Italian Dressing Mix – Dinners, Dishes & Desserts

Italian dressing mix – skip the store bought packets and make your own at home! Great in recipes, for dressing up and you know what’s in it!

Those little packets of dressing and spices at the store can sometimes be a real time saver. But usually they’re loaded with sodium, sometimes they have ingredients you can’t pronounce, and oftentimes they have added sugar.

This is a homemade Italian dressing mix, so you can ditch the store-bought one. Similar to Homemade Ranch Dressing Mix, Onion Soup Mix, and Homemade Taco Seasoning. Just store it in the pantry and grab it whenever you need it!

spices on a white plate

Why this recipe works

  • This uses spices you probably already have on hand, so you can whip it up in no time!
  • Small packets have become so expensive, so if you have all these spices at home, it’s also much more economical.
  • Actually enough for you to use and have on hand for a few more uses.
  • Make a dressing or use it in a recipe, either way it’s on hand and ready when you need it!
  • You know what’s in there. No MSG, you control the salt, you control the sugar etc.
mixed spices on a plate

What you will need

  • Dried oregano
  • garlic powder
  • onion powder
  • Dried parsley
  • Salt
  • Sugar
  • Black pepper
  • Dried basil
  • Celery seed
  • dried thyme
  • Red pepper flakes

Yes, there is sugar in it. If you’re using it to make salad dressing, you’ll want to leave it on. You need the sugar to help reduce the acid in the dressing. If you plan to use it only in other recipes, you may be able to reduce the amount or eliminate it.

spice mix in a jar

How to Make Italian Dressing Mix

Be sure to scroll down to the recipe card for full measurements and instructions!

  1. Measure all the spices and mix.
  2. Store in an airtight container until use

How to use

Want to make Italian dressing? Use 2 tablespoons of dried mix, along with 2/3 cup oil, 1/4 cup vinegar (apple cider, red wine, etc.) and 2 tablespoons water. Whisk or shake until combined and serve over a side salad or in this Chicken Antipasto Salad.

Other uses

small bowl with Italian dressing mix in it


I like to mix herbs in a small mason jar or Tupper Wear container. Then I can just shake or stir until everything is well combined. Store sealed in an airtight container in the pantry for 6 months to a year. It really depends on how fresh your herbs were when you started.

Dried spices don’t really spoil, they just lose potency. So if you use old spices, your dish may be more bland than expected because your spices get a lot of flavor over time.

italian dressing mix for pinterest

Yield: 4

Italian dressing mix

Close up Italian dressing spice mix in a bowl

Italian dressing mix – skip the store bought packets and make your own at home! Great in recipes, for dressing up and you know what’s in it!

Preparation time 5 minutes

Total time 5 minutes


  • 2 tablespoons dried oregano
  • 1 tbsp garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon onion powder
  • 1 tablespoon dried parsley
  • 1 tablespoon of sugar
  • 1 tablespoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon celery seeds
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes


  1. Measure all ingredients into a small bowl or mason jar.
  2. Stir or cover and shake until well combined.
  3. Store in an airtight container for 6-12 months


2 tbsp spice mix = 1 store bought packet

Recipe makes enough to equal 4 store bought packets.

Make the dressing

Mix 2 tablespoons of the spice blend, with 2/3 cup of oil, 1/4 cup of vinegar (apple cider or red wine) and 2 tablespoons of water.

Nutrition information




Amount per serving calories 36Total fat 0gSaturated fat 0gtrans fat 0gUnsaturated fats 0gCholesterol 0mgSodium 950mgCarbohydrates 9gFiber 2gSugar 3gProtein 1g

Nutrition Disclaimer: All information presented on this site is for informational purposes only. I am not a certified nutritionist and any nutritional information shared on should only be used as a guideline.

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