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The easy, creamy Italian dressing recipe

The easy, creamy Italian dressing recipe

Behold my recipe for creamy Italian dressing! 

This recipe is laden with delectable flavors. It does have quite a few ingredients, ingredients that are likely in your pantry already. Also, it truly is so easy to make.

Once you start to make salad dressing recipes at home, you’ll find it quite challenging to buy a bottle at the store ever again. There’s just something so ridiculously fresh-tasting about homemade salad dressing.

Having mason jars on hand is nifty, but they can be a bit pricey if you go out and buy them. Plus, I’m always needing varying sizes of glass jars. 

So my suggestion is: Stop throwing away jars after you empty them!

For instance, jelly jars are perfect for storing this creamy Italian salad dressing. Pickle jars are usually a bit bigger but are also wonderful to keep on hand for larger batches or homemade butter such as homemade almond butter.

The best way to store homemade salad dressing is to keep it in an airtight container in the fridge. It can be a glass jar or a plastic container.

To help it last longer, place it in the refrigerator as quickly as possible. When removing it from the fridge, serve what you need right away and then immediately return it to the refrigerator.

How long will this homemade creamy dressing last?

This homemade salad dressing will last up to five days in the fridge. Just be sure to secure it in a container with a lid and keep it in the coldest part of the refrigerator.

Tips from the pros

This homemade salad dressing will last up to five days in the fridge. Just be sure to secure it in a container with a lid and keep it in the coldest part of the refrigerator.

  • If you don’t have any red wine vinegar, use apple cider vinegar instead.
  • This is best served cold. If I have time, I prefer to make this dressing a day ahead. This allows the flavors to meld in the fridge before serving.
  • If you have fresh herbs to mince up and add the dressing, it will be even better.
  • Consider adding in chopped green onions.
  • If you prefer a less sweet tasting dressing, you can omit the sugar from this recipe. Also, consider using honey instead of white sugar.

How to make creamy Italian dressing

This creamy salad dressing recipe is quite simple to make. As you’ll see in the steps below, you’ll only essentially combine and stir.

Step 1:

Finely mince the garlic. I highly recommend that you use fresh garlic in this recipe.
Mince it as fine as you possibly can.

Step 2:

Combine all ingredients in a medium-size mixing bowl.

Step 3:

Whisk to combine thoroughly. Whisk this dressing a bit longer than
you think that you should. You want to make sure that the herbs don’t
clump up.

Step 4:

Chill the dressing for up to 4 hours before serving.

Step 5:

Remove the salad dressing from the fridge and give it a good stir right before serving it.

Creamy Italian dressing recipe

Creamy Italian dressing recipe

Yield: 12 servings

Our quick and easy homemade Italian dressing recipe. You can put this together in 5 minutes, but we do recommend serving it chilled.


  • 1/2 c mayonnaise
  • 1 T red wine vinegar
  • 1 T lemon juice
  • 1 T olive oil
  • 2 T water
  • 2 t Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 t dried oregano
  • 1/2 t dried thyme
  • 1/2 t dried basil
  • 1/2 t white sugar
  • 1 1/2 cloves of garlic
  • 1/4 c parmesan cheese
  • Freshly ground pepper


  1. Finely mince the garlic.
  2. Combine all ingredients in a medium-size mixing bowl.
  3. Whisk to combine fully.
  4. Chill for 4 hours before serving.
  5. Stir and serve.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 12 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 84Total Fat: 9gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 5mgSodium: 103mgCarbohydrates: 1gFiber: 0gSugar: 0gProtein: 1g

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The bottom line

This salad dressing is so delicious and can serve many purposes. You could use it as a vegetable dip or even mix it in with pasta. Finally, it’s so creamy and versatile you can practically have it as a staple in a variety of dishes.

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