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BEST Italian Dressing Recipe

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The perfect balance of flavors, get ready to whip up the BEST, most flavorful homemade Italian dressing recipe in less than 5 minutes!  Perfect on green salads, pasta salads or as a marinade!

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Nothing beats the taste of good homemade Italian dressing!  The flavors are fresh, vibrant and simply wonderful.  And the flavor only gets better with time so it’s the perfect make-ahead dressing.

Not only does it taste WAY better than store-bought, making your own Italian dressing has additional benefits.  Virtually ALL store-bought dressings are made with yucky oils and junk ingredients including additives, preservatives, flavor enhancers and other undesirable ingredients that are better off left on the shelf.  As easy as it is to make it yourself, there’s just no good reason to use store-bought!

With this recipe you get an Italian dressing that not only tastes fabulous but is healthy and takes just 5 minutes to whip up!  It’s a total win-win!

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How to Use Italian Dressing

Besides its classic use for tossed salads, this dressing has a ton of tasty uses – your imagination is the limit!

Use this dressing for:

  • Pasta salads
  • Leafy green salads
  • Vegetables
  • Sandwiches
  • Wraps
  • Marinated olives
  • As a marinade for chicken, beef, pork, shrimp, fish and kabobs
  • and any other way your creativity dictates!

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How Long Does Italian Dressing Last?

Keep it in an airtight jar in the fridge where it will keep for up to two weeks.  The flavor of this dressing improves over time as the oils are released from the herbs and the flavors have time to meld.

Italian Dressing Recipe

Let’s get started!

Place all of the ingredients in a blender and blend for about 30 seconds.  Flecks of Parmesan cheese will remain.

blending ingredients in blender

Pour into a jar or dressing dispenser and store in the refrigerator where it will keep for up to 2 weeks.


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Be sure to try these other delicious homemade dressings:

Best Italian Dressing Recipe

This homemade Italian dressing tastes way better than store-bought, is much healthier, and takes 5 minutes to whip up!
4.98 from 68 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Chill Time 4 hours
Total Time 4 hours 5 minutes
Course condiment, Dressing, Salad
Cuisine American, Italian
Servings 6 servings
Calories 185 kcal


  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
  • 4 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2 teaspoons honey (vegans: use liquid sweetener)
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried parsley
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried rosemary
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon Hungarian sweet paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1/8 teaspoon fennel seeds
  • 1/16 teaspoon celery seeds


  • Place everything in a blender and blend for about 30 seconds (small of flecks of Parmesan will remain).  Pour into a jar or dressing dispenser and refrigerate.  Chill for at least 4 hours before using.  Will keep for up to 2 weeks.
    The flavor of this dressing improves over time as the oils are released from the herbs and the flavors have time to meld.  


Serving: 2tablespoonsCalories: 185kcalCarbohydrates: 2gProtein: 1gFat: 19gSaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 2mgSodium: 150mgSugar: 1gVitamin A: 125IUCalcium: 42mgIron: 0.4mg
Keyword Italian dressing
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Originally published on The Daring Gourmet July 27, 2018

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Recipe Rating

4.98 from 68 votes (49 ratings without comment)


  1. Absolutely true to your word. This is absolutely the best Italian dressing ever! No more store bought for this household. Thank you so much!

  2. It will keep in the fridge indefinately if you leave out the parmesan. grate onto the salad last – better this way

  3. Made it tonight and it was okay. Should have left the fennel out. I guess I am not a fan of fennel but that is personal preference. I made another batch without the fennel and have refrigerated it. Will be trying it tomorrow. It smelled really good.

  4. This is just delicious and well worth all the ingredients necessary. I doubled up on the basil, oregano, parsley, thyme, and rosemary. As well, I eliminated the honey altogether and used half red wine vinegar and half white balsamic vinegar since the latter has its own sweetness. This recipe is a definite keeper. Thanks so much.

  5. Wow! I was looking for a dry spice blend but came across this. Used all ingredients except the oil and made a paste. Dubbed on my chicken and let sit for a while before pressure cooking. VERY good combination of flavors.