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Indulge in the rich and zesty flavor of Parmesan Dressing. Perfect for salads, sandwiches, and drizzling over chicken and fish.
This recipe costs approximately $1.76 to make. It serves eight, which works out to about $0.22.
What I love most about this dressing is how lemony it is. I add freshly squeezed lemon juice and the zest for more lemon power.
There is also the perfect amount of sweetness to combat the sharpness of the citrus. Lastly, let’s not forget the star of the show, the parmesan cheese—which gives it more depth of flavor.
When all the ingredients are combined, they create a tangy and slightly creamy dressing. The Parmesan cheese adds a depth of flavor that is unique and irresistible, while the other ingredients balance out the taste with their tanginess and sharpness of flavors.
Homemade Parmesan Dressing is a delicious and versatile dressing that can be used on a plethora of dishes, from salads to pasta and beyond. Its creamy smooth, rich, and savory taste is sure to elevate any dish to a whole new level of deliciousness!
Ingredients and Estimated Cost:
- ⅓ cup olive oil – $0.59
- ⅓ cup lemon juice – $0.68
- 1 clove garlic – $0.04
- ¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese – $0.26
- 2 teaspoons pure maple syrup – $0.18
- 1 teaspoon salt – $0.01
NOTE: The recipe prices are calculated by using grocery store websites. The actual cost of the recipe will vary depending on what ingredients you already have. I updated the prices for this recipe in May 2023.
How To Make Parmesan Dressing
***For complete recipe instructions, see the recipe card below.
- First, add all of the ingredients into a mixing bowl and mix them together.
- Then, immediately serve it over salad, in pasta, or as a marinade.
- Use dill, fresh mint, or oregano as a substitute for parsley.
- Use ginger as a substitute for garlic.
- To spice up the dressing, add ½ teaspoon of red pepper flakes.
- Add 1 Tablespoon of Dijon mustard for a tangy punch of flavor.
Serving and Storage Tips
SERVE: Serve the dressing over salad greens, on sandwiches, or drizzle over chicken and fish.
STORE: To store Parmesan dressing, it should be kept in an airtight container in the refrigerator. It can last for up to a week if stored properly. Before using, give it a good shake or stir, as it may separate or solidify when chilled.
FREEZE: This recipe does not freeze and defrost well, so I do not recommend freezing it.
Olive oil—which gives a nice, smooth buttery flavor.
Lemon juice—will be the acid that adds bright summery vibes and flavor.
Lemon zest—promotes that lemony flavor that gives it the perfect pow!
Parmesan cheese—freshly grated, add a deep flavor and additional saltiness.
Maple syrup—will help to cut the sharpness of the lemon juice and provide a well-balanced dressing.
And salt and pepper.
Homemade dressings often contain fresh ingredients like garlic, lemon juice, and herbs, which can spoil if not refrigerated properly. To prevent your dressings from going bad, it is important to store them in an airtight container in the fridge. To check if your homemade dressing is bad, look for signs like mold, separation, or an off smell or taste. If you see any of these signs, I recommend discarding the dressing immediately and making a fresh batch. Fortunately, this Parmesan Dressing is simple to make, and it only takes a few minutes to whip up a new batch.
More Dressings and Sauces
- Tzatziki Sauce
- Chipotle Chimichurri Sauce
- Red Curry Paste Recipe
- Buttermilk Ranch Dressing
- Easy Walnut Pesto
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- ⅓ cup olive oil
- ⅓ cup lemon juice about 1 large lemon
- 1 clove garlic finely minced
- ¼ cup freshly grated parmesan cheese
- 2 tsp pure maple syrup
- 1 tsp freshly chopped parsley optional
- 1 tsp salt
- pepper to taste
- In a mixing bowl, add all of the ingredients and mix well until a delicious homologized dressing forms. I like to mix well for about one minute straight to crush the garlic a little better and force those ingredients together.
- Enjoy immediately over a bed of salad or use it for a marinade (see notes).
- This recipe makes 1 cup of dressing.
- If using this dressing for a marinade. I would use this recipe for every 1 ½ pounds of meat.