The Creamiest Homemade Italian Dressing
This creamy Italian dressing is lighter in calories and texture than many other creamy recipes. Although store-bought creamy Italian dressings tend to be nothing more than a flavored mayonnaise, making your own means you can give it a real creaminess and also a fresher taste. This homemade Italian dressing is best if you make it a day ahead and refrigerate it overnight but you can also make it just before serving. Keep it in the refrigerator for up to two weeks.
If you do not like any sweetness in your salad dressing recipes then feel free to omit the sugar, or just use half if you prefer. You will love how the garlic gives a fresh flavor to the dressing, and also how you can control the creaminess or tartness by adjusting the amount of vinegar you use. Try this homemade Italian dressing with a Caesar salad or over mixed leaves.
It is also good with any tomato-based salad, or you could try it on a pasta salad recipe, since it is certainly thick and creamy enough to cling to the pasta. You are likely to have all or most of these ingredients in your cupboards or refrigerator already, so you can whip this delicious homemade Italian dressing up in next to no time.
- 1 cup mayonnaise
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 1 tablespoon water
- ½ cup red wine vinegar
- ½ cup extra-virgin olive oil
- ½ teaspoon dried Italian herb blend
- 1 minced garlic clove
- ½ teaspoon black pepper
- 1 teaspoon white sugar
- Put all the ingredients in a big bowl.
- Whisk vigorously for a few minutes, or until the ingredients are well blended.
- Stir before serving.
This creamy Italian dressing is easy to make because you just need to combine the ingredients. Mayonnaise, red wine vinegar and extra-virgin olive oil create the base for this dressing, while Italian herbs and garlic add just the right amount of flavor accents to offer a well-rounded taste. A little black pepper, sugar and water finish it perfectly. Try this creamy dressing over mixed leaves, perhaps adding some tomatoes, cucumber, black olives and croutons to the salad, along with shrimp, chicken or beef and some shredded fresh parmesan. That would make a delicious lunch for anyone who enjoys Italian flavors.
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