Small jar of homemade Italian dressing on a white table with a wedge of lemon, chilli and a bulb of garlic.
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Healthy Homemade Italian Dressing Recipe

Classic Italian Dressing recipe with only the freshest of herbs used. Lasts for up to 2 weeks and is a versatile dressing for salads, meat and potoes.
Prep Time10 mins
Total Time10 mins
Course: Dressing, Salad
Cuisine: Italian
Servings: 1 tablespoon
Calories: 88kcal
Author: Maria Ghidella


  • 1 cup fresh flat leaf parsley
  • 1/4 cup fresh mint
  • 1/4 cup fresh basil
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1 small red chilli (chopped)
  • 125 ml olive oil
  • 25 ml fresh lemon juice
  • Salt and pepper


  • Place the herbs, garlic and chilli in a food processor and mince for a 10 seconds until they are finely chopped. You can chop the herbs with a knife and chopping board if you prefer.
  • Place the chopped herbs into a jar. Add the olive oil and lemon juice and season with salt and pepper.
  • Place the lid over the jar and shake.
  • Makes 1 cup. 


  • Makes 1 cup. Calorie per serve = 1 tablespoon
  • Where possible, use fresh lemon juice rather than bottled
  • Fresh herbs give a more intense flavour than dried herbs
  • If fresh chilli is hard to get, you can replace this with chilli flakes
  • You can substitute lemon juice with white wine vinegar, but it will change the taste a little
  • When using this salad on warm dishes, it is best to keep the dressing at room temperature.
  • This can be stored in a bottle in the fridge for up to 2 weeks
  • The longer the herbs infuse in the oil, the more depth of flavour.


Serving: 1tbsp | Calories: 88kcal | Carbohydrates: 6.64g | Protein: 0.4g | Fat: 12.7g | Saturated Fat: 1.9g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.7g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5.3g | Trans Fat: 0.003g | Sodium: 17mg | Potassium: 151mg | Fiber: 0.6g | Sugar: 2.46g | Vitamin A: 1900IU | Vitamin C: 56.1mg | Calcium: 20mg | Iron: 0.7mg