This creamy garlic dressing is a garlic lover’s dream and super easy to make!

Homemade salad dressing has so much more flavor than store bought and is literally ready in minutes! Great for dressing, dipping, and dunking!

Creamy Garlic Dressing in a jug

Why We Love Homemade Salad Dressings

  • Homemade dressings are jam packed with flavor.
  • This dressing uses ingredients I always have on hand.
  • Creamy Garlic Dressing only takes minutes to make.
  • It’s easy to adjust the garlic or seasoning levels to your liking.
  • This Chicago-style dressing is not only low-carb, its bright and vibrant flavors compliment anything!
  • It’s the perfect dip for fresh veggies like celery, carrot sticks, zucchini slices, and cucumber.

ingrdients to make Creamy Garlic Dressing

Ingredients and Variations

BASE Use full-fat mayonnaise in this recipe for the best flavor. Greek yogurt can be switched out for the sour cream.

GARLIC Finely minced fresh cloves of garlic are best in this recipe. Garlic cloves can vary in size so start with one and add more to your liking.

For a more subtle garlic flavor, swap out the garlic for garlic powder or make roasted garlic which is a bit sweeter and not quite as bold.

FLAVORING A hint of onion powder and some fresh herbs round out the flavors. If you don’t have onion powder, a little bit of minced green onion will work.

ingredients in the dish to make Creamy Garlic Dressing

To make creamy garlic dressing, whisk all of the ingredients together (per the recipe below).  Pour dressing into a mason jar with a tight-fitting lid and chill for at least one hour.


  • Keep creamy dressings in the fridge for 2-3 days.
  • Shake the cruet or mason jar vigorously before using it again.
  • Swap out the vinegar for lemon juice to change the flavor slightly.
  • For a thinner dressing, add a bit of milk or buttermilk.

This dressing is great on spinach salad, romaine lettuce, or a tossed salad.

Creamy Garlic Dressing in a dish with salad and garlic clove beside it

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Creamy Garlic Dressing

This homemade dressing is creamy & garlicky. Use as a dip for veggies or as a dressing for salad!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Chill Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Servings 4


  • ½ cup mayonnaise
  • ¼ cup sour cream
  • 1 tablespoon white wine vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons fresh parsley chopped
  • 1 clove garlic minced or more to taste
  • ½ teaspoon onion powder
  • salt & black pepper to taste


  • Combine mayonnaise, sour cream, and vinegar in a bowl and whisk to combine.
  • Continue whisking while slowly adding olive oil. Stir in parsley, garlic, and onion powder.
  • Season with salt & pepper to taste.
  • Refrigerate at least 1 hour before serving or up to 2-3 days in the fridge.


  • Keep creamy dressings in the fridge for 2-3 days.  
  • Shake the cruet or mason jar vigorously before using it again.
  • Swap out the vinegar for lemon juice to change the flavor slightly.
  • For a thinner dressing, add a bit of milk or buttermilk.
5 from 43 votes

Nutrition Information

Calories: 283 | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 31g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 19mg | Sodium: 191mg | Potassium: 44mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 276IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 23mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.

Course Dip, Dressing
Cuisine American
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  1. Fabulous! I mixed it together in a mini food processor. Omitted salt because of health. Thank you for this great recipe.5 stars

  2. I used this dressing on a wedge salad. Topped with bacon, tomato, blue cheese and threw a few shrimp on the plates. Dinner done. I halved it because there are just two of us. It was just right.5 stars

    1. That’s one of my favorite salads and I bet this dressing was delicious on it! I am so glad you enjoyed it Riki.

  3. If this is made with garlic powder, and kept in the fridge will it last for more than 3 days, or is there still a risk of botulism?
    Great dressing, love it

    1. Hi Diane, the risk of botulism comes from the raw garlic being added to the dressing. So if swapping it for garlic powder would extend the expiry date of the dressing. We still find it tastes best if enjoyed within a few days of making but it should be fine for a little longer if you are not using fresh garlic in the recipe!

  4. Can I freeze this creamy garlic dressing? as to not waste it? Only 2 of us so always makes more than a one time salad.

    1. Hi Christina, this dressing does not freeze well. We find it tends to separate after freezing so it is best to enjoy while fresh. It should last 2-3 days in the fridge but you can also reduce the recipe in half to have less to use up.

  5. I’ve been looking for a copycat recipe for my Marie’s Creamy Italian Garlic for many years now. All of the other ‘creamy’ recipes call for too much vinegar; making the dressing too tart. So I was delighted to find your recipe which calls for sour cream and less vinegar. This is my third day of using your recipe and I’m happy with it. It’s not Marie’s, but it’s closer than I’ve ever come, and it’s DEElicious! I’m going to try this on my pasta salad too. Thanks Holly (PS I did add 1/2 tsp. Italian Seasoning … I couldn’t help myself.)5 stars

  6. I diluted this dressing with heavy whipping cream and made a vegetarian ‘white’ lasagna. My family loved it! Plus it makes a great dipping sauce for toasted crostini.5 stars