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 PennilessParenting.com. 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.
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.