Creamy Parmesan Salad Dressing

Creamy Parmesan Salad Dressing

Keto Salad Dressing Recipe: Creamy Garlic Parmesan

Love creamy dressings?

Keto salad dressings are not always easy to find in the store. When you do, they are often full of food additives and preservatives that most of us don't want anything to do with. In fact, some of the preservatives (Maltodextrin for example) aren't grain free and can undermine our efforts.

The solution?

Make it!! This easy KetoDressing uses basic ingredients you probably already have around the house. It can be made either with heavy whipping cream or with kefir. 

Why Kefir?

Milk Kefir is a fermented beverage that is loaded with good for you gut bugs (priobiotics). We find that sneaking kefir into a salad dressing is a great way to enjoy it's tangy flavor. It also has great shelf life in the refrigerator and will last for at least a week. We tend go through a full batch of this in 3-4 days.

This recipe also makes a great dip for veggies!Creamy Parmesan Salad Dressing mixing

What if I don't have Kefir?

No problem! Instead of using milk kefir, just use heavy whipping cream in its place. Heavy whipping cream is a great keto recipe ingredient because it's very low in carbohydrates. I've included the macros for both heavy whipping cream and kefir so you can see how using one or the other changes up the macros.

How many carbohydrates are in Kefir?

If you head to the store and look at a kefir label, you'll notice quite a few carbs. That's because they ferment differently than a homemade milk kefir recipe. I recommend that you make your own kefir at home to truly enjoy a low carb kefir. During the fermentation process, the kefir grains eat the lactose in milk. (Lactose is sugar found in milk) Therefore, the result is a low-carb kefir. We ferment for about 3 days which yields in a tangy and low-carb kefir beverage!

Want to learn how to make milk kefir?

Check out my video

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Macros (Kefir) 80% Fat ~ 10% Carb ~ 10% Protein

(Cream) 89% Fat ~ 5.5% Carb ~ 6% Protein

Creamy Garlic Parmesan Salad Dressing with Kefir

A simple and delicious keto recipe for creamy low carb salad dressing is just what I wanted when I set out to make this recipe. You can substitute an additional teaspoon of garlic powder if you don't have fresh garlic in the house. This recipe yields servings that are just under 2 Tablespoons and just barely has any carbs. Note that if you buy store-bought kefir your carbs will be a little closer to 1 gram per serving.
If you don’t have Kefir, simply substitute heavy whipping cream.
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Course: Appetizer, Keto, Salad, Side
Cuisine: Keto
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 20 servings
Author: Tara Wright



  • Simply whisk or blend all the ingredients except the Parmesan cheese together.
  • Once combined, add the Parmesan cheese. Abracadabra! You now have a your very own Keto Salad Dressing!
  • Store your salad dressing in a sealed container in the refrigerator. The flavors meld overnight and this is even better used the 2nd day!


1 Serving is a little over 2 Tablespoons.
Check out these other Salad Dressing recipes here:
Easy Keto Blue Cheese Dressing with Kefir
Caesar Salad Dressing with Kefir


Calories: 41kcal | Carbohydrates: 0g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 4mg | Sodium: 126mg | Potassium: 2mg | Fiber: 0g | Sugar: 0g | Vitamin A: 35IU | Vitamin C: 0.7mg | Calcium: 40mg | Iron: 0mg

Substitutions For Creamy Parmesan Salad Dressing

What if I don't have Kefir?

No problem! Instead of using milk kefir, just use heavy whipping cream in its place. Heavy whipping cream is a great keto recipe ingredient because it's very low in carbohydrates.

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Things Used in Creamy Parmesan Salad Dressing

My favorite brand of Mayonnaise is Avocado Mayonnaise by Primal Nutrition.

Penzy's came out with Roasted Garlic awhile back and we're absolutely in love with the depth of flavor it lends everything!

Penzy's also recently came out with a Toasted Onion Spice which we've also quickly fallen in love with.

For the Parmesan Cheese, we buy a large block at Costco and grate it and then store in the freezer where we have real cheese ready to use when needed. The stuff you'll find that's shelf stable in the canisters is generally NOT real cheese and won't lend the depth of flavor that real Parmesan will.

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    About the Author

    Tara Wright, CHC, MBA


    Tara is a Certified Holistic Health Coach who specializes in whole body health & wellness through holistic principles. Her passion is creating low-carb, grain-free, keto-friendly recipes and helping others learn the whole-body benefits of a ketogenic lifestyle.

    When she isn't creating recipes in the kitchen, you can find her hanging with her kids, immersed in a good book, traveling with her husband, attending various educational conferences or just relaxing with her four cats!

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