Italian Dressing Mix
Why use the store-bought stuff when you can make a better, equally convenient version at home?
Why This Recipe Works
There’s something to be said for the convenience of shelf-stable dried Italian dressing mixes: Just add oil, vinegar, and water; shake; and serve. But most Italian dressing mixes are sugary-sweet and taste of stale dried herbs. We wanted to create an Italian dressing mix recipe that had fresher herb flavor, a bright balance of sweet and tart, and enough thickness to cling to our salad. Just a little dried oregano, basil, and crushed red pepper, along with onion and garlic, gave us the full flavor we were looking for. Powdered lemonade mix, to our surprise, added just the right amount of sweetness and acidity to our Italian Dressing Mix.