Creamy Carolina Vinaigrette

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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



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


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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