Copycat Italian Salad Dressing


My family prefers the store brand of Italian dressing to any of the name brands. They all pretty much taste the same and have the same ingredients. This is a copycat of their dressing using mostly ingredients from the cabinet most people keep on hand or can find easily. The water makes it stretch a little further for those on a tight budget, but you might also like it without.

Prep Time:
5 mins
Cook Time:
12 mins
Additional Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
27 mins
4 cups


  • ½ red bell pepper

  • 1 ½ cups vegetable oil

  • ¾ cup water

  • ¾ cup white vinegar

  • ¼ cup white sugar

  • 2 tablespoons dried basil

  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice

  • 1 ½ teaspoons dried minced onion

  • ¾ teaspoon salt


  1. Set oven rack about 6 inches from the heat source and preheat the oven's broiler. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil and add red bell pepper.

  2. Roast red bell pepper under the broiler until slightly blackened, about 12 minutes. Transfer bell pepper to a bowl and cover tightly with plastic wrap for about 10 minutes. Carefully remove plastic wrap and peel skin from bell pepper.

  3. Blend roasted red pepper, oil, water, vinegar, sugar, basil, lemon juice, minced onion, and salt in a blender until smooth.

Cook's Notes:

Store in the refrigerator overnight for best taste, although usable immediately if needed. Shake well before using.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

98 Calories
10g Fat
2g Carbs
0g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 32
Calories 98
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 10g 13%
Saturated Fat 2g 8%
Sodium 55mg 2%
Total Carbohydrate 2g 1%
Dietary Fiber 0g 1%
Total Sugars 2g
Protein 0g
Vitamin C 3mg 15%
Calcium 7mg 1%
Iron 0mg 1%
Potassium 16mg 0%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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