This very easy to make (and make ahead) Italian Dressing Mix and seasoning blend lets you make Italian Dressing at home in a snap! The dressing is good for use on salads, to lightly brush on bread before oven toasting, and as a marinade! And the dry mix itself is also good for use as an Italian seasoning blend in other recipes and for sprinkling on salads and other dishes. You can also add it to extra virgin olive oil and store in a pretty corked bottle in a warm place such as near the stove or in a sunny window for a month or more to develop flavors (the longer you leave it the better) for a seasoned olive oil to use when sautéing or making other Italian dishes requiring olive oil or in which to add to some vinegar later on as well.
You just make the dry mix ahead of time and store in an airtight container at room temperature until ready to use.
When ready to use simply add a couple of tablespoons (or to taste) to the oil and vinegar!
You can even alter and adjust the seasonings to your liking and add as much or as little as you like to oil and vinegar when ready to make Italian Dressing.
Optional: May add parmesan or Romano cheese and/or sugar at the same time that the dressing mix is added to the oil and vinegar. Just don’t add them to the dry mix itself — add it to the dressing.
Italian Dressing Mix (Make Ahead)
- 2 tbsp garlic powder
- 3 tbsp onion powder
- 2 tbsp oregano
- 1 -1/2 tsp black pepper
- 1/4 tsp red pepper flakes
- 1/2 tsp thyme
- 2 tsp basil
- 1 to 2 tbsp parsley
- 1/4 to 1/2 tsp celery seed
- 1/4 to 1/2 tsp fennel seeds (optional)
- 1 tbsp rosemary
- 1/2 to 1 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp cracked pepper corns (optional)
Combine well and store in airtight container at room temperature until ready to use.
Add two tablespoons or to taste of the mix to 1/4 cup vinegar (white, white wine, red wine, or a combination) and 2/3 cup canola or olive oil in a clean jar or bottle. Close the lid and shake vigorously to mix well before serving.
Store leftovers in refrigerator. Allow to warm up to room temperature and shake well to combine before using.
Optional: May add some parmesan or Romano cheese and/or sugar at the same time that the dressing mix is added to the oil and vinegar. Just don't add them to the dry mix itself -- add it to the dressing.
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