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Creamy Parmesan Dressing (Carrabba’s copycat)

Creamy Parmesan Dressing (Carrabba's copycat)



Creamy Parmesan Dressing is so good it will turn the most boring salad into a mouth-watering side that you’ll wish was the main course. You can’t go wrong with a salad dressing that has buttermilk and mayonnaise as its base. This dressing is so super thick and creamy, you’ll want to eat it with a spoon.

Creamy Parmesan Dressing (Carrabba's copycat)

I don’t know about you, but I always seem to have a container of buttermilk that is about to go bad. If you do too, here are some more ways to use up leftover buttermilk: Buttermilk Pancakes, Homemade Buttermilk Bread, Old-Fashioned Buttermilk Doughnuts, Buttermilk Biscuits, Buttermilk Coleslaw, and Chocolate Buttermilk Cake.

Creamy Parmesan Dressing (Carrabba's copycat)

Fresh homemade dressing tastes so much better than bottled and this one is really simple to make. Garlic and Parmesan cheese give it most of its flavor along with a little tarragon. It closely resembles the Creamy Parmesan Dressing at Carrabba’s.

If you wanted to, you could add about 1/2 teaspoon Anchovy Paste. It will give the dressing that extra something and depth of flavor, but it won’t taste fishy at all.

Not only is this dressing super easy to make, it is so full of flavor you only need a simple salad to serve it with. I love it with the crunch of romaine and a few grape tomatoes and red bell pepper for some color.

Tip: If you love red bell pepper, this is a good time of year to buy it as the price tends to come way down.

Creamy Parmesan Dressing (Carrabba's copycat)

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Creamy Parmesan Dressing (Carrabba's copycat)



  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup buttermilk
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 medium clove garlic minced
  • 1 teaspoon chopped fresh parsley
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon minced fresh tarragon
  • anchovy paste optional


  • Stir together all ingredients and refrigerate until needed.

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12 thoughts on “Creamy Parmesan Dressing (Carrabba’s copycat)”

  1. Was delicious 😋 But I would suggest making the day before. Really needs that time to set made a huge difference in flavor

  2. I made this for a Girl’s night Christmas gathering and it was spot on! I did use 2 cloves of garlic because I wanted it to be a little more garlicky. But it tasted just like Carrabba’s house dressing!

  3. Love it! I opted out on the anchovy paste and it was still a great carrabbas copycat. I liked it better the second day after the seasonings had time to integrate themselves into the dressing.

  4. Thalia @ butter and brioche

    What a delicious dressing. I do love a good creamy salad dressing and this recipe is one I must make.

  5. I’ve been looking for something like this for a long time. When we eat at Carrabbas that is the first thing I order (so good). By the way, the Chicken Marsala is also a winner!
    Thanks, Diann

  6. nicole ~ Cooking for Keeps

    While I’m mostly a vinaigrette girl, sometimes there is just nothing like a creamy dressing to lace your salad. Need to try this!

  7. karrie @ Tasty Ever After

    Just picked up a ton of the yummiest tomatoes from my CSA today and I’m going to make this dressing for a tomato salad tonight! Love that it’s an easy recipe and always have these ingredients on hand. Definitely adding the anchovy goodness to mine too 🙂

    1. Christin
      Christin Mahrlig

      Got to enjoy those fresh summer tomatoes as long as they are around. 🙂
      Hope you like the dressing!

  8. Gayle @ Pumpkin 'N Spice

    I’ve never had Carrabba’s dressing before, but I can only imagine how good this must be! Looks delicious, Christin!

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