Friday, July 22, 2011

Paleo Italian Salad Dressing Recipe

It's kind of funny, I went to Costco awhile back to get some balsamic vinegar to combine with some olive oil for a salad dressing.  They Costco store I went to that day didn't have the balsamic vinegar that I had seen at the other Costco we frequent, but they did have a large bottle or red wine vinegar and white wine vinegar packaged together for only $3-something.  So, I bought them, and soon after, came upon this salad dressing recipe that calls for red wine vinegar.  Perfect!  I like that it makes a good-size amount, it contains no added sugar, and it really is a flexible/tweak-able recipe as Sarah says.  It is very potent!  We make this often since we frequently add salads to meals.  I would like to try it as a chicken marinade, too.

Ingredients:
1 cup olive oil
1 cup red wine vinegar (or experiment with a combo of other vinegars or lemon juice)
2 1/2 tsp. garlic powder
2 tsp. onion powder or dried minced onion
2 1/2 tsp. dried oregano
2 1/2 tsp. dried basil
2 tsp. pepper
2 tsp. salt
2 tsp. dried or prepared mustard (take your pick)

Combine ingredients in a jar. Store tightly covered at room temperature or in the refrigerator (will need to let the olive oil come to room temp. before serving.)  Shake well before pouring. Enjoy!

31 comments:

  1. This looks awesome! Can't wait to try it out.

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  2. I made this and it is THE BEST Italian dress I've ever tasted!

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    1. Thanks so much! Glad you like it!

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    2. I grew up with an Italian uncle who made all our Italian dressings. (One part apple cider vinegar to two parts olive oil....plus seasonings: salt, pepper, garlic to taste, oregano, basil, (NO SUGAR!). It's great with tossed salad......very simple, easy to make and VERY Italian.

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  3. Is the mustard dry or prepared? Thanks.

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    1. Prepared mustard. I just use regular yellow mustard. You could experiment with dry mustard of course and it would probably be fine. Thanks for pointing this out - I will edit above to specify prepared.

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    2. Odd. I assumed dried. It was great. I think if I added tiny parmesan shavings, it would be like Greek herb dressing (which I will never pay $$$ for again). I think blue cheese or feta crumbles would also be wonderful.

      Is part of Paleo?

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    3. If you add cheese, it will not be paleo, if that is what you are wondering. Some cheese added can still be considered primal. I agree it would be delicious that way!

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    4. isn't prepared mustard non-paleo. how do you get the mustard?

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    5. Uhhh, I guess I thought it was OK, depending upon the ingredients, maybe I am wrong. I have used dried ground mustard seed, too, and it works fine. Or leave it out altogether!

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  4. This dressing is amazing! And makes a perfect chicken marinade!!

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  5. I was a little skeptical with so much oregano, I am not much of a fan of it. But I must say this dressing is awesome. Two thumbs up. When I make another batch I am going to go a little less on the oregano. Thank you so much for this recipe.

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    1. I'm glad you can make it work for you. I love oregano, but the beauty of this recipe is that it is pretty forgiving - once I accidentally put parsley in and it was great. If you find any new variations we should try, let me know!

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  6. Did you use EVOO or regular OO?

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  7. Love it!! My 16 year old picky eater loved it, so that say a lot believe me. He keeps asking me where I bought it. Guess next time I will make it in front of him =) Thanks for sharing

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  8. I used vegetable oil and it tastes great!

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  9. This dressing is amazing! Thanks for the wonderful recipe.

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  10. This seems like exactly the recipe I was looking for - especially since Tomato & Cucumber Salads are one of my fave summer treats. Just one question - how long does it last in the fridge?

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    1. Hmm, not sure, we use it in a week. The olive oil will harden in the fridge, so stick it in some warm water or let it sit at room temperature for a bit before shaking. Room temperature won't harm it as long as you don't let the oil go rancid. Hope you like it, I've used it on lots of things - including coleslaw. Tomato and cucumber sounds great, especially for summer!

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  11. I poured this over porkchops and baked it! Delish!

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  12. Are fresh ingredients okay? I have a garden and would like to use all fresh nothing dried until winter.

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    1. Oooh, that sounds delicious, I would love to use fresh! You may just up the amount a bit.

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  13. Best chicken marinade ever!!!!!

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  14. I just made this dressing. It is the best Italian dressing I have ever had. Absolutely delicious!!! Following some of the other suggestions and trying it on cobb salad tomorrow and on chicken Sunday. Can't wait!!

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  15. This is FABULOUS as a chicken marinade! I was brought up on Cornell BBQ Sauce for chicken, but I didn't have all of the ingredients. So, I used this recipe and it was awesome! We're actually grilling about 5 pounds of chicken today (some for dinner and some for our next couple of meals) and I just set the chicken to marinade in this dressing! YUM!

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  16. I make one similar to this.....sometimes with red wine vinegar some times with white wine vinegar....I also add parsley flakes, coriander and paprika. I love balsamic vinegar but it has about 2.7 grams of carbs per tbsp so I stay away from it. I love that I can make my own salad dressing without the sugar and carbs.

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