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Homemade Zesty Italian Dressing Mix Recipe

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How to make a homemade zesty Italian dressing mis recipe.  Use as a salad dressing, marinade, or in your favorite recipes.

During the summer, I go through a lot of Italian dressing.  We use it on salads, in marinates, and for other summer recipes.  

Even buying the packets and making my own was getting expensive.  I do buy generic, but there's just something about a good Italian dressing that most generic brands don't have.


Homemade Zesty Italian Dressing Mix Recipe


I started making my own homemade zesty Italian dressing mix recipe because it's much more economical.  I grow some of my own herbs, or I get them in bulk at an Amish bulk food store.  

Even when I buy my herbs and spices, they are so much fresher than what is in the store.  This makes all of my food taste better.

In the summer, I practically live on salads.  We have a garden, so I'm always picking right from the garden to serve with dinner.  I use Italian often because it's light.  I like the vinegary taste versus using a creamy dressing.

What Is The Difference Between Italian Dressing and Zesty Italian Dressing?


Zesty Italian dressing a little more zing.  It has more flavor and some dried red peppers added.  You can omit the peppers if you want.  



Can I use Italian Seasoning for Italian Dressing Mix?


No, they are different recipes.  You won't get good results by doing that.

Why Does Italian Dressing Separate?


Oil and water (in this recipe, vinegar) do not mix.  Some manufacturers add an emulsifier to mix them, but your homemade zesty Italian dressing will not have an emulsifier.  Just before using.

How Do You Use Zesty Italian Dressing Mix?


I also use Italian dressing as a quick marinade.  One of my kids' favorite summer foods is Italian dressing marinated chicken on the grill.  I made it last weekend, and it was all gone that night!


Another great way to use Italian dressing for a quick side dish is to cut up fresh tomatoes, cucumbers, and onions.  Cover with Italian and let sit for a few hours.  In the summer, I like making sides early in the day, so this is perfect.

I use this dressing for pasta salad.  I boil whatever kind of pasta is on sale, cut up a bunch of veggies, pour over the dressing, and let it sit in the fridge.  Again, super easy, and I can make it early in the day to free up my evenings.  

For zesty oven baked chicken, combine 2 tablespoons of this Italian dressing mix with 1 cup of breadcrumbs.  Use that to coat your chicken.  Yum!

This can also be used a rub for chicken, but I haven't tried it yet.  It sounds delicious though.



And, of course, you can always use it as a salad dressing.  


Ingredients


Directions


STEP #1


Combine all ingredients.  Use the garlic if you like a lot of garlic.  I used it because I use this mainly as a marinade.  

For a zesty Italian dressing, add the red pepper flakes.  I typically do not add the red pepper flakes.

STEP #2


Store in an airtight container.  I use a mason jar with a plastic reusable lid.  

STEP #3


To make salad dressing, combine 2 tablespoons mix with 2/3 cups oil, 1/4 cup vinegar, and 2 tablespoons water.  Mix well.  Shake before each use.



If you make a lot of salad dressings, these bottles are nice.  There are lines so you can add the ingredients without measuring.  There are 8 different recipes measurements.

Check out these dry mix recipes:


This copycat Good Seasons Italian dressing mix recipe was originally published at Everything Pretty.

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Yield: 4
Author: Cari @ Koti Beth
Zesty Italian Dressing Mix Recipe

Zesty Italian Dressing Mix Recipe

Prep time: 5 MCook time: 10 MTotal time: 15 M
How to make a homemade zesty Italian dressing mix recipe.

Ingredients:

Instructions:

  1. Combine all ingredients. Use the garlic if you like a lot of garlic. I used it because I use this mainly as a marinade.
  2. For a zesty Italian dressing, add the red pepper flakes. I typically do not add the red pepper flakes.
  3. Store in an airtight container. I use a mason jar with a plastic reusable lid.
  4. To make salad dressing, combine 2 tablespoons mix with 2/3 cups oil, 1/4 cup vinegar, and 2 tablespoons water. Mix well. Shake before each use.

Calories

29.03

Fat (grams)

0.18

Sat. Fat (grams)

0.05

Carbs (grams)

7.04

Fiber (grams)

1.32

Net carbs

5.72

Sugar (grams)

3.29

Protein (grams)

0.75

Sodium (milligrams)

3175.31

Cholesterol (grams)

0.00
Nutritional information based on almond milk, stevia, and no coconut oil or MCT oil.
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Cari Dunn
Cari Dunn

Cari lives on a small farm in Ohio with her husband, three kids, two dogs, two cats, five goats, and several chickens. She loves Gilmore Girls, glitter, coffee, and her kids. But not in that order.

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