Growing up in my Italian family, we had salad at the end of the meal instead of the beginning. My mother would say, “You always need a little roughage!” We weren’t allowed to leave the table until we finished our salad. I’d say that was a good thing—I taught my children the same thing and everyone in my family loves a good salad, even today.

The Easiest Homemade Salad Dressing Recipe Ever

This Italian dressing recipe in a jar is as easy as can be! It’s the salad dressing I make most often because it’s so versatile, and because the method saves me time. You’ll combine all the ingredients in a jar and shake it up. Yes, that’s really all there is to it. 

Easy Italian Dressing Recipe in a Jar
Easy Italian Dressing Recipe in a Jar

What to Serve with Your Homemade Italian Salad Dressing

My go-to salad that I love to eat with this dressing is a simple Romaine lettuce salad with cucumbers, cherry tomatoes, and some thinly sliced red onions. A good spinach salad comes in at a close second! Here are a few simple salad ideas for when you want to “toss” things up a bit.

Yield: Makes 1½ cups
Easy Italian Dressing Recipe in a Jar

Easy Italian Dressing Recipe in a Jar

This incredibly easy Italian dressing recipe is vibrant and tangy—perfect for all of your favorite salads!


  • ½ cup white wine or red wine vinegar
  • 1 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely minced
  • ½ teaspoon dried oregano
  • ½ teaspoon dried basil
  • A generous pinch of onion powder
  • ⅛ teaspoon salt
  • A few grinds of fresh black pepper


  1. Place all of the ingredients into a jar with a screw lid. Screw the lid on and shake. That’s it! You’re ready to enjoy the dressing or store it in your fridge for up to 4 days.
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July 08, 2024 — Mary DiSomma