Italian Salad Dressing Recipe

Italian Salad Dressing Recipe. 
Made with mayonnaise, sour cream, red wine vinegar, garlic.

Top generously with Parmesan Cheese.

It is an old fashioned creamy dressing that was inspired by a small restaurant, Little Italy, overlooking the hills of the mountains in North Carolina more than forty years ago.

This dressing is delicious on the tossed salad suggested below, including all the suggested vegetables, then served with grilled steaks and baked potatoes.

It is delicious with a full Italian Dinner and a glass of your favorite wine or beverage.

Old Fashioned
Creamy Dressing Recipe

  • 1 cup mayonnaise

  • 1/2 cup sour cream

  • 1/4 cup red wine vinegar

  • 2 garlic cloves, minced

  • 1 tablespoon sugar

  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

  • 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese

  • 1/4 cup Romano cheese

  • McCormick Salad Supreme Seasoning*
    (Do Not Substitute, if possible)

Blend mayonnaise, sour cream, vinegar, garlic, sugar, and salt together in a bowl.

Mix thoroughly.

Fold in cheeses or sprinkle on top and refrigerate until ready to use.

When ready to serve, top salad with dressing and sprinkle generously with the Salad Supreme Seasoning.

Italian Salad Dressing Recipe

  • 1 cup extra virgin olive oil

  • 1/3 cup apple cider vinegar or white wine vinegar

  • 1 clove garlic, minced

  • 2 teaspoons minced onion

  • 2 teaspoons honey

  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

Mix all together in a jar.

Cover with lid and shake well to mix.

Store in refrigerator a couple of days before using, shaking the jar well several times a day.

This helps the flavors to mellow.

This simple Italian Salad Dressing Recipe is delicious on an elaborate tossed green salad to a fancy pasta salad, etc. or a simple salad such as lettuce and tomato.

Keep dressing stored in refrigerator up to 2 weeks.

Italian Salad Made Easy

Place torn bits of lettuce, sliced or cubed tomatoes, sliced celery, and sliced cucumbers in a salad bowl or plate. 

Then spoon the dressing over the vegetables.

Optional: Add sliced carrots, chopped broccoli, chopped bell pepper (green, red, or yellow), black olives, onions, or other raw vegetables to your taste.

Top it generously with the dressing made from your Italian Salad Dressing Recipe, above.

Have it your way.

Use as a great dip for Chicken Tenders or Chicken Fingers.

Garlic Bread

  • 1 loaf bread, thick sliced

  • 1/2 stick butter

  • 1 garlic clove, juiced

To make it, spread thick slices of bread with butter, sprinkle generously with freshly squeezed garlic juice, and toast under broiler.

Add mozzarella cheese to the side that was toasted last and return under broiler a few minutes to melt, if desired.

Italian Salad Dressing History

In 1941, Florance Hanna, the daughter of  American immigrants, created the simple Italian Salad Dressing we enjoy today, with only vinegar, oils and herbs.  

The dressing was so popular in Hannas's father's restaurant that the patrons started requesting carry-outs.

With that high demand, he began making the dressing in large vats stored in the restaurant basement. 

In 1945, another restauranter started bottling his version of the recipe. 

Related Pages

Italian Pasta Salad

Vinaigrette Italian Dressing

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