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.
Homemade Italian Salad Dressing
- 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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15 Comments Leave a comment or review
I love posts like this.Always discover new ways to make salads even tastier;)
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:-).
Who needs Wishbone, right?
The Starving Student says
Thank you for this recipe! People need to realize that making your own dressing isn't hard…it beats the bottled stuff anyday!
Allison at Novice Life says
Yum! THanks for sharing!
I made your homemade Italian Dressing today. I doubled it and used it to make pasta salad. It was a hit with everyone!
How could you make this "zesty" I buy zesty italian dressing all the time?
Thanks I can't wait to try this.
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!
Helen Fritzie says
Hm-m-m…maybe use some orange juice or raspberry instead of the lemon!
I made this the other night was so good.
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
Feel free to reduce the lemon next time. It should still work fine. 🙂
Kim Honeycutt says
This sounds good to me! Pinning it!
Thomas Smith says
What is the serving size of this dressing?
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. 😀