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Homemade Zesty Italian Dressing Mix

January 24, 2023 | Author: Ashley McCrary

A delicious, homemade zesty Italian seasoning mix that makes a cute, simple DIY gift, or an awesome salad dressing! Includes a free printable recipe PDF to go along with the gift. 

a mason jar filled with layers of spices to make a homemade Italian seasoning mix.

What Makes This Recipe Great

I love a good homemade salad dressing. And if you’ve tried my homemade ranch seasoning, you know they turn out pretty darn delicious! This time, I set out to not only create a delicious homemade zesty Italian seasoning mix but thought it might actually make a perfect DIY gift as well. No more store-bought Italian dressing or seasoning packets for me. 

Introducing both a wonderful homemade Italian seasoning recipe and a simple homemade gift box idea. This makes the perfect gift for friends, family, teachers, co-workers, and more! Or mix it up and make a delicious zesty Italian dressing! 

a gift box filled with zesty Italian seasoning, red wine vinegar, olive oil, and a recipe card.

Ingredient Notes

Italian Seasoning Blend: This is a simple combination of herbs and spices such as garlic powder, dried onions, dehydrated garlic, dried oregano, freshly ground pepper, dried thyme, dried basil, dried parsley, lemon pepper, celery seed, and salt. 

Sugar: Healthier alternatives like granulated monk fruit or coconut sugar work great. Use depending on the desired sweetness.

Red Pepper Flakes: Optional. This will give it a little spice. If you prefer no spice, you can omit this. 

Oil and Vinegar: If making the dressing, you’ll need olive oil and red wine vinegar. 

a hand holding a printed recipe card showing how to make this recipe.

Recipe Step by Step

  1. Layer all the ingredients into a mason jar. 
  2. Leave it layered if you are wanting to give it as a gif or mix it up if you are wanting to use it right away.
  3. To make homemade Italian dressing: Mix together 2 tablespoons of Zesty Italian Seasoning with 1/4 cup red wine vinegar, 1/2 cup light olive oil, and 2 tablespoons of water.

Pro Tips

Storage: Stores for up to 6-7 months in the pantry in an airtight container.

Homemade Italian Dressing Recipe: Mix together 2 tablespoons of Zesty Italian Seasoning with 1/4 cup red wine vinegar, 1/2 cup light olive oil, and 2 tablespoons of water.

Other Uses: This spice blend is also great for pork chops, chicken breasts, veggies, pasta sauces, pasta salads, and more. 

Simple DIY Gift: Add this mixture to a mason jar with a twine bow. Package in a basket along with olive oil, red wine vinegar, and printable instructions on how to make it into a dressing.

Nutrition Facts: Please note the nutrition facts below account for the dry seasoning mix alone.

Recipe FAQs

Homemade Zesty Italian Dressing Mix: FAQs

Where can I find the supplies to make this a gift?

You can find the jars, boxes, and crinkled packing paper on Amazon. I have linked them below.

Can I use any olive oil for this zesty Italian dressing? 

Yes! I like using extra virgin olive oil because it’s on the lighter side. But use whichever you prefer.

Is this salad dressing healthy?

Yes! When mixed with olive oil, red wine vinegar, and water as stated in the recipe above, it’s just 53 calories per 2 tablespoons of dressing!

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a mason jar filled with zesty italian seasoning mix

Homemade Zesty Italian Dressing Seasoning

A delicious, homemade zesty Italian seasoning mix that makes a cute, simple DIY gift, or an awesome salad dressing! Includes a free printable recipe PDF to go along with the gift. 

  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 1 3/4 cups of seasoning 1x

Ingredients

Scale
  • 3 tablespoons garlic powder
  • 2 ½ tablespoons onion powder
  • 2 teaspoons dried onions
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons dehydrated garlic
  • 1/3 cup dried oregano
  • 1/2 tablespoon freshly ground pepper
  • 1 tablespoon dried thyme
  • 1/2 tablespoon dried basil
  • 3  tablespoons dried parsley
  • 2 teaspoons lemon pepper
  • 12  tablespoons Monk Fruit or coconut sugar depending on the desired sweetness
  • 1 tablespoon + 1 teaspoon Salt (or less if you are sensitive to salt)
  • 1 tsp celery seed
  • OPTIONAL: 1 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes; This will give it a little spice. If you are sensitive, omit

Instructions

  1. Layer all the ingredients into a mason jar. 
  2. Leave it layered if you are wanting to give it as a gif or mix it up if you are wanting to use it right away.
  3. To make homemade Italian dressing: Mix together 2 tablespoons of Zesty Italian Seasoning with 1/4 cup red wine vinegar, 1/2 cup light olive oil, and 2 tablespoons of water.

Notes

  •  Storage: Stores for up to 6-7 months in the pantry in an airtight container.
  • Homemade Italian Dressing Recipe: Mix together 2 tablespoons of Zesty Italian Seasoning with 1/4 cup red wine vinegar, 1/2 cup light olive oil, and 2 tablespoons of water.
  • Other Uses: This spice blend is also great for pork chops, chicken breasts, veggies, pasta sauces, pasta salads, and more. 
  • Simple DIY Gift: Add this mixture to a mason jar with a twine bow. Package in a basket along with olive oil, red wine vinegar, and printable PDF instructions on how to make it into a dressing.
  • Nutrition Facts: Please note the nutrition facts below account for the dry seasoning mix alone.
  • Author: Ashley McCrary
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Category: sauces/seasoning
  • Method: No Cook
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Diet: Gluten Free

Keywords: Italian seasoning mix, zesty Italian


 

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Welcome to Healthy Little Peach. I’m Mac, the lady behind the recipes. I believe in living a healthy lifestyle that consists of a mix of healthy whole foods, and full-fat comfort meals. Life is too short not to enjoy good food while maintaining a healthy body and mind. Here you will find gluten-free, dairy-free, paleo, keto, and even full-fat comfort recipes. Let’s have fun in the kitchen together!

About Me

Welcome to Healthy Little Peach. I’m Mac, the lady behind the recipes. I believe in living a healthy lifestyle that consists of a mix of healthy whole foods, and full-fat comfort meals. Life is too short not to enjoy good food while maintaining a healthy body and mind. Here you will find gluten-free, dairy-free, paleo, keto, and even full-fat comfort recipes. Let’s have fun in the kitchen together!