Authentic Italian Salad Dressing with Herbs
You can use this authentic Italian salad dressing on your mixed salad leaves. It is also delicious on steamed broccoli or asparagus spears, whether you serve them hot as a side dish or cold as a salad. You can make this authentic Italian salad dressing a day ahead if you like. Simply cover and refrigerate it. The flavors will intensify overnight.
The olive oil, garlic, oregano, and basil are typical Italian flavors and the parsley, lemon juice, and white wine vinegar add more flavor. The crushed red pepper flakes add a touch of spice to this authentic Italian salad dressing and you can vary the amount for different results. If you want to use fresh herbs instead of dried basil and oregano, you can do this but make sure the leaves are cut up very finely. Also, you will need a larger amount because fresh herbs have a subtler flavor than their dried counterparts do have, so add some, whisk the dressing, and add more if necessary.
This type of salad dressing is always popular because it complements so many different dishes and offers a subtle yet distinctive flavor. The delicate Italian flavors suit all kinds of vegetables and you can make your salad out of anything you like, perhaps including chicken, egg, fish or another protein, along with colorful vegetables and other additions. This is easy to prepare and perhaps it will become a firm favorite in your family because it is so much fresher and tastier than the commercially prepared alternatives.
- 6 tablespoons olive oil
- 2 chopped garlic cloves
- 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
- ¼ teaspoon dried crushed red pepper
- 1 teaspoon dried basil
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- ¼ teaspoon dried oregano
- 2 tablespoons white wine vinegar
- Whisk everything together in a small bowl.
- Season to taste with salt and pepper.
If you want to make a homemade salad dressing but you are not in the mood for anything rich or creamy, consider this simple yet delicious authentic Italian salad dressing. It boasts delicate, fragrant flavors such as lemon, garlic, herbs and red pepper, and you will find it works over pretty much any kind of salad, whether you are working with Italian ingredients like tomatoes and mozzarella cheese, or preparing another type of salad. This recipe makes half a cup of dressing but if you double the recipe you will find it keeps well in the refrigerator for a few days.
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