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Easy Zesty Italian Dressing

Easy Zesty Italian Vinaigrette Dressing

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Easy Zesty Italian Vinaigrette Dressing is tasty & quick. It’s made with standard pantry ingredients. I love how easy this is! No food processor—this dressing is made by whisking and/or shaking everything in a jar.

Meal Prep

Having dressings or sauces, dips & spreads already in the fridge is a great way encourage the eating of veggies and salads. Like most vinaigrettes, this dressing also makes great marinade. Next week, this very dressing will appear in my pasta salad recipe.

Vinegar

Vinegars such as apple cider, white or red wine, and white balsamic are all fantastic in this dressing. I do not recommend distilled white vinegar. It works well as a cleaning product, but it doesn’t make fabulous dressing.

Apple Cider Vinegar for making Easy Zesty Italian Vinaigrette Dressing Even though it's "with the mother" it's still vegan
Apple Cider Vinegar, Even though it’s “with the mother” it’s still vegan

Tweaks

If you are used to store bought dressing you might want to be heavy handed with the maple syrup/sugar. If you want a smack of vinegar or you are using this as a marinade you may want to increase the vinegar or salt content.

Let’s Make Easy Zesty Italian Vinaigrette Dressing

Ingredients for Easy Zesty Italian Vinaigrette Dressing
Ingredients for Easy Zesty Italian Vinaigrette Dressing

Combine the vinaigrette ingredients in a jar or other container with a lid.

Jar with a lid for making Easy Zesty Italian Vinaigrette Dressing

Whisk together or screw on the lid and shake the jar vigorously for a few seconds until the vinaigrette comes together.

Use what you need for your salad or recipe, then store the rest in the fridge.

Easy Zesty Italian Vinaigrette Dressing
Easy Zesty Italian Vinaigrette Dressing

The oil and vinegar will separate as it sits, so you’ll need to re-shake or whisk the vinaigrette every time you use it. It can keep for up to 2 weeks.

Easy Zesty Italian Dressing
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Easy Zesty Italian Vinaigrette Dressing

Easy Zesty Italian Vinaigrette Dressing is tasty & quick. It's made with standard pantry ingredients. I love how easy this is! No food processor—this dressing is made by whisking and/or shaking everything in a jar.
Course Big Salad, Dressing, Meal Prep
Cuisine American, Italian, Mediterranean, midwestern
Keyword non-dairy, vegan, Zesty
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 83kcal

Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 2 TBSPS apple cider vinegar can sub white or red wine vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 teaspoon maple syrup or sugar; more to taste, store brands like Wishbone tend to be sweeter

Instructions

  • Combine the vinaigrette ingredients in a jar or other container with a lid. Whisk together or screw on the lid and shake the jar vigorously for a few seconds until the vinaigrette comes together.
  • Use what you need for your salad or recipe, then store the rest in the fridge.
  • The oil and vinegar will separate as it sits, so you’ll need to re-shake or whisk the vinaigrette every time you use it. It can keep for up to 2 weeks.

Notes

Nutrition Information is approximate. 

Meal Prep

Having dressings or sauces, dips & spreads already in the fridge is a great way encourage the eating of veggies and salads. Like most vinaigrettes, this dressing also makes great marinade. Next week, this very dressing will appear in my pasta salad recipe.

Vinegar

Vinegars such as apple cider, white or red wine, and white balsamic are all fantastic in this dressing. I do not recommend distilled white vinegar. It works well as a cleaning product, but it doesn’t make fabulous dressing.

Tweaks

If you are used to store bought dressing you might want to be heavy handed with the maple syrup/sugar. If you want a smack of vinegar or you are using this as a marinade you may want to increase the vinegar or salt content.
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Nutrition

Calories: 83kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 7g | Sodium: 74mg | Potassium: 11mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 16IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 7mg | Iron: 1mg

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