Homemade Italian Salad Dressing – This incredibly delicious, zesty Italian Salad Dressing is so easy to make and so flavorful, you will never want to buy salad dressing again.
Hi there, Monday! Hello there, friends! Can we ease into a new week with a simple and easy recipe that involves my favorite vinegar and oil concoction?
By the way, how was your weekend?! I was out in the sun for most of it and my sunburned (or is it sunburnT???), red nose is here to prove it. I allllways forget to put sunscreen on my face… I make up for it by caking it on all over the rest of me.
This post is sponsored by STAR FINE FOODS. Thank YOU, friends, for supporting the brands that make Diethood possible!
In food news, though, I’ve been dying to share with you my homemade Italian dressing, because, well you know me and my homemade salad dressings fetish.
Click on the evidence below:
Truth: I didn’t know that there was an actual salad dressing before the age of 12. I thought everyone dressed their salads with only oil & vinegar, just like my Mama. I had NO clue that creamy, dreamy, white Ranch was real. I know, I know. Super odd. But I don’t feel deprived. Basically, what I’m saying is that I’m totally cool with that because, believe it or not, oil & vinegar dressing is still my jam, which makes my professional relationship with STAR a no-brainer.
And then, best of all, I get to throw a few more ingredients – garlic, basil, red pepper flakes, etc… – into my plain dressing and call it Italian! More importantly, it’s healthier. Plain and simple.
Sidenote: In the above photo, don’t you just love that retro olive oil container on the right?!? I am obsessed. It’s SO my Grandma(s), and that makes me love it even more.
HOW TO MAKE HOMEMADE ITALIAN SALAD DRESSING
Speaking of STAR! In this little jar of liquid gold, I have combined both, STAR’s EVOO and STAR’s White Wine Vinegar, making our dressing immensely better than any other. Made of fresh pressed olives with a rich fruity taste and peppery finish, STAR’s Extra Virgin Olive Oil adds a robust flavor to this homemade dressing and it enhances the overall taste.
Also, perfect as a replacement for those creamy dressings, using STAR’s White Wine Vinegar is a quick and easy way to add taste without adding all those extra calories.
Add a little parsley, add a bit of oregano, add a little salt, or more, or less… It doesn’t even matter. Something magical happens when you whisk it all together and pour it over your salad. This homemade Italian Salad Dressing thing is massively better than anything you would think to expect. IT’S SO EASY, too. It’s probably the easiest, fastest thing you could ever make. Honestly.
STAR White Wine Vinegar can be purchased ONLINE and it’s also available at select Safeway, Kroger, Save Mart, Food 4 Less, Vons, Smart & Final, Roundy’s, Randalls, Sherm’s, Schnucks, King Soopers, Fred Myer, Ralphs and Smith’s stores.
STAR EXTRA VIRGIN OLIVE OIL is available at retailers nationwide including Safeway, Kroger, Vons, Albertsons, Food 4 Less, Save Mart, Target, Walmart, Schnucks, Food Lion, Stater Bros., Raley’s, Smart & Final, Bashas, King Soopers, Vallarta, Jewel, Smith’s, Dierbergs, HEB and Ralphs stores and ONLINE.
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- 3/4 cup STAR Extra Virgin Olive Oil
- 1/4 cup STAR White Wine Vinegar
- 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
- 4 garlic cloves , minced
- 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
- 2 teaspoons dried basil
- 1/4 teaspoon to 1/2 teaspoon dried crushed red pepper
- 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
- salt and fresh ground pepper , to taste
Combine all ingredients in a jar or a small bowl and whisk until thoroughly incorporated.
Season to taste and adjust accordingly.
Keep refrigerated for up to 2 weeks.
Stir or shake before using.