Our homemade Italian salad dressing – a fast and easy recipe.

Here’s our quick homemade Italian salad dressing.

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Homemade Italian salad dressing

This is a very basic but delicious salad dressing which is made from ingredients you probably already have in your store cupboards.

In Italy, only this season’s extra virgin olive oil is used for dressings – the first oil off the presses. 

But if you don’t have access to such fresh ingredients, buy the most expensive olive oil and balsamic vinegar you can afford – you’ll be amazed at the difference they make.


  • 100 ml extra virgin olive oil
  • 50 ml good balsamic vinegar
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • Sea salt and crushed black pepper

How to make it

  • Chop the garlic very finely, or use a gadget such as the Chef'n Garlic Zoom (for the UK use this link : Chef'n Garlic Zoom)
  • Put the olive oil, vinegar, mustard, salt and pepper together in a medium sized bowl.
  • Whisk by hand or use an electric blender for speed, until all the ingredients are combined.
  • Either drizzle over a salad, or pour into a jog for everyone to help themselves.


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