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Homemade Italian Dressing or Seasoning Mix Recipe

Homemade Italian Seasoning Recipe
Homemade Italian Seasoning Recipe
Homemade Italian Seasoning recipes like this one will make you ditch those packets and envelopes for something not only better tasting–but better for you! Amazing, isn’t it? Look how easy it is to create something that tastes great–and saves you a couple of bucks in the process.

While this is a fantastic recipe any time of year, I find it particularly excellent in the winter, when fresh herbs aren’t exactly available. But as you can see from the image above, it still packs a nice punch of color (and is definitely big on flavor) without a bunch of ingredients carrying names you cannot even pronounce. If you do have any fresh ingredients that you would like to use, simply substitute them into the recipe. For fresh ingredients, you can make the switch with little difficulty. The general rule for substituting fresh herbs for dried herbs, is to use one teaspoon of dried for one Tablespoon of fresh.

How to Substitute Italian Seasonings

You may notice that this recipe calls for two tablespoons of salt. I don’t tend to use the whole thing. Play around with this recipe for Homemade Italian Dressing Mix and see what works for you. In fact, that’s a good rule of thumb for these types of recipes in general. Don’t feel like you need to measure so precisely. In fact, you may want to add other flavors into the mix like rosemary, sage, or marjoram.

But what if you are out of one of the Italian seasonings below? What should you do then? Don’t think you need to ditch this recipe! Heavens, no. If you don’t have one of the ingredients on hand below, it is easy to switch them out. Italian seasonings are very flexible that way.

Use my handy chart below to guide your way. It will help you figure out how to substitute seasonings. 

  • Out of Basil?…Use Oregano or Thyme.
  • Out of Marjoram?…Use Basil, Savory, or Thyme.
  • Out of Oregano?…Use Basil or Thyme.
  • Out of Parsley?…Use Chervil.
  • Out of Rosemary?…Use Thyme, Tarragon, or Savory.
  • Out of Sage?…Use Marjoram, Rosemary, Poultry Seasoning, or Savory.
  • Out of Thyme?…Use Basil, Marjoram, Oregano, or Savory.

Hopefully that helps take the guesswork out of how to substitute what seasoning with, well, what! But if you are in luck, you can easily prepare it the way it is listed below. I recommend preparing any recipe the way it is written the first time, so you can then know how to tweak the next time.

I used roughly two tablespoons of the Italian Seasoning mix in my Slow Cooker Italian Chicken and Rice recipe. It is one of our favorite slow cooker recipes. As you may have guessed, it was so wonderful we had to share it with you. It’s easy to store this seasoning mix in an airtight container. During hurried mornings, it is much faster to reach in and pull out a container of mix, and measure out the needed amount, rather than putting it all together from scratch. Fortunately, if you ever find yourself in that position, it is a cinch to mix up.

Hello, options. I love the versatility of this seasoning recipe for Italian dressing. Use it dry like you would in any recipe calling for an envelope of Italian dressing or combine it with the wet ingredients below to craft a flavor-packed Italian dressing you will actually be proud to serve. I found it on I hope your family enjoys it, and finds as many ways to use it, as ours has.

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Prep Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 5 minutes

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Consider this as your base. Feel free to tweak ingredients to suit your tastes. I did not use garlic salt but only garlic powder and used slightly less to account for the absence of salt.

I have not used this as a dressing--I've only used it as a homemade substitute in my Slow Cooker Italian Chicken Recipe:



  • 1 Tablespoon Garlic Salt
  • 1 Tablespoon Onion Powder
  • 1 Tablespoon Granualted Sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons Dried Oregano
  • 1 teaspoon Ground Black Pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon Dried Thyme
  • 1 teaspoon Dried Basil
  • 1 Tablespoon dried parsley
  • 1/4 teaspoon Celery Salt ( used Celery Seed)
  • 2 Tablespoons Salt


  1. Combine ingredients in airtight container.
  2. For Dressing Mix: Combine 1/4 Cup Balsamic Vinegar, 2/3 Cup Canola Oil, 2 Tablespoons Water, and 2 Tablespoons of the Mix.

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  1. Jessica Nunemaker

    Who needs all that extra salt anyway? :)

  2. Made this today because I ran out of packets for my Italian Beef. LOVELY! (served with pitas and Tzatziki sauce. Delish.)

  3. Jessica Nunemaker

    Yay! :) Glad to hear you are liking them!

  4. Jessica,
    Love the recipes. Keep ’em coming!

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