Skinny Kitchen’s Creamy Italian Dressing (17 calories a tablespoon)

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Dreamy, zesty, fantastic best describes this simple-to-make, homemade dressing! Many of you already love my recipe for The Best Skinny Ranch Dressing (3 Ingredients). This low-calorie Italian dressing uses my ranch recipe as the base. Once made, you add balsamic vinegar, a little fresh garlic, dried basil, and Parmesan cheese. That’s it! Each skinny tablespoon has just 17 calories, 1 gram of fat and 1 Blue WW Freestyle SmartPoints, and 1 Green

Prep Time: 10 minutes (including making the ranch dressing)

Chill Time: 30 minutes


1 cup The Best Skinny Ranch Dressing (3 Ingredients)

3 tablespoons Parmesan cheese, grated, see food facts

2 tablespoon balsamic vinegar

2 teaspoons dried basil

1 small clove garlic, minced


1. Prepare the skinny ranch dressing. You don’t need to refrigerate it before making this dressing.

2. In a small bowl, whisk together 1 cup of ranch dressing and all the ingredients. Mix until well blended.

3. Refrigerate for 30 minutes to thicken and blend flavors.

4. Store in a container in the refrigerator. This dressing will keep for at least 1 week.

Makes 1¼ cups (20 Tablespoons total)

Food Facts

A variety of Italian dressing, known as Creamy Italian, consists of the same ingredients in an Italian vinaigrette but with buttermilk or mayonnaise added to make it creamy.

Grated Parmesan cheese is the type that comes in a container in the cheese section. It looks like sawdust as opposed to shredded cheese.

Serving Tips

This dressing is great tossed in salads, pasta salad, potato salad, or as a dip for veggies and artichokes. It’s even a wonderful spread for sandwiches like turkey or roast beef. The possibilities are endless.

WW Freestyle SmartPoints
WW SmartPoints
1-Green (It’s still 1 point for 2 tablespoons)
WW POINTS PLUS 1 (It’s still 1 point for 2 tablespoons)

SKINNY FACTS: for 1 tablespoon
17 cal, 1g fat, 1g sat. fat, 2mg chol, 1g prot, 2g carbs, 0g fiber, 98mg sod, 0g sugar


  1. Thank you….Thank you for all the wonderful dressing recipes. I really have had a hard time finding a light dressing that actually doesn’t taste so artificial and sugary. I make your dressing each week. I always have the ranch dressing on hand and then I usually take a cup from that and make one of the other dressings for a variety. It has even gotten to the point where I will even bring the dressing to a restaurant because this dressing is just as good as the full fat and the full-fat ones are not worth the extra points.

  2. Thanks so much for your wonderful feedback Stephanie!!! You are so sweet to let me know. I’m like you…I always have the ranch on hand and create many of the other dressings each week. And, I also bring a small container to a restaurant so I can enjoy a salad guilt-free!
    Wishing you all the best,

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