Tangy Italian Salad Dressing

This traditional Italian salad dressing is one of my go to recipes and can be made in 5 minutes.  It gets its traditional tang from a mix of red wine vinegar and lemon juice.  I love this dressing on a salad with baby spinach or arugula, tomato, cucumber, red pepper, goat cheese and nuts (sesame, walnuts, almonds all work well).  This dressing will last a few weeks refrigerated, but the quicker you use it, the better the taste!

Here are a few more salad ideas for this dressing:

Cucumber and tomato salad:  Super simple salad, but incredibly tasty especially in the summer when the tomatoes are at their ripest.  You can also add slices of mozzarella for added delight.

Chickpea and avocado: A cup of chickpeas, an avocado, shredded carrots, Tangy Italian Salad Dressing and you have yourself a quick, tasty salad!

Here are a few other ideas for this dressing:

The Italian Sandwich:  Cut a grinder roll in half and add: provolone cheese, tomatoes, lettuce, pickles, banana peppers, prosciutto (optional if you want to make it vegetarian).  Douse with Tangy Italian Salad Dressing.  Serve immediately!

Marinade:  This makes an amazing marinade for meat, chicken or portobello mushrooms.  I place whatever I am marinating in a Ziploc bag and add about a 1/4 cup or more of dressing in each bag.  Squeeze the contents to get the marinade spread throughout.  I like to marinate for at least an hour, but up to 8 hours is preferred.  When I am grilling the portobello mushrooms I pour the extra marinade onto the mushrooms to keep them moist.

Soups and Stews: Whenever I make a soup or stew I usually add all the same ingredients that are in this dressing so why not just add the dressing!  I would add about a 1/4 cup of dressing to a large soup.  You can always add more if needed.



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Tangy Italian Salad Dressing

3.8 from 5 votes
Prep Time 5 mins
Servings 12
Calories 162 kcal


  • 1 cup extra virgin olive oil 
  • 1/3 cup red wine vinegar
  • 2 cloves garlic cloves, pressed through garlic press
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp oregano, dried
  • 1/2 tsp basil, dried
  • 1 lemon juice
  • 1 tsp Dijon mustard


  • Add all ingredients to a jar, cover and shake well.
  • Use immediately and/or store in fridge.


Calories: 162kcalCarbohydrates: 1gProtein: 1gFat: 18gSaturated Fat: 2gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gMonounsaturated Fat: 13gSodium: 54mgPotassium: 11mgFiber: 1gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 4IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 6mgIron: 1mg
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  1. Lauran Glover July 19, 2022 at 8:35 pm - Reply

    5 stars
    I had to add a bit more oil and about 2 tsp. of sugar just to even out the tartness. It was wonderful and we all enjoyed it- it tastes very much like a good Mediterranean dressing at restaurants. It will be a regular in our dressing rotation- thank you!

  2. Jackie February 10, 2022 at 10:18 am - Reply

    What is 1 lemon juice?
    One what?

    • Bill Bradley, R.D. February 12, 2022 at 3:44 pm - Reply

      Hi Jackie, It is the juice of 1 lemon.

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