Creamy House Salad Dressing

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Creamy house salad dressing will take your house salad to the next level. This easy recipe turns a simple salad into something special. Just a few common ingredients are needed to make this creamy Italian dressing.

Jar of creamy salad dressing and bowl of salad.


Making homemade salad dressing is easy to do and always has better, fresher flavor than the store bought bottles. We love a good house dressing like ranch or blue cheese, but this creamy Italian dressing is our go-to dressing.

Why you’ll love this dressing

There are so many reasons this has become our go-to salad dressing recipe.

  • Easy to make – All you need is a whisk and a few ingredients to prepare this dressing recipe. It takes about 5 minutes to put together and a few minutes to chill.
  • Ingredients – This uses basic, simple ingredients. No need for the preservatives found in store bought salad dressing.
  • Versatile flavor – Creamy house salad dressing combines herbs, Parmesan, and garlic to make a great dressing for salads, pasta salads, and even wraps.
  • Customize

Ingredients you’ll need

  • Vinegar – White vinegar is used for this dressing recipe. You can substitute with red wine vinegar.
  • Olive oil – Use a high quality olive oil for the best flavor dressing.
  • Lemon juice – Fresh lemon juice adds delicious flavor.
  • Mayonnaise – I am using a full fat mayonnaise for the best flavor.
  • Garlic – One minced garlic clove is used.
  • Italian seasonings – This adds great flavor to the dressing.
  • Sugar – Just a little bit of sugar helps to balance all of the flavors.
  • Parmesan cheese – Grated parmesan cheese.
  • Salt and pepper – Season to taste preference.
Bowl of vinegar, spices, sugar, oil, garlic, cheese, and mayonnaise.

How to make house salad dressing

There are a few ways to blend this dressing together, with a whisk, in a jar, or in a blender.

Making the salad dressing with a whisk is so easy and doesn’t require using a blender. When whisking, it’s important to combine the base before adding in the oil so that the dressing doesn’t separate.

Step one: Place mayonnaise, vinegar, lemon juice, and sugar in a bowl. Whisk together until completely combined.

Bowl of mayonnaise and vinegar.

Step two: Slowly pour in the olive oil while whisking.

Step three: Whisk in garlic, Italian seasonings, parmesan cheese, salt, and pepper.

Bowl of dressing with grated cheese and seasonings.

How to use creamy Italian dressing

This dressing is great on a simple house salad. It also adds great flavor to a pasta salad, chopped salad, a wrap, or even as a marinade for chicken and pork.

Tips for success

  • Make sure to slowly whisk in the olive oil to make sure the dressing comes together and doesn’t break apart.
  • Let the salad dressing chill in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes before serving to let the flavors come together.

How to store

Store any leftover house salad dressing in an airtight container or jar with a lid. Keep it in the refrigerator for up to a week.

Common questions

Can I substitute mayonnaise in the salad dressing recipe?

Yes, you can substitute mayonnaise with sour cream or plain Greek yogurt.

How long does this dressing last?

This creamy dressing will last about a week. Make sure to stir or shake it up before serving.

Can I make this salad dressing in a jar?

Yes, instead of whisking, place all of the ingredients in a jar with a lid. Shake to emulsify the ingredients. Store in the refrigerator to let it chill.

Spoon with salad dressing.

More salad recipes to try

  • Grinder salad is a combination of chopped vegetables and deli meat with an amazing Italian dressing.
  • Seven layer salad is a classic salad that is perfect for potlucks, holidays, and more.
  • Apple pecan salad is crunchy, savory, sweet, and so good!

If you make this recipe be sure to let me know in the comments.

Jar of creamy salad dressing and bowl of salad.
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House Salad Dressing

By Heather Seeley
Creamy house salad dressing is the perfect way to add flavor to your salad. Full of flavor, this creamy Italian salad dressing is easy to make and the perfect thing to drizzle over a salad, or roasted vegetables.
Prep: 5 minutes
Chill time: 30 minutes
Total: 35 minutes
Servings: 1 cup


  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup white wine vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 clove minced garlic
  • 1.5 teaspoons Italian seasoning
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 14 teaspoon ground black pepper


  • Place mayonnaise, vinegar, lemon juice, and sugar in a bowl. Whisk together until completely combined.
  • Slowly pour in the olive oil while whisking.
  • Whisk in garlic, Italian seasonings, parmesan cheese, salt, and pepper.



Calories: 1453kcal | Carbohydrates: 29g | Protein: 12g | Fat: 146g | Saturated Fat: 25g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 56g | Monounsaturated Fat: 60g | Trans Fat: 0.2g | Cholesterol: 69mg | Sodium: 1743mg | Potassium: 545mg | Fiber: 9g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 495IU | Vitamin C: 13mg | Calcium: 414mg | Iron: 5mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Salad
Cuisine: American
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