Creamy Italian Salad Dressing

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Our Creamy Italian Salad Dressing embodies the essence of a classic restaurant-style dressing, delivering a burst of flavor reminiscent of a creamy Italian vinaigrette. Its rich taste complements any salad effortlessly, ensuring each leaf is perfectly coated with deliciousness.

Quick to prepare and ready in 10-minutes or less! Simply add the ingredients to the food processor, blend, and drizzle over your preferred salad. It’s a beloved fixture in our fridge and the preferred dressing for a variety of greens. Consider doubling the recipe, as you’ll likely crave more, and enjoy the absence of preservatives or shelf stabilizers. A definite win-win!

A clear glass jug filled with Creamy Italian Salad Dressing, accompanied by a bundle of fresh green lettuce and a cork for the bottle on the left-hand side, on a marble countertop.

This luscious dressing not only boasts simplicity in its preparation but also relies on readily available ingredients that are likely staples in your pantry.

  • fresh garlic
  • mayo
  • red wine vinegar (you can sub champagne vinegar)
  • dried oregano
  • dried basil
  • extra virgin olive oil
  • pink Himalayan sea salt or Kosher sea salt
  • freshly cracked black pepper
Big Easy Italian Salad in a white bowl with a fork to the right on the countertop
Big Easy Italian Salad

Chef’s Suggestions: Enhance the flavor with a sprinkle of red pepper flakes for a hint of heat. Additionally, to temper the acidity of the vinegar, consider adding 1/2 to 1 teaspoon of turbinado sugar. While we enjoy ours with a bit of tang, feel free to omit it according to your preference.

For a burst of salad inspiration, explore our Big Easy Italian Salad! Combining elements of leafy greens and antipasto, it’s a delightful fusion salad that complements our Creamy Italian Salad Dressing beautifully. A perennial favorite on our dinner table, enjoyed year-round.

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Storing Homemade Creamy Italian Salad Dressing

  1. Transfer to an Airtight Container: Once cooled, transfer the dressing to a clean, airtight container. Use a container that is specifically designed for storing liquids to prevent leaks and spills.

  2. Labeling: Label the container with the date of preparation to track its storage time. This will help you monitor its freshness and ensure timely consumption.

  3. Refrigeration: Place the sealed container of homemade creamy Italian salad dressing in the refrigerator. Store it in the coldest part of the refrigerator, such as the back or bottom shelf, to maintain a consistent temperature.

  4. Shelf Life: Homemade creamy Italian salad dressing can typically be stored in the refrigerator for up to 1-2 weeks. However, it’s essential to check for any signs of spoilage, such as off odors or changes in texture, before using.

By following these steps, you can safely store homemade creamy Italian salad dressing in the refrigerator and enjoy its delicious flavor for an extended period. Remember to use your best judgment and discard any dressing that shows signs of deterioration.

How to Make Creamy Italian Salad Dressing

A clear glass jug filled with Creamy Italian Salad Dressing, accompanied by a bundle of fresh green lettuce and a cork for the bottle on the left-hand side, on a marble countertop.

Creamy Italian Salad Dressing

Our Creamy Italian Salad Dressing is a classic restaurant-style dressing at its best. It pops with flavor and reminds me of a creamy Italian Vinaigrette, perfectly coating any salad you throw at it.
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 0 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 0 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 8 servings

Equipment

  • food processor or blender

Ingredients

  • 2-3 small garlic cloves smashed + skinned
  • 4 Tablespoons (56 grams) mayonnaise
  • 4 Tablespoons (60 ml) red wine vinegar sub champagne vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/2 cup (120 ml) Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon Pink Himalayan Sea Salt or Kosher Sea Salt finely ground or to taste
  • 1/4 teaspoon Freshly cracked black pepper or to taste

Instructions

  • Add ALL ingredients, smashed garlic, mayonnaise, red wine vinegar, dried oregano, dried basil, EVOO, sea salt, and freshly cracked back pepper to the food processor or blender.
    Ingredients for Creamy Italian Salad Dressing in the food processor
  • Blitz about 30-60 seconds until combined and creamy.
    Creamy Italian Salad Dressing after being blitzed in the food processor.
  • Toss with your favorite salad dish up, sprinkle with parmesan cheese and enjoy!
    A fresh Big Easy Italian Salad topped with shredded Parmesan cheese, served in an ornate white bowl, accompanied by Creamy Italian Dressing on a white and blue striped cloth.

Notes

  • Prep time is approximate.
  • You can add pinch of red pepper flakes for heat if you like.
  • Store in an airtiht container in the refrigerator up to 2 weeks (it'll be long gone before then). 
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