The flavors of Italy sing in this salad dressing. It is similar to the dressing that is sold at Trader Joe’s grocery stores under the same name. Making this quick dressing yourself means you can use better quality ingredients. All homemade dressings can be sweetened with liquid stevia, to taste.



Olive oil is a staple in the Mediterranean diet since olives grow easily throughout the region. Extra virgin olive oil is monounsaturated fat, which is the healthy type. EVOO is also a powerful antioxidant and claimed to lower your cardiovascular risk. The ADA endorses the Mediterranean diet for Type 2 and Prediabetics.


Garlic is closely related to the onion and packs several healing benefits. It is a powerful antibiotic and has been studied to show that it protects the health of the heart. One study from the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry found that garlic oil had a significant potential for preventing cardiomyopathy. This is a type of heart disease that affects many diabetics.




Good kitchen tools, like good ingredients, are important for success. If you have a conventional blender that can be used instead of an immersion blender.

  • Filtered Water – Good water makes for good salad dressing.
  • Immersion Hand Blender – The ideal toolkit for making salad dressings, marinades and other sauces. Also useful for pureeing soup while still in the pan.



Follow the instructions below to make this simple and savory dressing. Add liquid stevia, to taste, if desired. To reduce your calorie count, add fresh water to dilute the other ingredients to your desired consistency.


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Savor the fresh flavors of Tuscany with this Italian inspired salad dressing.
Recipe type: Salad Dressing
Cuisine: Italian
Serves: 1.25 cup
  • Olive Oil ¾ c
  • Balsamic Vinegar ¼ c
  • Garlic 1 clove or 1 tsp of powder
  • Sea Salt ¼ tsp
  • Black Pepper ¼ tsp
  • Sun Dried Tomatoes ½ c
  • Water ½ c
  • Fresh Basil or Parsley, chopped, 1 tbsp
  1. Bring ½ c of water to a boil. Pour over the sun-dried tomatoes to rehydrate them in a glass, ceramic or metal container. Allow them to soak for 20 minutes or until soft.
  2. OPTIONAL: Dry toast (no oil or butter needed) the garlic in skillet over medium-low heat until the outside is lightly brown (5-10 minutes).
  3. Add the olive oil and balsamic vinegar to the immersion blender container.
  4. Add the salt and pepper, garlic clove (or powder), fresh basil, rehydrated tomatoes and the ½ c of hot water used for the tomatoes to the blender container.
  5. Blend until the ingredients are fully combined.
  6. Store in the refrigerator for up to two weeks.

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