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Restaurant Style Bread Dipping Oil

6 ingredients bread dipping oil ! Just like they serve it as an appetizer in the fancy Italian restaurants. Yet another “gourmet food made simple” recipe from ProfusionCurry Kitchen !

This restaurant copycat bread dipping oil recipe is simply the BEST.  It is so easy and quick to make. This recipe is vegan, gluten free, dairy free, low carb-keto friendly and soy free. 

We love Italian food of different varieties.  Amongst the regular suspect pasta dishes Penne Rosa, Creamy Mushroom Pasta, Penne Pesto Primavera and Stuffed Jumbo Shells are our favorites.

Garlic Herb Olive oil bread dip served on white dinner plate with toasted baguette.

Restaurant Copycat Bread Dipping Oil

Nationwide restaurant chains like Biaggis, Carrabba’s, California Pizza Kitchen and Olive Garden serve it so do our local mom & pop restaurants like Bonta, Francesca and Ginais’s cafe.

It is downright therapeutic to see the servers make this dip live on your  table. Plus the wafting aroma of freshly baked loaf ! Heavenly!!

There is perfect harmony of oil getting dipped, herbs getting added, garlic getting mixed with finishing notes of freshly ground black pepper, sea salt and parmesan!

Light Appetizer

I love to serve a light appetizer on the table before the big meal. It helps the conversation flow nicely for a classy dinner party.

Serve this Garlic & Herb Olive Oil Bread Dip with a crusty baguette or the crostini. It is a guaranteed crowd pleaser. Easy party appetizer that will be the talk of the dinner table.

This bread dip is a great option for such a light appetizer, served alongside other favorites like Olive TapenadeMango Peach Salsa or Greek Tzatziki Sauce.

Best Dinner at Home

So forget the take out. Set up the mood with some background music playing Frank Sinatra. Pour a glass of red wine. Serve this dipping oil along with bread. Followed by easy pasta / grilled entrées. Finish off with Easy Tiramisu or Grilled Peaches. And enjoy a gourmet meal right at the comfort of your lovely home !

A hand holding a piece of bread dipped in herb and garlic infused dipping oil.

Family Favorite Recipe

This oil dip is so irresistible, I can’t stop eating it. My kids love it. We have to literally stop ourselves from finishing off the whole loaf of bread before we know it.

It took me a long time to photograph and write this recipe. Simply because, no one had patience to wait around. Once you dunk a bread piece and eat it, you keep going ! It’s unstoppable. 

Many Different Uses

This garlic herb oil dip is so delightful,  you can use it to perk up lots of different meals.

  • Besides crusty baguette, serve it as a dipping oil veggies or cheese rolls
  • Drizzle it on grilled meats and veggies
  • Use it as sandwich spread or tortilla wraps
  • As a salad dressing

A toasted bread getting dipped in the vinegar and herb infused oil.

How does bread oil dip taste ?

Well, it is a cornucopia of flavors . It is herby,  garlicky with a slight tingling of spicy and salty. It is a fiesta to the taste buds.

Can I use it as a marinade?

This dip works beautifully as a marinade or salad dressing. Instead of making it on the serving plate, whisk all the ingredients in the mason jar.

Also, if you want to use it for an extended period of time, simply leave out the fresh garlic and just add that when you are ready to use it.

A bowl filled with Italian herb bread dipping oil.

Can I use fresh herbs in Italian Bread Dipping Oil?

Yes. However, if you are using fresh herbs instead of dried herbs, add two times extra. The dried herbs are more concentrated in flavor. So to make up the exact flavor,  you will need a little extra of the fresh herbs.

This bread dipping oil is the best concoction of herbs, garlic, and of course, rich, flavorful olive oil.

Tips For Making The Best Olive Oil Bread Dip

  1. Since there are only 6 ingredients involved, choose the freshest ingredients for all except balsamic vinegar ( which tastes best aged) It makes the whole lot of difference in taste.
  2. You can make this in a mason jar, shake it up, and use it later. But since we are using fresh garlic, don’t store it for too long.
  3. If fresh raw garlic isn’t your thing, you can simmer the garlic cloves in olive oil for 10 minutes and use the garlic infused olive oil.
  4. You can also roast the garlic in the oven and use the pulp.
  5. To keep this recipe dairy free and allergy friendly, I am not including parmesan cheese but you certainly can use it as an additional ingredient.

A close up of herb infused garlic olive oil dip.

What is the best oil to use for dipping bread?

Extra Virgin Olive Oil is the purest and perfect oil to use for dipping and drizzling. It is delicately flavored and has fruity notes of olives that make the solid base for dipping oil. Choose the freshest batch. I prefer to buy a small batch EVOO for the dip.

Ingredients :

Exact measurements are listed in the recipe card below. And frankly, there is no exact measurement needed. Let your taste ne the guide. Adding Amazon Affiliate links for my favorite products below.

  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil : I prefer to use small batch for the freshness. 
  • Aged Balsamic Vinegar
  • Minced Garlic : fresh, cooked or roasted
  • Italian Seasoning Blend : I used store brought mix but you can use equal part dried basil, parsley, rosemary, oregano and thyme
  • Salt and Pepper
  • Optional : freshly grated Parmesan Cheese or Nutritional Yeast, Red pepper flakes

Ingredients used in making this light appetizer recipe.

How to Make

Start off by pouring the olive oil on the serving dish. Add minced garlic, Italian Seasoning. Add some freshly ground salt and pepper. Drizzle some balsamic vinegar. Add cheese if using

Using a piece of bread, swirl and mix everything well. Try a press it down a little so garlic is mashed up.

Wait for few minutes ( if possible) so the flavors develop. Dip the bread and enjoy ! Bon Appetite

Process shot collage in showing steps involved in making this recipe.

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Italian Bread Dipping oil with herbs, garlic and vinegar served on white plate with crusty bread pieces on the side.

Restaurant Style Bread Dipping Oil

Yield: 6
Prep Time: 3 minutes
Additional Time: 2 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

This delicious bread dipping oil is the easiest appetizer you can make in 5 minutes with just 6 ingredients. Restaurant copycat Italian Herb dipping oil is simply irresistible. Serve it with crusty baguette for a crowd pleaser light appetizer everyone will love.



Start off by pouring the olive oil on the serving dish. Add minced garlic, Italian Seasoning. Add some freshly ground salt and pepper. Drizzle some balsamic vinegar. Add cheese if using.

Using a piece of bread, swirl and mix everything well. Try a press it down a little so garlic is mashed up.

Wait for few minutes ( if possible) so the flavors develop. Dip the bread and enjoy ! Bon Appetite


How to make Italian Seasoning Mix :

Mix together equal part of dried basil, parsley, oregano, thyme and rosemary.

To make this recipe in the mason jar :

Place ingredients together in an airtight jar or a mason jar and shake until well combined.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1 tablespoon
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 144Total Fat: 14gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 12gCholesterol: 1mgSodium: 95mgCarbohydrates: 3gFiber: 1gSugar: 1gProtein: 2g

Nutritional values are provided as a courtesy and the values are approximate. The values will change depending on the exact ingredients, measurements and brands used. As always, for specific health issues and dietary requirements please consult medical professional.

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