Creamy Italian Dressing II
This smooth and creamy dressing has the pungency of lemon juice and red wine vinegar and the sweet spiciness of oregano and garlic.
This smooth and creamy dressing has the pungency of lemon juice and red wine vinegar and the sweet spiciness of oregano and garlic.
This dressing is restaurant quality. With homemade dressings of this quality, there's absolutely no reason to buy it at the store. The flavor of this recipe reminds me of one of the house dressings at a steakhouse in Iowa called "The Pink Poodle." It may not be as good, but it's pretty darn close. Honestly, I wouldn't change a thing--unless you just "have" to--so you can put your own stamp on it. I am not a big Italian dressing fan, but CREAMY Italian, with a recipe like this, is well worth having.Read More
This was better the next day, however, I still had to add a few things to give it more flavor. Here are my changes: add 1/4 sour cream, 1/8 tsp dill, 1/2 tsp basil and 1/8 cup parm cheese. Those additions really make the dressing.
This dressing is restaurant quality. With homemade dressings of this quality, there's absolutely no reason to buy it at the store. The flavor of this recipe reminds me of one of the house dressings at a steakhouse in Iowa called "The Pink Poodle." It may not be as good, but it's pretty darn close. Honestly, I wouldn't change a thing--unless you just "have" to--so you can put your own stamp on it. I am not a big Italian dressing fan, but CREAMY Italian, with a recipe like this, is well worth having.
Really zesty and flavorful. I added a little extra garlic. This one is a keeper!
This recipie is a real winner. I add more garlic than suggested. I also add parm and romano cheeses. I have been looking for years for a creamy Italian dressing like this one. It is just like the dressing they serve in a little Italian place in The Bronx, N.Y. Thanks so much Christine for sharing this recipie. It is a definite keeper!
I replaced the mayo with miracle whip, left out the water and the sugar. Used white wine vinegar to make a great dressing for lobster salad. I guess I still don't understand the fascination with adding sugar to everything.
Excellent recipe! I added 1/2 cup parmesan cheese, used 1-1/2 cloves of garlic instead of just one, and some freshly ground pepper. I will make this often.
I'm not a huge fan of creamy italian, but my husband asked for it with dinner so I gave this a try. It was pretty good. I used Hellman's lite mayo, olive oil vs. veg., added a little dried basil and some parmesan cheese. I also let it set in the fridge for a few hours to let the flavors come together.
This is the first dressing I've ever made, so I'm really not able to compare it to any others... But I found it very simple to make, and very tasty. Much more unique and tangy then a store-bought dressing. It was a little thick though at first so I put in extra water, and would recommend only 1/2c. of mayonnaise. Also, adding ground pepper was great b/c it added a little spice.
Hmmmm, I hate to be a wet blanket here, but this recipe didn't thrill me. The mayo taste was too strong and the herbs didn't have much impact. It did taste better after being refrigerated a day or two, but it still isn't something I will repeat.
My husband loves this dressing! If tastes even better after a few hours for the flavors to blend.
Great dressing! I love it, it's not overly tangy, but has just the right amount of flavor. Thanks, I will make it again and again.
Hubs liked this, I was kind of indifferent, although in all fairness I must confess my bias toward just a basic, simple olive oil and vinegar dressing. I generally don't like fussy dressings, particularly if they're thick and gloppy. As I looked over the recipe I was tempted to make so many changes that I realized I wouldn't be making the same recipe anymore. So in the end I prepared this just as written except for cutting the mayonnaise back by a third. Even still it was thick, and I found I had to add a fair amount of half and half to thin it out. I've never had Creamy Italian Dressing before and found this thick and tangy which I don't particularly care for. Since Hubs liked it, however, I guess it tasted the way it's supposed to!
Isn't it great when you find recipes that are both easy AND delicious?!? Personally, I think everyone would enjoy salads a lot more if they used homemade dressings. And when they are this easy, there's no excuse not to!
My boyfriend and I enjoyed this dressing with a simple salad of iceburg lettuce, tomatoes, green peppers, cucumbers, and homemade croutons. I did use balsamic vinegar, as I wanted to use what I had in my cupboard, and I added a bit more water so that the dressing coated evenly. Yummy!
This was very good. I added a bunch of fresh herbs from my garden. Also, I had a little accident as I was making it. I mistakenly thought that the worcestershire sauce had a little shaker top on it but it didn't, so I ended up dumping about 1/4 cup into it. Actually, it still tasated very good -- just a little more 'caesar-like'.
I did not care for this.
I used best foods mayo, and it was still too "eggy" tasting, so I addes about 1 tsp more vinegar, a few more dashes of worcestershire, and some Italian seasoning. The flavor was much better, and I could taste the spices more.
Wonderfull salad dressing. I got many compliments on this one served with Fetucine and spinach chicken. Creates a nice balance of creamy and tangy.
A bit too sweet for our tastes.
Excellent recipe, and definitely a keeper!! I prefer salad dressing a little thinner than this, so next time I will only use 1/2 cup of mayonnaise. Thanks Christine!
Easy and yummy dressing. Used on green salad and then later on a sandwich.
Excellent! Even better the next day.
I tried this recipe because I was making pasta salad for my kids and realized I was out of italian dressing and wow am I glad I did. It had excellent flavor and my kids loved it. I won't be buying creamy italian anymore.
I thought this dressing was great, but I did modify it some. I'm not a mayo person so I used sour cream. Instead of sugar I used a little of my raw honey because I keep bees and it is so good! I thought 1 clove of garlic (pressed) was perfect. I was out of oregano so I used a rounded tsp of Italian Seasoning Blend and I highly recommend it. In addition, I added a little Celtic sea salt and ground pepper. Can't wait to have a salad with dinner tonight!
I'm pretty sure I could just eat this dressing with a spoon. I usually just stir a little of it right up in the salad bowl I'm using, although it is really good if you let it sit for a day or two. I also add dried basil and thyme, and substitute onion powder and garlic powder for the chopped garlic (I'm making my own dressing from scratch, that's hard core enough for me). If you make it with Miracle Whip instead of mayo, you may not even need to add sugar, which gets around the problem of the sugar not dissolving when you want to use it right away.
I increased the mayo by half and doubled all the remaining ingredients (to get it to a nice "tossable" consistency). Definitely make this at LEAST 1 day ahead to let the flavors blend. I made it 2 days ahead the the taste was so much better!
Delicious and perfect. Easy enough that even I can make it!
Very ez and good........I followed the recipe only adding more garlic...double the amount.
I no longer buy creamy italian dressing at the store. One place i use it, is in Barb's Broccoli-Cauliflower Salad.
Perfect! I don't need to buy creamy dressings anymore. Followed some of the earlier suggestions and reduced the mayo (used miracle whip), added 1/4 c. sour cream, used 2T. lemon juice and left out the vinegar, and used 1 tsp. Frontier Italian Seasoning blend in place of the oregano and basil, then added a bit of dill. Super yummy!
This recipe was good, except that it had an odd type of tanginess due to the lemon juice. I've never tasted that in an Italian dressing before, and I didn't care much for it, so I made a 2nd batch. I left out the lemon juice, and added 2T romano cheese, 1/2t dried Italian seasoning blend in place of the 1/4t of plain oregano, and used olive oil instead of vegetable oil (now that's Italian!) and it tasted a lot better. The added water, in my opinion, should be adjusted (I left it out) depending on how thick you like your dressing, so you may want to add that last. This is a decent 'base' dressing that allows for some creativity, but didn't hold up too well on its own as is.
Needed some dressing in a pinch and this fit the bill perfectly. I used a bit more of everything: red wine vinegar, garlic, oregano. Also used olive oil and lime juice (out of necessity). This work out spectacularly. Definitely a keeper.
Outstanding! We absolutely adore the flavor - who would've thought to add Worcestershire sauce? Seriously good - mine's a tad bit thick - haven't quite figured out best way to thin it, but aside from that, just great. Thanks you so much for recipe.
Just made this today and it was phenomenal, can't wait to taste it after it's had awhile longer to blend... this recipe very closely matches my fave salad dressing which my Gramma used to make when I was a kid! Only thing I would do different is to use a tad less oregano but it's still a fantastic recipe!
I made a 1/2 batch of this last night and loved it. The garlic flavor was strong but I love garlic. Lots of ingredients but it's worth the effort
Was still missing something, but was perfect considering you can't buy ranch dressing in the UK!
Excellent!! My 5year old daughter says, "VERY excellent!!" This is definitely going to be used a LOT here!! Thank you for sharing it!
This recipe was a hit with my husband, his parents, me and even my 2 year old son. It's SUCH a simple recipe but it's OH SO GOOD. I made a second batch of it tonight and it only had about 20 minutes to refrigerate before dinner and it was still great. The best thing about it is that it's made using pantry staples and nothing extraordinary. I followed the recipe exactly.
I was amazed how good this was! I was out of salad dressing so I looked some recipes up and I had all of the ingredients for this on hand. I used Miracle Whip and skipped on the sugar. Nice and tangy, will try next on a pasta salad or experiment with a crab salad. Thanks for the recipe,will use again.
I enjoyed this dressing. I did add about 1 tsp of Italian seasoning in addition to the oregano, because without it I felt like the mayonaise taste overpowered this dressing and I like a zesty Italian. Nice consistency and taste though once I made this change.
This is the BEST for a creamy italian!!! Added a bit more garlic..why buy bottled dressings with all the preservatives? Never Again...
This is easy and delicious.
Since I've made version I & II of this dressing in the same week, I figured it would be a good comparison of two! This was good. The lemon juice and worcestershire sauce really stand out in this dressing. I had to add a pinch more sugar and additionally 1/4 cup mayo because of the tartness. Our family preference will be version I.
This dressing wasn't bad, but it didn't taste remotely like creamy Italian dressing. My boyfriend liked it, but I was disappointed in the flavor.
I followed the directions exactly and was so happy with the result! Just plain DELICIOUS. Served it at a dinner party where everyone kept asking me what brand of dressing it was, and then just stared at me when I said I made it. Seems people don't make salad dressing anymore, ha-ha!
Just perfect! I prepared this exactly as written to accompany some antipasto skewers, and used leftovers on BLT"s tonight. Creamy, garlicky, loved this! Thanks for sharing, Christy :)
Bowl licking good!
A good basic recipe to use. I did add a little black pepper and some crushed red pepper to jazz it up a bit though! To the reviewer who used Miracle Whip..Miracle Whip already has a high sugar content (compared to real mayo) that is why you didn't need to add the sugar to the recipe. I actually used Smart Balance light mayo, which I did not like on it's own, but tasted fine once mixed with the other ingredients. I will use again, great on pasta salad. Thank you.
Delicious! I made sure to use a larger clove of garlic. Perfect!
Christy - GREAT recipe! I love the fresh clean flavors of the ingredients . . . I dare say that I'm reluctant to buy my dressings ever again! I used fresh oregano from the garden and a bit of black pepper. It was a fun recipe to play with!
I made this exactly as written for an Italian themed dinner. Fabulous! Wouldn't change a thing and will make it again soon!
I made this with the ingredients and proportions stated, using canola oil mayonnaise and extra virgin olive for the vegetable oil. After chilling about twenty minutes it tasted good, and the flavors were pretty well balanced. I gave it four stars because it's a good base recipe and I wouldn't have any problems with serving it to guests as is. I didn't give it the 5th star because it's on the mild side and think it could be better with extra Italian herbs or seasonings. I will definitely make again and try some of the other reviewers' suggestions. If the sugar didn't dissolve, I didn't notice it, but it might solve the problem for others to change the directions and dissolve it in the water/vinegar/lemon juice first before whisking with the oily ingredients.
Love it!! I used 2 cloves because we love garlic. Otherwise perfect the way it is. Light mayonaise or using yougurt will change the taste and consistancy and how the other indredients interact with each other. Cooking is like science. If you don't follow the directions, its not going to work.
OMG! This was so good! I changed the white wine vinegar to red just because that's what I had. And I always change the sugar/corn syrup that a recipe calls for, with honey.
made this for my book club tonite & it was a real hit. used it on the simple italian salad with artichokes, pimentos, red onions, & black olives with parm & asiago cheeses, & it was delish!!!! i actually made it up last night & i think it really helped to have that time to meld the flavors. excellent & so easy!
I don't usually make home made salad dressings, but guess what...This was so good I don't think I could ever use store bought again. If you like garlic, this is the salad dressing you've been looking for.
I really liked this dressing. Made as written. DH didn't care for it as much as I did. He thought it was a little tart. Thanks for posting the recipe.
This was an amazing dressing! I will definitely be using this again. We got tired of just balsamic and oil and basic things like that. This dressing tastes like mixes of caesar, ranch and italian. Sounds like an odd combo but make it and you'll see what I mean. The only thing I changed was I used olive oil instead of vegetable oil because that's what I had on hand. I also chopped the garlic then put a pinch of salt on the pile and then used the side of the knife to make a paste. Gave more garlic flavor that way. Thank you for the great recipe!
Didn't have red wine vinegar so I just used white wine vinegar instead. Was really good! Will make it again!
Yummy! I add just a tad bit more garlic, just for personal preference. Thanks so much for the recipe- I can't stand bottled dressings.
This is a great dressing. I did add a little milk to thin it out a bit and lite mayo made with olive oil, other than that I made as posted. I really like the lemon juice. My kids both cleaned their salad plates with this dressing and like to snack on veggies dipped in this.
Oh my gosh - so good! My husband does not like creamy dressing (or mayo or sour cream) but he loved this. (I kinda enjoy feeding him "banned" ingredients and seeing how much he loves them - works every time!) The flavors were good right after mixing but even better the next day. Thanks for a great recipe!
Good, but I agree it needed more flavor. I think next time I make it I'll add some Parmesan cheese. I did add a little extra Italian seasoning, and a touch of salt and pepper. UPDATE: I actually make this dressing a lot, now, and always add my own twist to it. I prefer homemade dressings to bottled, and love knowing exactly what I'm eating, and limiting the salt and sugar. Thanks for a great base recipe!
Loved it!!! Really Good!!
This is gorgeous! Have made it to dress an asparagus appetizer, found it too creamy when i first tasted it then realised i'd missed the lemon juice so added that and it was perfect!
Great dressing base! I used red and white wine vinegars and no citrus, added olive oil instead of veggie oil, added a pinch of salt, and used fresh basil and oregano from the herb garden instead of dried herbs. Eyeballed everything, turned out very tasty! I look forward to trying it with parmesan like others have suggested; the suggestion of tomato paste is also intriguing.
I used equal parts light mayonnaise, fat free plain yogurt and fat free sour cream. After making it this morning and letting it sit until dinner, I thought it was okay, but it needed more spices. I added more basil, as well as onion powder, basil, thyme, parsley and fresh ground pepper. After I added the extra spices, it tasted more like what you would expect for italian dressing. Maybe this is just a simpler version. This definitely tastes better the longer it sits. It is a little thicker than regular dressing so you might have to thin it down a bit. We used it for a dip so it worked for us.
I made this recipe exactly but I used up the rest of some generic Mayo because I was unsure of this recipe. The first day it was very tangy but after sitting two days it was totally awesome. I am going to try it again using the good mayo I have and maybe adding paprika, more garlic, and black pepper. Thanks for the recipe.
OMG, excellent, made just as is and loved it. Thank you for this recipe for salad dressing.
This dressing is so good!! Had to bring a salad to my in laws for a home made pasta dinner. Everyone kept saying how good the salad was! I made as directed and I liked it but decided I wanted to plc it up a notch so I added fresh ground black pepper and some grated parmesan romano cheese. Fantastic results!!!!! I immediately made a second batch!!! Also made sure it was a good size garlic clove and I minced it well instead of chopping it. So yummy I could eat it with a spoon!!! I won't buy bottled again! Thanks so much for posting!
This recipe is truly exceptional. I have to keep my guests from digging in with a spoon.
Quick & easy dressing to pull together. I used Italian seasoning instead of the oregano & I used lite mayo. I would have liked to see what it tasted like after sitting but there was not any left...which means someone had more than their share of salad that night!
This dressing is so amazing. I love it. I added a pinch of crushed red pepper, salt and pepper. It was fantastic. Gerat way to wow people at a dinner party.
This recipe is better if asiago, parm, or regino cheese is added
Great Creamy Italian Dressing. I loved that I didn't have to drag out my blender to make it. Tossed this with romaine, sliced roma tomatoes, red onion, cucumber, kalamata olives, peperoncini, croutons, and shredded parmesan
Salads being a staple in our meals, we are always looking for dressings. This was a great dressing--tasty and very satisfying.
This is a basic, good creamy Italian dressing recipe. I will definitely make again.
I don't what these bad reviews are about because I thought this dressing tasted delicious! I just kept tasting and adding ingredients until I thought it was flavorful enough. I use it on cobb salads and as a vegetable dip.
I thought this was okay, but it seemed like something was missing? I used lite mayonnaise, but at first it seemed both heavy and slightly tart. However, the next day it was much better. I put it in a one cup container with a twist top lid and it stayed good quite some time. For some reason it tasted good as a subtitute for mayonnaise on a sandwich to.
Needs some thinning, but I think much easier to use store-bought Italian dressing in mayo instead with a touch of Worcestershire.
Yummy! I added more garlic, 1/2 tsp basil, 1/4 tsp dill, 1/8 cup parmesan cheese and 1/4 cup sour cream. I also let it sit in the fridge for at least 2 hours.
This is wonderful, but I did swap the mayo for Miracle Whip and left out the sugar. I also decreased that to 1/2 cup. It was great! I sent my mom the recipe and she loved it too!!
I really loved this dressing!.. The garlic was kind of suttle but I love garlic so maybe I'll add more next time... So refreshing I ate two servings of salad instead of my main course!...
Great as is!
the only addition i made was additional garlic. excellent on chicken pasta salad.
This has become a household staple. I usually halve the sugar and add 2 Tbsp of parmasean cheese. Thanks!
This recipe was very tasty as written. We prefer more zest so I hand tossed in cracked pepper and garlic powder.
I prepared this dressing as written and it turned out quite well. As with most salad dressings made at home, it is far better than what you can buy in a store. Take the plunge and try it. You won't be disapointed.
this was fantastic. i tasted it before i added the sugar and found it a little sweet already so i added more red wine vinegar and took out the sugar. i also threw in 1/2 tsp of red pepper flakes and it worked really well. i tossed it into a pasta salad and it tasted great!!
I loved it. Best Italian dressing I've ever had.
This was a good recipe, though the vinegar flavor was a bit strong for my taste. I also think it could use a little less oregano - it makes it a bit bitter.
Delicious!!! I loved this.
I like this recipe because I always have the ingredients, it's easy, and taste good. I use it anytime I need ranch dressing for a particular recipe. I always make it according to the recipe here I never alter it and I've made it now at least 6+ times. It is a keeper.
I loved this dressing! I usually don't like dressings with mayo, but this one is amazing!
This was a great recipe. Very simple, and I had all the ingredients in the pantry (big plus!). My boyfriend and I gobbled it up after I let it sit in the fridge for a little bit (per reviews). There's still a bit left over for tonight, so I'm looking forward to trying it after its sat a bit as people suggested!
First few times made this exactly as the recipe said and it's great! Exactly what I was hoping it would be. Will never buy store bought again. Now I add a little bit of pepper but that's just personal preference
This is the best dressing I have ever tasted! My husband & I luv it! I just add a little red onion chopped very fine but it doesn't need it, just my preference. I have made it for our neighbors and they are ready to drink it and put it on everything. Good job Christy!