: Easy
Cost to Make: $
Calories: 148

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  • Nicole
    February 26, 2024

    I’ve made the Italian dressing twice now & it’s the perfect dressing! I just love it! I tweaked it a little bit…just added a bit more vinegar (I like it tangy) & added little more shredded Parm. Thanks Natasha

    Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      February 26, 2024

      You’re welcome! Good to know that you enjoyed this dressing!

      Reply

  • Yasmin Carlson
    February 9, 2024

    Thanks for this recipe, it really is so much better than store bought, and so simple. One question though, is it okay to substitute the white wine vinegar with balsamic vinegar?

    Reply

    • NatashasKitchen.com
      February 9, 2024

      Hi Yasmin! I’m glad you’re loving the recipe. Balsamic vinegar would work too, but it will taste a bit different.

      Reply

  • Brenda
    February 8, 2024

    I substituted organic cider vinegar, it is my favorite and I had it in hand. I would never cook with white distilled vinegar, no floor. I do use white wine vi Edgar, but was out of it.

    Reply

  • Sarah
    February 5, 2024

    I don’t care for Italian dressing. I like Olive Garden’s. But just like.

    I would drink this with a straw!!!!

    I made this with a head of cabbage I had to get rid of, sliced kinda thin, and made it like an anti pasto salad, (cherry tomatoes, artichoke hearts, olives, salami, etc) and I shared with my neighbor.

    She asked me to cater her party the next month. With the salad and breadsticks. I chose to change it to tortellini because I only did the cabbage to get rid of it! EVERYONE RAVED. Two other ladies asked me to cater their parties. So I am a good cook and all, I catered those with my other recipes. But this dressing got me all the gigs. This recipe did ALL the work! I literally just used stuff I needed to get rid of!!!

    I send everyone I can here! I come back every time I need to make more. I usually make every recipe my own but I never change this one. It’s PERFECT. Thank you so much!

    Reply

    • NatashasKitchen.com
      February 5, 2024

      That’s amazing. Thank you so much for sharing, Sarah! I appreciate you referring people to my blog.

      Reply

  • Ruth
    February 4, 2024

    Made this yesterday because I was making a pasta salad and discovered that there was no Italian dressing mix in the pantry. It was excellent and tasted better than the packet dressing. Thank you!

    Reply

    • NatashasKitchen.com
      February 4, 2024

      That’s great, Ruth! I’m glad you found this recipe!

      Reply

  • Joni
    January 22, 2024

    I just made this for the second time, it’s become a favorite. The recipes on your website never disappoint!

    Reply

    • NatashasKitchen.com
      January 22, 2024

      I’m so happy to hear that, Joni! Thank you.

      Reply

  • Cathy
    January 11, 2024

    I love making homemade salad dressings. This was really delicious. This would be really good in a pasta salad. Definitely use this recipe again. Thanks.

    Reply

    • NatashasKitchen.com
      January 11, 2024

      So glad you loved it, Kathy!

      Reply

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