creamy italian dressing in a mason jar with a spoon beside it

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Why I love this Italian dressing recipe

Salad dressings can make or break a salad and a homemade dressing, no matter how simple it is, is worth the extra effort. It makes such a difference that we have pretty much stopped buy salad dressing all together (with the exception of a few bottled favorites).

This creamy Italian dressing is the best because it’s naturally dairy free, and still super creamy and flavorful. It’s perfect for our favorite Italian chopped salad or for a side salad to serve with any of your favorite dinners.

creamy italian dressing in a mason jar with a spoon

Here’s what you’ll need to make this homemade Italian dressing

How to make creamy Italian dressing

There isn’t much to making this dressing recipe. You literally just whisk the ingredients together in a bowl until smooth. Then adjust the seasoning with salt & pepper to taste.

If you really want to save on clean up time, you could even make the dressing right in the mason jar you plan to store it in.

Refrigerate until you’re ready to serve the dressing with your favorite salad.

drizzling creamy dressing into a mason jar with a spoon

FAQ’s and tips for making homemade Italian dressing

How long does homemade Italian dressing last?

This creamy Italian dressing is best used within the week. I wouldn’t let it last too long simply because fresh is always best.

Is creamy Italian dressing vegan?

This recipe is not vegan because mayo is made with eggs, however, you could switch it out for vegan mayo and make the recipe vegan with that simple little switch. 

Can you freeze this Italian dressing recipe?

I highly recommend that you don’t. It won’t be pretty, smooth, or anything like what you’ve come to enjoy. Instead, make a half batch if you don’t think you can enjoy a full one before it’s no longer good. Then you won’t have nearly as much waste on your hands.

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Creamy Italian Dressing Recipe

This homemade, creamy Italian dressing recipe is not only dairy free, but delicious too! It’s so easy to make that you’ll never want to get store bought again. It’s truly the best!


  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons Italian seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper


  • Combine ingredients in a mixing bowl.
  • Gently, whisk until smooth. Adjust seasoning with salt & pepper, to taste.
  • Transfer to a container and refrigerate until ready to use.

Last Updated on November 12, 2021 by Melissa Belanger

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  1. Verifying ingredients…above says: 1/2 cup tablespoons olive oil.

    Is this 1/2 cup or 1/2 tablespoon

    Thanks for verification!!

  2. Where is the “dairy free” creamy Italian dressing recipe??? I have scoured the entire site and only find using mayo. Disappointed!!!

    1. Sorry, but mayo is made from eggs and eggs come from chickens (not milk), so they’re completely dairy free.