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Parmesan Peppercorn Dressing is a zesty blend of savory Parmesan flavor and peppery heat that’s mellowed out with a creamy texture. And it takes just 5 minutes to make and has 0g net carbs per serving!

Parmesan Peppercorn Dressing with Dressing Dripping Off Jar

I’m a condiment girl all the way. I like “the works” on top of hot dogs and burgers, blue cheese for my wings, mustard to dip pretzels in, and ketchup and/or hot sauce drizzled on eggs. For me, the dressing can make or break a salad!

And did you know that dressing on salad isn’t just for flavor? The healthy fats from salad dressing actually help our bodies absorb the nutrients from the vegetables in salad. (Read more about how fat helps our bodies optimize nutrient absorption on WebMD, NPR, and American Heart Association.)

Instead of buying store-bought salad dressings, which are usually made with sugar, a lot of salt, preservatives, additives, and low-quality oil, I like to make my own dressing. My Parmesan Peppercorn Dressing has a lovely balance of savory Parmesan and peppercorn flavor, in a delicious, creamy base.

Pro Tip: Use this dressing on green salads, coleslaw, and pasta salads, and as a dip for veggies and grilled chicken.

Parmesan Peppercorn Dressing in Vintage Glass Jar Top View

What is the Healthiest Salad Dressing?

There are two basic types of salad dressing, creamy and vinaigrette, each with endless variations. Both are easy to make at home, and have a variety of store-bought flavors available.

Vinaigrette has a base of oil and vinegar. Alternatively, creamy dressings have a base of mayo, cream, buttermilk, yogurt, or another creamy ingredient.

Parmesasn Peppercorn Dressing with Description

What to Look Out For With Store-Bought Salad Dressings

When it comes to store-bought salad dressings, a few things to look out for are:

  • Sugar content
  • Sodium content
  • Type of oil
  • Other additives and preservatives

Because I want to avoid sugar and additives, minimize sodium, and choose a high-quality oil in my salad dressing, I usually opt for a homemade vinaigrette that contains only vinegar and oil.

Parmesan Peppercorn Dressing with Peppercorns on Top

Oil and Vinegar Salad Dressing – Vinaigrette

A vinaigrette is an oil and vinegar salad dressing, and it’s very easy to make! I like to use raw unfiltered organic apple cider vinegar and extra-virgin olive oil to make vinaigrette, but you can use any type of oil and vinegar that pair well with the flavor profile of your salad.

For example, with a salad of strawberries, goat cheese, and spinach, a balsamic vinegar and extra-virgin olive oil vinaigrette would pair well. Alternatively, if you want a similar but slightly milder flavor profile, you can dress your salad with fresh lemon juice and oil.

Pro Tip: You can add other flavorings to your vinaigrette, such as salt, pepper, other spices, fresh herbs, mustard, honey, etc.

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Vinaigrette Ratio

To make a vinaigrette, the ratio of oil to vinegar is typically 3 parts oil to 1 part vinegar. For example, 3 tablespoons olive oil to 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar. However, you can use any kind of oil and vinegar you like.

Salad Dressing Balsamic Vinegar

I like to add a touch of honey and Dijon mustard to a balsamic vinegar salad dressing. Here’s my easy go-to recipe:

  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon good-quality balsamic vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon raw honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon black pepper

Simply whisk together all ingredients, and enjoy on top of your favorite salad!

Overhead View of Parmesan Peppercorn Dressing with Spoon in Dressing

Does Oil and Vinegar Dressing Need to be Refrigerated?

If you make a salad dressing of only oil and vinegar, it does not need to be refrigerated. However, if you use lemon juice instead of vinegar, the dressing needs to be refrigerated. Additionally, if you add fresh herbs (such as parsley, thyme, basil, etc.) or fresh aromatics (like garlic, ginger, etc.), the dressing must be stored in the fridge.

More Creamy Homemade Salad Dressing Recipes:

Front View of Parmesan Peppercorn Dressing in Glass Jar
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Parmesan Peppercorn Dressing

5 from 1 vote
Prep Time5 minutes
Total Time5 minutes
Yields: 10 (2-tablespoon) servings
Parmesan Peppercorn Dressing is a zesty blend of savory Parmesan flavor and peppery heat that's mellowed out with a creamy texture. And it takes just 5 minutes to make!

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  • 3/4 cup sour cream
  • 4 tablespoons heavy whipping cream
  • 4 tablespoons water
  • 4 tablespoons freshly-grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 3/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon black pepper


  • Whisk together all ingredients to combine.
  • Store in a glass jar in the fridge for up to 5 days.


  • Net Carbs: 0g per 2 tablespoon serving
  • This recipe makes about 1 1/3 cups total; each serving is 2 tablespoons for total of about 10 servings.
  • Use this dressing on green salads, coleslaw, and pasta salads, and as a dip for veggies and grilled chicken.
  • Bump up the flavor of this dressing with minced fresh herbs, such as parsley, thyme, or oregano.


Serving: 2tablespoons | Calories: 62kcal | Protein: 1g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 18mg | Sodium: 164mg | Potassium: 28mg | Vitamin A: 210IU | Vitamin C: 0.2mg | Calcium: 47mg

Nutritional information is automatically calculated and should be used as an approximate.

Course: Condiments, Salad
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Parmesan Peppercorn Dressing

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  1. Delicious recipes. Keep sharing.

  2. 5 stars
    This was a delicious salad dressing and it definitely makes eating salad a joy! Making it a staple in my fridge! Can’t wait to try it in coleslaw.

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