the best homemade salad dressing

A few years ago we quit buying salad dressing.

Except for, you know… that one bottle of ranch dressing to dip my pizza in, that is.

Instead I like to make this homemade dressing every week or so and we live off of it.  The whole family loves it!

It is healthy and fresh-tasting…  and I especially love that I know exactly what’s in it!  (Unlike the rest of those bottles we finally threw away!)

This is an italian-style dressing…  it’s very light & fresh, but chock-full of flavor!

We call this “Daja Dressing” because I got the original recipe from my friend Daja…  I believe she said it was actually a Weight Watchers recipe, but don’t quote me on that.

I have tweaked it a bit, of course, but the original idea is still there…  and so good.

Even my salad dressing-hating husband loves this!

the best salad dressing


  • 2/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 cup freshly-squeezed lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons dijon mustard
  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 3 garlic cloves, finely minced
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 teaspoon freshly-ground black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes


Measure ingredients into a jar with a securely-fitting lid. Screw on the lid and shake vigorously to combine. Store in the fridge for up to a week.

(If it solidifies - as olive oil does in cold temperatures - let it sit at room temperature for a little bit and re-shake!)
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  • Jenna Meon

    Thanks, this looks great! I have a similar dressing but it has a sweet element in it, so I’ve been looking for another good one. Home made dressings are so much better!