Italian Salad Dressing

It’s almost salad season, a.k.a. too hot to eat anything else. I love this recipe because it makes a great jumping point to tweak it for your taste buds. Like it spicier? Add more chili flakes. Prefer a different vinegar? Change it up. Missing one of the herbs? Improvise. Are you out of maple syrup? Try agave!
The way it’s written is exactly how I make it but with this base, feel free to make it your own. And yes, I mean real maple syrup- not Log Cabin. And it won’t taste like mustard, settle down. Enjoy knowing what is actually in your salad dressing at a fraction of the cost of a bottle at the store.

Italian Salad Dressing

Prep Time5 minutes
Course: Salad


Dry ingredients

  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp oregano
  • ½ tsp basil
  • ½ tsp onion powder
  • ¼ tsp garlic powder
  • ¼ tsp pepper
  • pinch chili pepper flakes

Wet ingredients

  • 1 tsp dijon mustard
  • 1 tsp maple syrup
  • 2 tbsp water
  • ¼ cup vinegar (balsamic or red wine are my faves)
  • cup olive oil (avacado works too!)


  • Combine dry ingredients in small bowl and set aside
  • Combine wet ingredients in seperate bowl
  • Whisk the dry ingredients into the wet

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