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Creamy Garlic Dressing

5 from 11 votes

posted: 10/05/21

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Creamy Garlic Dressing is so easy to make at home, and perfect for a side salad to accompany dinner. We tossed this with some Romain lettuce, and a few other vegetables and it was perfect!

a spoon drizzling creamy garlic dressing into a mason jar

When it comes to salads, two things are true for me. The first is that I really can’t get enough. They honestly are my comfort food. (Or, at least, one of many.) Second, the dressing makes the recipe.

This Creamy Garlic Dressing uses simple ingredients to make a rich and delicious salad dressing recipe you will fall in love with. Most of the ingredients are already in your refrigerator and pantry. And while you will love this dressing right after you make it, it is even better the next day.

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How to Make Creamy Garlic Dressing

  1. Mix together the ingredients. In a medium sized bowl whisk together the sour cream, mayonnaise, milk, lemon juice, vinegar, garlic, ground mustard, salt, pepper, and sugar.
  2. Taste to balance the flavors. After mixing this, you may decide that you’d like a little more garlic, salt, pepper, sugar, or lemon. Go slowly when adding these, I recommend less than 1/4 teaspoon, then mix well, and taste again.

Storing Garlic Dressing

How Much Milk to Add

How much milk you add to this recipe will entirely depend on how thick you like your salad dressing. I suggest starting with 1/2 a cup and adding more from there. I ended up adding 1/4 cup more to get the pourable dressing you see here.

side view of garlic dressing being poured onto a salad


Why does this salad dressing have sugar in it?

There are quite a few acidic ingredients in this recipe, which give it a great tang. We are using sugar, not to get rid of that tang, but to balance the acidity of those ingredients. Please note that it is 1/4 teaspoon in 2 cups of salad dressing.

Can I use low fat ingredients in this salad dressing?

Yes! I used low fat sour cream and low fat mayonnaise. I do not, however, recommend using fat free.

What can I use besides sour cream?

You can substitute the yogurt for sour cream. If it is an issue of dairy, I suggest using a non dairy plain yogurt.

How many calories does creamy garlic dressing have?

If you use low fat mayonnaise and low fat sour cream, this salad dressing has 20 calories per tablespoon. If you use full fat of both, it will be closer to 45 calories per tablespoon.

overhead of a garlic dressing recipe on a salad

Other Great Salad Dressings

We have quite a few salad dressings, and I love them all! If you are particularly in love with creamy salad dressings, try these:

If you make this creamy garlic salad dressing recipe or any of my other recipes, please leave me a comment and let me know what you think!

a spoon drizzling creamy garlic dressing into a mason jar
5 from 11 votes

Creamy Garlic Dressing

Serves: 32 servings
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Creamy Garlic Dressing is so easy to make at home, and perfect for a side salad to accompany dinner.


  • 1 cup sour cream (I used light sour cream, I do not recommend fat free)
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise (I used light mayonnaise, I do not recommend fat free)
  • 1/2 cup skim milk (add up to 1/4 cup more to get the desired consistency)
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon white vinegar
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 teaspoon ground mustard
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon granulated sugar


  • Whisk together the ingredients.
  • Taste to balance the flavors. You may decide that the recipe needs more garlic, salt, pepper, sugar, or lemon juice. Add them slowly (about 1/4 teaspoon at a time or less), and taste before adding more or anything else.
  • Use right away or store in the refrigerator for up to four days.


Please note that the calories are based on using light mayonnaise, light sour cream, and 3/4 cup skim milk.
Serving: 1tablespoon Calories: 20kcal (1%) Carbohydrates: 1g Protein: 1g (2%) Fat: 2g (3%) Saturated Fat: 1g (6%) Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g Cholesterol: 3mg (1%) Sodium: 86mg (4%) Potassium: 25mg (1%) Sugar: 1g (1%)
Author: Lisa Longley
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  1. janet says

    Is the ground mustard listed here dry mustard or mustard with seeds? thanks

    • Lisa Longley says

      Dry ground mustard

  2. Bev says

    5 stars
    This is the BEST. Just wish it lasted longer. I have tried other recipes but so far none compare. ❤❤❤

  3. Bev says

    5 stars
    Made this exactly.per receipe. I added a few blue cheese crumbs. I love garlic and bue cheese.❤❤❤

    • Lisa Longley says

      I’m so glad you liked it!

  4. Georgia F Giacomo says

    This recipe is outstanding.

    • Lisa Longley says

      Georgia, I’m so happy you liked it!

  5. laura raforth says

    can I use colemans dry mustard?

    • Lisa Longley says

      Yes, that should work just fine!

  6. Beth Ann Newcomb says

    5 stars
    What of the other ingredients should I add more of to make this dressing taste a little less like sour cream.

    • Lisa Longley says

      When you are trying to balance flavors, sugar can balance sour. Start with pinches at a time. Salt is another great way to balance sour. Again, start with just a little at a time.

  7. Sue Keffer says


    • Lisa Longley says

      So glad you liked it!

  8. Christal says

    Hello! Can I substitute skim milk for almond milk?

    • Lisa Longley says

      I’m a little worried that it is going to be a bit on the thin side, but it’s worth trying. If you do, let me know what you think!

  9. Sandra says

    Lisa, do you use mayonnaise or Miracle Whip? Are they interchangeable?

    • Lisa Longley says

      I use mayonnaise. From a texture and consistency perspective they are interchangeable. That being said, their tastes are vastly different with Miracle Whip adding quite a bit of sweetness, and I would not ever use them interchangeably.

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5 Secrets to Stress Free Dinners



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