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Copycat Italian Salad Dressing

Rated as 4.5 out of 5 Stars

"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."
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27 m servings 98
Original recipe yields 32 servings (4 cups)


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  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.
  • Partner Tip
  • Reynolds® Aluminum foil can be used to keep food moist, cook it evenly, and make clean-up easier.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 98 calories; 10.2 2 0.1 0 55 Full nutrition

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I swapped the white vinegar for balsamic and did about 1 c olive oil and 1/2 vegetable oil (because I ran out of olive oil). This substitutions definitely raised the cost of the recipe, but real...

I followed this recipe completely, I found it a little bit too sweet for my taste. I absolutely love knowing what ingredients are in my salad dressing and will save this for future use. I think ...

I used red wine vinegar and home dried tomatoes instead of bell peppers. I also added some minced garlic. Then instead of all basil, I added half basil and half oregano.

A very nice Italian dressing recipe. Good job getting the flavor right. I made it less tart and less sweet to fit my taste profile and added some garlic. 1 tsp of dry mustard helps it emulsify

I loved this dressing because it had fresh lemon juice in it. It also tells how to roast the red peppers, so helpful. thank you.

I marinate all my chicken in the most inexpensive Italian dressing I can find. I'm not going to buy it anymore though; I'm going to use this recipe but not just for marinade cuz it's really deli...

I used 3/4 cup olive oil instead of the full amount just because I'm saving calories. I also used red wine vinegar instead of white. Half basil and half oregano and added garlic powder and a ...

Exceiient, Be sure to shake

Looking for Italian dressing for sub sandwiches. When I realized I had a can of red peppers, I made this dressing. The kids couldn't tell the difference between this and store bought. I will def...