Spicy garlic and refreshing herbs come together in this creamy garlic herb dressing. If you need another reason to ditch store bought dressings, the simplicity of this creamy homemade dressing should do it. Try it as a veggie dip, salad dressing, sandwich spread, or marinade and customize it just how you like it.
One of my favorite parts about summer is the abundance of fresh fruits and vegetables. Whether you are shopping at the farmer’s market, a roadside stand, or even your favorite grocery store, summer is the best time of year to find most of your favorites at the peak of their season.
These peak summer veggies are especially delicious when served raw, which makes this creamy garlic herb dressing the perfect addition to your summer table.
Try it as a dip for a veggie tray, a spread for your favorite summer sandwich, a marinade for grilled pork or chicken, or a simple salad dressing. However you use it, this homemade dressing is sure to please.
Making Salad Dressing at Home
When it comes to the question of buying pre-made or making homemade salad dressings, in my household homemade always wins. They not only taste better, but you can tailor them just how you like. Bonus: they are typically much easier to make than you would think.
This dressing comes together quickly without the use of a mixer, a blender, or any other electric kitchen gadget. A simple bowl and whisk will do the trick.
If you are planning on only using a small amount mix it up in a canning jar or squeeze bottle that can double as the storage container. You won’t even have to stir it, a thorough shake should be all it needs.
Dressing, Dip, or Sandwich Spread
One of my favorite things about homemade dressing is that you can customize them for your own taste and use. This isn’t just limited to more or less garlic, or swapping the dill for extra parsley. You can also adjust the consistency of the dressing to make it thicker or thinner.
This recipe, for example, calls for 1/4 – 1/2 cups of milk. You can adjust the amount of milk to make this dressing thick enough to spread on a sandwich or thin enough to drizzle over garden fresh greens. Alternatively, you can omit it all together to make a thick, creamy dip. You could even start it thick and thin it out as you use it. The choice is yours.
Storing Homemade Dressing
Homemade dressing, should be stored in the refrigerator in an airtight container. Most homemade dressings will keep at least 3 – 5 days and up to the lifespan of their ingredients. Meaning if you use a milk that will be bad in a day, so will your dressing. Using the freshest possible ingredients will extend the life of your dressing.
There is one thing to be aware of for this dressing and many others that call for dried or fresh garlic. The garlic flavor will intensify as this dressing sits. Once you’ve had it in the fridge for a few days it’s going to taste much more garlicky than the first day you made it.
While that is great encouragement for garlic lovers to make it a day in advance, make sure you taste it before dumping it all over your salad.
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Creamy Garlic Herb Dressing Recipe
Spicy garlic and refreshing herbs come together in this creamy garlic herb dressing. A delicious reason to upgrade to homemade dressing. Try it as a veggie dip, salad dressing, sandwich spread, or marinade.
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- 2/3 cup mayo
- 1/2 cup milk*
- 1/2 tsp golden balsamic vinegar*
- 1/2 tsp kosher salt
- 1/4 tsp dried parsley
- 1/4 tsp dried dill
- 1/8 tsp garlic powder
- 1/8 tsp onion powder
- 1/8 tsp paprika
- 1/8 tsp ground black pepper
- Measure all ingredients into a pint sized canning jar.
- Secure the lid tightly, cover with a kitchen towel, and shake until thoroughly combined. 1 - 2 minutes.
- Open the jar & scrape down the sides. If needed, re-secure the lid and shake to finish mixing.
- Store in the fridge for up to 7 days, or as long as your ingredients are fresh.
- The intensity of the garlic will increase the longer it sits, so be sure to taste it before use. If it gets too strong, try adding in additional yogurt or milk to lessen the garlic's flavor.
*Recipe calls for up to 1/2 cup of milk for a dressing. For a thick, creamy dip, omit the milk. Use 1/4 cup for the consistency of a sandwich spread. Use 1/2 cup for a thinner, pourable dressing. Adjust to taste.
**If you have trouble finding golden balsamic vinegar, apple cider vinegar makes a great substitute.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 8 Serving Size: 2 TBSP
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 134 Total Fat: 14g Saturated Fat: 2g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 11g Cholesterol: 9mg Sodium: 271mg Carbohydrates: 1g Fiber: 0g Sugar: 0g Protein: 1g