This Zesty Italian Dressing Recipe is a perfect for a summer garden salad. A vinaigrette that's easy to make, and you'll probably have all the ingredients in your pantry.
You might find it surprising that this isn't a traditional salad dressing from Italy, but an American invention. Zesty Italian Dressing is popular all over the world. This is my version of a Kraft copycat salad dressing recipe. Homemade salad dressings are always tastier. Check out my Creamy French Dressing and Blue Cheese Dressing recipes.
How to Make Italian Dressing Recipe
My Italian dressing recipe uses a combination of fresh and dried ingredients. I always have fresh parsley growing in the garden, and fresh garlic is always expected at my house!
Some people use fresh red bell peppers, but I don't think they have the right texture for a salad dressing (too crunchy). I think the secret is to use Italian Roasted Bell Peppers, the ones you buy in a glass jar on the supermarket shelf. I slice them into thin strips, and finely dice them. The roasted peppers are softer and add a great flavor to this Italian salad dressing.
You can also use Italian Dressing as a marinade, or use it for a pasta salad. I find it keeps in the fridge for weeks. The best thing about making your own homemade Italian dressing is that you know exactly what is in it. Nothing unpronounceable and no high fructose corn syrup! You're gonna love this recipe! Bon Appetit! Приятного аппетита!
Zesty Italian Dressing Recipe
- ½ cup red wine vinegar taste, and add extra 2 tablespoons for extra zing
- 1 cup vegetable oil
- 1 clove garlic minced
- 2 tablespoon fresh parsley finely chopped
- 1½ teaspoons sugar
- 1 teaspoon dried oregano
- 1 teaspoon dried basil
- 1 teaspoon salt
- ¼ teaspoon celery salt
- ½ teaspoon black pepper
- 1 tablespoon onion powder
- 2 tablespoons finely diced roasted red peppers
- Shake all the ingredients together in a small mason jar. Best to wait 30 minutes before using to allow flavors to meld together.
- Keep refrigerated.