This Italian dressing recipe is so easy to make and tastes so much better than store-bought. Just throw a few fresh ingredients into a bottle and shake. This keto, paleo, and Whole30 salad dressing will become your go-to Italian dressing!
With a paleo salad dressing this easy, there’s no excuse for using packaged dressings with ingredients like industrial vegetable oil, sugar, 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 and takes just a few minutes.
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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 may thicken a bit. Just take it out of the fridge before you start making the salad to let it come up to room temperature. By the time your ready for the salad dressing, a quick shake or whisk is all it needs.
Ways to use it
I love having paleo salad dressing ready to go in the refrigerator. I usually have some kind of salad greens every day and having a jar of this classic dressing already made up makes it so much easier. Just add veggies—tomato, cucumber, onion—and toss with Italian dressing for a simple side salad. It’s also perfect for a low carb antipasto salad, an easy BLT salad.
Try this Italian dressing on grilled vegetables to add an extra kick of flavor. Or make a “pasta salad” with zucchini noodles instead of pasta.
You can also use it as a marinade for quick and easy Italian dressing chicken breasts. I remember my mom making this old-school chicken recipe with the bottled “zesty Italian dressing” when I was a kid. With your own jar of zesty homemade Italian dressing in the fridge, it’s just as fast!
It’s so easy to make your own homemade Italian salad dressing, there’s no reason to ever go back to store-bought. And with real whole food ingredients, you can feel even better about eating salads every day.
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