49 Reviews

Excellent dressing! I used red wine vinegar and added 1/4 t cayenne pepper to add a little zing. We really loved this and it is a lot cheaper than buying off the shelf. Thanks Darlene.

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MizzNezz March 26, 2002

You've got my vote, as well!! Definitely a 5-star winner! Very easy to mix up and has a delightful taste. So nice to have GOOD Italian on hand. Thanks a million for posting, Darlene. Laudee C.

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Laudee October 13, 2002

This is the best homemade Italian dressing I have tried to date, mainly becuase the ingredients do not "separate" as quickly as other recipes. I omitted the salt (doctor told me I have to cut back on sodium) and I added 2 tsp. of very finely minced fresh red peppers. My first use for this dressing was to use it to make Marianne's Marinated Vegetables (recipe ID# 21606)

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Leonard Cohen March 12, 2002

Liked this very much. Used raspberry wine vinegar. I also added a dash of pepper. Will use this often.

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Kathy :-( March 18, 2002

I made two versions of this, one with red wine vinegar and one with white wine vinegar. Both are excellent and used often by my family. Fresh tasting and very zesty. Thanks Darlene, for a great recipe.

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Natalie Z February 26, 2003

This is great dressing! I also used red wine vinegar and I used canola oil, because I wasn't sure what salad oil was. It turned out great, wasn't to strong or sour. I am going to try it in my pasta salads, as I am very picky on the dressing that I use in it and I think that I can cut out almost $7 off of my bill for pasta salad. Thanks again and I will definately be making this often.

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April1 January 22, 2003

Really tasty exactly as written, but I appreciated even more that it could be so successfully tweaked to suit our personal preferences. We're partial to 'zesty' Italian, so I added a little cayenne and black pepper for extra zing. Also, I increased the sugar slightly (maybe 1/4 tsp). It was just the tiniest bit too 'sharp' for our tastes, and that took the edge off without making it actually taste sweet. This was served over mixed greens, tomatoes, cucumbers, olives and pepperoncini, with a generous grating of Parmesan on top. Everyone agreed it was as good as the salad at our favorite Italian restaurant -- and it was a heckuva lot cheaper. Looking forward to trying this with different types of vinegar and oil to find the perfect combination!

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highcotton October 17, 2008

I will never buy Italian Dressing again. I had to use veg. oil since I was out of Olive oil and salad oil. It was still great. I also used red wine vinegar and the 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper. Absolutely wonderful. Thanks Darlene.

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~Nimz~ June 18, 2003

Really good recipe. I substituted a packet of sugar substitute for the sugar and used red wine vinegar. Also added an extra clove of garlic to ward off any vampires. Yum!

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Miraklegirl March 09, 2003

A lovely dressing. And so easy to make!! This is definitely a stayer. Thanks!

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Chookyloo July 02, 2002
Homemade Italian Salad Dressing