copy cat olive garden salad dressing

copy cat olive garden salad dressing
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Who doesn’t love the salads from Olive Garden?  I don’t know what it is, but they are so delicious!  I could eat that whole big bowl they bring to the table.  I ran across this recipe and tried it out on our small group from church.  It was well received 🙂  I love it as well and I thought since it is now summer, a salad post might be due.  This dressing is good on any salad, but it’s especially good on a salad made like the ones at Olive Garden.

I’ve tracked down the ingredients for you:

lettuce (we knew that one didn’t we?)

sliced red onion

Roma tomatoes, sliced – I used Roma when I initially served this salad, and then had to use grape tomatoes the next time, I think it tastes more authentic with the Roma tomatoes.

Parmesan or Romano cheese, grated


black olives

pepperoncini (that’s what those little peppers are they serve with the salad, if you like a sweeter pepper, you can use banana)

copy cat Olive Garden Dressing (recipe below)

Combine salad ingredients and serve with dressing (was it necessary for me to write that?!)


copy cat olive garden salad dressing

Copy Cat Olive Garden Salad Dressing

1 packet Good Seasonings Italian Dressing (and the ingredients to make the dressing, oil, vinegar, water)

1/2 teaspoon dried Italian seasoning

1/2 teaspoon table salt

1/4 teaspoon black pepper

1/2 teaspoon sugar

1/4 teaspoon garlic powder

1/2 tablespoon mayonnaise (no Miracle Whip substitutions)

1/4 cup olive oil

2 tablespoons white vinegar

1 1/2 tablespoons water

Prepare the dressing packet as it states on the back.  Once prepared, pour the dressing into a bowl and add the remaining ingredients (starting with the Italian seasoning).  Using a whisk, blend all the ingredients together.  Pour into a jar with a lid.  Store in the refrigerator and shake well before using.


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