easy homemade italian dressing

today i'm sharing my italian/oil and vinegar/just plain basic salad dressing recipe. i get lots of compliments on it and it's so easy to make...this is all you need-

3 T extra virgin olive oil
1 T balsamic vinegar
good pinch of basil and oregano (i use parsley too if i have it)
1 crushed garlic clove
salt and pepper to taste

making your own dressing is soooo superior to store bought dressings, plus it doesn't have all those preservatives, artificial colors and who knows what else. just stir up the above ingredients and pour it onto your salad! BAM! enjoy a yummy flavorful explosion in your mouth!

you know what's funny? even though it is so simple, it actually took me about a year to perfect it :D i've dabbled with adding raw honey and using different types of vinegars, so feel free to experiment. also, if you have a standard dressing recipe you'd like to share, please do so!

next up in my dressing recipe posts will be an amazing bleu cheese recipe. it's seriously amazing!



  1. This looks great, we eat loads of salads and my husband is the dressing master in this house. I've seen him add raw crushed garlic too and always thought it was a very bold move!

  2. I'll have to try this! Always looking for a new salad dressing and I know how good your salads are.

  3. YAY! it may seem simple to you, but i crave a great homemade salad dressing and can never quite get it right so THANK YOU!!! can't wait to see your bleu cheese too, my very favorite thing in the world is good italian dressing MIXED with bleu cheese, mmmmmm. lately i have been hogging on salad so perfect timing :)

  4. ooooo Anne, a girl speaking to my food-heart. I have all the ingredients and shall make!

  5. yum! I'll be making your blue cheese one for tomorrow night :D

  6. Thank you for this! Now that it is salad season, I will be trying this. Also, can't wait for the bleu cheese version! I just pinned this onto Pinterest!

  7. Yes! This is how I make our salad dressing too. Can't go back to store bought dressings ever. People always compliment me on my salads and ask me to bring salads to things and it's all because of this dressing! I start off by adding the salt straight to the crushed garlic, mashing it up and letting it sit for a minute so the salt cures the raw garlic just enough to take away that raw garlic bite. Do you use that trick? I don't usually add herbs but I think I'll start playing around with that. Will try your oregano/basil combo :)


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