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This Copycat Olive Garden Salad Dressing is zesty and full of flavor. Now you can make it at home to toss in your favorite salad.

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This copycat salad dressing is one of our favorite dressing to make. It is light and refreshing and taste just like Olive Gardens Salad Dressing. We love that is made with simple ingredients and we can now make it at home.

We love making a batch of this to serve over our side salad during the week. If you make the Copycat Olive Garden Breadsticks this dressing is great for dipping your breadstick in and to serve with all of our Italian Recipes.

Why We Love this Recipe

  • Simple Ingredients – All of these ingredients are staple ingredients. They can also be easily found at your local grocery store.
  • Zesty Italian Mix – Don’t skip this secret ingredient. It what makes this recipe shine through its tangy, herb flavor.
  • Variation – This salad dressing is great for many different uses. Use it for dipping your garlic bread, tossing it with your pasta salad, and even marinating your favorite chicken. The options are endless.

Ingredients

Ingredients needed - italian dressing mix, vegetable oil, olive oil, mayonnaise, white vinegar, sugar, italian seasoning, salt and pepper, garlic powder

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How to Make Olive Garden Salad Dressing

  • Step 1 – Blend Ingredients – Place all the ingredients in a food process or blender. Blend until all the ingredients are well combined and smoothed.
  • Step 2 – Serve and Enjoy – Pour on top of your favorite salad and enjoy.

Olive Garden Salad Dressing Tips

  • Salad Mix – You can easily top this salad dressing over a bag garden salad mix or romaine lettuce in a bowl.
  • Double the Recipe – This salad dressing will last for a few weeks. So I like to mix up a double batch to pour over my salads.
  • Adding dressing to salad – We recommend adding the dressing when you are ready to serve. If you add the dressing to early then your salad will become soggy. You can also have a dish on the side so everyone can add as much as they want.
  • Red Wine Vinegar – Instead of using white vinegar to make the dressing, you can use red wine vinegar.
  • Greek Yogurt – For a low fat option, instead of using mayonnaise you can also use Greek Yogurt.

Can I Make Olive Garden Salad at Home?

Yes, the Olive Garden Salad is easy to make at home. This Olive Garden Salad is loved by all and easy to make. We love the simplicity of this Italian salad.

It starts with a garden salad that you can get a grocery store. Topped sliced tomatoes, red onions, and black olives. Peppers are added and my family always fights over who gets them.

Shredded parmesan completes this salad with their amazing salad dressing.

A jar of salad dressing with a bowl of salad in the background

How to Serve

  • Olive Garden PastaWe love this copycat alfredo recipe. Serve with a side salad and top with this salad dressing makes for a complete meal.
  • Copycat Olive Garden Salad – This copycat salad is perfect served with the salad dressing. The peppers, combined with the garden salad mix with the salad dressing and croutons makes for the best salad.
  • Pasta Salad – You can easily make some pasta and pour this salad dressing over the top. It would make an easy pasta salad to take to your next BBQ.
  • Pasta e Fagioli – Soup and salad is our favorite evening meal. This Pasta e Fagioli soup is one of our favorites to serve.
  • Grilled Chicken Salad – This salad dressing it even great if you add meat to your salad. It give the chicken and the salad mix so much flavor.
Pouring salad dressing over a bowl of salad.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I Marinate Chicken with this Copycat dressing?

Yes, I think it would be a great marinade for your chicken. To really enhance flavors for your chicken, place the salad dressing in a zip lock bag. Then place your chicken in the bag to marinate. Let the chicken marinade overnight and the grill the chicken the next day. The results are a tasty, delicious and full of flavor grilled chicken.

What kind of Cheese does Olive Garden use for their salad?

The cheese that Olive Garden uses on their salad is Parmesan Romano Cheese. They also add in olive oil, with an Italian Seasoning blend. We used Shredded Parmesan Cheese and it still tasted just like Olive Garden’s Recipe.

How to Store Leftover Salad Dressing

Store the leftovers in an airtight container for up to 3 weeks in the refrigerator. The ingredients will separate some while it’s stored. Make sure to shake it thoroughly before using it.

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Olive Garden Salad Dressing

5 from 6 votes
This Copycat Olive Garden Salad Dressing is zesty and full of flavor. Now you can make it at home to toss in your favorite salad
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 20
Cuisine Italian
Course Salad Dressing
Calories 103

Ingredients

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Instructions

  • Place all the ingredients in a food process or blender. Blend until all the ingredients are well combined and smoothed.
  • Pour on top of your favorite salad and enjoy!

Recipe Notes

*Store the leftovers in an airtight container for up to 3 weeks.
*The ingredients will separate some while it’s stored. Make sure to shake it thoroughly before using it.

Nutrition Facts

Calories 103kcal, Carbohydrates 1g, Protein 1g, Fat 11g, Saturated Fat 2g, Polyunsaturated Fat 5g, Monounsaturated Fat 4g, Trans Fat 1g, Cholesterol 1mg, Sodium 63mg, Potassium 3mg, Fiber 1g, Sugar 1g, Vitamin A 2IU, Vitamin C 1mg, Calcium 2mg, Iron 1mg

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