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Basic Italian Salad Dressing

Simple and flexible, this dressing is best made at least a few hours in advance, so the flavors can blend nicely.

Course Salad
Cuisine Italian
Keyword Italian dressing, salad dressing
Prep Time 15 minutes
Resting Time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 15 minutes
Yield 8 servings
Calories 96 kcal
Author Dawn Joyal


  • 6 Tbsp olive oil
  • 2 Tbsp white vinegar or white wine vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp lemon juice freshly squeezed
  • 2 Tbsp fresh parsley chopped fine
  • 1 tsp dried basil
  • 1/2 tsp fresh oregano chopped fine
  • 2 cloves garlic grated on ceramic grater
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper

Optional Add-Ins

  • 2 Tbsp finely diced onion, shallot, or green onion
  • 1 tsp honey or other unprocessed sugar
  • 1 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 1/8 tsp fresh thyme removed from stems and chopped fine
  • 1 pinch crushed red pepper


  1. Place olive oil, vinegar, and lemon juice in a shaker or jar with a tight fitting lid.

  2. Add herbs and spices to wet ingredients.

  3. Shake well and let rest at room temperature for at least two hours.