Good Seasons Italian Dressing Mix.

Good Seasons Italian Dressing Mix.

Good Seasons Italian Dressing Mix.

I have (for many years) preferred Good Seasons Italian salad dressing mix to regular bottled dressings.  I found this copycat recipe (and it’s been so long that I honestly don’t remember where!) which allows me to control how much salt goes into the dressing, and I think it tastes almost exactly like the real thing.

Ingredients:

  • 1 teaspoon dried carrot (finely chopped)
  • 1 teaspoon dried red bell pepper (finely chopped)
  • 3/4 teaspoon lemon pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon parsley flakes
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon onion powder
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 1/8 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 teaspoons dry pectin
  • pinch ground oregano

Instructions:

  • Combine all ingredients into a single packet, makes one mix.
  • To use, pour 1/4 cup vinegar into a cruet; add three tablespoons water, then 1 package of mix.
  • Add 1/2 cup oil and shake until well blended.

Notes:

  • I still have several Good Seasons bottles that are marked with the lines for vinegar, water, and oil, you make it exactly the same way as the real thing.
  • I’ve found that the easiest way to get the dried carrots and peppers “finely chopped” is to dump whole-sized pieces into the mix, and then use a coffee/spice grinder to grind everything into that perfectly fine powder that goes right up your nose (again…just like the real thing :)).
  • I don’t use a full teaspoon of salt, I’d estimate that I use somewhere between 1/2 and 3/4 teaspoon.  You can adjust to your liking.
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