Homemade Olive Garden Salad and Dressing

by Erin

Anyone else go out primarily for the endless Olive Garden salad and bread sticks? You can also easily make that salad at home.

Homemade Olive Garden Salad and Dressing #olivegarden #takeoutfakeout

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Although I do not frequent the Olive Garden often at all, I do enjoy their salad. Of course that meant when I craved it the other day I had to figure out how to make it on my own.

Thanks to Copykat Recipes I was able to recreate the Olive Garden salad and dressing without troubleshooting (yes I was lazy). And it really does taste like their salad! I may have to use the dressing on other things too now that I’ve got my hands on it. Next I need to try making the famous La Scala Salami Chopped Salad.

I served this Olive Garden Salad along with dinner Saturday night with a group of friends. Huge hit! One person was even tricked into liking mayonnaise, which is part of the dressing. I feel like a mom trying to think of ways to get her kids to eat vegetables, but in this case it’s a not-so-healthy item O:-). Would also be great paired with Crockpot Olive Garden Chicken Pasta or my copycat Chicken Gnocchi Soup.

Post updated 1/14/20, the picture above is the original.

Homemade Olive Garden Salad and Dressing #olivegarden #takeoutfakeout


Yield: 4-6 Servings Prep Time:
Nutrition facts: 200 calories 20 grams fat



  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise (I used reduced fat)
  • 1/3 cup white vinegar
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 Tbsp corn syrup
  • 2 Tbsp Parmesan, shredded
  • 2 Tbsp Romano, shredded
  • 1/2 tsp Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 tsp Parsley
  • 1 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 1/2 Tbsp sugar (optional)


  • 1-12 oz bag American blend salad
  • 4-5 red onion slices
  • 4-5 black olives, sliced (I don't like olives so I opted out)
  • 2-4 pepperoncini or banana peppers
  • 1/2 cup croutons
  • Small tomato, chopped
  • Fresh shredded Parmesan, for topping


  1. For the dressing: Place all ingredients in a blender and pulse until combined. Add sugar to taste (I used 1/2 Tbsp). Place in airtight container in the refrigerator until ready to serve.
  2. Place all salad ingredients in a salad bowl and toss. Top with Parmesan and serve with dressing.
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Source: Copykat Recipes for both the Salad and the Dressing

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Gwenevere April 26, 2011 - 11:02 am

Mayo in an Italian dressing…Who knew?! I’ve been looking for this recipe for a while. Can’t wait to try.

CopyKat Recipes April 14, 2011 - 6:14 am

I hope you enjoyed the recipe! You have a beautiful photo!

spiffycookie April 14, 2011 - 1:52 pm

I did, and thank you!


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