Cheesy Garlic Dressing (and a warning)

Cheesy Garlic Dressing:

I used to think making my own salad dressing would be a pain in the butt. It seemed like every recipe needed a different type of vinegar–rice vinegar! balsamic! white wine vinegar! sherry vinegar!

Then I attempted balsamic vinaigrette and it was a complete disaster, confirming my suspicions. It took me about a year to get over it and try again, and now Easy Balsamic Vinaigrette is my favorite dressing.

Creamy dressings were next on my list, starting with Caesar. I found a great recipe at Good Cheap Eats and dove in. Unfortunately, it was a gritty fiasco. Pre-shredded cheese is too coarse and doesn’t break down no matter how long you blend it. Update! Jessica pointed out that her dressing doesn’t include cheese–the cheese is for topping the salad. (Guess who didn’t read the directions carefully?!?)

After many more experiments, I came up with a tasty recipe. The microplane grater is the key to helping the cheese emulsify into the dressing.

Cheesy Garlic Dressing
3 Tbsp. olive oil
2 Tbsp. white wine vinegar
½ tsp. garlic
½ tsp. dijon mustard
¼ cup parmesan, grated extremely fine
salt and pepper (optional)

Combine all ingredients in a mixing bowl, putting the cheese in last. “Floating” the cheese on top of the liquid helps it blend and keeps it from getting stuck on the bottom of the bowl. Blend with an immersion blender for a few seconds until all ingredients are combined. Taste and adjust seasonings if needed. (I usually add more garlic.)


Making your own dressing is economical, healthy, and addictive. I spend my time in the garden thinking about different herb salad dressings. Imagine how amazing a dressing with fresh shallots, thyme, and parsley would be!

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  1. says

    I’m confused. Did you blend cheese into my dressing? The cheese is just for topping. The dressing is just olive oil, lemon juice, mayonnaise, and garlic.

  2. Kaylyn Carpenter says

    I tried the original recipe & wasn’t thrilled with the olive oil taste, even though I used EVO. (sorry) But I continued to experiment and found that Red Wine Vinegar & canola oil worked better for the flavor my husband likes and it came pretty close to the Good Seasonings Cheesy Garlic taste.Thanks for sharing your recipe.

  3. Jillana Ridgeway says

    I ha e been a fan of Good Season’s Garlic Cheese dressing for decades…it sadly has disappeared for good per Kraft. It was made with blue cheese. Any recipe ideas? I’m desperate.

  4. Bowie Downs says

    I can’t wait to try this recipe! It’s gotten impossible to find this dressing mix. If you’re an herb lover try Heinz Tarragon vinegar. I buy it by the gallon on Amazon. Long ago in a diet workshop, I learned to reverse the oil & vinegar ratios…perhaps the reason for my addiction to this particular vinegar.

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