tuscan villa garden italian salad dressing

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Who’s ready for another homemade salad dressing? We make big salads almost every single day in our house, so I’m always inventing new combinations of ingredients and yummy dressings to drizzle over them. I’ve received several requests for the BEST Italian dressing. This is it. I’ve been making it this way for years and years. Hope you adore it as much as we do!

1/2 cup good quality balsamic vinegar

3/4 cup unfiltered extra virgin olive oil

1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese

1 Tablespoon water

2 large cloves garlic, minced

4 Tablespoons finely grated onion + juice

1 Tablespoon honey or agave nectar

1 Tablespoon fresh parsley, finely chopped

1 Tablespoon fresh oregano, finely chopped

1 Tablespoon fresh basil, finely chopped

1 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves, finely chopped

1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

1 teaspoon oven roasted garlic powder

dash of red pepper flakes or 1/4 teaspoon cayenne

Combine all in a large canning jar. Cover tightly with lid. Shake well. Serve at room temperature. If you’re making this in advance, refrigerate and then set it on the counter for an hour prior to serving so it can come back to room temperature.



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  8 comments for “tuscan villa garden italian salad dressing

  1. June 23, 2014 at 1:13 pm

    This sounds absolutely AMAZING!!

    • Melissa
      June 30, 2014 at 8:11 am

      Yay! I’m so pleased you like the recipe, Tanya! 🙂 Thanks for stopping by and for leaving a comment. Enjoy!

  2. June
    June 23, 2014 at 10:22 pm

    Oven roasted garlic powder…I have never heard of it. Can you tell me your source?

    Can’t wait to make this dressing! Sounds nummy.

    • Melissa
      June 30, 2014 at 8:08 am

      Hi June! 🙂

      I just purchase the oven roasted garlic powder at the grocery store. It’s located right next to the regular garlic powder. I think I’ve even seen it down the spice aisle at Walmart 🙂 Hope that helps! Thanks for visiting me. XO ~M

  3. Michelle
    July 8, 2018 at 7:19 pm

    Can dried herbs be used?

    • Melissa
      July 13, 2018 at 2:44 pm

      Sure! 🙂

  4. RY
    May 27, 2019 at 9:42 am

    I am not used to using fresh herbs in salad dressings, so look forward to making this, but am curious… how long will it keep in the refrigerator? Normally, using dried herbs, I don’t even refrigerate oil & vinegar dressings, just leave them out, so had to ask.

    Thank you.


    • Melissa
      June 4, 2019 at 2:34 pm

      It should keep for a few days in the refrigerator. Hope that helps! 🙂

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