Basic Italian Vinaigrette

Basic Italian Vinaigrette

Basic Italian Vinaigrette, Just Make It

I am a salad dressing snob since I started making my own about five years ago. I do not usually have bottled salad dressings outside of real blue cheese dressing in my fridge. I prefer to make my own dressing now such as buttermilk-basil dressing. The flavor is so much better and fresher tasting. There isn’t a fake aftertaste.

Just takes a couple of minutes longer than it does to shake the bottle. So why not just make your own?

This basic Italian Vinaigrette will dress the Simple Pasta Salad recipe.

Basic Italian Vinaigrette


  • 1.5 cups olive oil
  • 3.4 cup white wine vinegar
  • 6 tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped
  • 4 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 4 tablespoons minced garlic
  • 4 teaspoons dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon dried crushed red pepper
  • Generous pinch dried oregano


  • Combine all ingredients in small bowl and whisk until blended.
  • Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  • Makes enough to dress the Simple Pasta Salad.
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