As a homesteader, I’m always looking for more ways to incorporate fresh veggies and herbs into my family’s diet. This fresh herb Italian Salad Dressing is super easy, super delicious and a great way to use whatever herbs you have on hand that are fresh and ready for the picking!
One week in April we added a half-pint jar of this dressing to our CSA bags because we really only have lettuce available that week and it was such a hit, people kept coming back asking for the recipe — so here it is!
Salad dressings are usually easy – just throw the ingredients together and shake or whisk. And this dressing recipe is no different, but the flavor it packs is show-stopping!
I’ve put this dressing on everything, from steak to bread to sandwiches to eating it like a dip with chips. (Bubba Gump anyone? Hmmm…I haven’t tried it on shrimp yet…but I bet it would be delicious!)
Fresh Herbed Salad Dressing
Start with fresh herbs – whatever you have ready and in season. We’ve used basil, thyme, oregano, dill, parsley, sage, mint, rosemary…I really don’t think you can go wrong here. Even if you only have one type of herb ready, use it!
Herbs are a great place to start growing your own food. They’re easy to grow, don’t take up a lot of room, and are not only nourishing, but medicinal.
I won’t go into detail on all of the medicinal benefits of common culinary herbs – that would be a book in and of itself! – but I highly recommend Herbal Academy’s Herbaium subscription – it’s $45 a YEAR and has monographs on all the common culinary and wild herbs and their medicinal benefits.
You can also substitute dried herbs for the fresh if you want – just replace 1 tsp dried her for 1 Tbsp fresh. Dried herbs have more flavor since their water content is lower.
Combine the rest of the ingredients in a pint-sized mason jar and shake well.
Slather on EVERYTHING.
Here I’ve served it on local green-fed beef and lettuce from my garden. And it was amazing! Now I’m hungry…