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Italian Salad Dressing Recipe

Made in 5 minutes, this recipe is one that will find itself into your rotation often. Simply combine oil, vinegar, cheese, and seasonings for a quick and easy salad dressing recipe that will always serve up delicious flavor.
Course dressings, Salad
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Calories 1092kcal


  • Medium Bowl
  • Whisk


  • ½ cup Olive oil
  • 3 tbsp Red wine vinegar
  • 2 tbsp Lemon juice
  • 1 tsp Granulated sugar
  • ¼ cup Parmesan cheese
  • ½ tsp Dried Oregano
  • ½ tsp Dried Basil
  • ¼ tsp Garlic Powder
  • ¼ tsp Salt


  • Mix all of the ingredients together in a medium bowl. Enjoy!


Recipe copyright The Foreign Fork. For educational or personal use only. 
  • Olive Oil: Because olive oil is the main ingredient in this recipe, I’d recommend a high quality olive oil if you can. A quick and easy way to tell if you’re buying a high quality olive oil is if the bottle displays a “pressed on” or “harvest” date. 
  • Lemon Juice: Fresh squeezed if possible. You will need about ½ lemon for 2 tbsp. 
  • Parmesan Cheese: I am always an advocate for the freshest cheese possible (just check my Instant Pot Stuffed Shells recipe). I would recommend fresh grated parmesan cheese if possible, or high quality packaged stuff if not. Pecorino Romano (used in this Spaghetti Cacio e Pepe recipe) would also be delicious.
  • Wine Vinegar: I am using red wine vinegar, but you can use white wine vinegar if you prefer.
  • To get more juice out of your lemon, heat it in the microwave for 10-20 seconds. Then use your hands to roll it around on the countertop.
  • Some other renditions of this Italian Salad Dressing Recipe call for bell peppers, dill, fennel, and more. Feel free to add anything that sounds delicious to you! 
  • Store leftovers in a mason jar. Shake it well before each use. 
  • Feel free to omit the sugar for a healthier alternative, but keep in mind this will change the taste of the recipe.


Calories: 1092kcal | Carbohydrates: 9g | Protein: 10g | Fat: 115g | Saturated Fat: 19g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 12g | Monounsaturated Fat: 81g | Cholesterol: 17mg | Sodium: 989mg | Potassium: 117mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 222IU | Vitamin C: 16mg | Calcium: 336mg | Iron: 2mg