Monday, June 18, 2012

Restaurant Inspirations: Salad Dressing

I love a good ranch salad dressing.  And a good ranch salad dressing rarely comes from a bottle in the dressings and condiments aisle of the grocery store.

Here are some places where you can find really good ranch salad dressing: by making it at home with a packet of ranch seasoning, at the BYU Creamery (dang that stuff is good), at a restaurant, and by making it from scratch.

The recipe I am sharing tonight isn't strictly ranch dressing...but it's the Italian version of it, as inspired by The Old Spaghetti Factory restaurant.  I found it originally on Pinterest.  It is from a blog called "Cooking Classy" and you can find her original recipe here.

We didn't change a thing and oh my goodness, this stuff is awesome...and it tastes exactly like the dressing that you get in the actual restaurant.  Which is a great thing for me because I never have time to go out to eat these days!

So splurge a little on your next salad with this rich and creamy homemade ranch dressing, done Italian-style!

Spaghetti Factory's Creamy Pesto Salad Dressing

Makes about 2 1/2 cups


1 cup mayonnaise
1 1/4 cups low-fat buttermilk
1 1/2 tbsp dried basil
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/8 tsp salt
1/8 tsp fresh ground black pepper
1/4 cup freshly, finely grated Parmesan cheese


Combine all ingredients in a medium mixing bowl.  Whisk until smooth and creamy.  Pour into an airtight container and refrigerate 1 hour (this will help the flavors develop).  Serve over salad or use as a dip.

Source: Again, I found this on Pinterest and it is from a blog called "Cooking Classy" which you can find here.

Recipe Notes: The author of the recipe noted that if you are in a hurry and don't have time to refrigerate the dressing for an hour prior to serving, you can serve it right away, if necessary.

Notes: This dressing was great.  I ate it on salad...and then I dipped some baby carrots in it...and then we dipped some pizza and breadsticks in it.  Seriously, this stuff was awesome.


  1. This was incredibly easy to make and very tasty. Maybe I will for Sunday's dinner since I have all the ingredients on hand.

  2. You should totally make this on Sunday. Everyone will love it.

  3. Sounds tasty. Does it keep for a while in the fridge? I think It would take me ages to go through. Maybe If i halved the recipe?

  4. Laurie, I would say that it keeps well for about 1 week in the fridge. The recipe could easily be halved though.