The Old Spaghetti Factory’s Creamy Pesto Salad Dressing

08.10.2017

A must have salad dressing recipe! This rich and creamy dried basil Pesto Salad Dressing tastes just like the Old Spaghetti Factory’s! And did I mention it’s super easy to make and only calls for a few simple ingredients? You can’t beat that!

Creamy Pesto Salad Dressing

My Go-To Salad Dressing

There are three reasons I go to The Old Spaghetti Factory. The warm sourdough bread. The spumoni ice cream. And the creamy pesto salad dressing!

I loved it so much since I was a kid that I decided to figure out how to make it on my own and this is what I’ve came up with (many years ago).

And it’s been a family favorite every since.

I make this dressing probably more than any other. It’s one of the easiest dressing recipes, yet it’s so flavorful and satisfying.

Creamy Pesto Salad Dressing mixture in mixing bowl.

Ingredients You’ll Need for This Recipe

  • Mayonnaise
  • Buttermilk
  • Dried basil
  • Garlic powder
  • Salt
  • Parmesan

Creamy Pesto Salad Dressing

How to Make Creamy Pesto Salad Dressing

  • Combine all ingredients in a medium mixing bowl. Whisk until well blended.
  • Pour into an airtight container and refrigerate 30 minutes. Serve over green salad.

Homemade Salad Dressing doesn’t get any easier!

Creamy Pesto Salad Dressing over green salad on plate.

Where’s the Fresh Basil?

The term “Pesto” in the dressing is kind of funny to me because there isn’t even fresh basil in it but I stuck with the name all the same.

I love the signature flavor of the dried basil in the dressing and actually wouldn’t recommend substituting fresh here.

Can I Use the Buttermilk Substitute?

I don’t recommend using the milk + vinegar/lemon juice substitute for the buttermilk. I’ve tried and it doesn’t quite taste the same. Unfortunately.

Creamy Pesto Salad Dressing

I also love this dressing on a salad with chicken – for more of a main dish instead of a side dish. But it’s also perfect on a side salad to go with your spaghetti.

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The Old Spaghetti Factory’s Creamy Pesto Salad Dressing Copycat

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This rich and creamy dried basil Pesto Salad Dressing tastes just like the Old Spaghetti Factory's! It's perfect over a simple crisp green salad. It only takes minutes to make and calls for a few simple ingredients!

Servings: 6
Prep Time 6 minutes
Total Time 6 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise (full fat)
  • 1/2 cup low-fat buttermilk
  • 2 1/2 tsp dried basil*
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 1/4 cup freshly, finely grated Parmesan cheese**

Instructions

  1. Combine all ingredients in a medium mixing bowl. Whisk until well blended.

  2. Pour into an airtight container and refrigerate 30 minutes. Serve over green salad.
  3. Recipe source: Cooking Classy

Recipe Notes

  • *Don't use stale dried basil (as in one that has been sitting in the cupboard for a year or two). A fresher pack is best.
  • **I use the the pokey side of a box grater to get the fine grate. Just be careful. Also store bought grated parmesan such as Kraft can be used as well when in a rush.
Nutrition Facts
The Old Spaghetti Factory’s Creamy Pesto Salad Dressing Copycat
Amount Per Serving
Calories 150 Calories from Fat 135
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 15g 23%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Cholesterol 11mg 4%
Sodium 200mg 8%
Potassium 37mg 1%
Total Carbohydrates 1g 0%
Sugars 1g
Protein 2g 4%
Vitamin A 1%
Vitamin C 0.2%
Calcium 7.4%
Iron 1.8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: Salad Dressing
Calories: 150 kcal
Author: Jaclyn

61 comments

  • february: Oh, this is really delicious ! You’re right – it tastes great on everything! Was so tired of pesto and we have sooooo much basil!Thank you

    Maggie January 22, 2019 at 2:18am Reply

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