Fresh & Easy Homemade Italian Dressing

Here’s a quick, easy, and fresh recipe for Italian dressing.  You can take this foundational dressing and tweak it any way you like 🙂  It can also be used as a marinade.  If you’ve found your way over here from my Facebook page, I used it to marinate summer squash and baby bella mushrooms for sautéing.  So simple and so wonderful!

Ingredients:     Use organic whenever possible 🙂

*1/2 cup of red wine vinegar

*4 cloves of garlic, pressed

* 5 tablespoons of extra-virgin olive oil

*1/8 teaspoon of oregano

*1/8 teaspoon of dried thyme

Directions:

*Place all of the ingredients into a canning jar and fit the lid on tightly.  Shake until all ingredients are completely combined.  Flavors will intensify over time.  Store in the refrigerator.

**I poured the entire jar over 1 sliced yellow summer squash, 2 sliced small zucchini squash, and 1 (8 ounce) package of baby bella mushrooms.  I let them sit in the fridge and “percolate” for about one hour.  Then I sauted them in a bit of organic butter.  What a great way to celebrate the summer harvest!

Recipe adapted from 1,000 Vegetarian Recipes by Carol Gelles.

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