Salads can be a great way to get in a variety of nutrients, using colorful veggies, crisp greens, and tasty dressing.
The problem with most store-bought dressings is the added flavoring, thickeners, stabilizers, and preservatives. As someone who tries to stay away from most of those things, I’ve come to make most of my dressings from scratch. It’s all part of building a better salad!
This italian dressing mix is super versatile and easy to change based on your taste buds. Use this as a starting point and change the herbs as you desire!
I love to use Italian dressing as marinade on chicken, as well as in a few of my favorite recipes like my Italian cream cheese chicken casserole, and I’ve recently started making my own so I can avoid the vegetable oils they put in store-bought products.
- 1 tablespoon garlic salt
- 1 tablespoon dried minced onion
- ½ tablespoon sugar (something like evaporated cane juice would work well)
- 2 tablespoons dried oregano
- 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
- ¼ teaspoon dried thyme
- 1 teaspoon dried basil
- 2 tablespoons salt
- Mix all ingredients together and store in a small glass jar. You can also grind it up a bit with a coffee grinder or blender which makes it stay more uniform.
Can also be used as a dressing or marinade by mixing 2 Tbsp of the mix with ¼ cup vinegar, ⅔ cup extra virgin olive oil, and 2Tbsp water.
If you are on a sugar free diet, simply skip the sugar or replace it with your favorite substitute.