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garlic dressing on red lettuce salad

Creamy Garlic Dressing

  • Author: Deb Belsha
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • 1 hour refrigerate:
  • Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
  • Yield: 12 servings 1x
  • Category: Salad
  • Cuisine: American


Fresh, homemade creamy garlic dressing is the perfect topping to a healthy salad.  This recipe is so quick and easy to make, you will always want homemade dressing. 


  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup half and half (or milk)
  • 3 -4 cloves garlic, finely grated or minced
  • 2 tablespoons rice or white wine vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons sugar or sugar substitute
  • 2 tablespoons Parmigiano Reggiano cheese, grated
  • 2 green onions, finely chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper


  1. Combine all ingredients in a large bowl and use a whisk to mix well.  
  2. You can use a processor or blender but only process for 30-60 seconds.  Mixing too long will change the texture of the mayonnaise.
  3. For the best flavor, refrigerate the dressing for about an hour before serving.
  4. Store leftover dressing in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.


*For a low carb/keto option, you can substitute the regular sugar for Monkfruit or Swerve.

**The rice wine and white wine vinegar are a bit sweeter and less acidic in this recipe.  But you can substitute them for white vinegar or apple cider vinegar.

***Rather than finely mince your garlic, try grating the cloves and the garlic will be more like a paste.

****If you would like a thinner dressing, just add an additional tablespoon or two of half and half or milk.

Keywords: Condiment, Marinade, Salad Dressing