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Italian Bread Dipping (Oil) Sauce

Restaurant-style sauce with olive oil, Italian herbs and balsamic vinegar perfect for dipping your favorite crusty bread. Mix it up with your favorite herbs and add a spicy kick, if you like, to create your own flavor blend.

Course Appetizer
Cuisine Italian
Keyword bread dipping oil with herbs, carabbas olive oil bread dip, dipping oil with fresh herbs, italian bread dipping oil, italian bread dipping oil with balsamic vinegar, italian dipping oil, italian dipping sauce
Prep Time 5 minutes
Servings 3 dipping bowls
Author Manila Spoon


  • ½ cup extra virgin olive oil (good quality) divided
  • 1 pinch dried or fresh Basil, or to taste (for each bowl)
  • 1 pinch dried or fresh Oregano, or to taste (for each bowl)
  • 3 cloves garlic, peeled and crushed or minced 1 piece per bowl (optional)
  • 3-6 tbsp balsamic vinegar, divided
  • grated parmesan cheese, to sprinkle on top


  1. Divide the olive oil into 3 parts in individual, small, and shallow dipping bowls. Add about 1-2 tablespoons of balsamic vinegar into each bowl. Adjust the amount of balsamic vinegar to your taste. 2 tablespoons of vinegar is right up my alley but feel free to adjust the amount to your taste preference. Begin with a tablespoon and add more if desired.

  2. Add the crushed or minced garlic (1 garlic per bowl), if using. If you’re not a fan of garlic, feel free to leave it out. I love garlic so I added it but it’s not required. Place a pinch or 2 of the herbs of your choice. For extra flavor, use freshly chopped herbs. Stir.

  3. Generously sprinkle with grated or shredded parmesan cheese on top. This for me is what makes this dip so yummy so don't omit unless you don't like it. Mop up all that yummy sauce with freshly warmed crusty bread!