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Our Favorite Italian Salad Dressing

by Jessica

I grew up very blessed with a mom who could cook amazingly well! Not only was her food yummy, from scratch, but it was also very healthy. I grew up eating one main salad dressing on most of our salads; I don’t think I tasted ranch dressing until high school. Below I show you how simple it is to make this recipe in specific amounts to make it easier since you have never tasted it to be able to make it “to taste.” This dressing can be made with olive oil rather than canola oil,but I prefer the taste of canola oil in this recipe.


Here are the ingredients: pepper, salt, dill weed, oil, balsamic vinegar, red wine vinegar, and your salad ingredients.

I remember eating three main salads, your typical lettuce, tomatoes, onions, cucumber, etc. salad with all of the toppings you like and this dressing is GREAT on this salad. Here I am showing the cucumber salad that we grew up eating. Sometimes, we had tomato salad which is tomatoes cut up and this dressing put on it. Which was also very delish! So, I  took one cucumber and used a mandolin to slice it as thin as possible.

I added all of the ingredients and the tossed it.

Once tossed, it looks like this and is amazing. I like making the cucumber version because the cucumbers don’t get soggy so I can make it and have it as a side for our lunches.

Grasham Homemade Italian Salad Dressing

*Jessica’s Edit on 7/7/12*

2 tbsp. canola oil
3 tbsp. balsamic vinegar (We prefer the Pompeian brand, I tried Walmart brand, it just tasted off)
1 tsp. red wine vinegar
1/2 tsp. salt
1 1/2 tsp. dried dill weed
¼ tsp. black pepper
a dash of nutmeg

Use 1 head of lettuce (of your choice) and add whichever vegetables you like best in your salad.
Add the dressing ingredients to the lettuce and vegetables and toss very well, before serving.

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Emily September 5, 2012 - 9:13 pm

What are the other ingredients in the cucumber salad?

Emily September 5, 2012 - 9:14 pm

Wait, nevermind! I just reread and answered my own question. 🙂

Mom (Wow) September 6, 2012 - 6:21 am

I remember this dressing, but didn’t your mom also add chopped onions as well? I am sooooo glad you finally put this recipe down, I have wanted it for a long time.
love you!

jrwarfield September 6, 2012 - 6:53 am

Gail, your right, she does add finely chopped onions. I LOVE onions,but Grant like love them in salads so I tend to leave them out.

Aunt Sandi September 16, 2012 - 5:04 pm

I made the dressing with sliced cues & Vidalia onions – Delicious! Thank you & your Mom for sharing…

jrwarfield September 16, 2012 - 5:22 pm

I am soo glad you liked it. I know Gail was planning on making some in bulk to keep in the fridge which was the whole reason I wrote down the recipe. It is great to make right then and there but even more convenient to make in advanced!

Aunt Sandi September 16, 2012 - 6:34 pm

We just finished dinner. I served the cucumber salad with couscous, steamed peas & marinated, grilled flat iron steak. Your dressing is delicious, I just wish I could figure out how to make a larger quantity to keep in my jar in the fridge. Have you & Grant made a large qnty?

jrwarfield September 16, 2012 - 6:37 pm

Yup, just double trip, whoever much you want to make and then store in a container in the fridge. Just make sure you shake really well before pouring some out, and I think it works pretty well.

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