This homemade Italian Dressing Mix is absolutely the BEST way to make Italian Dressing! The mix uses a blend of every day spices for the perfect mixture of seasonings bursting with Italian flavor. You can use this mix to make homemade Italian dressing, or to season meats, veggies, potatoes and more. This mix can be made in minutes with spices from your cupboard and is even better than the stuff you buy at the store. One batch can be stored it to use for days, weeks, or months. Not only is this Italian Dressing Mix delicious but it is also gluten and dairy free.
Italian Dressing Mix Recipe
For YEARS I have been buying Italian dressing mix at the store. I love the taste of homemade Italian dressing, but I also love to use it as a seasoning for meats, veggies, potatoes and other foods. It is quick, convenient and has great flavor.
The last time I was at the store I had kind of a “well DUH!” moment where I realized that since I make almost all of my other spice blends from scratch (like my Taco Seasoning, Homemade Ranch Mix, Fajita Seasoning and Greek Seasoning) I have no clue why I haven’t tried making this one at home sooner!
So home I went and I got into a little reverse engineering and taste testing. I don’t have any secrets from the store, so I can’t say this is an exact replica of the store bought Italian Dressing Mix, BUT I can tell you this is insanely delicious and makes some out of this world dressing!
I couldn’t wait to share it with you, so I got it up here on the blog as soon as I could!
What to use Italian Dressing Mix in
Before we get into the recipe, I wanted to give you a few places besides just salad dressing that you can use this in your cooking. I have used it in so many things that it hasn’t even been a week and we are already on our second batch.
- Italian Dressing- Try vinaigrette style, creamy, or even a cheesy dressing
- Chicken Salad- This Chicken salad is one of my favorites
- Potatoes- Substitute this Italian seasoning for the spices in these smashed potatoes
- Veggies- Toss assorted veggies with a little olive oil, some of this seasoning and then grill or roast until tender.
- Pot Roast- Use this homemade Italian Dressing Mix the next time you make a Pot Roast.
- Pasta Salad- Use this to flavor cold picnic salads
- Italian Cheesy Bread- Spread olive oil over a pizza crust and sprinkle with seasonings, then cover with mozzarella cheese and bake until bubbly.
These are just a few of the many ways you could use this Italian Dressing mix. If you have other ideas or favorite recipes that include Italian Dressing Mix I would love for you to share them with me in the comments!
How to Make Italian Dressing Mix
Making Italian Dressing mix from scratch is very simple. All you do is measure the spices on the ingredient list and mix them up. I am going to walk through a few of my tips and notes here to hopefully answer any questions that may pop up along the way. You can find a FULL recipe card that you can save or print out at the bottom of this post.
Q: How do I make this into Italian Dressing?
A: You can combine 1/4 cup red wine vinegar, 3 Tbsp water, 2 Tbsp Italian Dressing Mix and 1 tsp dijon mustard. Blend in 1/2 cup olive oil and whisk or shake vigorously. Store in an airtight container for up to 4 weeks in the refrigerator. Let sit at room temperature until oil liquifies and then shake or whisk vigorously to recombine before serving.
Q: How long does the mix stay good for?
A: If your herbs are fresh when you combine them this mix should stay fresh at least a year. To keep help herbs keep their freshness, store herbs and spices in a cool dark place and avoid direct heat or sunlight.
Q: Can I leave out the sugar in this mix?
A: I wouldn’t advise it. The sugar helps to cut the acidity of the vinegar, lemon or other acid that you will use when making the salad dressing to give it a less acidic or bitter taste. With a serving of this mix equating to about 1/2 tsp when used in a recipe, the amount of sugar in each serving is very small. With that said, if you don’t mind the acidity of the dressing you can try it without and see what you think, or leave it out and add honey or other sweeteners in at another point in the recipe.
If you have other questions, please leave them for me in the comments and I will try to update them here!
I really hope you enjoy this homemade version of Italian dressing mix as much as we have. I have already passed out the recipe to a few of my friends so make sure and keep the recipe handy when you make it!
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- 2 tbsp dried oregano
- 1 tbsp garlic powder
- 1 tbsp onion powder
- 1 tbsp white sugar
- 1 tbsp dried parsley
- 2 tsp salt
- 1 tsp black pepper
- 1 tsp dried basil
- 1/4 tsp dried thyme
- 1/4 tsp celery seed
- 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes, optional
- Mix all ingredients together until evenly distributed.
- Store in an airtight container. Mix well before each use.