Our basic creamy Italian
salad dressing recipe -
goes well with any salad!

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This effortless recipe will make a gorgeous basic creamy dressing which goes well with any green salad and is particularly good with the more bitter leaves like raddichio.

Or use it on a wrap with chicken and a green salad to make a delicious lunchtime snack.

This is the most basic of the salad dressing recipes we know.  You can adjust the ingredients to suit your family’s tastes - we usually add lots more garlic!

Ingredients :

  • 240 ml (2 cups) mayonnaise - use low-fat mayonnaise for a lower calorie option
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  • 4 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 4 tablespoons sugar - or sugar substitute for the low-calorie version
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 2 teaspoons basil
  • Pinch salt
  • Half teaspoon ground black pepper

How to make our basic creamy salad dressing :

The easy way!

  • Use a hand blender to combine all the ingredients together until smooth.
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  • Chill for at least an hour before using.


  • Chop the onion, garlic and basil very finely.
  • With a hand whisk, combine the mayonnaise, vinegar and sugar.
  • Add the onion, garlic and basil and whisk again.
  • Add the seasoning to taste and stir in.
  • Chill for at least an hour before using.


Chicken wraps
Use the dressing on a chicken wrap for a
delicious lunchtime snack.

If you like this traditional recipe, have a look at one of our favourite Italian food customs - making a simple pizza dough.

To accompany this dressing, try a green salad and this 'Saltimbocca' recipe - one of the best Italian Christmas or Thanksgiving recipes of all.

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