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Copycat Olive Garden House Dressing

Olive Garden is renowned for its fabulous endless salad topped with their scrumptious house dressing. Here’s how to bring the flavor into your own home with minimal effort…

copycat olive garden salad recipe

Over the years we’ve seen several copycat recipes for our favorite Italian restaurant chain’s house dressing. The entire point of making your own dressings or creating “copycat” recipes is to be able to enjoy the flavors of your favorite dishes when you might not otherwise be able to.

Sometimes this is due to not being able to afford going out, sometimes it’s due to the restaurant or store being so far away or not being available to you at all. In any case, having several variations of a homemade version can really come in handy, allowing you to create one using what you already have on hand.

What are the ingredients in an Olive Garden Salad? Finely chopped lettuce (iceberg or romaine), tomatoes, thinly sliced red onion, pepperoncini peppers, black olives, and garlicky croutons make up the famous salad.

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Here are three of our favorite copycat versions of this delicious house dressing, with varying ingredients, but very similar flavor. We’ve added pectin as a thickening agent to get the slightly thickened texture. It can be omitted, but the dressing may be fairly thin.

Copycat Olive Garden House Dressing- Our Favorite Version!

You’ll Need:
1/3 cup white vinegar
1/2 tsp dried Italian seasoning
1 packet Good Seasons Italian salad dressing packet
4 1/2 Tbs water
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1/4 cup olive oil
2 tsp mayonnaise
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp honey
1/4 tsp black pepper
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp grated Romano cheese
2 teaspoons dry pectin (optional)

Combine all of the ingredients together and mix in a blender, with a hand mixer, or with a mason jar bullet to completely combine. Refrigerate for at least an hour to allow the flavors time to incorporate fully. A note about this recipe, we make our own Good Seasons Italian salad dressing packet, it’s tastes just like the store bought kind for a fraction of the price.

Olive Garden Salad Dressing Recipes

The original olive garden salad dressing consists of the following ingredients: Water, Soybean Oil, Distilled Vinegar, Sugar, Salt, Eggs, Romano Cheese (Pasteurized Part Skim Milk, Cheese Cultures, Salt, Enzymes), Dehydrated Garlic, Spice, Xanthan Gum, Dextrose, Annatto Color, Calcium EDTA Added to Protect Flavor, Natural Flavor.

Copycat Olive Garden Signature House Dressing

This one is very good, but a bit thin, pour it slowly!
You’ll Need:
1/4 c. Olive Oil
2 Tbs White Wine Vinegar
3 Tbs Miracle Whip Salad Dressing
1 Tbs Lemon Juice
1/2 tsp Parsley Flakes
1/4 tsp Garlic Powder or 1 clove minced garlic
1/2 tsp Italian Seasoning
1/4 tsp Cracked Black Pepper
1-2 Tbs Water
2 teaspoons dry pectin (optional)
1 tsp sugar

Combine all of the ingredients together and mix in a blender, with a hand mixer, or with a mason jar bullet to completely combine. Refrigerate for at least an hour to allow the flavors time to incorporate fully.

Copycat Olive Garden’s House Dressing-

Good, but not our Favorite due to the addition of corn syrup.
You’ll Need:
1/2 cup mayonnaise
1/3 C. white vinegar
1 tsp. vegetable oil
2 Tbsp. corn syrup
2 Tbsp. Parmesan cheese
2 Tbsp. Romano cheese
1/4 tsp. garlic salt
1/2 tsp. Italian seasoning
1/2 tsp. parsley flakes
1 Tbsp. lemon juice

Combine all of the ingredients together and mix in a blender, with a hand mixer, or with a mason jar bullet to completely combine. Refrigerate for at least an hour to allow the flavors time to incorporate fully.

Olive Garden House Dressing

This cheaters version uses a store-bought base dressing. It’s a quick way to spice up an otherwise bland vinegar/oil dressing.

You’ll Need:
8 ounces Paul Newman’s Vinegar and Oil Dressing
1 clove garlic, peeled and minced
1/2 teaspoon Dried basil
1/2 teaspoon Dried oregano
3 packages Sweet and Low −− or 1 tablespoon Sugar

Combine all of the ingredients together and mix in a blender, with a hand mixer, or with a mason jar bullet to completely combine. Refrigerate for at least an hour to allow the flavors time to incorporate fully.

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