This creamy Italian salad dressing is exactly what you think it is—a creamy mix of garlic, mayo, red wine vinaigrette, oregano, and oil. It’s perfect on a crisp salad of iceberg, croutons, red onions, and everything else you remember from restaurant versions.
You can now recreate your favorite Italian restaurant salad or deli hoagie with just a few simple ingredients that you likely already have on hand. Slather it on everything from grilled chicken to egg salad sandwiches. You’ll definitely make this again and again. –Jenny Latreille
HOW ELSE CAN I USE ITALIAN DRESSING?
As a few of our testers noted, this Italian dressing is a perfect replication of the hoagie and sub sauces from their youth. Apart from that, we can also heartily recommend using it for a marinade for meat or veg, dressing for pasta salad, mixing it into your tuna or egg salad sandwich, or drizzled over roasted vegetables.
Creamy Italian Salad Dressing
- 1 large garlic clove smashed
- Coarse kosher salt
- 2 tablespoons mayonnaise
- 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
- 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
- 1 teaspoon granulated sugar
- 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons blended oil 3 tablespoons olive oil and 3 tablespoons vegetable oil
- Pinch of freshly ground black pepper
Recipe Testers' Reviews
The mix of oils, the dry oregano, the red wine vinegar, the mayonnaise for emulsification—these are all keys to recreating a classic Italian restaurant dressing. It took me back not only to salads of my youth but also to the dressing on an Italian hoagie. The crunch of iceberg, the old standard that’s been spurned for more cosmopolitan greens, holds up to this robust vinaigrette like a dancer reunited with an old partner.
The creamy Italian salad dressing is delicious and so easy to make with ingredients you always have on hand. I definitely needed a double batch.
As I read through the ingredients, this almost read like the salad my grandfather would make nightly, but the addition of mayonnaise takes it in a creamy direction and gave me a good prompt to buy iceberg lettuce. The ingredients are easily available year-round and most are pantry items.
Originally published April 24, 2021