Copycat Olive Garden Salad Dressing

Copycat Olive Garden Salad Dressing


Two years ago I did some copycat Olive Garden recipes for you to make for Valentine’s Day.  I did a variation of Olive Garden’s Steak Gorgonzola Alfredo and Black Tie Mousse Cake for dessert.  Olive Garden is definitely one of my favorite restaurants to eat at.  Don’t believe me?  I have copycat Zuppa Toscana and Chicken & Gnocchi Soup recipes as well!  I definitely used to go to Olive Garden a lot more before I got married and had kids, but honestly, I don’t need to go back.  My homemade versions are just as good and a lot cheaper to make myself.

 

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This recipe is top notch!  Like, I know you can buy the Olive Garden Salad Dressing at Sam’s Club and even Costco, but for those who don’t have club memberships, this is as close as you can get to the real deal!  My husband is obsessed with this dressing and won’t stop asking me to make more.  He can down the whole bottle himself, it’s ridiculous!  Haha.  Next time you have salad, you need to try this dressing!  You won’t regret it!  It might even become an obsession for you like it has for my husband!

 

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Copycat Olive Garden Salad Dressing

Yield: 1 1/2 cups dressing

Ingredients

  • 1 packet Good Seasonings Italian Dressing Mix
  • 3/4 cup oil (vegetable/canola)
  • 1/4 cup plus 2 Tbsp white vinegar
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/2 tsp sugar
  • 1/2 tsp dried Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 Tbsp mayonnaise (not miracle whip)

Instructions

  1. Combine all ingredients in a bowl. Whisk briskly so that there are no clumps of mayo. Keep refrigerated.

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Recipe lightly altered from The Country Cook

 

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Comments

  1. says

    I LOVE their dressing and have tried a few recipes that claim to be a copycat but they don’t really meet the expectation. I’m so excited to try this one! It looks great! Is that just regular white distilled vinegar in the recipe?

    • Amber says

      This one is really, really close. My husband is the Olive Garden salad connoisseur, and he said it’s exactly like the same thing. I don’t get there salad very often, but I do think it tastes just like it too. And yes, regulate white distilled vinegar. Let me know what you think!

  2. says

    I’m not sure I can find the Italian dressing mix here in Canada. Could you give me some hints as to what’s in the mix so I can try to approximate the ingredients? No Olive Garden restaurants around either, so I’d love to be able to make their salad!

  3. says

    I don’t love salad, but for some reason the olive garden salad actually sounds good right now! I think it’s the tartness? Anyway your pictures look amazing!

  4. Lesley says

    I love Olive Garden’s salad dressing! However, I am the only one in my family that will eat it. How long will it last in the fridge?

    • Amber says

      I have been working on my photography and have come a long way in the last year, so it’s great to hear these kinds of compliments. Thank you!

  5. Alan says

    the recipe calls for ‘italian seasoning’ but what is that? just a combination of basil oregano red pepper flakes garlic powder onion powder……..what? sounds like just up the amount of GP already in the recipe etc. does this work out if you just use the GoodSeasons packet and skip the other seasonings?

    • Amber says

      Italian Seasoning is a blend of Italian spices (thyme, oregano, basil, etc). You can find it in the spice section of any grocery store. The extra seasonings really make this dressing what it is, so I wouldn’t leave them out.

  6. Jennifer says

    My husband will eat salad now. He loves this dressing. Mine is never as pretty as yours. I wonder if its the olive oil?

    • Amber says

      I actually use vegetable oil or canola oil. That might be why. Glad your husband eats salad now! This dressing is pretty rockin!

  7. Donna says

    This salad dressing makes a dynamite marinade for chicken. I put the chicken in a bag and pour the dressing over for about 2 hrs. I just used it last night with a Parm. Chicken recipe

  8. Lexi :) says

    Well I tried this and instead of white distilled (we had none and seeing that I’m only 14, I couldn’t go out and get some) I used a 1/4 red wine vinegar and 3/4 was apple cider vinegar and I think it turned out great and was VERY close to OG’s if not identical!

    • Amber says

      YAY! Glad you liked it! And props to you for getting in the kitchen at your age. I loved to cook and bake at your age too, it’s a fun/great thing to learn!

  9. says

    My husband LOVES the OG dressing and I’ve been trying to figure it out now for awhile, thanks for sharing this! Pinning!!

  10. Hayden says

    Amber, this was fantastic! I had a serious craving for this dressing after hours and used your recipe, the best part was that it was all stuff I had laying around! Delicious!

  11. Amy T says

    I made this tonight after work. It is delicious! My son says this may even get him to eat “rabbit food”! This is huge coming from the anti salad king! ;)

    • Amber says

      You could try cutting back on the oil (to maybe 2 or 3 Tablespoons) and cut a tomato in half, grate it (with a cheese grater), and discard the skin. I can’t vouch for how it tastes or if it will work well with this recipe though.

    • Amber says

      I used green leaf lettuce (although Olive Garden is cheap and uses iceberg), croutons, sliced roma tomatoes, black olives, sliced red onion, a couple of pepperoncinis, and shredded parmesan cheese.

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