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Zesty Italian Dressing Recipe with Citrus

This flavorful zesty Italian dressing recipe is wonderful with any kind of salad. You can toss it with macaroni or rice instead of the creamier dressings you might usually go for, or try it with your favorite garden salad or tossed green salad recipe. The lemon or lime zest gives it a lovely citrus flavor.

Try this with another kind of vinegar if you like. You could try rice vinegar, apple cider vinegar or red wine vinegar for a slightly different result. Swap the honey for white sugar if you prefer, and add a pinch more salt if you want to. This delicious zesty Italian dressing has a nice bite to it and it keeps a long time too. This will keep for up to three months in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

As you can see from the ingredients list, this zesty Italian dressing recipe features a variety of seasonings, all of which are perfectly balanced to give a smooth and mouthwatering flavor. This dressing is neither too sweet nor too acidic. This means you can serve it over pretty much any type of salad, and the fact it keeps for so long makes it even more appealing.

Herby Zesty Italian Dressing Recipe
Summary: One of our tangiest, zestiest salad dressings, this Italian one has citrus zest, herbs, spices, garlic, honey, oregano, and more, for a superior flavor you will love.
Cuisine: Italian
Recipe type: Salad Dressing
Serves: 10
Prep time: 
Total time: 
  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon dried thyme
  • ½ tablespoon dried parsley
  • 1 teaspoon lemon or lime zest
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1⅓ cups extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • ½ teaspoon dried basil
  • ½ tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1 cup white wine vinegar
  • ½ tablespoon onion powder
  • ½ tablespoon honey
  • 1 tablespoon dried oregano
  1. Put all the ingredients into a glass jar or bottle with a cover.
  2. You might need to use a funnel, in which case pour the dry ingredients in first, before the liquids, so they do not stick to the funnel.
  3. Cover tightly and shake well to blend.
  4. Keep refrigerated for up to 3 months.
(Makes 2½ Cups)

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This tangy Italian salad dressing is full of flavor and you will love how much taste it imparts to your salad. This salad dressing keeps for months in the refrigerator so it is worth making more than you think you will need, because after giving the jar a shake it will be ready to have on your next salad. Try this with any kind of greens, with grilled vegetables, chicken, fish, or toss it with cooked pasta or rice to make a delicious homemade salad. The Italian flavors shine clearly through with every mouthful you enjoy.

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Christine Szalay-Kudra

Hello and welcome to Amazing Salad Recipes. My name is Christine and I'm delighted you are visiting. I started this blog because salad is such an important dish. It can be a side dish or a whole meal, and there are so many type I love to prepare and serve to my family, helping them get all their nutrients as well as having something they can really enjoy.

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