Once you try this copycat Good Seasons Italian dressing mix, you’ll pass by those seasoning envelopes at the grocery store! Not only does it make the best Italian Dressing, but it also makes an incredible vegetable dip and seasoning blend!
Many years ago I used to make my own Italian salad dressing using the Good Seasons seasoning packets. The flavor was always on point and it was one of our favorite dressing. All I had to do was mix some oil, water and vinegar and add contents of package, cover and refrigerate. So simple!
But, I realized that the same seasonings that were in that packet, I already had in my pantry. I was basically double buying the same seasonings and paying for convenience. So I decided to mix up my own copycat good seasoning Italian dressing mix and create my own dried spice blend! I’m so happy I did!
I love being able to make my own seasoning blends! Not only is it cheaper than the store-bought seasoning packets, but I am also able to control exactly what goes into them. All the natural flavor you love without added ingredients. No unneeded sugars, extra salt or gluten!
Originally I made this seasoning blend for Italian Dressing, but then I realized just how versatile it actually is since I have it on hand all of the time. You’ll have fun finding new uses for this homemade Italian dressing mix!
What kind of oil do you use for Good Seasons Italian dressing mix?
Typically I use either vegetable or canola oil when I am mixing up a batch of Italian Dressing. Mostly because they’re both fairly inexpensive and mild in flavor. Olive oil would also be a good option. Really, you can use just about any mild oil that you have on hand.
How do you make Good Seasons Italian Dressing from Scratch?
It’s simple! All you have to do is mix together a variety of herbs and spices you probably already have on hand. This recipe is big enough to make a bulk batch that you can have at the ready any time you need it. When you want to prepare fresh dressing, you just need to measure out approximately 2 tablespoons, which is about what comes in one seasoning envelope, and mix it with a combination of oil and vinegar.
Ingredients to Copycat Good Seasons Italian Dressing mix:
- 1 tbsp Garlic Powder
- 1 tbsp Onion Powder
- 1 tbsp Sugar
- 2 tbsp Oregano
- 1 tsp Black Pepper
- 1 tsp Basil
- ¼ tsp Ground Thyme
- 1 tbsp Parsley
- ¼ tsp Celery Salt
- 1 ½ tbsp Salt
Combine all the ingredients in an airtight container, and store until ready to use.
To make Italian Dressing:
- 2 tbsp Dry Mix (above)
- ¼ cup Cider Vinegar (you can also use red wine vinegar)
- 2/3 cup Oil
- 2 tbsp Water
Combine all the ingredients above in a bottle and shake well. Shake each time before use.
Do you need to refrigerate Homemade Italian Dressing?
In order to maintain freshness refrigerate dressing once you’ve mixed the herbs and spices with the oil and vinegar. The oil will harden a little bit since it is cold, simply remove it from the refrigerator and allow it to get back to room temperature. Then give it a good shake just before using to combine all of the ingredients.
Other ways to use this CopyCat Good Seasons Italian Dressing Mix:
- Mix 2 tablespoons of the mix with 16 oz sour cream for a delicious vegetable dip.
- Sprinkle on top of potatoes before you cook them – you could even grill them. Combine 2 Tablespoons seasoning with ½ cup oil, shake potatoes in mixture and cook!
- Sprinkle in your spaghetti sauce.
- Add it your Italian soup – Try my Italian Sausage Tortellini Soup recipe here.
- Add it to your zucchini or squash before you cook it.
- Toss in a pinch of red pepper flakes for a Zesty Italian Dressing Mix. More spice? Red Bell Peppers, dried in the spice aisle, make it even zestier!
- Make your own Teryaki Marinade by mixing 2 tablespoons of mix with ¼ cup cider vinegar, 3 tablespoons water, ½ cup oil and 1 tablespoon of both brown sugar and soy sauce.
- This makes an amazing chicken marinade! Simply substitute ¼ cup water for the 2 tablespoons, and combine with ¼ cup oil, and ¼ cup balsamic vinegar and 2 tablespoons of seasoning mix. Pour over your chicken and marinate for at least an hour, but for better results, overnight.
Either way, this is a great addition to your pantry…. for a whole lot less than buying those overpriced seasoning packets from the store.
Make sure you also try out my Homemade Taco Seasoning recipe to save you even more money!
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Bless your pea-pickin heart! Pinned it. I buy so many of those packets it’s ridiculous!
Woohoo! This should save you a TON of money!
I know making the seasonings yourself instead of buying all those packets will surely save you money. However, my other reason for making some of these seasonings myself is that I was diagnosed with thyroid cancer in 2011 and now have to take thyroid hormone. Just about everything you purchase in the store that is premaid including the brand name mayonnaise have either soy bean oil, ground soybeans, or soy lethicin in it. I have changed a lot of brands that I was buying to soy free products but I did not realize or forgot that the italian seasoning packets I had been purchasing also had a soy product in it. That was enough for me to make my own. Soy lethicin and soy products in general can interfer with the absorbtion of the synthetic thyroid hormone. Rather than having to adjust my medication to allow for the soy, I just decided to omit it all from my diet.
Thank you! I live in England and have had my sister and my niece send me the Good Seasons packets from the US for years and load up with them whenever I visit. I made a small batch of your copycat recipe mix just a couple of weeks ago and it was a HUGE hit with all of the family here in England. I have just now made another batch x 4 so this should keep us going for a while! 🙂 it is fantastic. Will make your sour cream dip tomorrow. Thank you again!!
I’m so excited you loved it.
How many Tablespoons of this mix is equivalente to a store purchased envelope of good seasons Italian dressing mix plz. I use this mix to make my galic butter for my garlic bread and its tje only garlic Bread my family will eat so im so excited to try this out!!!!!! Thank you. 😉
2 tablespoons is the equivalent to a packet. Thank you!
Do you have a printer-friendly version of this? Our internet is so bad it sometimes takes me longer to find the recipe as it takes to make it.
thank you so for this Italian salad seasoning mix! I’ve been looking for this!!!!!!!!!! I
What kind of vinegar should I use? Cider or White Distilled? Or ? ? ? I’ve seen several posts (not here) that suggest Red Wine Vinegar, but I don’t like any of the wine vinegars.
For some reason during this panpandemic finding Good Seasons Dressing was impossible. My husband hates everything else. So I decided to make my own. I found this recipe and when I made it it was separating so quickly, so I added 1/4 teasp of Xantham Gum and it did the trick perfectly. It tastes exactly like Good Seasons. I will no longer buy it even if it becomes available…it’s way too expensive.
I grind all the herbs in a spice grinder…makes for a better mix when making the dressing.
Great tip! Thanks for sharing!
I dont know why but a few years ago they started adding wheat to the mix. They always ruin a good thing so now I make it myself. Thanks for the dupe.
I made this last night and it was so much better than the store package! I tossed chicken breast in flour, then sprinkled it on top. Delicious!!
So great to hear! Thanks for sharing!
I was surprised how close the taste was to good seasons. I did added the xanthan gum (thickener) mentioned in a comment and also 1/2 tsp of soy lecithin (emulsifier, keeps water from separating with the oil) I also used a mortar and pestle to pulverize everything as mentioned in an earlier comment. The only possible improvement is the use of dehydrated bell pepper and carrot that adds visual appeal. The ingredients of Good Seasons also mentions citric acid, which I didn’t add but is likely just used to keep the colors bright.
I thought I’d mention, if someone wanted to just try it, simply reduce the Tbs to tsp, and then reduce everything else by 1/3. The result is exactly enough to make 2 Tbs of mix.
So glad to hear it – Thanks for sharing!
Hi! Now living in Canada and I cannot get Good Seasons (or even Uncle Dan’s any longer). I grew up with Good Seasons and stock up when I’m back home. I know this is an older post so I hope you see this question: is that an accurate amount of salt? 1 1/2 tbsp seems like a very large amount. Just double checking before making a batch. Thanks.
This is for a larger batch. However, you can lower the salt if you want and add more as needed. That is the great thing about making your own seasonings is you have completely control.