Homemade Italian Dressing

You will probably not be surprised that I just tried to make my pasta salad and got to the last step before I realized that I had no Italian dressing.

I've tried homemade before and it was one of those kitchen experiments that end up in the compost pile: a little runny, a lot sour, and at the same time quite sugary in a granular sort-of-way.

I, of course, did not document what I did at that time, but whatever I did, it was not to be repeated.

So I was quite hesitant to take on this task again.

It's amazing what you'll do for hungry mini-muffins that have already assembled most of a pasta salad.

(Here they are... hiding under the kitchen table.)

Then, upon completion, I was notified that we were supposed to be having a cookout tonight with Uncle Baby and his surprise blind date.

Side note: does anyone ACTUALLY go on a blind date anymore what with facebook? Even I've already seen his 'blind' date. 

Well, luckily this recipe, adapted from Penniless Parenting's Perfect Homemade Italian Dressing, really was absolutely perfect.

Now I can feed mini-muffins AND have a dish to bring to our surprise cookout (that's what I get for being on the wrong side of the front porch at my own birthday party.  Me and my incessant pouting. :) )

Homemade Italian Dressing

1 cup rice vinegar
1 cup olive oil
1/3 cup veg oil
1 tbs water
1/2 tbs garlic powder
1/2 tbs onion powder
3/4 tbs sugar
1 tbs oregano powder
1/2 tsp pepper
1/4 tsp thyme
1/2 tbsp salt

Step #1: Put all ingredients in a covered container and shake.  Viola!


  1. Great dressing! It's even better that you had to make it instead of using bought one :)

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  3. sounds like a delicious dressing!

  4. The Pasta Salad looks great. I love your Italian dressing recipe. No onions and garlic to chop or mince. Just onion and garlic powder. Have a great weekend:)

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