Good Seasons Italian Dressing Mix Copycat – No MSG

Italian Dressing Mix

Do you want the yummy goodness of a tasty Italian Salad Dressing, but don’t want the MSG or added sugar? You’re going to love this copycat Good Seasons Italian Dressing Mix recipe.

This mix will not only make a delicious salad dressing, but you can also use it in marinades, dips, casseroles, and whatever recipe you have that calls for an Italian Dressing mix packet.

With only TEN simple ingredients, of which you most likely have already in your pantry, you’ll save money and enjoy a flavorful dressing without the MSG that’s in the store-bought mix.

As far as the sugar goes, I list it in the ingredients with a limited amount. I omit it completely when I make it without any loss in flavor. (Totally up to you). 

But as you can see in the photo above, sugar is the number one ingredient in the Good Seasons Italian dressing mix. Not cool, if you’re avoiding sugar. MSG is not listed in the ingredients. However, in most cases, when “spice” is listed, it usually means MSG. You can read more about the issues with MSG HERE.

Most of you already know that any kind of processed food is going to have some downsides. Obviously, the more we can eat unprocessed food, the better. I’m not perfect in this arena, but I do try to eat more whole foods, plant-based diet and I do feel better when I do.

This dressing mix recipe has simple, straight forward ingredients that I think you’ll like. You can use the mix in other recipes and it also makes a good marinade for chicken and a really good meat rub.

How much does this recipe make?

The mix includes enough for THREE batches of dressing, or THREE store-bought dressing packets. 

If you prefer to make up only enough for one batch of dressing, you can half the recipe. However, I recommend making the full batch. Why do all that measuring over and over if you think you’ll be making more?

Italian Dressing Mix Ingredients 

  • DRIED BASIL – 2 teaspoons
  • DRIED OREGANO – 2 Tablespoons
  • GARLIC POWDER – 2 Tablespoons
  • CELERY SALT – 1/2 teaspoon
  • DRIED PARSLEY – 2 Tablespoons
  • SALT – ½-1 Tablespoon
  • BLACK PEPPER – 2 teaspoons
  • DRIED THYME – ½ teaspoon
  • SUGAR (optional) – ½-1 Tablespoon

*2 Tablespoons of mix equals one store-bought packet.

Italian Dressing Mix Instructions

Place all ingredients in a small mixing bowl and whisk together. *(If you want a finer and smoother consistency dressing, you can grind the herbs in a coffee grinder or herb grinder).

I like to make up a bulk batch so I don’t have to get out all the herbs and measure every time that I want to make the dressing. 

How To Store The Mix

I recommend storing the mix in an airtight glass container. A simple glass pint jar works great, and I love these little plastic mason jar lids. I use them a ton!!!! Make sure you label the jar. If you’re like me, you’ll forget what that lovely mix of herbs is or what to do with it. I’ve simply used a strip of painters tape and a sharpie to label this jar. 

This dressing is not only good over a pile of lettuce and greens, but it is also so yummy used in a pasta salad. The flavor in the dressing goes so well with fresh basil, cucumbers, tomatoes, feta, and pasta. YUMMY!

Italian Salad Dressing Recipe

  • 2 Tablespoons of Italian mix (Listed above)
  • 1/4 cup vinegar
  • 3 TB water
  • 1/2 cup olive oil or canola oil
  • Shake before using it.

*Makes 1 cup dressing

Pour in a glass jar and refrigerate. Shake well before pouring. The dressing will separate quickly as there are NO emulsifiers. (Which is a good thing)?

The dressing can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 4 weeks.

I found and love these little mason jar salad dressing lids

This salad dressing is also really good over leftover quinoa with some cucumbers, cut up tomatoes, chopped black olives, feta cheese, and whatever else you want to throw in. 

Italian Dressing Dip

  • 1-2 Tablespoons mix
  • 16 oz. plain yogurt or sour cream

Mix well and serve.

You may also like my 

OLIVE GARDEN COPY CAT SALAD DRESSING Check out the recipe HERE.

RANCH DRESSING MIX AND SALAD DRESSING RECIPE

CREAMY CILANTRO LIME DRESSING

QUINOA HARVEST SALAD

Enjoy a simple salad!

GOOD SEASONS ITALIAN DRESSING MIX COPYCAT – NO MSG

Italian Dressing Mix

Do you want the yummy goodness of a tasty Italian Salad Dressing, but don’t want the MSG or added sugar? You’re going to love this copycat Good Seasons Italian Dressing Mix recipe.

Use this mix for salad dressing, marinades, dips, casseroles, and whatever recipe you have that calls for an Italian Dressing mix packet.

  • Prep Time5 min
  • Total Time5 min
  • Yield3 Salad Dressing Packets

INGREDIENTS (*2 Tablespoons of mix equals one store-bought packet.)

  • DRIED BASIL – 2 teaspoons
  • DRIED OREGANO – 2 Tablespoons
  • GARLIC POWDER – 2 Tablespoons
  • CELERY SALT – 1/2 teaspoon
  • DRIED PARSLEY – 2 Tablespoons
  • SALT – ½-1 Tablespoon
  • BLACK PEPPER – 2 teaspoons
  • DRIED THYME – ½ teaspoon
  • SUGAR (optional) – ½-1 Tablespoon

INSTRUCTIONS

1

Place all ingredients in a small
mixing bowl and whisk together. *(If you want a finer and smoother consistency dressing, you can grind the herbs in a coffee grinder or herb grinder).

I like to make up a bulk batch so I don’t have to get out all the herbs and measure every time that I want to make the dressing.

Notes: *Makes 1 cup dressing

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Quinoa & Bean Salad | Lime Cilantro Dressing

Are you ready to open your mind and palate to a new brightly colored and yummy salad? This versatile and delicious quinoa & black bean salad is just the ticket. Loaded with nutrition and flavor, this salad can be eaten alone or as a side dish.

We (my husband and I) have been trying to step up our healthy eating game over the past month. A more plant-based way of eating is what we’re shooting for. Of course, we go through cycles. Years ago we were totally plant-based eaters for almost 2 years. Slowly we started adding things back into our diet and bam, now we have to go through withdrawals again. I LOVE CHEESE!

Food is a funny thing. So many philosophies and theories out there, but what I always come back to is to and feel good about is eating whole foods. I love Michael Pollan’s way of thinking about food. He summed it up in seven words-

“Eat food, not too much, mostly plants.”

If you want a good read about how he thinks, this is a good book.

The base of this salad is quinoa. Not familiar with quinoa? You can read more about the awesomeness of this little seed here in THIS POST. As for now, I hope you’ll give it a whirl in this salad recipe. It is so easy to make, especially if you have an Instant Pot, and it is so versatile.

Let’s get back to the black bean & quinoa salad.

I will list the ingredients; however, you can add or take away whatever you please. This recipe is so easy to modify to your liking, adding different veggies, or herbs as you like. I will give you some yummy suggestions

quinoa & bean salad Ingredients (serves 4-6)

Salad

  • 1  1/2 cups cooked quinoa
  • chickpeas, 1 can 
  • kidney beans (black beans are good also), 1 can 
  • 1 cucumber, quartered and chopped (peel if not organic)
  • 1-2 tomatoes, chopped
  • 3 TB chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1 1/2 cups cooked quinoa, cooled (cook quinoa while chopping veggies)
  • optional additions: black olives, avocado, toasted pumpkin seeds, green onion, chopped carrots, feta cheese

Dressing

  • 4 TB olive oil
  • 2 TB plum vinegar or red wine vinegar
  • 2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • Juice of 2 limes

Cooking the quinoa

Stovetop method:

  • Rinse 1 cup quinoa well in a fine strainer.
  • Place 2 cups of water and quinoa in a saucepan. Bring to a boil.
  • Turn heat on low, cover, and cook for 15 minutes.
  • Let cool and fluff with a fork.

Instant Pot Method:

Instructions

  1. In a small bowl or jar, mix olive oil, vinegar, lime juice, and spices.
  2. Chop vegetables.
  3. Drain and rinse beans.
  4. In a large bowl, add beans, veggies, and quinoa.
  5. Pour dressing over the top and mix well.
  6. Chill and serve.
This makes a great lunch served with corn chips or flatbread.
 
Enjoy!

Quinoa & Bean Salad | Lime Cilantro Dressing

Are you ready to open your mind and palate to a new brightly colored and yummy salad? This versatile and delicious quinoa & black bean salad is just the ticket. Loaded with nutrition and flavor, this salad can be eaten alone or as a side dish.

  • Prep Time10 min
  • Cook Time12 min
  • Total Time22 min
  • Serving Size6

Ingredients

Salad

    • 1  1/2 cups cooked quinoa
    • chickpeas, 1 can 
    • kidney beans (black beans are good also), 1 can 
    • 1 cucumber, quartered and chopped (peel if not organic)
    • 1-2 tomatoes, chopped
    • 3 TB chopped fresh cilantro
    • 1 1/2 cups cooked quinoa, cooled (cook quinoa while chopping veggies)
    • optional additions: black olives, avocado, pumpkin seeds, green onion, chopped carrots

Dressing

    • 4 TB olive oil
    • 2 TB plum vinegar or red wine vinegar
    • 2 tsp garlic powder
    • 1/2 tsp cumin
    • juice of 2 limes
    • salt and pepper to taste

Stove top method

1
  • Rinse 1 cup quinoa well in a fine strainer.
2
  • Place 2 cups water and quinoa in a sauce pan. Bring to a boil.
3
  • Turn heat on low, cover and cook 15 minutes.
4
  • Let cool and fluff with fork.

Instant Pot method

6

Instructions

7
  1. In a small bowl or jar, mix olive oil, vinegar, and spices.
  2. Chop vegetables.
  3. Drain and rinse beans.
  4. In a large bowl, add beans, veggies, and quinoa.
  5. Pour dressing over the top and mix well.
  6. Chill and serve.
8
This makes a great lunch served with corn chips, or flat bread.
 
Enjoy!

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Homemade Ranch Dressing Mix – No MSG

ranch dressing

Ranch dressing is a staple in most kitchens, including mine. However, the dressing in our home has no MSG, Maltodextrin or other unknown “spices” because I have been making my own ranch dressing for years. It seriously taste just like the Hidden Valley version, perhaps even better. I am going to give you the recipe so you can make up your own homemade Ranch Dressing Mix. More information on MSG.

ranch dressing store bought mix

Only SIX ingredients!

ranch dressing ingredients

While you are measuring out ingredients, you might as well make enough for several batches. This will save you a lot of time. The recipe below will make enough for four batches. Each batch has approximately 16, 2 tablespoon servings.

ranch dressing mix

FOUR batch recipe

  • Garlic powder, 1 tsp.
  • Dried Onion Flakes, 4 tsp.
  • Dried Parsley Flakes,  2 Tablespoons ( or 4 Tablespoons fresh)
  • Black Pepper, 2 tsp.
  • Salt, 2 tsp.
  • Onion Powder, 2 tsp

Simply add all the ingredients to a jar and shake well. Label the jar and store it with the rest of your spices.

single batch

  • Garlic powder, 1/4 tsp.
  • Dried Onion Flakes, 1 tsp.
  • Dried Parsley Flakes,  1 Tablespoon ( or 2 Tablespoons fresh)
  • Black Pepper, 1/2 tsp.
  • Salt, 1/2 tsp.
  • Onion Powder, 1/2 tsp

Use 1 TB of the mix to make dips, salad dressing, and other recipes that call for Ranch Dressing Mix.

ranch dressing salad

Ranch salad dressing

  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 cup buttermilk ( if you don’t have buttermilk, no worries).  Add one tablespoon lemon juice or white vinegar to a liquid measuring cup, and add enough milk until it measures 1 cup
  • Add 1 TB of dry mix listed above.
  • Whisk well and enjoy!

The flavor will improve after sitting a bit.

ranch dressing

You may be interested in the Italian Dressing Recipe.

Homemade Ranch Dressing Mix – No MSG

ranch dressing

A basic ranch dressing that goes great with everything.

  • Prep Time5 min
  • Total Time5 min
  • Yield4 Batches
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Ingredients

Dressing Mix

    • Garlic powder, 1 tsp.
    • Dried Onion Flakes, 4 tsp.
    • Dried Parsley Flakes,  2 Tablespoons ( or 4 Tablespoons fresh)
    • Black Pepper, 2 tsp.
    • Salt, 2 tsp.
    • Onion Powder, 2 tsp
    *2 Tablespoons of prepared mix equals one store bought packet.Simply add all the ingredients to a jar and shake well. Label the jar and store with rest of your spices.

Single Batch

    • Garlic powder, 1/4 tsp.
    • Dried Onion Flakes, 1 tsp.
    • Dried Parsley Flakes,  1 Tablespoons ( or 2 Tablespoons fresh)
    • Black Pepper, 1/2 tsp.
    • Salt, 1/2 tsp.
    • Onion Powder, 1/2 tsp
    Use the mix to make dips, salad dressing and other recipes that call for Ranch Dressing Mix.

Ranch Salad Dressing

    • 1 cup mayonnaise
    • 1 cup buttermilk ( if you don’t have buttermilk, no worries).  Add one tablespoon lemon juice or white vinegar to a liquid measuring cup, and add enough milk until it measures 1 cup
    • Add dry ingredients listed above.
    • Whisk well and enjoy!
    The flavor will improve after sitting a bit.

INSTUCTIONS

1

Add all ingredients to small glass jar and shake well.

 
2

2 Tablespoons of mix equals 1 store bought packet.

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