This zesty homemade Italian dressing is delicious on salads and also makes a great marinade. It is very easy to make and tastes much better than bottled store-bought dressing.
1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil or a neutral vegetable oil, such as canola or safflower
1/4 cup white wine vinegar, red wine vinegar or apple cider vinegar (I used half apple cider vinegar and half red wine vinegar)
2 TBS water
2 tsp honey
1 tsp freshly squeezed lemon juice
3 TBS freshly grated Parmesan
3/4 tsp garlic salt
3/4 tsp dried parsley
3/4 tsp dried basil
1/8 tsp dried oregano
pinch of red pepper flakes
freshly ground black pepper, to taste
Measure all the ingredients into a jar with a tight-fitting lid. Shake until well-blended and emulsified. You may also whisk the dressing in a bowl or process the ingredients in a blender to combine. Taste and adjust the seasonings, adding more salt and pepper if necessary.
Store any leftovers in a sealed container in the refrigerator. Allow to come to room temperature and shake well before using.
Makes approximately 1 cup of dressing