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Homemade Italian Dressing Mix Recipe

No more store-bought! Know what is in your food. Make your own Homemade Italian Dressing Mix for pennies! A great recipe to keep on hand.

Italian Dressing Spices in bowl

I am always looking for new and exciting recipes to share with you guys, and I love finding DIY spice mix recipes.  They turn out healthier and much easier on the wallet than those store-bought mixes.  This week I am sharing a recipe for Homemade Italian Dressing Mix with you that is so good!


I think this homemade mix is an absolutely genius idea because so many people have to be careful with ingredients due to allergies and intolerances.  When you create your own seasoning and spice mixes you know exactly what is inside Nothing is hidden.

This is just the seasoning mix so you can use it to create your own dressings free from the allergens you are trying to avoid.

Italian Dressing on salad


You can use this Homemade Italian Dressing mix for so many things besides salads.  Make this dressing for on pasta, as a marinade, or use the mix as a dry rub on meat before you grill.  This mix is so versatile!  

I will now be adding this to my seasoning cabinet with my homemade taco seasoning and homemade onion soup mix


I store the spice mix itself in a mason jar in the pantry. Any airtight container will work.

To store the dressing you can buy dressing bottles at the dollar store, Amazon, or any home goods store.

Keep the spices on hand for months as long as they are in an airtight container. The dressing itself is best used within a week or two once it is mixed.

Dressing Directions

To make a classic style of Italian Salad Dressing mix 2 tbsp of this seasoning mix with 1/4 cup vinegar, two Tbsp water, and 1/2 to 2/3 cup olive oil or canola oil. Shake it well and enjoy!

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Homemade Italian Dressing Mix

No more store bought! Know what is in your food. Make your own Homemade Italian Dressing Mix for pennies! Great recipe to keep on hand.
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Prep Time:5 minutes
Total Time:5 minutes


  • 1 1/2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon onion powder
  • 2 tablespoons oregano ground or leaves
  • 1 tablespoon parsley dried
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 2 tablespoons salt or substitute
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon basil dried
  • 1/4 teaspoon thyme dried, ground
  • 1/2 teaspoon celery dried leaves or flakes


  • Mix all ingredients together and store in an air-tight container

Italian Salad Dressing

  • Mix 2 tbsp of this mix with 1/4 cup vinegar, two tbs water, and 1/2 to 2/3 cup olive oil or canola oil.
  • Shake before using.


Calories: 119kcal | Carbohydrates: 29g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 0.2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.1g | Sodium: 13968mg | Potassium: 310mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 13g | Vitamin A: 558IU | Vitamin C: 8mg | Calcium: 216mg | Iron: 5mg
Calories: 119kcal
No more store bought! Know what is in your food. Make your own Homemade Italian Dressing Mix for pennies! Great recipe to keep on hand. | @AFewShortcuts #recipes #mixes #spices #glutenfree #vegan #saladdressing

Originally posted in Jan 2012. Updated in Jan 2019

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  1. 5 stars
    This sounds great! The only kind of italian dressing I like is the Good season brand that you mix at home. I bet your recipe will be more like that. And even better I have most of the ingredients right now in my pantry except for the thyme and celery. Thanks for the recipe.

  2. Do u have a ranch dip/dressing mix recipe by any chance. Those little packets of dry ranch mix are SOOO expensive.

      1. 5 stars
        Can’t wait for the ranch one. We go through an amazing amount of dry ranch mix and it is so hard to find coupons or to find it cheap. THANKS!

  3. 5 stars
    dang I wish I had just spent money on this stuff last night for a recipe I am making today πŸ™‚ but this will be pinned for future use!

  4. 5 stars
    My boyfriend and I are just starting to really get serious about eating better. We’ve been looking at recipes online and gathering info on all kinds of great dishes. We’ve come across tons of great dishes that need Italian seasoning packets. We’ve never bought Italian seasoning packets before so when we went to the store we were kind of shocked at the $1.30 – $1.50 price tag on a teeny tiny little packet. This recipe you posted came at the GREATEST TIME! Thank you so much for posting this. πŸ™‚ I know purchasing some of the ingredients will be a bit pricy to start off with but I know we’ll save a lot in the long run, I can’t wait to try it out.

    Thanks again and take care!

    1. 5 stars
      This was a good mix, but I changed it for my personal preference. I cut down the salt and omitted the sugar. I also added a dash of pepper flakes for a zing. But it has lots of Italian flavor.

  5. 5 stars
    Wonderful!! Can I share this on my blog and with your picture. I am so excited about this. Looking for a recipe for salad dressing with no soy!!

  6. 5 stars
    Hi, I am making this for a pantry staple instead of buying the premade mixes with all of the junk in them. I will be using this for pot roast and things like that instead of actually making dressing with it. Would you say that 2 TBS of this mix equals 1 packet of the store-bought mix? Thanks for your recipe! Can’t wait to try it out!

  7. 5 stars
    Also wondering how much you would wonsider is equal to a packet of mix that most recipes call for? Thanks so much for sharing:)

  8. 5 stars
    This sounds wonderful I am always trying to find a way to save space in my fridge this will be a nice fix to having to keep a dressing bottle around for forever, I can just whip up a batch when I need it. Thanks for the recipe!

  9. 5 stars
    I used it as a rub for a brisket and it was mouthwatering! I plan on using this way on my next roast. I put it on a rack above onions and beef stock. The steaks I cut off the brisket were moist and melt in my mouth.

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