Creamy Italian Salad Dressing

This creamy Italian salad dressing really hit the spot for me. It has a good dose of garlic. There’s a bit of the nuttiness’ from Parmesan. And just the right amount of Italian seasoning. I’m a big fan of creamy dressings. They are my weakness, for sure. I put a lot more on my salad than I should, I’m sure.

Creamy Italian Salad Dressing

The original recipe for this creamy Italian salad dressing stated to just up and add 2 tablespoons of water to the mix before you blend it. I found that the dressing was too thin when I did this. I recommend that you blend the dressing without any water first. If you find it to be too thick, add a bit of water (maybe half a tablespoon at a time) and blend again. The dressing will get a big thicker as it rests in the fridge, but not a lot thicker. You can’t take the water back out, so I would be light with it.

On the off-chance that you do make the dressing too thin by adding too much water, you can add a bit more mayonnaise and blend again. This will help thicken it up some.

You’ll also want to try these other awesome homemade dressings and toppings:
Catalina Salad Dressing
Creamy Blue Cheese Salad Dressing
Creamy Carolina Vinaigrette
Everything Bagel Salad Dressing
Smoky French Salad Dressing
Smoky Spicy Ranch Salad Dressing

Also checkout my always-growing list of the best homemade garden salad dressings and toppings!

Creamy Italian Salad Dressing

Creamy Italian Salad Dressing

A delicious blend of Italian seasoning and nutty Parmesan cheese.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
refrigerator time 12 hours
Course Salad Dressing
Cuisine American
Servings 6
Calories 231 kcal

Ingredients
  

Instructions
 

  • Place all ingredients EXCEPT the water in a small food processor or blender and process until blended.
  • Check the dressing for consistency. If you like it thicker you're probably done, but if you like it thinner, add a bit of water and process again. Repeat until you get it just like you like it. The dressing will get a little thicker as it sets.
  • Refrigerate until ready to serve, at least 12 hours.
  • Stir before serving.

Nutrition

Calories: 231kcalCarbohydrates: 2gProtein: 2gFat: 24gSaturated Fat: 4gPolyunsaturated Fat: 9gMonounsaturated Fat: 10gTrans Fat: 0.03gCholesterol: 11mgSodium: 186mgPotassium: 17mgFiber: 0.1gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 48IUVitamin C: 0.2mgCalcium: 55mgIron: 0.2mg
Keyword creamy, Italian
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Creamy Blue Cheese Salad Dressing

This creamy blue cheese salad dressing is easily my favorite blue cheese dressing. It’s so nice and creamy. And although its definitely ‘blue cheesy’ it’s not so overwhelming. Ya know, I love that blue cheese funk but I kinda have a limit to it. This dressing doesn’t cross that line, it sneaks up on it and gives it a big ole hug!

Creamy Blue Cheese Salad Dressing

This creamy blue cheese salad dressing is of course great on a garden salad. And I assure you, it’s fantastic as a wing dip. It’s my go-to for wings. And chicken fingers. Oh and nuggets. That’s why I make a big ole batch of it and keep it in the fridge. And it’s great for dipping vegetables, too. Like I said, this my favorite.

Want a great sub sandwich? Use this dressing in place of mayonnaise or a vinegar dressing.

You’ll also want to try these other awesome homemade dressings and toppings:
Catalina Salad Dressing
Creamy Blue Cheese Salad Dressing
Creamy Carolina Vinaigrette
Everything Bagel Salad Dressing
Smoky French Salad Dressing
Smoky Spicy Ranch Salad Dressing

Also checkout my always-growing list of the best homemade garden salad dressings and toppings!

Creamy Blue Cheese Salad Dressing

Creamy Blue Cheese Salad Dressing

My favorite blue cheese dressing, by far.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Course Salad Dressing
Cuisine American
Servings 6
Calories 264 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 teaspoons Italian Dressing mix
  • 1/3 cup buttermilk
  • 1/2 cup blue cheese salad dressing
  • parsley chopped, optional
  • blue cheese crumbles optional

Instructions
 

  • Place all ingredients in a medium bowl.
  • Whisk or stir until combined.
  • Cover and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes before using. Stir before serving.

Nutrition

Calories: 264kcalCarbohydrates: 1gProtein: 1gFat: 28gSaturated Fat: 5gPolyunsaturated Fat: 17gMonounsaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0.1gCholesterol: 17mgSodium: 321mgPotassium: 25mgSugar: 1gVitamin A: 46IUCalcium: 18mgIron: 0.1mg
Keyword blue cheese, creamy
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Catalina Salad Dressing

This Catalina salad dressing is one of our all-time favorites. It’s quite easy to make and always delicious. And it uses ingredients that we almost always have on hand. That’s a definite plus too! This recipe makes about 2 cups, which might sound like a good bit of dressing, but trust me, it’s so good you’ll use it up fast.

Catalina Salad Dressing

The grated onion is one of the key ingredients in this Catalina salad dressing. Don’t skip it and don’t skimp on it. I used about a tablespoon, but you might want more. Or less. It takes a bit of effort to grate the onion, but the flavor it adds is so worth it.

This dressing gets even better after sitting in the fridge for a few hours. Just make sure to give it a good shake or stir before serving.

You’ll also want to try these other awesome homemade dressings and toppings:
Catalina Salad Dressing
Creamy Blue Cheese Salad Dressing
Creamy Carolina Vinaigrette
Everything Bagel Salad Dressing
Smoky French Salad Dressing
Smoky Spicy Ranch Salad Dressing

Also checkout my always-growing list of the best homemade garden salad dressings and toppings!

Catalina Salad Dressing

Catalina Salad Dressing

A truly delicious dressing.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Course Salad Dressing
Cuisine American
Servings 8
Calories 362 kcal

Equipment

Ingredients
  

Instructions
 

  • Place all but the onion in a blender.
  • Pulse a few times.
  • Add white onion to taste and blend until smooth.
  • Store in the fridge until ready to use. Stir before serving.

Nutrition

Calories: 362kcalCarbohydrates: 31gProtein: 0.3gFat: 27gSaturated Fat: 4gPolyunsaturated Fat: 16gMonounsaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0.2gSodium: 766mgPotassium: 64mgFiber: 0.2gSugar: 29gVitamin A: 171IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 8mgIron: 0.2mg
Keyword homemade dressing
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Creamy Carolina Vinaigrette

This creamy Carolina vinaigrette kinda surprised me. I wasn’t sure about the combination of a mustard, vinegar and oil vinaigrette with buttermilk and mayonnaise added to make a creamy dressing. I was surprised by how much I loved it. This vinaigrette has a ton of flavor, from the ingredients I already mentioned along with a few spices, onion and a little honey sweetness. There’s a few ingredients in this, and they all join together for something decidedly different and tasty!

Creamy Carolina Vinaigrette

I found the recipe for this creamy Carolina vinaigrette in Kardea Brown’s The Way Home cookbook. It’s packed with tons and tons of great recipes (Kardea never disappoints!), but if you know me, I’m always on the lookout for great salad dressing recipes. And I found one!

This vinaigrette is on the thinner side. Even though it says ‘creamy’, don’t let that make you think creamy, like say ranch dressing. It is different (in a good way) than just a straight-up vinaigrette. Don’t use light mayonnaise or light buttermilk and you’ll have the perfect topping for any garden salad. The dressing also gets a bit thicker after it has set in the fridge overnight.

You’ll also want to try these other awesome homemade dressings and toppings:
Catalina Salad Dressing
Creamy Blue Cheese Salad Dressing
Creamy Carolina Vinaigrette
Everything Bagel Salad Dressing
Smoky French Salad Dressing
Smoky Spicy Ranch Salad Dressing

Also checkout my always-growing list of the best homemade garden salad dressings and toppings!

Creamy Carolina Vinaigrette

Creamy Carolina Vinaigrette

Inspired by a recipe from Kardea Brown
A deliciously different vinaigrette!
4 from 1 vote
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Course Salad Dressing
Cuisine American
Servings 8
Calories 156 kcal

Ingredients
  

Instructions
 

  • Place all ingredients into a blender. Process until smooth and well combined.
  • Store unused dressing in the fridge. Shake or stir well before serving.

Nutrition

Calories: 156kcalCarbohydrates: 3gProtein: 1gFat: 15gSaturated Fat: 3gPolyunsaturated Fat: 8gMonounsaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0.1gCholesterol: 6mgSodium: 382mgPotassium: 69mgFiber: 0.3gSugar: 3gVitamin A: 178IUVitamin C: 0.4mgCalcium: 40mgIron: 0.2mg
Keyword creamy, vinaigrette
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Everything Bagel Salad Dressing

My wife announced that she was going to make this Everything Bagel seasoning salad dressing again. That was after the very first taste. She loved the creaminess. And the slight tang of vinegar. That’s unusual since she’s usually not a fan of vinegar. This dressing has just the right mount of vinegar for her tastes. And oh, the bagel seasoning! That combination of garlic, onion and sesame seeds is amazing in a dressing and fantastic on a green salad. I agree, this is one winner of a dressing.

Everything Bagel Salad Dressing

This Everything Bagel salad dressing is a nice, creamy dressing with just the right thickness to it. We used ‘real’ mayonnaise and ‘real’ milk when we made it. None of that light or non-fat stuff. But, you could. And it might make it not as creamy. But it’ll still be out-of-this-world delicious so if light or low-fat is what you have on-hand or prefer, go for it!

We highly recommend that you double this recipe. It makes about four servings as it’s written, but I might argue that it’s really just enough for two! It’s that good!

We like to make (and store) this dressing in Mason jars.

You’ll also want to try these other awesome homemade dressings and toppings:
Catalina Salad Dressing
Creamy Blue Cheese Salad Dressing
Creamy Carolina Vinaigrette
Everything Bagel Salad Dressing
Smoky French Salad Dressing
Smoky Spicy Ranch Salad Dressing

Also checkout my always-growing list of the best homemade garden salad dressings and toppings!

Everything Bagel Salad Dressing

Everything Bagel Salad Dressing

Crazy addicting dressing packed with bagel seasoning flavor.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 5 minutes
3 hours
Total Time 3 hours 5 minutes
Course Salad Dressing
Cuisine American
Servings 4
Calories 392 kcal

Ingredients
  

Instructions
 

  • Place all ingredients in a bowl and whisk to combine. You can also place all of the ingredients into a resealable container or jar, close, and shake to combine.
  • Refrigerate for at least 3 hours. Shake once again before serving.

Nutrition

Calories: 392kcalCarbohydrates: 1gProtein: 1gFat: 42gSaturated Fat: 7gPolyunsaturated Fat: 25gMonounsaturated Fat: 10gTrans Fat: 0.1gCholesterol: 25mgSodium: 1919mgPotassium: 40mgFiber: 0.1gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 61IUVitamin C: 0.1mgCalcium: 26mgIron: 0.1mg
Keyword Everything Bagel, homemade dressing
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Honey-Mustard Ranch Salad Dressing

So simple, yet so tasty, this honey-mustard ranch salad dressing really topped off the side salads we had with our burgers the other day. Using ingredients we had on hand, this dressing came together in no time. It has a light ranch flavor. One that’s not overpowering. Ditto the Dijon mustard. Some mustard dressings are, well, too mustardy. Not this one. You get the hints of without it reaching out to grab you. Last, there’s a slight hint of sweetness to balance it out, specially the vinegar. This is a great all-around winner of a salad dressing.

Honey-Mustard Ranch Salad Dressing

If you have buttermilk on hand, you could use it instead of the milk and vinegar mixture. But it’s easy enough to make a quick homemade version instead. This honey-mustard ranch salad dressing is great either way. I prefer to have it ‘get happy’ in the fridge overnight, but it’s great after 15 minutes of rest too. If you do let it go overnight, I recommend tasting it before serving. You might want to add a pinch or two more of salt and pepper to it first.

Oh, and you’ll want to double the recipe!

You’ll also want to try these other awesome homemade dressings and toppings:
Catalina Salad Dressing
Creamy Blue Cheese Salad Dressing
Creamy Carolina Vinaigrette
Everything Bagel Salad Dressing
Smoky French Salad Dressing
Smoky Spicy Ranch Salad Dressing

Also checkout my always-growing list of the best homemade garden salad dressings and toppings!

Honey-Mustard Ranch Salad Dressing

Honey-Mustard Ranch Salad Dressing

Inspired by a recipe from The Dizzy Cook
Not too mustardy… just right!
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 5 minutes
Refrigeration time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Course Salad Dressing
Cuisine American
Servings 4
Calories 217 kcal

Ingredients
  

Instructions
 

  • In a small bowl, combine the milk and vinegar. Let set for 5 minutes.
  • In another small bowl, whisk together the mayonnaise, mustard, honey, oregano and garlic powder. Whisk in the milk mixture. Season with salt and pepper.
  • Cover and refrigerate at least 15 minutes before serving. Stir before serving.

Nutrition

Calories: 217kcalCarbohydrates: 4gProtein: 1gFat: 22gSaturated Fat: 4gPolyunsaturated Fat: 13gMonounsaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0.1gCholesterol: 14mgSodium: 267mgPotassium: 49mgFiber: 0.4gSugar: 4gVitamin A: 110IUVitamin C: 0.1mgCalcium: 27mgIron: 0.2mg
Keyword creamy, homemade dressing, mustard
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Russian Salad Dressing

We both grew up with a different looking bottled Russian dressing. We made this recipe for Russian salad dressing and of course, it looked different. It tasted fantastic, like Thousand Island salad with the addition of chili sauce and some spices (and a bit of heat). That bottled stuff that’s red and looks more like French or Catalina dressing? Almost the same thing, but without the creamy mayonnaise.

Russian Salad Dressing

This Russian salad dressing is fantastic on a fresh green salad. But oh, would it ever be amazing on a Reuben sandwich. Sure, you could go with the classic Thousand Island, but why not kick that sandwich up a bit and use this instead? And don’t be shy with it either!

Depending on how you feel about onion flavor, I’d say start with a smaller shallot. Some shallots are hotter than others and if you go all-in with a bigger shallot it might overwhelm all of the other flavors in the dressing. So go easy with it at first. You can always add more.

When a recipe like this one calls for mayonnaise, there’s only one that I reach for. Yep, there’s a number of great mayonnaise brands out there. I’ve tried them all I think. But in the end, I go with Blue Plate mayonnaise each and every time.

You’ll also want to try these other awesome homemade dressings and toppings:
Catalina Salad Dressing
Creamy Blue Cheese Salad Dressing
Creamy Carolina Vinaigrette
Everything Bagel Salad Dressing
Smoky French Salad Dressing
Smoky Spicy Ranch Salad Dressing

Also checkout my always-growing list of the best homemade garden salad dressings and toppings!

Russian Salad Dressing

Russian Salad Dressing

Like Thousand Island salad with the addition of chili sauce and some spices (and a bit of heat).
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Course Salad Dressing
Cuisine American
Servings 8
Calories 210 kcal

Ingredients
  

Instructions
 

  • Whisk together all ingredients in a medium bowl.
  • Cover and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.
  • Stir before serving.

Nutrition

Calories: 210kcalCarbohydrates: 4gProtein: 1gFat: 21gSaturated Fat: 3gPolyunsaturated Fat: 13gMonounsaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0.1gCholesterol: 12mgSodium: 431mgPotassium: 92mgFiber: 1gSugar: 3gVitamin A: 166IUVitamin C: 4mgCalcium: 9mgIron: 0.3mg
Keyword homemade dressing, Russian
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Roasted Garlic Dijon Salad Dressing

I would not call myself a mustard-aholic. It seems to depend on the day as to whether or not I’m all-in on a mustardy dressing or not. Fortunately, though, this roasted garlic Dijon salad dressing didn’t require that I be in the mood for mustard. It has just the right amount of mustard-ness. It’s slightly sweet with a hint of roasted garlic, one of my favorite flavors. And a little citrus to boot. It’s got everything, all in an easy-to-make dressing.

Roasted Garlic Dijon Salad Dressing

I’m quite the garlic fan, so I will double the amount in this recipe the next time I make it. I’m ok with it being up front in my roasted garlic Dijon salad dressing instead of just kind of hanging around with the other flavors.

I used our local grocery store’s Dijon mustard. Nothing fancy. You can go fancy if you want, but I don’t think it’ll make a big difference as long as you’re using a mustard that you like to use in other recipes. It’s like cooking with wine. You don’t cook with a wine you don’t like. Don’t make a dressing with a mustard you don’t like either!

You’ll also want to try these other awesome homemade dressings and toppings:
Catalina Salad Dressing
Creamy Blue Cheese Salad Dressing
Creamy Carolina Vinaigrette
Everything Bagel Salad Dressing
Smoky French Salad Dressing
Smoky Spicy Ranch Salad Dressing

Also checkout my always-growing list of the best homemade garden salad dressings and toppings!

Roasted Garlic Dijon Salad Dressing

Roasted Garlic Dijon Salad Dressing

Nice and garlicky with a slight hint of mustard!
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Course Salad Dressing
Cuisine American
Servings 4
Calories 269 kcal

Ingredients
  

Instructions
 

  • Place all ingredients except for the olive oil into a blender and process until smooth.
  • Keep the blender running while slowly adding the oil. Process until smooth and incorporated.

Nutrition

Calories: 269kcalCarbohydrates: 7gProtein: 1gFat: 27gSaturated Fat: 4gPolyunsaturated Fat: 3gMonounsaturated Fat: 20gSodium: 44mgPotassium: 41mgFiber: 0.3gSugar: 4gVitamin A: 5IUVitamin C: 3mgCalcium: 15mgIron: 0.4mg
Keyword homemade dressing, mustard
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Smoky Spicy Ranch Salad Dressing

We both declared this smoky spicy Ranch salad dressing to be one of our favorites. And that was after just one bite of a salad lightly drizzled with the dressing. It brings a good bit of heat, there’s no doubt, thanks to the chipotle peppers in adobo sauce. And a bit of smokiness thanks also to the chipotles in adobo sauce. And then there’s classic Ranch flavor, thanks, well, to the Ranch dressing mix! It might seem like there are a good number of ingredients to make a dressing, but trust me, it’s more than worth it.

Smoky Spicy Ranch Salad Dressing

As with a lot of dressings, smoky spicy Ranch salad dressing is much better if it has had a chance to sit overnight in the fridge. The flavors get ‘happy’. Just give the dressing a quick stir before serving. I like to make and keep my dressings in Mason jars. When it comes time to serve it, I just give the dressing a few good shakes first.

This dressing would also make for a great dip for vegetables. It would also be fantastic for dipping chicken nuggets or tenders.

You’ll also want to try these other awesome homemade dressings and toppings:
Catalina Salad Dressing
Creamy Blue Cheese Salad Dressing
Creamy Carolina Vinaigrette
Everything Bagel Salad Dressing
Smoky French Salad Dressing
Smoky Spicy Ranch Salad Dressing

Also checkout my always-growing list of the best homemade garden salad dressings and toppings!

Smoky Spicy Ranch Salad Dressing

Smoky Spicy Ranch Salad Dressing

We both declared this smoky spicy Ranch salad dressing to be our absolute favorite.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 0 minutes
Fridge 12 hours
Total Time 12 hours 15 minutes
Course Salad Dressing
Cuisine American
Servings 8
Calories 216 kcal

Ingredients
  

Instructions
 

  • Places the chipotles and the adobo sauce, vinegar and oil into a blender and puree until well combined and no large chunks of the chipotles are left.
  • Add the remaining ingredients and puree until smooth.
  • Refrigerate overnight. Stir before using.

Nutrition

Calories: 216kcalCarbohydrates: 4gProtein: 1gFat: 22gSaturated Fat: 4gPolyunsaturated Fat: 13gMonounsaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0.1gCholesterol: 13mgSodium: 459mgPotassium: 37mgFiber: 0.1gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 87IUVitamin C: 0.5mgCalcium: 23mgIron: 0.1mg
Keyword dressing, Ranch
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Smoky French Salad Dressing

Not every salad dressing has to be garlicky. Or herby. A little spiciness now-and-then is a good thing, even in a salad dressing. That’s why this smoky French salad dressing was such a hit in our house. Salad Week (which happens at least once a month) was definitely a happier time with this dressing on hand. It’s essentially exactly what you think. A classic French dressing kicked up with a chipotles in adobo sauce (smoked jalapenos, along with some of the delicious sauce they come in) for heat and smokiness.

Smoky French Salad Dressing

This smoky French salad dressing would be great on more than ‘just’ a salad. First thing I thought of was a Reuben sandwich. Yeah, I know usually that means Russian or Thousand Island dressings, but this salad would bring a nice spicy edge to each and every bite. It’d be different for sure and that’s a good thing. I think I’ll give that a try!

I like to keep my homemade dressings in Mason jars in the fridge. When it comes time to serve them I just take them out, give them a good shake or two, and I’m ready to get to salad eatin’!

You’ll also want to try these other awesome homemade dressings and toppings:
Catalina Salad Dressing
Creamy Blue Cheese Salad Dressing
Creamy Carolina Vinaigrette
Everything Bagel Salad Dressing
Smoky French Salad Dressing
Smoky Spicy Ranch Salad Dressing

Also checkout my always-growing list of the best homemade garden salad dressings and toppings!

Smoky French Salad Dressing

Smoky French Salad Dressing

A lightly smoky twist on the classic.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 0 minutes
Fridge 30 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Course Salad Dressing
Cuisine American
Servings 4
Calories 117 kcal

Ingredients
  

Instructions
 

  • Place all ingredients into a blender. Pulse until smooth.
  • Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes before serving.

Nutrition

Calories: 117kcalCarbohydrates: 5gProtein: 1gFat: 11gSaturated Fat: 2gPolyunsaturated Fat: 6gMonounsaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0.03gCholesterol: 6mgSodium: 308mgPotassium: 62mgFiber: 0.4gSugar: 3gVitamin A: 91IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 10mgIron: 0.3mg
Keyword dressing, French
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