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This homemade Italian dressing recipe is so easy to make, you’ll never go back to the bottled stuff! In fact, zesty Italian dressing is made with just 6 ingredients that you probably already have in the kitchen. And then there’s the versatility… you’ll use this keto Italian dressing on everything.
Italian Dressing Ingredients
The ingredients for homemade Italian dressing are super simple:
- Olive oil – I recommend extra virgin for flavor
- White wine vinegar – Or red wine vinegar will work, too
- Besti Powdered Monk Fruit Allulose Blend – That’s how you’ll make your Italian dressing sugar-free, but still taste a hint of sweetness! (See my FAQs below if you’re wondering about using other sweeteners.)
- Italian seasoning – You can use store bought, but you might be surprised how easy it is to make your own homemade Italian seasoning mix
- Garlic powder
- Onion powder
- Sea salt
- Black pepper
How To Make Italian Dressing
What takes just 5 minutes to make and will instantly liven-up greens and veggies? This zesty Italian salad dressing, of course!
Simply whisk all the Italian dressing ingredients in a bowl:
TIP: You can also add all of the ingredients to a glass jar or dressing shaker, and shake until emulsified.
Keto Italian Dressing Recipe FAQs
Is Italian dressing gluten free?
Yes, this keto approved Italian dressing is gluten-free. (All of my recipes are!)
Many store-bought and restaurant zesty Italian dressings are gluten-free, but it’s always worth checking the label or asking!
Is Italian dressing keto friendly?
Many Italian dressings have added sugars and sweeteners, so that’s why I prefer to make my own! This easy homemade Italian dressing is keto friendly.
How many carbs in Italian dressing?
This easy Italian dressing recipe has just 0.6 grams of net carbs per serving, which is 2 tablespoons.
Is it spicy?
No, it’s not very spicy. If you like it more spicy, you can add more black pepper, or even better, crushed red pepper flakes.
Can you use a different sweetener?
Yes, you can use other sugar substitutes, but it has to be powdered. If you use a granulated sweetener, you’ll have a sweet Italian dressing that’s gritty. Not good.
I highly recommend using powdered monk fruit sweetener with allulose and powdered allulose for making keto Italian dressing, because they dissolve better than other sweeteners and taste great. Most keto sweeteners (including many brands of monk fruit) contain erythritol, which tastes good but does not dissolve very well, and sometimes can crystallize when you store it.
If you use something other than what I recommend, I can’t guarantee results, but you can use my sweetener conversion calculator to determine the amount. And as always, adjust to taste.
Can you omit the sweetener?
Yes, you can. Homemade Italian dressing is not very sweet to begin with, but adding a small amount of Besti does balance the flavors and add a hint of sweetness. If you’d rather skip it, you can.
Homemade Italian Dressing Storage Instructions
Can you make keto zesty Italian dressing ahead?
Yes, this keto Italian vinaigrette dressing can easily be made ahead. Store it in a glass jar that you can use for serving as well.
How to store low carb Italian dressing
Store this homemade Italian dressing recipe in the refrigerator for 2-4 weeks.
How To Use Italian Dressing
There are so many ways to use this Italian zesty dressing recipe! Here are a few ideas:
- As a marinade for chicken breast
- As a dip for raw veggies
- On salads – anything from basic greens to fancier antipasto salad or artichoke salad
- On roasted vegetables – get the full list of keto vegetables here!
Find more low carb salads in my recipe index.
More Keto Salad Dressing Recipes
If you like this zesty Italian dressing recipe, you might also like some of these other keto salad dressing recipes:
- Caesar Salad Dressing – Of course this dressing is great on a Caesar salad, but it’s also fantastic drizzled on grilled chicken!
- Keto Blue Cheese Dressing – Put this on a wedge salad, chicken wings, and buffalo meatballs.
- Keto Ranch Dressing – I don’t even think I need to share dipping ideas, because I think it goes without saying that ranch makes everything better!
- Low Carb Thousand Island Dressing – This classic dressing is perfect for chef salad.
- Creamy Balsamic Dressing – Like this homemade Italian dressing, a balsamic is incredibly versatile.
- Sugar-Free “Honey” Mustard Dressing – This is a delicious one is from my Easy Keto Cookbook.
Tools To Make Italian Dressing
Tap the links below to see the items used to make this recipe.
- Dressing Shaker – Shake up your homemade zesty Italian dressing in this convenient shaker and store it in here as well. Works great to shake up dressing after it’s separated.
- Meal Prep Salad Containers – This salad container holds everything you need – greens, proteins, toppings, and dressing and will keep them separate until you’re ready to eat.
Zesty Italian Dressing Recipe
Zesty Keto Italian Dressing Recipe
Learn how to make homemade Italian dressing in minutes with pantry ingredients! This easy, zesty keto Italian dressing recipe is perfect on salads, veggies, chicken, and more.
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In a small bowl, whisk together all ingredients. (Alternatively, shake everything in a jar instead.)
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Serving size: 2 tbsp
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I don’t have any wine vinegar. Can I substitute regular vinegar or acv?
Wholesome Yum D0
Hi Elizabeth, Apple cider vinegar should work in this recipe.
I love this dressing and all your recipes are delicious.
Can I use liquid stevia? If so, how much?
Wholesome Yum D0
Hi Tim, I don’t recommend using liquid sweetener in this recipe.
Awesome taste and easy to make.
Will this recipe work well for a pasta salad?
Wholesome Yum D0
Hi Dor, Yes, that would work.
This was perfect Italian dressing and so easy to make.
When I refrigerated leftover it got solid. Is that supposed to happen?
Wholesome Yum M0
Hi Rita, Yes, some oils will get thick when refrigerated. Let it sit out for 10 to 15 minutes and then give it a good stir before serving.
I love this recipe so much! I am going to add some fresh garlic cloves to mine. I bet it will be great on my fresh cucumbers.
Do you have to refrigerate the dressing or can you just leave it out at room temperature?
Wholesome Yum D0
Hi Dennis, Store in the refrigerator for 2-4 weeks.
Such a wholesum recipe for sure – I love the idea of a fresh salad dressing. Pinned for later.
I love making my own homemade dressings. This Italian dressing looks great!
That is a dressing we Italian use often and you are right, we don’t add sugar. While many like to add some sweetness your choice of sugar substitute is perfect.
I love making my own dressings it’s great to find one that’s KETO! Will be making this soon!