This Italian dressing recipe is so easy to make. Just throw a few fresh ingredients into a bottle and shake.
With a dressing this easy, there's no excuse for using packaged salad dressings with ingredients like industrial oils, sugars, and thickeners. This quick homemade Italian dressing tastes so much better and is so much better for you. And it's naturally paleo, keto, Whole30, gluten-free, sugar-free, dairy-free, and vegan. In other words, this is just about the healthiest, clean eating Italian dressing you can make.
How to make Italian dressing
How do you make Italian dressing? It's a simple vinaigrette with extra virgin olive oil, red wine vinegar, garlic, and herbs. Just add all the ingredients to a mason jar or bottle with a tight-fitting lid and shake it up. Or you can add everything to a mixing bowl and whisk it together. This homemade Italian salad dressing recipe couldn't be easier.
The great thing about making your own dressing is that you can make it the way you like it. Add more garlic, use different herbs, or adjust the ratio of red wine vinegar to olive oil. I like a tangy Italian style dressing, so this 1:3 ratio is perfect for me. Of course, you can always adjust the vinaigrette ratio to your taste.
When the dressing is stored in the refrigerator, the olive oil will thicken a bit. I just take it out of the fridge before I start making the salad to let it come up to room temperature. By the time I'm ready for the salad dressing, a quick shake is all it needs.
I love having paleo salad dressing ready to go in the refrigerator. It's perfect for a low carb antipasto salad, an easy BLT salad, or as a quick marinade for Italian dressing chicken. It's so easy to make your own homemade Italian salad dressing, there's no reason to ever go back to store bought.
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Easy Homemade Italian dressing
An easy zesty Italian vinaigrette—just throw a few ingredients in a jar and shake.
Shaking Method: Add all ingredients to a jar or bottle with a tight-fitting lid and shake vigorously until well combined.
Whisking Method: Add all ingredients to a mixing bowl and whisk until the ingredients come together.
Taste and adjust seasonings if needed.