Good Seasons Italian Dressing Recipe

Welcome to our kitchen, where we’re about to reveal our juiciest secret recipe: homemade Italian dressing. Trust us, it’s so much better than anything you can buy at the store. Get ready to experience a zesty, easy-to-make dressing that will elevate your salads and marinades to a whole new level.

Good Seasons Italian Dressing Recipe
Good Seasons Italian Dressing Recipe

Ingredients and Preparation

To kick off this flavor-packed dressing, start by zesting a lemon. You’ll need about 1 teaspoon of zest. If you don’t have a microplane, a vegetable peeler works too. Just peel the yellow skin and thinly slice it. Toss the zest into a medium bowl, then juice a lemon. We need 2 tablespoons of juice, which is roughly half a large lemon. Add an equal amount of your choice of wine vinegar (red or white will do).

Next, grate in 1 small garlic clove. By grating it, the garlic will melt into the dressing, but if you don’t have a microplane, make sure to mince it finely. We like to add a teaspoon of Dijon mustard, as it adds a tangy kick. And here’s where it gets interesting – capers! Mince a tablespoon of capers and add them to the bowl. They’ll bring a lovely texture and brininess to the dressing.

To balance out the flavors, add a teaspoon of maple syrup or honey for a touch of sweetness. When it comes to herbs, feel free to use dried or fresh. We like a combination of both. Add 1 teaspoon each of dried oregano and dried basil, followed by a handful of fresh parsley (around one tablespoon when chopped). Don’t forget some fresh thyme. Strip the leaves from the stems, mince them, and discard the stems or use them to make broth.

To bring it all together, sprinkle in 1/2 teaspoon of fine sea salt, 1/2 teaspoon of fresh ground black pepper, a pinch of crushed red pepper flakes, and 2 tablespoons of grated parmesan or Romano cheese. The cheese is optional, but it melts into the dressing, creating a delightful creaminess.

Mixing it Up

Now, whisk in the lemon juice and vinegar from before. Take a moment to appreciate the aroma and flavors coming together. At this point, it’s worth mentioning that we’ve thrown a bunch of amounts at you, but don’t worry – you can find the full recipe with extra tips on Inspired Taste.

Measure out 1/4 cup of high-quality olive oil and add it to the bowl. Whisk everything together, and voila! You’ve just created an easy, ultra-flavorful Italian dressing that will blow your mind. Trust us, it’s guaranteed to be better than anything you can find on store shelves.

Serving Suggestions

Now that you have this delectable dressing in your arsenal, the possibilities are endless. Spoon it over a crisp salad and let the flavors dance on your taste buds. Or, try using it as a marinade for your favorite proteins. The result? Pure deliciousness.


There you have it – our secret recipe for homemade Italian dressing. We hope you enjoy it as much as we do. Remember to visit Inspired Taste for the full recipe and more homemade dressings like honey mustard or creamy blue cheese. Happy dressing!

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