This creamy Italian dressing recipe is easy to make at home, and goes deliciously on salads (including pasta salads – it’s the dressing I recommend using on my super yummy Zesty Italian Pasta Salad recipe)!
It’s similar to your favorite store-bought Italian dressing, but without all the artificial ingredients and fillers. Plus, it’s got parsley and parmesan to bring out even more of that zesty Italian flavor.
Homemade Italian Dressing
Homemade salad dressing always tastes fresher to me over the bottled kind. While there are definitely some yummy store-bought salad dressing options on the market nowadays (way more so than there used to be), I still almost always make my own salad dressing because it’s so easy once you get the hang of it and it tastes so much more flavorful!
My standard go-to is my Homemade Balsamic Vinaigrette – have you tried that yet? I’ve made it with apple cider vinegar and red wine vinegar, too – you can easily swap in and out different vinegars to mix it up.
Be sure to try my Creamy Vegan Salad Dressing, too – it uses cauliflower to make it creamy (rather than cheese)! I also have a Vegan Caesar Salad Dressing recipe – it features tofu and nutritional yeast and tastes just like the real thing. For Mexican-inspired salads/dishes, this avocado crema is so delicious.
Anyway, back to this recipe for Italian dressing!
This creamy Italian dressing is classic enough to have that nostalgic Italian dressing flavor, but with a slight twist, and it’s so easy to make. Just toss everything into a blender and mix! And you probably already have most (if not all) of the ingredients at home already.
Creamy Italian Dressing Recipe Ingredients
Here’s what you’ll need to make this parmesan & herb Italian dressing at home:
- white wine vinegar
- Italian seasoning
- grated parmesan cheese
- olive oil
- fresh parsley
- salt & pepper (to taste)
How to Make Homemade Italian Dressing
Start by combining the white wine vinegar, honey, garlic, Italian seasoning, olive oil, and parmesan in your blender.
(You can also use an immersion blender. Just combine the ingredients into a glass bowl or jar and blend that way, slowly adding the olive oil as you blend rather than adding it in all at once.)
Next, add the parsley and blend again until it’s finely chopped. Season with salt and pepper to taste. That’s it – you’re ready to rock!
Store the dressing in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 1-2 weeks. The ingredients may separate, so be sure to shake well before use.
Enjoy this creamy Italian dressing on your favorite salad, pasta salad, or even use it as a marinade! You really can’t go wrong. 🙂
(Here are some more marinade ideas: 8 Easy Marinade Recipes for Chicken or Tofu.)
You’ll find the full recipe for Italian dressing at the end of this post. I hope you enjoy it! Let me know how you like it by commenting on this post, or by tagging me @fANNEtasticfood on social media when you make it.
Looking for more salad inspiration? Here are some of my favorite recipes:
- Heirloom Tomato Salad with Peaches (Caprese Salad)
- Sesame Shrimp and Watermelon Salad
- Grilled Steak and Strawberry Salad with Strawberry Vinaigrette
- Green Goddess Bowl with Raw Honey Herb Vinaigrette
- Vegan Kale Caesar Salad
- Quinoa Salad with Orange Vinaigrette, Avocado & Arugula
- Spring Salad Recipes
- 1/4 cup white wine vinegar
- 1 clove garlic
- 1 teaspoon honey
- 1 tablespoon Italian seasoning
- 1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
- 2/3 cup olive oil
- 2 tablespoons fresh parsley
- salt and pepper, to taste
- Combine the white wine vinegar, garlic, honey, Italian seasoning, and parmesan in a glass measuring cup.*
- Using an immersion blender, blend ingredients while streaming in the olive oil.
- Add in the parsley and blend until finely chopped, then season with salt and pepper.
You can also easily combine the ingredients in a blender and follow the same directions instead of using an immersion blender.