Make the best Italian dressing or dip when you mix your own dry homemade zesty Italian seasoning and dressing mix. It only takes 5 minutes! Also, starting with fresh dried herbs will make your dressing more flavorful than store-bought dressing. The best part is there are no artificial preservatives and it is low in sodium.
This is very similar to the little packets of dressing mixes you can get at the store but packed with more Italian herbs and not a lot of salt.
Why make this copycat recipe
Never buy another envelope of Italian dressing again once you taste this copycat Good Seasons mix!
If you read the ingredients carefully on the back of a pack of Good Seasons Zesty Italian Salad Dressing And Recipe Mix they have a few ingredients that most copycat recipes omit. To get a true authentic copy cat these must be included.
When you make your own, you will have a product that is free from preservatives and anti-caking additives. You can control the amount of salt added if you need to watch your salt intake.
Also, with this Italian dressing mix recipe, it is more economical than buying the packets.
First, you will need some Dehydrated Soy Sauce Powder. This might be hard to find in your local grocery but you can get it on Amazon with just a click.
Next, you will need to add Red Bell Pepper Flakes. These add sweetness and flavor to your authentic Italian dressing recipe. I use these all the time in soup recipes, just toss a handful in and they rehydrate as the soup cooks. Also, I like to grind them into a powder and sprinkle on hummus.
- garlic powder
- onion powder
- dried red bell pepper
- black pepper
- soy sauce powder
- celery salt
- red pepper flakes
I start with herbs I'm growing in our garden, drying them in my Excalibur Food Dehydrator. I find their flavor is enhanced because the dehydrator's temperature range is low enough to preserve active enzymes in fruits, vegetables, and herbs. They don't get all dried out and crispy and they retain their color better.
However, purchasing good quality organic dried herbs will also make this seasoning mix a special zesty treat when using it in recipes or dressings.
How to store the seasoning mix
After you make a batch of the italian seasoning mix then fill 4oz Glass Spice Jars Bottles. Cap tightly and store away from light in a cool dry cabinet or pantry. Use within three months,.
How to use
You can use this seasoning mix to create a wonderful vinaigrette salad dressing or use as a seasoning on roasted potatoes and other vegetables.
Looking for a way to spice you your meats, then this zesty dressing will make a great marinade. Just add 2 tablespoons with 1/3 olive oil and 1/3 red wine vinegar. To learn all about marinating check out my Whiskey Steak Marinade.
Giving the seasoning mix as a gift
If you are looking for a unique gift to give your friends and family then make up a batch of this Italian dressing mix recipe and fill some spice jars. Label and tie directions for the salad dressing to the bottle with some twine. You could fill a basket with salad ingredients such as lettuce, cucumber, onions, and croutons and place a jar of the zesty Italian dressing mix in the basket also.
More homemades seasoning to give as gifts
Homemade Zesty Italian Seasoning Mix and Dressing
Homemade Zesty Italian Mix Ingredients
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
- 1 tablespoon sugar
- 1 tablespoon oregano dried
- 1 tablespoon red bell pepper flakes dried
- 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
- 1/4 teaspoon thyme dried
- 1 teaspoon basil dried
- 1 1/2 teaspoons parsley dried
- 1 teaspoon rosemary finely chopped, dried
- 1 teaspoon soy sauce powder dried
- 1/2 teaspoon celery salt
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
Homemade Zesty Italian Dressing Ingredients
- 2/3 cup olive oil
- 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
- 1 teaspoon lemon juice
- 2 tablespoons water
- 2 tablespoons Homemade Zesty Italian Seasoning Mix
Homemade Zesty Italian Dressing Mix
- Grind all ingredents in a small coffe grinder if you like a powder type mix or omit this step if you like larger pieces of herbs in your mix.
- Pour the mix in a small jar and seal with a tight fitting lid until needed
Homemade Zesty Italian Dressing Instructions
- Combine all ingredients in a jar, screw on top, and shake well. Store in the refrigerator for up to a week.