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This creamy Parmesan peppercorn dressing has irresistibly creamy flavor! Versatile ands simple, it takes just 5 minutes to whisk up.

Parmesan Peppercorn Dressing
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Here’s a salad dressing that’s both irresistibly tasty and undeniably simple: making it a new go-to we reach for every time we buy salad greens. Try this Parmesan Peppercorn dressing! It’s tangy and savory, essentially a simplified version of Caesar dressing that’s just as bold with less ingredients. You can whisk it up in 5 minutes: no blender, no zesting of lemons: nothing fussy at all! When we serve this to guests, they can’t help remarking, “What’s in this dressing?” Here are all our secrets.

Ingredients in Parmesan peppercorn dressing

Parmesan peppercorn dressing is a creamy dressing made with Parmesan cheese and black pepper. There are several bottled versions from various brands on the market, but it’s easy to make at home. Even better, you can customize the spiciness of the pepper to taste when you make homemade. Using Greek yogurt to add creaminess helps to cut some calories, making this a healthy dressing to boot. The ingredients for Parmesan peppercorn dressing are:

  • Mayonnaise
  • Greek yogurt
  • Parmesan cheese, finely grated
  • Red wine vinegar
  • Dijon mustard
  • Garlic powder
  • Salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • Water

All you have to do? Whisk together the ingredients in a bowl. That’s it! No blender, no zesting lemons, no fancy moves.

Parmesan peppercorn dressing

Customize the pepper flavor to taste

The base level of pepper in this Parmesan peppercorn dressing is mild. Follow the recipe below, and it has a subtle pepper flavor. The great thing about this recipe is that you can customize it to taste! If you want a spicy pepper dressing, add more! Here are a few things to note:

  • Remember that fine ground pepper is stronger than coarse ground. The recipe below calls for fresh ground black pepper from a pepper grinder. If all you have is fine ground pepper in a bottle, note that it will taste stronger than the same measurement of fresh ground pepper.
  • Add pepper to taste. Taste and add more black pepper until you’ve got the spiciness of your choosing.
  • Want it spicier? Add a pinch of cayenne pepper to the mix.
Butter Lettuce Salad
This Butter Lettuce Salad is a great way to use this dressing

Ways to use Parmesan peppercorn dressing

This Parmesan peppercorn dressing is a favorite of ours because of its versatility. A little like ranch dressing, it goes with just about anything! But the best types of salads are those with crunchy green lettuce that can stand up to the rich texture. You can also use it as a dip for veggies, just like ranch dressing! Here are a few ways to use it:

How are you planning to use it? Let us know in the comments below.

More salad dressing recipes

Homemade salad dressing is the way to go: it’s fresher, tastier and healthier than those storebought bottles! Here are a few more favorite salad dressing recipes to try:

This Parmesan peppercorn dressing is…

Vegetarian and gluten-free.

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Parmesan Peppercorn Dressing

Parmesan Peppercorn Dressing

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  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: About 1 cup 1x
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  • ¼ cup mayonnaise
  • ½ cup Greek yogurt
  • ¼ cup Parmesan cheese, finely grated
  • 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
  • ½ tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon fresh ground black pepper*, plus more to taste
  • 1 tablespoon water


  1. In a medium bowl, whisk together the mayonnaise, Greek yogurt, grated Parmesan cheese, red wine vinegar, Dijon mustard, garlic powder, salt, black pepper and water until a creamy dressing forms.
  2. Taste and if you’d like a bolder pepper flavor, add more ground black pepper to taste. Store refrigerated up to 1 to 2 weeks.


*If all you have is fine ground pepper, keep in mind it has more volume than fresh coarse ground pepper and will have a stronger flavor.

  • Category: Salad dressing
  • Method: No Cook
  • Cuisine: Salad
  • Diet: Vegetarian

About the authors

Sonja & Alex

Hi, we’re Alex and Sonja Overhiser, married cookbook authors, food bloggers, and recipe developers. We founded A Couple Cooks to share fresh, seasonal recipes and the joy of cooking! Our recipes are made by two real people and work every time.

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  1. elaine Sahady says:

    I just made this recipe and it was absolutely

  2. Noreen Fahrner (yes, Dan’s Mom) says:

    How long does this dressing keep in the fridge? Embarking on an all home-made salad dressing adventure! No more store-bought or premade foods!

    1. Alex Overhiser says:

      Hi! We keep the dressing up to two weeks for this one. Enjoy!

  3. Rebecca says:

    Hello. I was wondering how much sodium is in the peppercorn dressing. Wasn’t listed in the nutritional value

    1. Alex Overhiser says:

      Our calculator doesn’t do a great job on sodium, so it is omitted. Sorry!

  4. Sherlz says:

    This was so easy to make and is so delicious! Definitely beats any store bought salad dressing.

  5. Stef says:

    Any substitute if you have no Greek yogurt?

    1. Sonja Overhiser says:

      You could try whole milk yogurt and omit the water. Or, use another 1/4 cup mayo and omit the water, then add more mayo to taste if necessary.

    2. Turqueya Ferren-Bey says:

      This is late, but I use greek yogurt in place sour cream. It’s less fattening and provides more protein. So I image the reverse would be true in terms of taste and consistency. Try using sour cream as a 1 to 1 replacement for the yogurt and you shouldn’t need to adjust anything else.

  6. Natalie Pearson says:

    This dressing was very good and super easy. Next time I might use slightly less yogurt, but that’s just my taste. For some reason, bottled Parmesan Peppercorn dressing disappeared from my local grocery shelves in the last year, but now that isn’t a problem!

    1. Alex Overhiser says:

      So glad you enjoy it!

  7. Kristin says:

    This dressing was so easy to make, and my husband LOVED it :)

  8. Sonja Overhiser says:

    Let us know if you have any questions!