Anything made from scratch is just better and this zesty Homemade Italian Dressing is no exception! Healthy and delicious, you won't want to go back to the store-bought bottle anytime soon!
This dressing is amazing on any traditional leafy salads with cucumber and tomato, and I sometimes use it in place of a creamy dressing for my stuffed avocado salad.
Before we get started on making this one-step Italian dressing, there are a few things you should know.
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What Vinegar is best in Italian dressing?
Red-wine vinegar is a must. If you're worried about alcohol content, it has absolutely none, but the flavor is really just right. If you must substitute, my next choice would be fresh lemon juice, but I really recommend trying the red-wine vinegar!
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What Oil is best for Italian dressing?
Extra virgin olive oil has a very rich flavor that I absolutely love in this recipe, but if you're really against that flavor, any clear neutral oil would be acceptable.
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How to make Italian Dressing:
First, grab an old salad dressing bottle or (my favorite) a pint-sized mason jar. Add the oil, vinegar, mustard, seasonings, crushed red pepper, and agave.
Screw the lid on super tight and give it a good shake!
Spoon or pour your fresh homemade Italian dressing over your salad immediately or let it rest in the fridge for a few hours for even better flavor!
If you could just taste it! It's the best!!!
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How long does Italian Dressing keep?
You can keep your homemade Italian dressing in the refrigerator for at least two weeks. The oil may tend to thicken a bit in the fridge, so just be sure and let it rest at room temperature for a few minutes before using!
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Best Homemade Italian Dressing
- 1 cup olive oil, extra virgin
- ⅓ cup red wine vinegar
- 2 tablespoon nutritional yeast flakes
- 1 tablespoon agave nectar
- 1 tablespoon dijon mustard
- 1 teaspoon dried basil
- 1 teaspoon dried oregano
- 1 teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon dried marjoram
- ½ teaspoon dried thyme
- ½ teaspoon crushed red pepper
- ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
- Measure all ingredients into a mason jar or other salad dressing container.
- Shake or stir contents until well combined.
- Pour over your favorite salad, or let your dressing rest in the refrigerator to create even more blended flavor!