This homemade Creamy Italian Dressing is better than anything in a bottle and so easy to make! It’s packed with flavor and is the perfect dressing for garden salads and crudites!

Ladle spooning creamy Italian dressing over salad.

If you love salads but are tired of being disappointed by store-bought bottled brands, you need to try this homemade Creamy Italian Dressing!

It combines red wine vinegar, extra virgin olive oil, fresh parsley, garlic, Parmigiano Reggiano, and mayonnaise and comes together in just a few minutes!

Recipe Ingredients

All ingredients for this recipe are shown in the pic below and special notes are made in this bulleted list to assist you.

Ingredients shown: red wine vinegar, oregano, hot red pepper flakes, olive oil, parsley, garlic, mayonnaise, and Parmigiano Reggiano cheese.
  • Vinegar. I’m using red wine vinegar but you can also use distilled white vinegar.
  • Mayonnaise. This provides that rich, creamy texture to this dressing, and really differentiates it from classic Italian vinaigrette.
  • Parsley. Use fresh parsley here for the best results!

See the recipe card for full information on ingredients and quantities.

Top tip

Creamy Italian Dressing is easy to make but one step to not skip is the taste test! After you’re done combining the dressing ingredients, be sure to taste the dressing and adjust salt and pepper as needed before tossing with your favorite garden salad.

Spoon pouring creamy Italian dressing over mason jar.

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Creamy Italian Dressing

5 from 7 votes
Prep: 10 minutes
Total: 10 minutes
Servings: 16 servings
This Creamy Italian Dressing recipe is better than anything in a bottle! Loaded with flavor from herbs, red wine vinegar, mayonnaise, and Parmigiano Reggiano, it's the perfect dressing for your favorite garden salads!


  • 1/3 cup red wine vinegar
  • 1/2 cup finely grated parmesan
  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon hot crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 clove garlic paste
  • 1/4 cup minced Italian flat-leaf parsley
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • salt and pepper to taste


  • In a large bowl, whisk the ingedients until a smooth creamy dressing has formed. Alternatively, use a food processor.
  • Taste the dressing and season with salt and pepper to taste. If the dressing is too thick, simply thin with water, an ounce at a time. Enjoy!


  • One serving of dressing equals 2 tablespoons.  This recipe makes almost 2 cups of dressing or 16 servings.
  • This dressing can be made by hand whisking, in the blender, or by adding the ingredients to a mason jar with the cap on and shaking vigorously.
  • Dressing can be saved in the fridge for up to 7 days.


Calories: 56kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 1.8g | Fat: 5.2g | Saturated Fat: 1.4g | Cholesterol: 5mg | Sodium: 75mg | Potassium: 2mg | Sugar: 0.2g | Calcium: 51mg

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

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  1. Janet G McSweeney says:

    Absolutely love every recipe! Love FB videos as well! (Get a kick out of your son! His taste buds must be excellent.)

    1. Tara says:

      We’re so happy you’re enjoying the recipes, Janet, and thanks for the comment!