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Secret’s Out: Mom’s Italian Dressing Recipe

January 7, 2014
My mother is a fabuous Italian cook, and one of her most coveted recipes is her salad dressing. It’s to-die for, and  if you love bold Italian spices and lots of vinegar this is the dressing for you! It goes perfect on almost any salad, and doesn’t have a lick of bad stuff in it. It’s gluten-free, nut-free, sugar-free, soy-free, dairy-free, vegan and paleo. And it’s made with the super good kind of monosaturated fat that helps you maintain healthy cholesterol level. Health benefits aside, it tastes fabulous! We prefer to put it over a romaine-endive-spring mix blend, with chopped cucumbers, carrots, celery, Jersey tomatoes and maybe even some chopped bell peppers, if they’re in season. This dressing also makes an amazing marinade for beef or chicken.
Rose’s Italian Salad Dressing
1/2 cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil  (ShopRiteBrand)
1/3 cup Balsamic Vinegar of Modena (Monari Federzoni)
1/4 tsp. salt (Kosher)
1/4 tsp pepper
1 tsp garlic powder (Spice Classic Brand)
1 tsp each:  parsley, oregano, and basil (spice Classic Brand)
Place all ingredients into a glass jar with a lid, and shake until mixed well.  Pour over salad (as much as you like).  You can save whatever you do not use.  Should last at least a week, maybe two.  You can also double or triple recipe.
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