Sunday, June 21, 2015

Homemade Italian Dressing

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



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