Serve this tangy and delicious Italian Vinaigrette recipe on your favorite salads, steamed vegetables, or even pasta. It also makes a zesty marinade for tofu. You’ll love how easy it is to make and the flavor it adds to your favorite plant-based dishes!
Salads are my favorite meal, any day of the week, any month of the year. I just love salads! And there is no shortage of delicious salad dressing options, but I love coming to these very basic vinaigrette. It’s simple and yet so flavorful!
I love making it when we have guests over for dinner, because there’s nothing like homemade dressing.
If you’ve never made your own homemade salad dressing, you’re in for a real treat! My aunt Mary (who is well into her 90’s) was the first to introduce me to homemade dressings, and I’m so glad she did!
What is Italian Vinaigrette?
A simple vinaigrette is made by combining water, oil, and an acidic ingredient, like vinegar and/or lemon juice. This is combined with Italian seasonings and aromatic vegetables to create an Italian Vinaigrette to serve over salads, steamed veggies, and more.
How many carbs in Italian vinaigrette dressing?
There’s a net zero carb balance in this Italian vinaigrette dressing. That means it’s a great low-carb, healthy option to top your favorite salads!
Ingredients Makes This Recipe Great
You can find the full printable recipe including ingredient quantities below, but here you’ll find more about what makes this recipe so great.
- Lemon juice — we all love the zesty flavor of lemon juice and it’s great in vinaigrettes too. You can use either freshly squeezed or from a bottle.
- White wine vinegar — I love the flavor that white whine vinegar adds to my dressings. Can you use something like apple cider vinegar? Sure, but I do highly recommend the white wine vinegar!
- Garlic — The fresh garlic could overpower the flavor of this dressing, however after it marinades with the vinegars and oil, it mellows. You can use garlic powder, but there’s nothing like fresh garlic.
- Salt — The lemon juice and vinegar adds a salty flavor which means we’ll only be adding a little bit of salt. I used sea salt, but table salt works here too.
- Paprika — I love the flavor and color added by paprika.
- Dehydrated onion flakes — There’s no denying that onion adds flavor to everything, that’s why a few dehydrated onion flakes adds so much.
- Dried thyme — The earthy flavor of this herb adds so much to this dressing. If it’s summer and I have fresh herbs on-hand, I’ll add a tablespoon of fresh thyme herbs, but dried thyme works too.
- Olive oil — This recipe uses minimal oil, but a little bit of olive oil helps the dressing adhere to the greens, veggies, pasta, or whatever you’re drizzling it over.
How to Make Italian Vinaigrette
You’re going to love how easy it is to make homemade vinaigrette recipes. Are you ready? Add all the ingredients to a small mason jar, give it a shake and you’re ready to go.
That said, I like to let the ingredients sit together for awhile before serving. That helps those garlic bits marinade in the vinegar.
Here are some of my favorite tips for this recipe:
- I like to keep the amount of olive oil used in my vinaigrette to a minimum. If you prefer more, you can add a tablespoon or two more.
- This vinaigrette comes together in minutes, but if you’re serving it to guests for dinner, it’s best to make it ahead a few hours (or even the day) before to let the flavors marinade.
- Always give the bottle a shake before serving it, to help spread the seasonings and mix the ingredients together.
- Feel free to add a sprinkle or two of vegan parmesan to this dressing
- Sometimes I will finely chop red bell peppers to add more color and flavor
- You can add a teaspoon of syrup (agave nectar or maple syrup works great) or sweetener (monkfruit or stevia), if you prefer a sweeter flavor to your dressings.
- I love adding a little bit of cashew cream to make a creamy Italian dressing. It’s delicious!
More Salads, Please!
If you’re like me and you love salads, you’ll want more than just this Italian vinaigrette to keep you going. Here are some favorite dressings and vegan salad recipes:
- Easy Cauliflower Salad
- Vegan Pasta Salad
- Vegan Cobb Salad
- Harvest Salad
- Raw Kale Salad
- Strawberry Vinaigrette
- Vegan Ranch
Salads are so healthy. I’ve learned my favorite salad greens are typically Romaine, but spinach and kale run close behind. I also love adding some salad burnet because it has a fresh cucumber flavor to it!
I hope you love this recipe as we do! Have you tried it? Be sure and leave a comment and a rating of this recipe below and then take a quick photo and share it with me using #namelymarly on Instagram. I love seeing your creations!
- ¼ cup water
- ¼ cup lemon juice
- ¼ cup white wine vinegar
- 1 clove garlic, peeled and minced
- ¼ teaspoon salt (see note)
- ½ teaspoon paprika
- ½ teaspoon dehydrated onion flakes
- ½ teaspoon dried thyme
- ¼ cup olive oil
- Combine all ingredients in a lidded jar, cover tightly with a lid, and shake to combine.
- Keep the unused dressing in the fridge when not in use. It will keep up to 7 days in the fridge. The ingredients will settle, so be sure to shake a little before serving.
- Drizzle over salads, burrito bowls, and even pasta.
The nutrition information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator and should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.