Italian Dressing Recipe {Easy!}

This super easy recipe for Italian Dressing is packed with herbs and flavor! It tastes great on roasted vegetables, salads, pasta, and more.

What’s your favorite salad dressing? Mine might just be today’s easy homemade Italian dressing! It is so much better than store-bought and will seriously be your secret ingredient to the next amazing pasta salad/veggie platter/and more that you bring to a potluck!

With a medley of herbs, tangy lemon juice and white wine vinegar, this Italian dressing recipe is deliciously flavorful without taking much effort at all to make. Ready to pour it on absolutely everything? Let’s shake this!

What is Italian Dressing?

Italian dressing is a salad dressing that’s made with olive oil, white wine vinegar, lemon juice, and a blend of herbs for a tangy and zesty flavor profile. It’s called Italian dressing because of it’s Italian-inspired ingredients, and is disputed to have been invented by the Wish Bone restaurant, or Ken’s Steak House.

Kitchen table covered in Italian dressing ingredients, including a lemon, dried basil, salt, pepper, and red chili flakes

What’s in Italian Dressing?

This Italian Dressing recipe is made with a mouthwatering combo of herbs and tangy ingredients for the perfect flavor profile.

  • Olive oil: it’s perfectly fine to use any olive oil you have on hand, but you can use extra virgin olive oil if you’d like.
  • White wine vinegar: I prefer white wine vinegar in this recipe, but you can use red wine vinegar if you’d love its bold flavor.
  • Lemon juice: Fresh squeezed is best!
  • Parsley & Garlic: I like using fresh parsley and garlic for a robust flavor, but you can use dried if it’s all you have.
  • Honey: this ingredient adds a delicious warm and light sweetness that’s not too present. Can be substituted with maple syrup.
  • Oregano, Basil, Onion: it is totally fine to use the dried version of all of these ingredients–in fact, it’s what I used!
  • Red pepper flakes: for added spice and beauty, you can leave this out if you’re sensitive to spice.
  • Salt & Pepper: you can adjust this to your liking
  • Parmesan: I love this ingredient because it adds flavor and tanginess that’s so satisfying.
  • Garlic Salt: my favorite secret ingredient for Italian dressing. Use my homemade recipe for a special treat.

How to Make Italian Dressing

Making Italian dressing is super easy. Simply add all ingredients into a mixing bowl or a salad dressing jar. Whisk or cover and shake (for the jar) until emulsified.

Then, you can add salt and pepper to taste, if needed.

a whisk sitting in a bowl of this salad addition packed with oil, white wine vinegar, lemon juice, and herbs


  • Is Italian Dressing gluten free? Vegan? Yes, this recipe is gluten free. To make this Italian dressing recipe vegan, simply sub the honey with maple syrup and the parmesan with dairy free parm.
  • Is Italian Dressing Healthy? Yes, as long as it’s used in moderate amounts! We’re using whole ingredients and not too much salt here, folks.
  • Does Italian Dressing go bad? Yes, it can go bad. Make sure to store in an airtight container and store in the refrigerator for 1-3 weeks.
  • Do I use red wine vinegar or white wine vinegar to make this recipe? I used white wine vinegar for this recipe, but you can use either. It’s a matter of preference. 😉

How to Use Italian Dressing

On Salads or with Pastas…

On Roasted Vegetables & Breads…

close up of the seasonings and spices used in this salad sauce.

Homemade Dressing Recipes & More

If you’re looking for more dressings and salads, you have to try my Asian Salad Dressing + BEST Asian Salad, or my Homemade Ranch Dressing Recipe for a creamy take. For something sweet, try this creamy delicious Grape Salad.

For more sauces, try my heavenly Tartar Sauce, roasted Garlic Aioli or spicy Chipotle Aioli. For a pasta dish to try with your Italian salad, make these family faves: Garlic Butter Pasta or Tomato Basil Pasta.

Sending you all my love and maybe even a dove, xo Demeter ❤️

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Spooning this Italian Dressing Recipe from a mixing bowl to showcase the ingredients, including herbs, olive oil, lemon juice, and more.

Italian Dressing Recipe {Easy!}

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This super easy recipe for Italian Dressing is packed with herbs and flavor! It tastes great on roasted vegetables, salads, pasta, and more.


  • ¾ cup olive oil
  • 6 tablespoons white wine vinegar
  • 1 ½ tablespoons lemon juice – can use up to 2 tablespoons if you like it tart
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh parsley or 1 teaspoon dried parsley
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • ½ teaspoon dried onion
  • ½ to 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes, adjust for desired spice level
  • ½ teaspoon garlic salt
  • 2 tablespoons Parmesan cheese, optional
  • ¼ teaspoon each salt and pepper or to taste


  1. In a small bowl, whisk together all Italian Dressing ingredients until well mixed and emulsified.
  2. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  3. Store in an airtight container. Shake well before using.


Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 1-3 weeks.

  • Prep Time: 7 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Category: Condiments
  • Method: No Cook
  • Cuisine: American, Italian

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  1. I had no idea how easy it was to make italian dressing at home, but this is seriously the best I’ve ever had!