Creamy Italian Parmesan Dressing Recipe

Monday, June 13, 2022
This Creamy Italian Parmesan dressing really makes your plain salad burst with fresh-tasting flavors.

Creamy Parmesan Salad Dressing is packed with amazing flavor and can be made in five minutes.

The first time I had anything like this was at the popular restaurant Carraba's it was garnished with freshly long strands of Parmesan grated cheese and freshly cracked black pepper and I instantly fell in love with this dressing.

This easy-to-make creamy Italian Parmesan-style dressing tastes great on burgers, wraps, and sandwiches or is even used as a topping for meats and seafood dishes so this isn't just for topping a salad.

Just get creative using this on your favorite vegetables or use it as a dipping sauce, this dressing is so versatile.

I love using this dressing for dipping fresh raw veggies for a late-night snack.

It's even a great topping for baked potatoes.

As I mentioned try this as a dip for your favorite vegetables or as a topping for grilled chicken.

This dressing will compliment just about any kind of meat or seafood you want to add on top.


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5 Minute Dressing



You can either make the beans fresh or canned but rinse all that salt off first.


I usually store the dressing in a mason jar, and it keeps fresh for around 1 week in the refrigerator.


The recipe uses all fresh ingredients and is better than any bottled you'll ever have.


tomatoes in a colander, with cheese  and salad items


Salad Additions:

  1. dried cranberries
  2. raisins, dates, chopped figs
  3. pecans, walnuts, cashews, pine nuts, almonds, macadamia nuts, pistachios, sunflower seeds pumpkin seeds 
  4. bean sprouts 
  5. fresh pear slices blueberries, raspberries apples chopped, mandarin oranges, mango diced, papaya chunks, grapes, peaches, watermelon, cantaloupe,
  6.  green, black, pimento olives, crinkled Italian black olives
  7. jalapenos or any kind of peppers diced IE:  bell diced peppers, hot peppers pepperoncini
  8. tuna, salmon canned drained
  9. boiled chicken or leftover boneless meats
  10. broil fish like shrimp or any kind of hearty
  11. garbanzo beans, white beans, red bean
  12. green beans, french beans
  13. grilled vegetables IE asparagus, broccoli, cauliflower, beets, artichoke hearts, or hearts of palm
  14. feta cheese, blue cheese, long strands of parmesan, asiago, goat cheese Swiss cheese
  15. cooked brown rice, cooked orzo, quinoa, millet, wheat berries 
  16. shredded fresh zucchini, yellow squash
  17. grated cooked sweet potatoes
  18. celery, julienned carrots, pickled jarred vegetables, radishes


assorted salads ingredients, lettuce, olives and more


Set up a salad bar station for picky eaters!



This list will give you an opportunity to let others pick and choose what they like and use it as a dip or topping for salad.


I get a large platter and choose quite a few from my suggestions above and let them build their own, it's great when hosting a party.


I also will have other dressings handy Homemade blue cheese, GreekThousand Island, and Ranch.


We love to have this alongside of our traditional Italian Salad Dressing for those who like the creamy kinds better.



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Once you try making salad dressing homemade you'll skip those refrigerated brands that are good in a pinch but these are fabulous.


I am a big fan of fancy greens, but you can build your own salad with any of our suggestions.


Don't forget even if you're not a salad lover this is great for dipping meats, on Italian subs and sandwiches, slathered on chicken, one dressing that's so versatile.


One taste and you'll be hooked on making your own, if you have 5 minutes, this will be your new favorite creamy Italian Parmesan Dressing for all your salad toppings.


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Yield: 10
Author: Claudia Lamascolo
Creamy Italian Parmesan Dressing Recipe

Creamy Italian Parmesan Dressing Recipe

Freshly made Italian creamy Parmesan Dressing better than any restaurant for salads and so much more!
Prep time: 10 MinCook time: 5 MinTotal time: 15 Min

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 cup fresh buttermilk
  • 1 3/4 teaspoons finely minced garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon Italian fresh chopped parsley
  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon juice
  • freshly cracked black pepper for garnish (this is optional)

Instructions

  1. Whisk all ingredients together and let flavors blend at least 3 hours before serving.
  2. Pour over Romaine lettuce using your favorite salad additions, see notes below for suggestions.
  3. Sprinkle with long shreds of Parmesan cheese and freshly cracked black pepper.

Notes

Salad Additions:

  1. dried cranberries
  2. raisins, dates, chopped figs
  3. pecans, walnuts, cashews, pine nuts, almonds, macadamia nuts, pistachios, sunflower seeds pumpkin seeds 
  4. bean sprouts 
  5. fresh pear slices blueberries, raspberries apples chopped, mandarin oranges, mango diced, papaya chunks, grapes, peaches, watermelon, cantaloupe,
  6.  green, black, pimento olives, crinkled Italian black olives
  7. jalapenos or any kind of peppers diced IE: bell diced peppers, hot peppers pepperoncini
  8. tuna, salmon canned drained
  9. boiled chicken or leftover boneless meats
  10. broil fish like shrimp or any kind of hearty
  11. garbanzo beans, white beans, red bean
  12. green beans, french beans
  13. grilled vegetables IE asparagus, broccoli, cauliflower, beets, artichoke hearts, or hearts of palm
  14. feta cheese, blue cheese, long strands of parmesan, asiago, goat cheese Swiss cheese
  15. cooked brown rice, cooked orzo, quinoa, millet, wheat berries 
  16. shredded fresh zucchini, yellow squash
  17. grated cooked sweet potatoes
  18. celery, julienned carrots, pickled jarred vegetables, radishes


Nutrition Facts

Calories

91.73

Fat (grams)

9.28

Sat. Fat (grams)

1.81

Carbs (grams)

0.97

Fiber (grams)

0.01

Net carbs

0.95

Sugar (grams)

0.42

Protein (grams)

1.07

Sodium (milligrams)

129.06

Cholesterol (grams)

7.54


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Disclosure: This recipe was originally shared in 2014. It was edited and re-published in 2022.

10 comments

  1. Italian cuisine is always welcome in my home. I love your parmesan dressing recipe, thank you!

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  2. WOW! One of my favorite dressing flavor. I will make this way soon.

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  3. Thank you so much for this creamy italian dressing recipe - its perfect for veggie nuggets as well as salad!

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  4. SUCH a gorgeous dressing, really makes a plain salad sing! Lovely flavours and easy to make.

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  5. I'm always looking for a new dressing I believe I will like and this one fits the bill so it will be tried.

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  6. Lovely dressing and I can see how versatile it is! It transfomed our simple green salad last night into a wonerful side dish! Can't wait to try it with chicken salad too!

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  7. I love homemade salad dressings. This fabulous creamy Italian parmesan is going on my must make list right now!

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  8. Delicious! Super easy to make and tasted amazing. Love making my own dressings and this one was a big hit with the family!

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  9. I have been looking for a quick and easy dressing recipe and this was fantastic.

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  10. Such a wonderful addition to salads! Those flavors sound incredible and I love how easily the dressing comes together.

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