If you keep any “all-purpose” seasoning mix in your pantry, it should be this Italian dressing mix!
It’s got the perfect balance of dried herbs and spices that can be used to season practically everything from salads to pot roasts!
Reach for it any time you need a marinade, salad dressing, or meat rub.
Easy Italian Dressing Mix
- Make Italian dressing with a handful of ingredients likely already in the pantry plus room for customizing your own recipe!
- Homemade seasoning mixes are free of preservatives, dyes, and excess sodium plus they’re gluten-free!
- You’ll definitely want to double up this recipe. Gift a few jars to special friends and neighbors; it’s that good!
Italian Dressing Mix vs. Italian Seasoning
Basically, Italian seasoning is a component of this Italian dressing mix recipe featuring three basic herbs; parsley, basil, and oregano (and sometimes rosemary and thyme). The remaining ingredients make up the dry Italian dressing mix.
Ingredients and Variations
Herbs and Spices: We use dried herbs and ground spices instead of fresh ones for longer storage. Parsley, oregano, basil, thyme, and a few dashes of onion and garlic powder are the basics, feel free to adjust or substitute herbs as desired (or omit if you’re out!).
The lemon pepper is the secret ingredient that makes this a zesty Italian dressing mix. Lemon pepper is the staple on our homemade baked french fries, since we use lemon pepper on them pretty much every time!
Variations: Experiment with other seasonings like dried mustard, sage, smoked paprika, ground fennel, or some zesty red pepper flakes!
How to Make Italian Dressing Mix
Mix ingredients in a bowl and transfer to a container with a tight-fitting seal, as described in the recipe card below. Or, simply add all the ingredients to the container, cover, and shake!
How to Use Italian Dressing Mix
- There are dozens if not hundreds of ways Italian dressing mix can be used to jazz up everything from dips to dressings, meats, fish, and beyond! Delish added to this chicken and noodles dish or added to the hamburger in these savory foil packets.
- Make a fresh Italian dressing for green salads. Or drizzle over roasted asparagus, by mixing seasoning mix with a 1:1 ratio of extra virgin olive oil and balsamic vinegar.
- Combine Italian dressing mix with sour cream or Greek yogurt to make a quick dip for chips and veggies
- Whisk a dash or two into scrambled eggs, or add to oil and vinegar to make a super quick and easy meat marinade.
- Coat a pot roast, or slow cook a whole chicken in Italian dressing mix as a simple way to infuse meat with flavor!
- Naturally, Italian dressing mix can be added to punch up the flavor of store-bought or homemade pasta sauce as well as a savory sprinkle on a Margherita pizza.
How Many Tablespoons are in a Packet of Italian Dressing Mix?
Use two tablespoons of homemade Italian dressing dry mix in place of one packet of Italian dressing mix.
Storing Italian Dressing Mix
Store this Italian dressing mix in a container, such as a mason jar with a tight fitting lid, in a cool space like a drawer or dark cupboard for up to 6 months. Write the date it’s made on the top of the container lid, a label, or a piece of tape.
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Italian Dressing Mix
- 1 Tablespoon parsley
- 1 Tablespoon dried oregano
- 1 Tablespoon garlic powder
- 1 Tablespoon onion powder
- 1 Tablespoon lemon pepper
- 1 teaspoon basil
- 1 teaspoon fresh thyme
- 1 teaspoon paprika
- 1 teaspoon black pepper
- 1 teaspoon celery salt or celery seeds or celery flakes
- 1 teaspoon granulated sugar
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon dried onion flakes
- In a medium bowl, mix together parsley, dried oregano, garlic powder, onion powder, lemon pepper, basil, fresh thyme, paprika, pepper, celery salt, sugar, salt and dried onion flakes.
- Makes approximately 7 Tablespoons of dry Italian dressing mix.
- Mix may settle, so be sure to stir before measuring.
Nutrition information does not include optional ingredients or garnish and is an estimate. It may change based on actual ingredients and cooking methods used.
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