Learn how to make the BEST Dry Zesty Italian Dressing Mix, with this simple bulk mix recipe. Plus, it has directions to make the dressing as well. A full batch of this recipe will fill a pint jar (which means it makes about two cups of dry dressing mix). Whether you want to use it as dressing, or add a little bit of this mix to your favorite dish, it is sure to spice them up just right.
Lately I’ve been seeing recipes all over the place (cough…Pinterest;) that call for either Zesty Italian Dressing Mix or some of the prepared dressing.
It’s been driving me crazy that I can’t try these recipes due to all the junk in pre-made/ packaged spice mixtures/dressings (I’m on a clean eating kick lately).
However, I found a “from scratch” homemade recipe that has really good reviews so I’ve adapted it to fill a pint jar.
I only made a few minor changes (less sugar, less salt, and one other little change). I hope that you like it.
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So, Now I’m sharing with you my bulk recipe for the Best Homemade Zesty Italian Dressing Mix, plus directions for making the dressing.
Please note that if you’re nervous about making a giant batch of it like me, maybe try making a small batch of the original recipe first & see what you think before you go crazy and make a large batch.
If I use something a lot, I hate making it from scratch frequently, which is why I’m sharing with you the big batch that I make which can be used as you need it.
Now I’m going to share with you some still pics of the process of making both the dressing and turning the dressing mix into Salad Dressing.
How to make this Zesty Italian Dressing Mix Recipe:
You guys may not believe it, but this recipe is actually so simple that you literally just put the ingredients in a jar (pint or larger), put a lid on it, and SHAKE… that’s it!
To make the dressing you literally only mix some vinegar, oil, water, and a bit of the spice mix.
**Remember, If you like this recipe, you may also like my entire Salads and Dressings section. **
What’s in Zesty Italian Dressing Mix? Let’s find out!
- Dry Mix:
- 2 T Garlic Powder
- 1/4 C Onion Powder
- 1/2 C Dried Oregano
- 1 T+1 tsp Freshly Ground Black Pepper
- 1 T+1 tsp Dried Thyme
- 1 T+1 tsp Dried Basil
- 1 T+1 tsp Dried Parsley
- 1 to 2 T Sugar
- 1 T Salt (I used Iodized Sea Salt)
- 1/2 tsp Celery Seed
- 1/2 C Cajun Seasoning
- 1/4 cup Red Wine Vinegar (original recipe called for white wine vinegar)
- 2/3 cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
- 2 T Water
- 2 T mixed spice (above spice mix)
How To Make Zesty Italian Dressing Mix (dry):
- Layer all of the ingredients into a pint sized jar (may be a good idea to use a wide mouth jar…I struggled to keep the mess contained w/the regular mouth jar).
- Put a lid on and shake your little heart out (it condenses quite a bit when mixed, otherwise it would fill the jar nearly completely).
How To Make Zesty Italian Dressing (wet):
- Place ingredients in a blender and mix well.
- Store in an airtight container for up to one week in the refrigerator.
*Make Sure To Shake Well Before Each Use*
Use as needed. Can be used as a dry rub on meats or sprinkle it on veggies.
Make sure mix stays tightly sealed, if you live somewhere humid it may be a good idea to add an oxygen absorbing packet if you will be storing it for very long.
**from some of the reviews I've read from the original version of the recipe, it seems that you may want to add a bit more vinegar for more tang.
I love this dry mix when added to my Zesty Italian Chicken recipe…it’s so delicious!
You will easily start finding more and more ways to use it if you end up loving it as much as I do. In fact, I need to mix up another batch this weekend because I use it so much.
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*Reposts: Please note that this idea/post was originally posted to this website on 08/25/2012, but it was in great need of a refresh so it now is more user friendly/shareable and has a free printable recipe card.