Basic Italian Dressing

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  • Dairy Free
    Dairy Free
  • Gluten Free
    Gluten Free
  • Egg Free
    Egg Free
  • Nut Free
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  • Soy Free
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I almost wasn’t going to post this Italian dressing as I thought it was just too simple even for a site where basic is the name of the game. But I was eating a salad at work the other day and none of my co-workers had ever made their own homemade salad dressing before, so I thought it was worth sharing my go-to recipe.

I drove home determined to change the salad-dressing-world one homemade recipe at a time. Yes, there are some fantastic commercial salad dressings on the market, but shelf-stable offerings are never as fresh and healthy as homemade blends. When you make your own dressing you can completely control the quality of the ingredients, as well as the texture and flavor.

I always add the vinegar gradually to taste. That way you're not in danger of blending up an acid trip.

I've deliberately left this recipe very basic. Use it as a blank canvas for inspiration.

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Basic Italian Dressing

Basic Italian Dressing

Makes 3/4 cup10 MINS
  1. Throw all of the ingredients into a jar, secure the lid, and shake vigorously until emulsified and combined.
  2. Chill in the fridge to allow the flavors to mesh. The dressing will keep for about 5 days.

Photo by Trent Lanz and styling by Alicia Buszczak

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