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Overhead view of a jar of homemade Italian dressing

Easy Italian Dressing

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  • Author: Emily Dixon - One Lovely Life
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 1 cup dressing 1x
  • Diet: Gluten Free


This homemade Italian salad dressing recipe comes together in minutes and tastes amazing on salads, chicken, and more!


  • 1/3 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 3 Tablespoon red wine vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt (or, to taste)
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper (or, to taste)
  • 12 Tablespoons, sliced fresh basil (optional)
  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil


  1. Add Ingredients To A Jar. First, add lemon juice, red wine vinegar, oregano, salt, and pepper (and basil, if using!) to a mason jar or small bowl.
  2. Whisk To Combine. Then, just whisk to combine, while drizzling in the olive oil. (Or add the lid to your jar and shake to combine.) Taste and add more salt, pepper, or oregano as desired. (Note: the flavor will continue to develop as the dressing sits.)
  3. Serve Or Store! Drizzle the dressing over salads, use as a marinade, etc. Store homemade Italian dressing in the refrigerator up to 1 week. (Olive oil will harden a bit in the fridge, but will quickly thaw as the dressing sits at room temperature.)


Because there isn’t an emulsifier, this dressing will separate over time. This is totally normal, and you just need to give it a quick whisk before serving. Or, you can add 1/2-1 teaspoon Dijon mustard or mayonnaise to help the dressing emulsify.

MORE MIX-INS TO TRY: The basic Italian dressing recipe below is AWESOME on its own, but if you’re in the mood to mix things up, try one of our favorite twists based on your preferences:

  • A Little Dijon. Help the dressing emulsify (stay mixed) with a little dollop of Dijon mustard. (Just 1/2-1 teaspoon will do the job!)
  • Parmesan Cheese. If you eat dairy, grate in a bit of Parmesan cheese. It makes it taste like restaurant Italian dressing!
  • Garlic. Try adding 1 clove garlic for a punch of big flavor.
  • Red Pepper Flakes. Add a little kick with a small pinch of red pepper flakes/chili flakes. A little goes a LONG way, so start small!
  • Italian Seasoning. Instead of the oregano, try using 1/2 tsp. of our homemade Italian seasoning, made with dried herbs and BIG flavor.
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Category: Condiment
  • Method: No-Cook
  • Cuisine: Italian