Recipe: Homemade Italian Salad Dressing

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When I began this journey toward healthier eating, one of the first things I tried to do was minimize the products we used that contained corn syrup.  I began reading ingredient labels on everything I bought.  I was not able to find salad dressing in a store that did not contain corn syrup, so I decided to find a recipe to make my own.  That is when I came across this recipe from  With just a few minor modifications, I have made this recipe several times.  My family likes it even more than the store-bought dressings!

This recipe takes less than 10 minutes to make, it costs less than store-bought dressing, tastes better in our opinion, and it contains ingredients you most likely already have at home.  If you are missing a few of the spices, it probably won’t make much of a difference.

This recipe can be used on salad greens, pasta, or any recipe that calls for Italian dressing, including Perfect Potato Salad.

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½ cup white vinegar

½ cup olive oil

2 ½ Tablespoons Grapeseed oil

1 Tablespoon water

½ teaspoon garlic powder

½ teaspoon onion powder

1 teaspoon honey

1 ½ teaspoon dried oregano

1/8 teaspoon black pepper

1/8 teaspoon thyme

¼ teaspoon basil

1 teaspoon parsley

1 teaspoon Himalayan pink salt (if you don’t have any, just use regular salt)


Pour ingredients into a 2 ½ cup glass measuring cup. Transfer to a glass salad dressing bottle. Cover and shake well. Refrigerate to store.

Edited on 8/13/14:   I tried making this using olive oil only and leaving out the grapeseed oil.  After being in the refrigerator for a few days, it solidified.  So it is necessary to add another oil in addition to olive oil to prevent this.

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