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Homemade Italian Dressing

>2 March 2010
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homemade italian dressing

This is the only Italian dressing recipe I’ve tried so far, so there may be a better one out there, but we have really enjoyed making this one in our home!

Italian Dressing

  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/3 cup red wine vinegar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1/4 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 tsp yellow mustard
  • 1/4 tsp paprika
  • 1/4 tsp dried minced garlic

Mix all ingredients in a glass container with a lid. Shake well. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours before using for the best flavor. Shake well again before serving.

What about you? Got a favorite homemade dressing recipe you wanna share? I’d love to try your recipes!

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  • sandra said:

    hey Kendra, this is not a dressing recipe, Ive tried some homemade ones that have been good, but heres a challenge to you ( or anyone else), have you ever tried a good homemade mayonaise recipe? Ive tried 2 different ones over the years that were awful! there must have been good homemade mayo sometime or other. does anyone have an idea?

  • Kendra at New Life On A Homestead (author) said:

    sandra- funny that you should ask that! I was planning on experimenting with a couple of mayo recipes, and doing a taste test to give my thoughts really soon! keep an eye out for that one ;)

  • sandra said:

    Great, I’ll for sure be watching. whenever Ive made it it was too salty and looked like grease in a jar!

  • Brook from VA said:

    Is the mustard in the recipe a dry mustard or a liquid?

  • Kendra at New Life On A Homestead (author) said:

    It’s liquid, prepared mustard. You can also use 1/4 tsp dry mustard if you want!

  • Kalyn said:

    How long can you keep this in the fridge?

  • Amy @ Homestead Revival said:

    Although I only buy “healthy” dressings, I am really trying to stop buying dressings all together. If I would just think ahead a bit more… anyway, you’ve encouraged me to do so!

    Fruit usually is great just as it is, but occasionally I want to dress it up just a bit for company. Here’s a link to my Honey-Lime Dressing. Four ingredients that take it over the top.


  • Kendra at New Life On A Homestead (author) said:


    ‘Til mold is growing :) Honestly, I’ve never had it last long enough to go bad!

  • Tabatha said:

    I’ll have to try this! I usually always have these ingredients on hand and although we don’t use dressings that much I do use Italian to marinate chicken! I would assume it could last for about a month but I could be VERY wrong! So don’t take my word for it! LOL

  • Liz G said:

    Question? Can you use olive oil instead of vegetable?

  • Kendra at New Life On A Homestead (author) said:


    You could use Canola, Peanut or Sunflower Oil… but I’m not sure if the Olive Oil would have too strong of a flavor. Really you need a light oil. I know Olive Oil is better for you, just not sure how it would taste. Let me know if you try it!

  • Carmen said:

    ‘Til mold is growing!! Nice! ;)

  • Misty said:

    I’m so glad I found this recipe! my son has multiple food allergies, and every store-bought dressing has something in it that he cannot have. I’m looking forward to trying this out!

  • MichelleC said:

    I made this last night with light olive oil, and it came out super for the person that asked. Goya,(Spanish brand) makes a light olive oil which is pretty cheap. I also used Stevia extract instead of sugar. :o)

  • Donna said:

    Grapeseed oil also works well with this dressing. It’s a great alternative to olive oil as it is rich in Vitamin E and Omega 6. It has a neutral taste so it won’t change the flavor.

  • Kendra at New Life On A Homestead (author) said:


    Thanks for letting us know about the Grapeseed Oil. I’d been wondering about that specifically, but wasn’t ready to possibly waste the oil testing it out, lol. Thanks!

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