Zesty healthy Italian salad dressing

Think you can only find a good Italian salad dressing from a bottle or restaurant? think again.

This zesty Italian salad dressing has been my favorite go-to recipe because It’s light yet deliciously satisfying. It is the perfect compliment to ANY salad and can be made quickly and easily. The best part, I normally always have these ingredients on hand in my pantry and can reach for them quickly.

I usually make a large batch of this and store it in the fridge for up to 5 days. It stores pretty well but after the 5 days, I’ve noticed the oils become rancid. SO! try and consume this within that time frame.

healthy italian salad dressing

If you’re trying to watch your caloric intake, you can absolutely skip the cheese. I didn’t have the will power to do so but hey, we’re all entitled to treat ourselves once in a while, no?

healthy Italian dressing

I must add that I never used to enjoy eating bell peppers in my salad until very recently. Now, I almost always add them. Luckily, my wonderful in laws gave us some freshly picked bell peppers from their garden which tasted amazing!

healthy Italian salad dressing

Zesty healthy Italian salad dressing


  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/3 cup red wine vinegar
  • 1 garlic clove, chopped
  • 2 tsp dijon mustard
  • 1 tsp honey
  • 1 tbs vegan mayo
  • 1 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 1 tsp dried parsley
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • freshly grated Parmesan cheese (optional)


  1. Begin by combining all the ingredients for this except for the cheese into a blender or food processor.
  2. Blend well--you will notice it become a thicker consistency.
  3. Serve with your favorite salad. Stores well for up to 5 days in refrigerator.

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