Recipe by Cathy
"A wonderful, thick dressing - my favorite."
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red wine vinegar
ground black pepper
My husband always orders Creamy Italian dressing in restaurants, but I could never find a good version at the grocery store. I had all the ingredients on hand and literally whipped this up in five minutes; he tried it and said, "That's the one! Don't change a thing!" Thanks, Cathy!!!
I actually made this last night, but when I tasted it, it wasn't very good, so I thought that maybe the flavors needed to meld a little more. Well, I wasn't very fond of it today either. I used a red onion and that may have altered the flavor some (it did turn a shade of pink). I didn't use all of the sugar either so maybe that was it as well. I'll try again and maybe that will change my mind. ;)
Hi, all. I'm the Cathy who submitted this recipe, and I'm glad to be able to share it with those of you who have been enjoying it. It is still my favorite dressing. I just wanted to step back in and make a few comments for those who weren't satisfied. It was mentioned that the dressing tastes like biting into a plain onion, and that it was hot, and another used a red onion and not all the sugar. You will notice the onion ingredient says "1/2 a SMALL onion". This would be approximately 1/2 cup chopped, and please do use a mild white onion. The hot onion definitely makes the dressing hot and bitter. The kind of onion used will affect the flavor of the dressing. Another used just garlic salt and recommended not to use the extra salt. The recipe doesn't call for garlic salt but garlic powder, which has no salt in it. Yet another didn't use the onion at all, only an Italian seasoning packet. In my opinion, to write a review on a recipe requires you follow the recipe as written and not make substitutions, otherwise you are writing a review on the recipe as you changed it. I hope you continue to enjoy this fabulous dressing, and for those who didn't enjoy it, you might give it another chance using the instructions as written. Then if you don't like it, you'll be entirely justified in your opinion! Happy eating!
This dressing was really great - the key is to let it sit overnight before serving because once the flavors meld it is wonderful. I did change the recipe a bit - I used bottled minced garlic rather than garlic powder and did not use onion in the dressing at all (because since I was using lots of onions in the salad it just wasnt necessary to have it in the dressing - and I thought that the garlic substitution made up for it). The only thing I didnt like about this dressing was that I used dried Italian seasoning - maybe mine isnt a good brand or something but I though it made the dressing taste very fake-herby or something (although once you mix it with the salad you cant tell that). Next time I will definitely use fresh herbs - basil, oregano, tarragon, parsley and rosemary - that makes it a little more expensive to make but it is so worth it to pack all of those fresh herby flavors into the dressing. Recommendations for a great Italian salad to go with this dressing: Iceberg and Romaine lettuce, plum tomatoes, provolone cheese, broccoli, red onion, garbanzo beans, pepperoncini, roasted red peppers and homemade croutons (these are KEY - get really well seasoned fresh croutons from the farmers market). I made an enormous amount of salad and my guests devoured all of it!
I used half olive oil mayonnaise, half fat free sour cream, I used six green onions sliced thin and I doubled the spices. Awesome dip for raw vegetables. You should have heard me. I was just "mmmmm'ing" away. I did thin it down a bit with fat free milk. NOTE: I did NOT add the sugar, but that's a personal choice not reflective of the recipe.
I somehow thought this would be quite thick, but it's quite liquid and pourable after going through the blender. I really love it over pasta type salads, but also works well on greens. A real keeper (meaning I keep it in my refrigerator all the time)!
After reading the reviews I decided to do everything exactly as the recipe called for.. but add the sugar a bit at a time to make sure it wasnt too much. In the end I only used about 3/4 of the sugar but the dressing is incredible. This is def the new house dressing in THIS house! Thanks so much for such a simple yet amazing recipe.. I cant wait to have company over so I can show it off!
This is a delicious salad dressing; I'll definitely make it again. It reminds me of the house dressing served at one of my favorite Italian restaurants. The spices and the mayo blend together perfectly. Thanks for sharing it, Cathy!
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
Creamy Italian Dressing I
Serving Size: 1/12 of a recipe
Servings Per Recipe: 12
Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat: 131
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