Fat-free Italian Dressing Recipe - Authentic & Healthy

Fat-free Italian Dressing

Fat-free Italian Dressing Recipe - Authentic & Healthy
Region / culture: Italy | Preparation time: 5 minutes | Cooking time: 0 minutes | Servings: 4


Fat-free Italian Dressing
Fat-free Italian Dressing

Fat-free Italian dressing is a flavorful and healthy alternative to traditional salad dressings. This recipe is perfect for those looking to cut back on their fat intake without sacrificing taste.


Italian dressing has been a popular choice for salads for many years. The fat-free version of this dressing was created to provide a healthier option for those watching their fat intake.


How to prepare

  1. Combine all the ingredients.
  2. Chill for at least one to two hours to allow the herbs to blend.
  3. Remove the pieces of garlic clove before serving.


  • Feel free to adjust the amount of herbs and spices to suit your taste preferences. You can also add a touch of honey or agave nectar for a slightly sweeter dressing.

Cooking Tips & Tricks

Make sure to chill the dressing for at least one to two hours before serving to allow the flavors of the herbs to blend. Removing the pieces of garlic clove before serving will prevent any overpowering garlic taste.

Serving Suggestions

This dressing is perfect for drizzling over a fresh green salad or using as a marinade for grilled vegetables or chicken.

Cooking Techniques

Simply combine all the ingredients in a bowl and chill before serving. It's that easy!

Ingredient Substitutions

If you don't have apple juice on hand, you can substitute with orange juice or white wine vinegar for a slightly different flavor profile.

Make Ahead Tips

This dressing can be made ahead of time and stored in the refrigerator for up to a week. Just give it a good shake before serving.

Presentation Ideas

Serve this dressing in a small pitcher or jar for a rustic and charming presentation at your next dinner party.

Pairing Recommendations

This dressing pairs well with a variety of salads, from simple mixed greens to hearty pasta salads.

Storage and Reheating Instructions

Store any leftover dressing in an airtight container in the refrigerator. Shake well before using again.

Nutrition Information

Calories per serving

Calories: 20 per serving


Carbohydrates: 5g per serving


Fats: 0g per serving


Proteins: 0g per serving

Vitamins and minerals

This dressing is a good source of vitamin C and other essential nutrients from the herbs used in the recipe.


This recipe is free of common allergens such as dairy, nuts, and gluten.


This fat-free Italian dressing is low in calories and fat, making it a healthy choice for those looking to maintain a balanced diet.


Fat-free Italian dressing is a delicious and healthy option for dressing up your salads. With a blend of herbs and spices, this dressing is sure to add a burst of flavor to any dish.

How did I get this recipe?

I can still remember the exact moment I discovered this recipe for fat-free Italian dressing. It was a sunny summer day, and I was visiting my friend Maria's house for a backyard barbecue. Maria's family was known for their delicious homemade Italian dishes, and I always looked forward to trying whatever new recipe Maria's mother had come up with.

As we sat down at the picnic table, Maria's mother proudly brought out a big bowl of salad dressed in a beautiful vinaigrette. She explained that she had been experimenting with different ingredients to create a healthier, fat-free version of traditional Italian dressing. I couldn't believe how flavorful and delicious it was, despite being completely free of oil.

I immediately asked Maria's mother for the recipe, and she graciously shared it with me. She explained that she had learned the basic technique for making fat-free dressings from a nutritionist friend, and had modified it to suit her Italian palate. I was so impressed by her creativity and ingenuity, and I knew I had to try making this dressing myself.

When I got home that evening, I gathered all the ingredients I would need to recreate the recipe. I was excited to experiment with different herbs and spices to make it my own. As I mixed together the vinegar, lemon juice, garlic, mustard, and herbs, I couldn't believe how easy it was to make a flavorful dressing without any oil.

I tossed the dressing with a big bowl of mixed greens, cherry tomatoes, and cucumbers, and took a bite. It was even better than I remembered from Maria's backyard barbecue. The tangy acidity of the vinegar and lemon juice paired perfectly with the earthy herbs and spicy mustard. I knew I had found a new go-to recipe that would impress my friends and family.

Over the years, I have continued to refine and perfect this fat-free Italian dressing recipe. I have experimented with different vinegars, added in fresh herbs from my garden, and even tried substituting in different types of mustard for a unique twist. Each time I make this dressing, I think back to that sunny summer day at Maria's house and feel grateful for the inspiration that her family provided me.

One of the best things about this recipe is that it is so versatile. Not only does it make a delicious salad dressing, but it can also be used as a marinade for grilled vegetables or tofu, or as a dipping sauce for crusty bread. I love how it adds a burst of flavor to any dish without the need for added fats or oils.

I have shared this recipe with friends and family, and they are always amazed by how flavorful and satisfying it is. They can't believe that something so simple and healthy can taste so good. I love seeing their faces light up when they try it for the first time, knowing that I have passed on a little piece of culinary magic to them.

As I continue to cook and experiment in the kitchen, I am always on the lookout for new recipes and techniques to add to my repertoire. But no matter how many new dishes I discover, this fat-free Italian dressing will always hold a special place in my heart. It reminds me of the joy of sharing food with loved ones, and the power of creativity and innovation in the kitchen.

I am grateful to Maria's family for introducing me to this recipe, and for inspiring me to think outside the box when it comes to cooking. Their passion for food and dedication to creating delicious, healthy dishes has left a lasting impact on me, and I will always treasure the memories of that sunny summer day when I first tasted this incredible dressing.


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