Creamy Italian Salad Dressing

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.

A plastic bowl of creamy Italian salad dressing on a white and grey marble surface.

Adapted from Anna Hezel | Lasagna | Clarkson Potter, 2019

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

A plastic bowl of creamy Italian salad dressing on a white and grey marble surface.
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.
Anna Hezel

Prep 10 mins
Total 10 mins
Condiment
Italian
6 servings
160 kcal
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Ingredients 

  • 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

Directions
 

  • In a large bowl, use a fork to mash the garlic with 1/2 teaspoon of salt to form a paste.
  • Whisk in the mayonnaise, vinegar, oregano, and sugar. While whisking, slowly drizzle in the oil, whisking until the dressing is emulsified. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
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Serving: 2tablespoonsCalories: 160kcal (8%)Carbohydrates: 1gProtein: 1g (2%)Fat: 18g (28%)Saturated Fat: 2g (13%)Trans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 2mg (1%)Sodium: 30mg (1%)Potassium: 7mgFiber: 1g (4%)Sugar: 1g (1%)Vitamin A: 6IUVitamin C: 1mg (1%)Calcium: 4mgIron: 1mg (6%)

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.


Originally published April 24, 2021

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    1. lowandslow, the recipe is just referring to the combination of 3 tablespoons each of olive oil and vegetable oil.

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