This homemade classic Italian Dressing Recipe is going to become your go-to dressing! The mixture of oil, parmesan, and seasonings is loaded with flavor and is so much better than store-bought dressing!

The zesty dressing is so versatile and also so easy to make.

A jar of homemade Italian dressing next to tomatoes, lettuce and fresh greens.

Homemade Italian Dressing –

This homemade zesty Italian dressing can be ready in just 5 minutes with ingredients you most likely already have on hand. Enjoy the dressing over a simple cobb salad, a sub sandwich, or even use it as a marinade for meat.

What is Italian Dressing made out of: The combination of oil, parmesan, vinegar, herbs, and spices are the classic ingredients for homemade Italian dressing.
Top view of a jar of Italian dressing next to tomatoes, spinach, lemons, and fresh greens.

How to Make Italian Dressing –

The dressing is great to prep in a mason jar with a lid or dressing bottle for easier cleanup. Just shake or stir, store and serve!

  • Add all of the ingredients to a jar or bottle with tight lit.
  • Shake the dressing until well combined then serve.
Chef’s TIP: Mix the dressing well before each use to ensure the separated oil and vinegar is well combined with the remaining ingredients.

What Oil Do I Use?

The BEST oil to use for this Italian dressing is extra virgin olive oil. However, I use any mild-flavored oils I have on hand and they work GREAT for this dressing!

A combination of olive oil with canola oil or vegetable oil will work great as well.

A jar of Italian dressing with a spoon in it next to fresh greens.

Serving Suggestions:

This easy Italian dressing recipe can be served in so many different ways! Here are some of our favorite serving options:

  • simple chopped salad
  • classic pasta salad
  • drizzle over a basic sub to add flavor
  • top on roasted veggies
  • marinade meats

Storage Options:

The length of time stored for the dressing will depend on whether you use fresh or dried ingredients.

  • FRESH: If you use fresh garlic and herbs, I don’t recommend refrigerating for longer than 3 days.
  • DRIED: When using powdered garlic and dried herb, then the dressing may be stored for up to two weeks.

Other Homemade Dressings and Sauces to Try: