Copycat Olive Garden Salad & Dressing

August 10, 2020
Love Olive Garden salad? Enjoy it at home! With this copycat Olive Garden Salad & Dressing recipe, you can easily whip up a bowl of this restaurant favorite yourself and enjoy it at home.  It's the perfect salad to go with just about any everyday meal.

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I must admit, I just adore Olive Garden Salad.  I'm absolutely one of those who makes trips to Olive Garden just to get the endless soup and salad special.  And truly? -- I'm about 90% there just for the salad.

So it probably goes without saying with this copycat Olive Garden Salad and Dressing recipe, I'm more than happy to whip up bowls of this salad deliciousness to enjoy at home.

Making Olive Garden salad at home is actually really easy, and the taste is pretty spot on.

With this copycat Olive Garden Salad and Dressing recipe, I'm more than happy to whip up bowls of this salad deliciousness to enjoy at home.

The salad ingredients themselves are easy to nail.  What's in an Olive garden salad? -- Olive Garden uses a basic combination of chopped iceberg and Romaine lettuce, sliced Roma tomatoes, sliced red onion, black olives, garlicky croutons, and their classic touch of whole pepperoncini peppers, of course.

The salad is then tossed with their classic signature creamy Italian dressing.

And just like the salad mixture itself, Olive Garden dressing is pretty easy to make, too.  The base is a simple mix of olive oil, vinegar, and mayonnaise mixed with a hearty dose of grated Parmesan cheese and a few other seasonings to create its distinct flavor.

With the ease of this make-at-home recipe, this classic restaurant favorite is the perfect salad to go with just about any everyday meal.

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So let's talk in a bit more detail about how to make Olive Garden Salad & Dressing yourself. It's truly easy.

To make the dressing, start by whisking together some extra-virgin olive oil, mayonnaise, vinegar, lemon juice, and Karo syrup (corn syrup).  This creates the creamy base of the dressing, with Karo/corn syrup bringing in a hint of sweetness.


Add in a good dose of grated Parmesan cheese, some garlic salt, Italian seasoning, and a little dried parsley, whisking the mixture until everything's well combined.
Grated Parmesan is key in this dressing. Shredded Parmesan just doesn't bring the same texture and flavor.
Then you can use the dressing immediately, or refrigerate it until a later serving time.  I do like to pop the dressing in the refrigerator for about 30 minutes or so to give the flavors a little time to meld.
If you want to make the dressing ahead, it will keep in the refrigerator just fine for about a week or so.  
And if you're like us, the dressing makes enough for about two bowls of salad. -- So you can enjoy a big bowl of Olive Garden salad at home twice with one batch of dressing!  Which is a nice bonus, for sure.
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I use white vinegar in this Olive Garden dressing recipe, because it's what most people keep on hand.  

White vinegar does give a slightly more pronounced vinegar "bite" to the dressing.  If you prefer a milder vinegar taste, use white wine vinegar instead.

And grated Parmesan (not shredded) is key in this dressing.  Shredded Parmesan just doesn't bring the same texture and flavor, so I highly recommend making sure you're using grated Parmesan.  

For ease of prep, I buy a tub of grated Parmesan in the refrigerated cheese section in the dairy aisle of the grocery store.

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When you're ready to enjoy your bowl of Olive Garden salad, chop up a small head of iceberg lettuce and a small head of Romaine lettuce.  Or, just use part of each if you'd like to make a smaller salad.

Toss the two lettuces in a serving bowl with Roma tomato slices, drained black olives, and some whole pepperoncini peppers.

Whole pepperoncini peppers are a classic Olive Garden touch.  But if you'd like a milder pepper, whole or sliced banana peppers can be substituted for the pepperoncini peppers if you prefer. Hey, you're making your Olive Garden salad at home, right?  So you've got every right to change things up.

Then place red onion slices on top of the salad and sprinkle everything with grated Parmesan cheese.

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Finally, drizzle your desired amount of the prepared dressing over the salad (you won't need all of the dressing) and toss on the croutons.  Packaged Caesar-flavored croutons are just the right copycat garlicky crouton flavor.
Then you're ready to serve it up and enjoy!  All without leaving your house to head to a restaurant.  Which is a beautiful thing. 
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So if you're like me and just adore Olive Garden Salad, give this copycat Olive Garden Salad & Dressing recipe a try.  It's a great way to enjoy this classic restaurant favorite at home.

Not to mention with the easy of it's prep, it's the perfect salad to go with just about any everyday meal.

Enjoy!

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Italian
Yield: about 6-8 servings
Author: Tracey | The Kitchen is My Playground
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Copycat Olive Garden Salad & Dressing

Copycat Olive Garden Salad & Dressing

Love Olive Garden salad? Enjoy it at home! With this copycat Olive Garden Salad & Dressing recipe, you can easily whip up a bowl of this restaurant favorite yourself and enjoy it at home. It's the perfect salad to go with just about any everyday meal.
Prep time: 20 MCook time: Total time: 20 M

Ingredients:

Olive Garden Dressing:
  • 2 T. extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 c. mayonnaise
  • 1/4 c. white vinegar
  • 1 T. lemon juice
  • 1 T. light Karo syrup (corn syrup)
  • 1/4 c. grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 tsp. garlic salt
  • 1/2 tsp. Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 tsp. dried parsley
Olive Garden Salad:
  • 1 small head iceberg lettuce, chopped
  • 1 small head Romaine lettuce, chopped
  • 1 small red onion, sliced
  • 2 Roma tomatoes, sliced in rounds
  • 1 (4 oz.) can black olives, drained
  • 4 to 6 whole pepperoncini peppers, drained
  • 1/3 c. grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 (16 oz.) package Caesar flavored croutons

Instructions:

Prepare Dressing:
  1. In a small bowl, whisk together olive oil, mayonnaise, vinegar, lemon juice, and Karo syrup.
  2. Add grated Parmesan, garlic salt, Italian seasoning, and parsley.  Whisk until well combined.
  3. Use immediately, or refrigerate until serving time.
Prepare Salad:
  1. Place iceberg lettuce, Romaine lettuce, tomatoes, black olives, and pepperoncini peppers in a serving bowl; toss to combine. Place red onion slices on top.  Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese.
  2. Drizzle desired amount of salad dressing over salad mixture (you won't need all of the dressing).  Top with croutons.
  3. Serve immediately and enjoy. 
TRACEY'S NOTES:
  1. Grated Parmesan is key in this recipe, both in the dressing and salad itself.  Shredded Parmesan just doesn't bring the same texture and flavor, especially to the dressing.
  2. If you'd like a milder pepper, whole or sliced banana peppers can be substituted for the pepperoncini peppers if you prefer.
  3. The dressing will keep in the refrigerator just fine for about a week or so.
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1 comment

  1. Your awesome recipe is featured on Full Plate Thursday,498! Thanks so much for sharing your talent with us and hope to see you again soon!
    Miz Helen

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