18 April 2018

Copycat Good Seasons Italian Dressing Mix Recipe

Save money with this copycat Good Seasons Italian Dressing Mix recipe.  You can make it like zesty Italian or omit the red peppers for a traditional Italian dressing recipe.  Use it as a marinade, salad dressing, or for seasoning meat or vegetables.

Copycat Good Seasons Italian Dressing Mix Recipe

During the summer, I go through a lot of Italian dressing.  We use it on salads, in marinades, and for other summer recipes.  

Even buying the packets and making my own was getting expensive.  I do buy generic, but there's just something about a good Italian dressing that most generic brands don't have.

I started making my own copycat Good Seasons Italian Dressing Mix recipe because it's much more economical.  I grow some of my own herbs, or I get them in bulk at an Amish bulk food store.  

Even when I buy my herbs and spices, they are so much fresher than what is in the store.  This makes all of my food taste better.

In the summer, I practically live on salads.  We have a garden, so I'm always picking right from the garden to serve with dinner.  I use Italian often because it's light.  I like the vinegary taste versus using a creamy dressing.

I also use Italian dressing as a quick marinade.  One of my kids' favorite summer foods is Italian dressing marinated chicken on the grill.  I made it last weekend, and it was all gone that night!

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What Vinegar Should I Use for Good Seasons Italian Dressing?

You can use distilled vinegar, white wine vinegar, apple cider vinegar, or red wine vinegar to make your Italian dressing mix recipe.  

I use distilled vinegar to make mine.

Is Italian Dressing Mix the Same as Italian Seasoning?

No, this copycat Good Seasons italian dressing mix recipe has more ingredients than Italian dressing.  They aren't the same thing, but you can use italian dressing mix as a seasoning for meats and vegetables.

Does Good Seasons Dressing have MSG?

One reason I like to make my own copycat Good Seasons Italian dressing mix is that it doesn't have MSG.  Although formulas change, especially with supply shortages, Good Seasons does typically contain MSG.

How Much is in a Packet of Italian Dressing?

Each pack of Italian dressing mix contains 0.6 ounces of mix.  You can use 2 tablespoons of this homemade Italian dressing mix for one packet.

What's the Difference Between Zesty Italian and Italian Dressing?

The main difference between zesty Italian and Italian dressing mix is the red pepper flakes.  The pepper flakes give it a little zest, but they are optional.

How to Use Copycat Good Seasons Italian Dressing Mix?

I like to use this copycat Italian seasoning mix to make marinade for chicken.  Another great way to use Italian dressing for a quick side dish is to cut up fresh tomatoes, cucumbers, and onions.  Cover with Italian and let sit for a few hours.  In the summer, I like making sides early in the day, so this is perfect.

I use this dressing for pasta salad.  I boil whatever kind of pasta is on sale, cut up a bunch of veggies, pour over the dressing, and let it sit in the fridge.  Again, super easy, and I can make it early in the day to free up my evenings.  

For zesty oven baked chicken, combine 2 tablespoons of this Italian dressing mix with 1 cup of breadcrumbs.  Use that to coat your chicken.  Yum!

This can also be used a rub for chicken, but I haven't tried it yet.  It sounds delicious though.




Combine all ingredients.  Use the garlic if you like a lot of garlic.  I used it because I use this mainly as a marinade.  

For a zesty Italian dressing, add the red pepper flakes.  I typically do not add the red pepper flakes.


Store in an airtight container.  I use a mason jar with a plastic reusable lid.  


To make salad dressing, combine 2 tablespoons mix with 2/3 cups oil, 1/4 cup vinegar, and 2 tablespoons water.  Mix well.  Shake before each use.

If you make a lot of salad dressings, these bottles are nice.  There are lines so you can add the ingredients without measuring.  There are 8 different recipes measurements.

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