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 WW SmartPoints.

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 saw dust 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