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Want a fast and delicious Italian dressing you can make at home? You’re going to love this! Just shake everything together in a jar. That’s it! No cooking, no chopping, no blending, no nothing.

Once I realized that all the salad dressings on God’s green earth contain sugar I set out to create a few that don’t. Okay, yes I’m aware that there are exceptions. But they tend to be expensive and I’m definitely Team Let’s Make What We Can at Home.

So here we are making this Easy Homemade Italian Dressing.

You probably already have all these ingredients which means you can quickly whip up a jar of this stuff whenever you want it. That’s my kind of recipe.


All the ingredients are clean. No junk. No artificial anything. Just the good stuff.

And this dress is Whole30 compliant, gluten free, and dairy free! More good news, right?

Make it and pour it on a salad, in pasta, or use it as a marinade. (I recommend using it in this Italian Marinated Chicken and these Italian Marinated Chicken Lettuce Wraps.)

Should you use red or white wine vinegar?

Since first publishing this recipe the question I’m asked most often is which vinegar I recommend. Truly I cannot pick. Both red and white wine vinegar work beautifully in this dressing. Feel free to go with whichever you have on hand. I tend to select the red more than the white but I couldn’t say that it makes a difference other than creating a dressing that looks (in terms of color) more like what you see in stores.

Can you use red or white wine vinegar while on Whole30?

The other common comment I hear is if you can use red or white wine vinegar while completing a round of Whole30. Alcohol isn’t allowed and it has the word wine in the title. Well, friend, you can have it! You can find that out for yourself on the Whole30 website if you like. The Whole30 position is that most vinegars are allowed and they specifically list both red and white wine vinegars as being acceptable. 

How to store your dressing leftovers

Store your leftover dressing in the refrigerator in an airtight container with a lid. I like to use a jar with a tight seal. It can keep for up to 2 weeks. You’ll see some separation so shake before using.

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Easy Homemade Italian Dressing

By Christina
This Easy Homemade Italian Dressing is so tasty and simple! Plus it's Whole30, gluten free, sugar free, and dairy free. Perfect on salads or as a marinade!
Prep: 5 minutes
Total: 5 minutes
Servings: 8


  • 3/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup red or white wine vinegar
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 tsp dried basil
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp crushed red pepper
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
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  • Add all ingredients to a jar, place the lid on the jar, and give it a good shake!
  • Just like with all vinegar based dressing you'll need to shake it up again before pouring to eliminate separation.


Serving: 2tbsp, Calories: 183kcal, Fat: 20g, Saturated Fat: 2g, Sodium: 221mg, Potassium: 4mg, Vitamin A: 35IU, Vitamin C: 0.2mg, Calcium: 4mg, Iron: 0.3mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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  1. Lisa Glander says:

    Sooo good on my pasta salad!

    1. Christina says:

      Happy to hear this, Lisa! Thank you for leaving the comment!

  2. Nicole Beulah says:

    This dressing is AMAZING!!! I never need to buy Italian dressing again. I had all the ingredients and it was so quick and easy.

    1. Christina says:

      Yay!! Love to hear that, Nicole! Thank you!

  3. Toni says:

    I had to make pasta salad and didn’t have Italian Dressing. I found your recipe and it was a perfect italian dressing to use. I made 3X which I used 1/2 for the salad and the rest for salads this coming week. I’ll never buy store bought again.
    This recipe is cost effective and definitely the best dressing to make when you make it with quality ingredients. I did add Salad Supreme because I had it and it complimented the pasta salad wonderfully.
    Thank you for sharing your recipe with us!

    1. Christina says:

      Thank you, Toni!

  4. Janet says:

    My favorite Italian dressing! Just made up more to marinate sirloin steak. It’s the best!

    1. Christina says:

      Thank you, Janet! Love to hear that you enjoy as a marinade!

  5. Rosemary says:

    Tangy so I added a little bit of honey. All in all it is a good dressing.

  6. Jessie says:

    This was fabulous!  I made it as a chicken marinade and it was the most flavorful Italian dressing marinade I’ve ever tasted!  Will definitely be making this again.  

  7. Stella says:

    I used what I had, fig and chili balsamic vinegar, garlic infused extra virgin olive oil, and the grated lemon peel and juice from my neighbor’s lemon tree. It is amazing! Taking it to a family dinner for the salad. I’m excited to try as a Marinade too! Thank you!.

  8. Nicole Bartley says:

    Excellent! Needed Italian Dressing fast, the nearest grocery store is over 30 minutes away (one direction). I DID have all these ingredients handy and everyone thought it tasted great!