Let's talk salad. More specifically, salad dressing. Let's face it, unless you dress it, a salad is essentially naked! So dress it up and dress it up good. If you want to dress to impress, a homemade salad dressing is always raved about, and we have an authentic Italian salad dressing recipe for you that is easy and quick to make, and you most likely have all of the ingredients in your cupboard right now!
Hi there. Italian girl here. Yep, grew up eating pasta and ending my meal with a seriously fantastic salad. I have my own authentic, Italian salad dressing recipe that I want to share with you today that is just delicious! Here it is.
1 cup olive oil
1/2 cup white vinegar
1 tbsp. Italian dry herb mix
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1-2 finely chopped garlic cloves
1/4 cup parmesan cheese
2 tbsp white sugar
salt and pepper to taste
Mix all Italian salad dressing ingredients together in a salad dressing mixer. The one you see pictured throughout this article is my OXO salad mixer. I love it because I make my salad dressing in it, it has a top that can close so it won't spill and I keep my leftover salad dressing in the fridge in it! (Plus it is a great price) Find it on Amazon here.
Before serving your salad with your homemade Italian salad dressing, have a taste. If the salad dressing is too sour, offset that by adding a bit more white sugar. Same goes if it is too sweet, add some more white vinegar. Tasting as you go is the Italian way (so is cooking with a glass of vino in your hand! lol).
This Italian salad dressing recipe goes best on a head of iceberg lettuce. Cut it into long, thin strips, wash it in a salad spinner like this one I found on Amazon by OXO (and make sure it is dry before dressing it. You don't want to serve a watery salad!). What I add to this, is carrot peels, sliced purple onion, and some celery. To go all the way authentic, serve with a pickled hot pepper on the side and a block of real parmesan and a grater! YUM!
I hope you enjoyed this authentic Italian salad dressing recipe. It is one that I probably make once or twice a week, and is great for leftover salads for lunch the next day or two. You can also throw in a cooked, cut up chicken breast to make it a salad meal of its own!
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