Recipe: Copycat Olive Garden Salad + Italian Dressing

I have ALWAYS loved the Olive Garden! Yes - it's true! Even though my tastes have grown fancier and I try and eat local whenever I can - I still love me some Soup, Salad & Breadsticks!!! It was THE place my bestie and I used to go every weekend when we'd go shopping! 

Who doesn't have a deep-seeded love for Olive Garden? And if you love the OG - then you HAVE to love their house salad and Italian dressing! This recipe is perfection! I tested it side-by-side with the real deal and you will love it! What's in the Olive Garden House Salad? Keep reading and you'll know! #olivegarden #copycat #olivegardensalad #italiandressing

That Olive Garden House Salad is unmistakable! I shared a pic on Instagram of just a couple ingredients and people KNEW what I was making! And I had to make the Olive Garden Italian Dressing to go with it! 

olive garden salad

Best House Salad Recipe!

This really should be called the BEST house salad recipe! I mean - there's just nothing more you could want - it's such a classic. I love the bite of the pepperoncincis - they're sneaky! 

And with the dressing - I actually bought the Olive Garden Salad Dressing, made mine and then tasted and tweaked until it was JUST RIGHT! #foodhussytested

olive garden salad

How to make Olive Garden Salad

The full garden salad ingredients list is below - but it's got lettuce, roma tomatoes, red onion, pepperoncincis, black olives, croutons and freshly grated Parmesan Cheese! 

I found the mixing the lettuce together first - then adding in the tomatoes, onions, olives and pepperoncincis - because they can handle the toss - but then just topping with the croutons and Parmesan.


italian dressing

How to make Olive Garden Salad Dressing

This house salad dressing recipe is so easy to make! The best part about salad dressing is there's two steps: 1. Pour  -  2. Shake! This does have a bit of a sneaky ingredient - you have to add something specific so it gets a little creamier than a regular Italian dressing...(scroll down to see it!) 


What to serve with the Olive Garden Salad? 

Of course you have to serve up the Olive Garden Shrimp Scampi! It's delicious! Or you could even add grilled chicken to this if you wanted. Now I love their breadsticks - but if you prefer a biscuit - you could whip up a batch of these buttermilk biscuits (they're quick & easy!).

Who doesn't have a deep-seeded love for Olive Garden? And if you love the OG - then you HAVE to love their house salad and Italian dressing! This recipe is perfection! I tested it side-by-side with the real deal and you will love it! What's in the Olive Garden House Salad? Keep reading and you'll know! #olivegarden #copycat #olivegardensalad #italiandressing

What's in the Olive Garden House Salad

There's so much good stuff in this recipe - I really like the Olive Garden house salad for a crowd - because it makes a lot of salad! A lot of people asked if it's Iceberg or Romaine - I used both!! I always like romaine a little more - but you need the bulk of the iceberg! 

I always remember that the Olive Garden House Salad would have like two olives! So above you'll see my dream salad - I might have added a few extra olives! hahahaha



Copycat Olive Garden House Salad & Italian Dressing

Yield: 4-6
Author:
prep time: 15 Mcook time: total time: 15 M
Who doesn't have a deep-seeded love for Olive Garden? And if you love the OG - then you HAVE to love their house salad and Italian dressing! This recipe is perfection! I tested it side-by-side with the real deal and you will love it! What's in the Olive Garden House Salad? Keep reading and you'll know!

ingredients:

Olive Garden House Salad
  • 1 head iceberg lettuce
  • 1 head romaine lettuce
  • 1/2 red onion, sliced and rings separated
  • 1/2 can extra large black olives
  • 10 pepperoncini peppers
  • 3-4 roma tomatoes, sliced
  • 1 cup croutons
  • Freshly grated parmesan cheese
  • Copycat Olive Garden Italian Dressing
Olive Garden Italian Dressing
  • 1 oz. Italian Dressing Mix package
  • 3/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/8 cup white vinegar
  • ¼ cup water
  • ½ teaspoon sugar
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper
  • 3 tsp mayonnaise
  • 1/2 tsp minced garlic

instructions:

  1. Mix all dressing ingredients together in a bowl and whisk thoroughly - refrigerate until serving (best to put in a container you can shake to mix) 
  2. In large serving bowl, mix together iceberg and romaine lettuce 
  3. Add in tomatoes, olives, red onion and pepperoncinis
  4. Top with croutons and freshly grated parmesan cheese
  5. Serve with dressing made earlier







2 comments

  1. Looks delicious! Just like the original. Great job!

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  2. I agree. First recipe I have that looks authentic and dressing is spot on.

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