Creamy Italian dressing in a jar with pasta salad in a bowl.

Creamy Italian Dressing (Sugar-Free)

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Next to ranch, creamy Italian dressing is one of my favorite dressings. It is zesty and tangy and brings a plain old boring salad to life. Plus, this creamy Italian dressing is made in less than 5 minutes. 

Simply add the creamy Italian dressing ingredients to a Mason jar or small bowl. Next, shake or whisk until combined, and that’s it. This tasty dressing is just that easy to make. 

How Does Creamy Italian Dressing Taste

Creamy Italian dressing has a rich yet light and bright flavor. Mayonnaise and olive oil give the dressing a creamy texture. The sugar-free Parmesan cheese gives the dressing a slightly salty flavor, while the sugar-free sweetener balances everything out. The vinegar and fresh lemon juice give it a zesty flavor that makes this dressing so irresistible.

Creamy Italian dressing in a jar with pasta salad in a bowl.

What Is the Difference Between A Vinaigrette And Creamy Dressing

Vinaigrettes contain oil and vinegar. They can also contain mustard to help emulsify the dressing. 

In contrast, creamy dressings contain oil and vinegar. However, they also contain buttermilk, mayonnaise, or sour cream, which gives the dressing a creamy texture. 

What Is The Difference Between Italian And Creamy Italian Dressing

Classic Italian dressing contains olive oil, herbs, vinegar, and seasonings. Creamy Italian dressing contains mayonnaise in addition to olive oil, herbs, vinegar, and seasonings. It may also contain sour cream. These ingredients give the dressing a creamy consistency that makes it extremely delicious.       

Does Creamy Italian Dressing Have Milk In It

Some creamy Italian dressings do contain milk or buttermilk. However, this creamy Italian dressing recipe does not contain milk.  

Creamy Italian dressing in a jar with pasta salad in a bowl.

Is Creamy Italian Dressing Keto 

Yes, this recipe is keto-friendly. It does not contain any sugar and each serving of the dressing only contains 1 gram of carbs. 

If you are wondering whether you can use store-bought creamy Italian dressing on the Keto diet, I wouldn’t recommend it. Typically the store-bought of this dressing is not keto-friendly. It may contain non-keto-friendly ingredients such as sugar, balsamic vinegar, honey, or maple syrup. 

I know what you’re thinking, store-bought creamy Italian dressing only has 5 grams of carbs. But carbs add up. The recommended serving size for dressing is 2 tablespoons. 

Let’s be honest. Most people add more than 2 tablespoons of dressing to their salads. If you add 4 tablespoons of dressing to your salad or use it for your Crudité platter, you could consume 10 grams or more of carbs in one sitting. Combined with carbs from all of your other meals, you may find that you exceeded your daily carb limit. 

This is why it is better to make creamy Italian dressing at home. You can make the dressing keto by adding a  sugar-free sweetener instead of traditional sweeteners.

How To Store Creamy Italian Dressing

If you made the creamy Italian dressing in a bowl, place it into an airtight container, then place it in the fridge. If you made it in a Mason jar, you store it in the jar, then lace it in the fridge. The creamy Italian dressing will last for 1 week. 

Can You Freeze This Italian Dressing Recipe

Mayonnaise and freezers do not go together. In other words, do not under any circumstances freeze this dressing. Once it thaws, it will not have a creamy, smooth consistency. The dressing separates into a watery mess.

If you think that you can just shake the dressing until it comes together after it’s thawed, there’s no amount of shaking that will give the dressing back its creamy texture. So do not freeze this dressing.  

If you only need a small portion of creamy Italian dressing, it’s better to make a half batch instead of a full batch. You will be able to use the dressing within 1 week without any wastage.  

What Can You Use Creamy Italian Dressing For

There are several ways you can use creamy Italian dressing. You can use creamy Italian dressing as a dressing for your favorite salad. You can also use it for pasta salad or drizzle it over roasted potatoes. 

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Creamy Italian Dressing (Sugar-Free)

Recipe by Sarah
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Course: MiscellaneousCuisine: Gluten-Free, KetoDifficulty: Easy


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Creamy Italian dressing is a quick dressing that’s great for salad. Plus, this dressing is so easy to make it takes under 5 minutes to make. It’s so delicious. It will jazz up any salad you put it on. 

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  • 1 tablespoon white vinegar

  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice

  • 1/3 cup high-quality olive oil

  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise

  • 4 tablespoons sour cream

  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder

  • 1 teaspoon onion powder

  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil

  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano

  • 1/2 teaspoon dried parsley

  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme

  • 1 tablespoon sugar-free sweetener

  • 1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper

  • 2 tablespoons water


  • Place all the creamy Italian dressing ingredients into a mason jar and shake until combined.
  • Place the creamy Italian dressing into the fridge and let it sit for 1-2 hours.
  • Shake the dressing well before serving.

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Nutrition Facts

10 servings per container

  • Amount Per ServingCalories167
  • % Daily Value *
  • Total Fat 17.9g 27%
    • Saturated Fat 3.7g 15%
  • Cholesterol 10mg 4%
  • Sodium 366mg 16%
  • Potassium 5mg 1%
  • Total Carbohydrate 1g 1%
    • Dietary Fiber 0.1g 0%
    • Sugars 0.5g
  • Protein 1.2g 2%

  • Calcium 43%

* The % Daily Value tells you how much a nutrient in a serving of food contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.


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