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Italian Vinaigrette

What are all those specks and spices in your Italian dressing? You probably have them in your pantry. Create your own signature blend to toss with pasta, greens and fresh spring vegetables. —Lorraine Caland, Thunder Bay, Ontario
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 15 min.
  • Makes
    1-1/2 cups


  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
  • 2 garlic cloves, halved
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 teaspoon paprika
  • 3/4 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 3/4 cup olive oil


  • Place the first 11 ingredients in a blender. Cover and process until pureed. While processing, gradually add oil in a steady stream. Refrigerate leftovers.
Nutrition Facts
2 tablespoons: 126 calories, 14g fat (2g saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 148mg sodium, 2g carbohydrate (1g sugars, 0 fiber), 0 protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2-1/2 fat.

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  • ahmom
    Mar 18, 2020

    I really loved this, hubby didn't.

  • TracyAnne
    Mar 19, 2019

    How much oil? It's not listed in the list of ingredients.

  • tishathomas
    Jan 8, 2018

    Katharine...olive oil clumps up when refrigerated. It will unclump if you leave it out of the fridge for 30-45 minutes. Shake well and it will emulsify like it's supposed to. You could also use another oil. I like safflower. It doesn't clump when cold. The recipe as written should keep for quite awhile as it has no dairy in it.

  • lidjzl0
    Jul 4, 2017

    Very good. Used it on potato green bean salad recipe from TOH Annual 2016.i used a little less extra virgin olive oil.

  • Georgia Peach
    Jun 11, 2017

    Loved the taste of this dressing! I made just enough for a single salad so put all of the ingredients in a jar and shook to combine instead of using a blender as directed. Also omitted the water so cut back a bit on the vinegar & lemon juice.

  • Katherine
    Jan 28, 2017

    This is by far the best homemade dressing I have tried yet. However, I need to ask how long it last in the refrigerator? I also had an issue when I went to use it again, it had gotten all clumpy, is that normal, or is it unusable at this point?

  • pols005
    Nov 17, 2013

    Yummy!!!! I would definitely make this again!

  • jaransom
    Apr 3, 2013

    No comment left

  • mwilliams70
    Jun 12, 2012

    I really like this recipe. It is very refreshing and the best of all of the salad dressings I have had, ever.