Homemade Italian Salad Dressing


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Homemade Italian Salad Dressing recipe by Barefeet In The Kitchen

Dijon mustard, fresh lemon juice, garlic, oregano, and red pepper work together to make this Italian salad dressing both flavor-packed and tangy.

It works well for just about any salad we make. This dressing is a staple in our home.

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Homemade Italian Salad Dressing

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  • 2/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons dijon mustard
  • 1/2 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 3 garlic cloves minced
  • 2 teaspoons oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt


  • Combine all the ingredients in a small bowl and whisk well. Pour the finished dressing into a glass jar or bottle. This will keep well in the refrigerator for a week or two.
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Mary Younkin

Mary Younkin

Hi, I’m Mary. I’m the author, cook, photographer, and travel lover behind the scenes here at Barefeet In The Kitchen. I'm also the author of three cookbooks dedicated to making cooking from scratch as simple as possible.

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  1. Becki's Whole Life says

    I needed this one – I just told Jim that I was "Salad-ed out" – I think it's because I was getting tired of just tossing them with OO and balsamic…need a new dressing recipe. This looks like it gets kind of thick, which I like in a dressing…(need to do your poppyseed one, too, but I think I might be eating that one by myself:-).

  2. Laurie says

    I made your homemade Italian Dressing today. I doubled it and used it to make pasta salad. It was a hit with everyone!

    • Mary says

      I would make this as written, taste it and then adjust the red pepper until you have the level of "heat" or "zestiness" that you desire. I hope that helps!

  3. Anonymous says

    I made this I thought it had way to much lemon in it but that is just my personal opinion I love your recipe for ranch dressing though

  4. Viki says

    Delicious! Though, I only used half of a clove of garlic. Pretty sure putting three in there may have annihilated a small country from the garlic breath. 😀