Bright and zesty, this Homemade Italian Dressing recipe features an authentic blend of herbs and spices that will elevate the flavors of any dish. It's a great low carb copycat version of Olive Garden's famous dressing.
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- ❤️ Why You’ll Love this Italian Dressing Recipe
- 🛒 What’s in Homemade Italian Dressing
- 🔪 How to Make Homemade Italian Dressing
- Other Uses for Italian Dressing
- How Long Will Homemade Italian Dressing Last?
- Does Dry Italian Dressing Mix Go Bad?
- Is Italian Vinaigrette the Same as Italian Dressing?
- Unique Recipe Add-ins
- More Keto Salad Dressings
❤️ Why You’ll Love this Italian Dressing Recipe
- Bright and zesty Italian flavors
- Easy to make with healthy ingredients
- Copycat Olive Garden Dressing
- Made in just a few minutes
Following a low-carb diet can be challenging when it comes to finding healthy salad dressings, but this homemade Italian dressing recipe solves that problem! Created with all wholesome ingredients, you can enjoy wonderful tangy and zesty classic flavors without having to worry about added sugars or hidden carbs.
Another great thing about this Keto dressing is that it's not only great as a salad dressing, but also can be used as a marinade for grilled chicken, steak and seafood. You can even use it as a flavor enhancer to wake up the flavors in ordinary roasted veggies.
The key ingredient to this recipe is a homemade dry Italian Dressing Mix. It's a great seasoning to keep on hand for many tasty recipes.
If you're new to making homemade salad dressing and are a fan of Ranch, you should also check out this flavorful Dry Ranch Seasoning Mix.
🛒 What’s in Homemade Italian Dressing
- Olive oil
- White wine vinegar
- Parmesan cheese
- Homemade Italian Dressing Mix
- Lemon juice
- Monk fruit/allulose
- Dijon mustard
*Exact measurements are listed in the recipe card below.
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🔪 How to Make Homemade Italian Dressing
Mix until well combined and emulsified.
Pour over your favorite salad or use as a marinade.
Store leftovers in an airtight jar.
Other Uses for Italian Dressing
Feel free to get creative and experiment with Italian dressing in various dishes to discover your own favorite uses. Here are some ideas to give you inspiration:
- Marinade for grilled chicken or shrimp: Add your chicken or shrimp to a Ziplock bag with a hearty drizzle of Italian dressing. Let it sit in the fridge for 30-an hour before grilling.
- Roasted or grilled vegetables: Add it as a zesty topping for grilled veggies like this Grilled Broccolini, or Grilled Zucchini. If you add it before grilling, the dressing helps caramelize the veggies beautifully.
- Antipasto salad: Italian dressing is a wonderful substitution for balsamic glaze in this Italian Antipasto Salad.
- Panini sandwiches: Use Italian dressing as a zesty condiment for your favorite sub sandwiches when you use a Keto friendly bread like this Keto Braided Herb Bread. Just pile on you favorite deli meats, cheeses, and veggies, and drizzle the dressing on the top.
- Lettuce wraps: Use Italian dressing as a dressing on lettuce wraps with Italian meats and cheese.
- Dipping sauce: Serve Italian dressing as a dip alongside raw vegetables, Keto Chicken Tenders, or even Keto Breadsticks for a zesty and quick appetizer or snack.
How Long Will Homemade Italian Dressing Last?
When stored properly in the fridge, it will stay fresh for about a week. If the ingredients separate when chilled, just let it sit out for a few minutes and give it a good shake.
Does Dry Italian Dressing Mix Go Bad?
While the dry mix does not spoil like dressing does, dried herbs and spices will lose flavor after a while. For best results use your seasoning blends within 3-6 months of making them.
Is Italian Vinaigrette the Same as Italian Dressing?
Though similar and can sometimes be used interchangeably, they are not exactly the same. Italian vinaigrette focuses mostly on an oil and vinegar ratio where dressing is more liberal with different types of seasonings.
Unique Recipe Add-ins
The great thing about making your own dressing is that you can add your own special "secret ingredient" to it. Here are some delicious options ideas:
- Sun-dried tomatoes: Puree sun-dried tomatoes and add them into the dressing. They add a rich, concentrated tomato flavor and just a hint of sweetness.
- Capers: For a little extra tangy and slightly salty taste to the dressing, try mixing in some chopped capers right before serving it.
- Anchovies: For a bold umami flavor, finely minced anchovies can really amp up your Italian dressing. Just be sure to start with a small amount and taste test it as you go.
- Lemon or lime zest: Grate some fresh lemon or lime zest into the dressing mixture for a bright and citrusy twist.
- Chili flakes: If you like a kick of heat, a sprinkle of chili flakes can give your Italian dressing the taste you're looking for. Just remember, a little goes a long way.
More Keto Salad Dressings
- Avocado Lime Cilantro Ranch
- Raspberry Vinaigrette
- Creamy Balsamic
- Thousand Island
- Chipotle Ranch
- Creamy Garlic Italian
- Classic Ranch
- Blue Cheese
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Homemade Italian Dressing
*Make sure to scroll up and read the post for substitutions, additions and helpful tips for making this recipe.
*Nutritional data is provided as a courtesy and is accurate to the best of my knowledge. You can verify it using the nutrition calculator of your choice. All data is based on net carbs, without sugar alcohol: Swerve, Erythritol, Monk Fruit or Allulose.
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