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Homemade Zesty Italian Dressing Recipe

Homemade Zesty Italian Dressing Recipe
Homemade Zesty Italian Dressing Recipe
Many recipes call for Italian dressing–and that’s when I bring out this homemade Zesty Italian Dressing Recipe!

It’s unbelievably fast to throw together and you can control the seasoning. It’s a snappier version to the Homemade Italian Seasoning Recipe.

After one taste, you’ll easily see yourself adding this homemade zesty Italian salad dressing recipe to more than salads but to entrees like Slow Cooker Italian Chicken and Rice.

Another keeper from Indiana blogger The Stay at Home Chef.

Homemade Zesty Italian Dressing Recipe

Homemade Zesty Italian Dressing Recipe

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 10 minutes

Homemade Zesty Italian Dressing Recipe

I use this yummy homemade option for recipes that call for Italian dressing.

It comes from Indiana blogger:


  • 1/4 Cup Red Wine Vinegar
  • 1/3 Cup Olive Oil
  • 1/3 Cup Water
  • 1 teaspoon Lemon Juice
  • 1/4 Cup Sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon Red Bell Pepper, Minced
  • 1 Tablespoon Onion, Minced
  • 1 teaspoon Garlic, Minced
  • 1 teaspoon Oregano
  • Paprika
  • Sea Salt and Pepper


  1. Combine together.
  2. Store in refrigerator.

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  1. Jessica Nunemaker

    Dried things usually have a stronger flavor so you may need to use a bit less. Just play around with it and see what works for your tastes! Hope it helps!

  2. Hi Jessica, great recipe! Exactly what I was looking for – a simple Italian dressing that is also Paleo compliant.

    One question, have you tried Onion and/or Garlic powder instead of minced Garlic and Onion? I was wondering if the measurements would be the same? I don’t have any fresh onion or garlic on hand :)


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