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Food Factor: Italian Dressing Mix

by Ms. Natasha Haynes, MSU Extension Service

Making your own mixes is a favorite topic here on The Food Factor. We’ve shared recipes for Ranch Dressing Mix, Taco Seasoning Mix and Magic Meat Mixes. Today we’ve got a recipe for Italian Dressing Mix!

True confession: I don’t usually make this dressing mix for salads. I put it in the slow cooker with roast beef, onions and peppers for a delicious alternative to traditional pot roast.

Like all recipes, I recommend you adjust this to suit your tastes. Less sugar will make your dressing less sweet. More pepper, or adding cayenne pepper, will amp up the spiciness. Be sure to label the jar and use within the recommended time, about three months.

Italian Dressing Mix


-1 tablespoons garlic salt -1 tablespoon onion powder -1 tablespoon sugar -2 tablespoons oregano -1 teaspoon pepper -1/4 teaspoon thyme -1 teaspoon basil -1 tablespoon dried parsley flakes -1/4 teaspoon celery salt -2 tablespoons salt

Mix together and store in an airtight container until ready to use.

Label, date and store in a cool, dry place. Use within three months.

To prepare dressing, mix together:

-1/4 cup cider vinegar -2/3 cup olive or canola oil or other salad oil -2 tablespoons water -2 tablespoons dry Italian dressing mix

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