Homemade Creamy Italian Dressing

Homemade Creamy Italian Dressing made with parmesan, garlic, and fresh herbs is perfect for topping a salad or serving as a vegetable dip.

Homemade Creamy Italian Dressing, made with parmesan, garlic, and fresh herbs, is perfect for topping a salad or serving as a vegetable dip.

Lately, I have really embraced the idea of "a homemade pantry".  The idea basically involves replacing all of my usual store-bought items that are stored in the pantry with homemade versions.  One, because homemade usually will mean less chemicals.  Sure, I indulge in processed food.  I'm not a 100% clean eater by any means.  But if I can eliminate some of those chemicals with homemade recipes that, more often than not, taste better than their pre-packaged counterparts, well then why not?

So, the second reason I like the idea of a homemade pantry is that it helps me save money!  I can make a homemade saucepesto, or baked good, and it is almost guaranteed that I can do it for less money than buying it from the store.  Again, why not?

Homemade Creamy Italian Dressing, made with parmesan, garlic, and fresh herbs, is perfect for topping a salad or serving as a vegetable dip.

I have just started making homemade salad dressings in the past year or so.  My Mom makes the best italian dressing, which for the life of me I can't duplicate.  She never measures anything, so no luck with following a recipe, unfortunately.  So, until I figure out how she makes it, I decided to try a creamy italian and it came out super yum!

This dressing can be used as a salad dressing or dip for fresh veggies, and is flavored just perfectly with the oil, vinegar, creamy base, and fresh herbs.  I think you're going to love it!


Homemade Creamy Italian Dressing

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Ingredients
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 3 tbsp red wine vinegar
  • 1 tbsp parmesan cheese, grated
  • 2 tbsps milk
  • 1 1/2 tsp fresh oregano, minced
  • 1 1/2 tsp fresh parsley, minced
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • salt and pepper

Instructions
  1. Whisk together the mayo, sour cream, olive oil, vinegar, parmesan. milk, oregano, parsley, and garlic.  Season with salt and pepper, to taste.  Makes about 3/4 cup.

Notes
  • Feel free to add more milk 1 tablespoon at a time until you reach your desired consistency. 
  • You can substitute the herbs for whatever you like.  Basil or tarragon would be yummy!
  • Source: Adapted from Delallo

3 comments:

  1. Hello Becky. I needed a creamy Italian dressing to use in a salad I was making and super glad this one came up in my Pinterest search. I made it with greek yogurt instead of the mayo and sour cream and it was amazing. I also shared it on my blog today. Thanks for a great recipe.

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    1. Hi Kati! I'm thrilled you tried it and liked it. I love the greek yogurt substitution. I am a huge greek yogurt fan! I'll have to try it! Thanks for the share!

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  2. I was surprised how much I liked the mayo & sour cream combo, left out the vinegar and kept it thick for a dip.

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