Italian Herb Dipping Sauce

Eating out is one of the first things to go when tightening my food bill.

As much as I know I need to do it, sometimes I miss the special little touches of a meal at a restaurant, especially when they bring you a hot loaf of bread and some flavored olive oil to dip it in.

This is a super simple way to enjoy all those great flavors at home. And since my husband just arrived home yesterday after a 4 ½ month long deployment, I’m all about simple!

When serving this to company or during the summer months when my herb garden is still growing, I definitely prefer to make this with fresh herbs. But since winter has finally come, even here in Georgia, dried herbs will have to do!

Italian Herb Dipping Sauce

Yields: 4 servings


¼ c. olive oil

1 clove garlic, minced

1 tsp. Italian seasoning

½ tsp. parsley

Pinch red pepper flakes

Salt and pepper to taste


Heat the olive oil a small pan or skillet over med-low heat. Once warm add the garlic and herbs and cook 3-4 minutes until the garlic is cooked through. Pour into a pretty little serving dish and serve with hot rolls or bread.

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  1. 1

    Simple but making every day special — great combination. And welcome home to your husband! Four and a half months is a long time.

  2. 2

    Loving up this simple dipping sauce, reminds me of my favorite Italian restaurant!

  3. 3

    What a great idea! I always overdo on the appetizer breads at Italian restaurant and can barely eat my main meal — but it’s soooo good. thanks for posting!

  4. 4

    Bookmarked! This looks delicious.

  5. 5

    Oh my gosh, you have no idea how much pleasure I take in dunking a good piece of crusty bread into a simple olive oil dip like this. I’m the kind of person that can live of bread alone, so for me, this is the ultimate treat. I like the red pepper flakes in here for a little kick!

  6. 7

    Nothing liek fresh baked, still warm bread and flavored olive oil. Wonderful recipe, I’ll whip up a batch!

  7. 8

    Such good news to hear that your husband is home!! This dipping sauce would definitely make anyone feel extra special.

  8. 9

    I am bookmarking this to make–this is one of those things that I bet is definitely better homemade!

  9. 10

    YUM! This looks delicious…there’s nothing like fresh bread and having something to dip it in is even better!

  10. 11

    Mmm…love dipping sauce with warm fresh bread. This looks wonderful!

  11. 12

    My doctor told me today that I need to go gluten free. I think I am going to go nuts. What can I dip in dipping sauce that isn’t bread? Oy!

  12. 14

    Enjoy your time with your hubby! Can’t imagine how happy you are to have him home! My 6 year old loves dipping bread in the flavored oils out – this will be fun for him to do at home too!

  13. 15

    That looks absolutely perfect! Many thanks to your hubby for his service and welcome home! I love LOVE olive oil and herbs for dipping!

  14. 16

    I always love the dipping sauce for bread at restaurants. This sounds perfect.

  15. 17

    Jen…I love these special little touches, too! So perfect with a warm hunk of bread! I am so happy for you and your family that your husband is back home!!!! Enjoy one another! : )

  16. 18

    Wonderful dipping this combination and your photos! Welcome home to your husband!

  17. 19

    Special touches are what really makes a meal or a dish stand out from the ordinary. So glad that your hubby is back at home-enjoy the weekend!

  18. 20

    My husband loves this type of dipping sauce for bread when we go to Italian restaurants. Ask me the last time we went out to one… years! I hear you about the tight budget… but I also love that you don’t let that hold you back!! Well done!! Have a great weekend! ~ Ramona

  19. 21

    Love this idea! We eat a lot of fresh bread at home with olive oil & sea salt, and this is too simple to pass on!

  20. 22

    This looks so tasty and inviting. I love dipping sauces but rarely make them. Great job on this and love the redesign!

  21. 24

    YUM! I love the dipping sauces at restaurants, but it never crossed my mind to duplicate that at home. What a treat, thanks for sharing!

  22. 25

    I have such a weakness for bread and olive oil, I could make a meal out of it!

  23. 26

    I am a breadoholic and this dipping sauce just screams to me

  24. 27

    I LOVE a warm loaf of bread dipped in an Italian herb dipping sauce. I’ve never made it myself but am thrilled to have a lovely recipe to resort to. Thanks so much for sharing! Have a good one! =]

  25. 28

    It’s the simple things in life that are usually the best =)


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