creamy pesto ranch dressing (gf)

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PhotobucketFor our anniversary last year, Michael and I went to this FANTASTIC Italian grille and ordered all the courses. The salad I ordered came with a delicious creamy parmesan dressing I’ve wanted to re-create since I got home. I know you’re not supposed to, but I looooove a good salad dressing when I go out to eat. I even usually get it… ON the salad *gasp!*

I got the idea in my head to try adjusting a recipe for ranch dressing by adding in parmesan and basil pesto. The result was mouthwatering.

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I thought it had all the goodness of a Caesar dressing without the anchovy. It paired very well with a basic chopped salad, and it would be delicious as a sandwich spread, a vegetable dip, or on a wedge salad with a bit of bacon and tomato.

I love when I can recreate restaurant favorites at home. It might not be an exact copy, but it sure is delicious.


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Creamy Pesto Ranch Dressing

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  • 1/2c buttermilk
  • 3/4c mayonnaise
  • 1/4c parmesan
  • 23tsp pesto (start with 2tsp)
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • salt to taste


  1. Directions:
  2. In a liquid measuring cup or small bowl, whisk together all ingredients. Add more buttermilk to thin the mixture or more mayonnaise to thicken the mixture, if needed. Taste and add more pesto, salt, or pepper, if desired.


Makes about 1 1/4c dressing



  1. I have pizza reheating in the oven, because we’ve been sick since Wednesday. (read that “we” as momma and all 4 babies) I would give ANYTHING to have this salad for lunch. OH. My. GOODNESS. I totally have lunch envy now! 🙂

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