Sunday, February 26, 2017
Olive Garden Copycat Salad Dressing
Olive Garden Salad is so amazing you may eat the salad and skip the meal. Now you can make your own salad dressing copycat recipe at home. A crisp salad with a tart, sweet and cheesy dressing will keep you coming back for more!
I could eat at Olive Garden every day. Just keep bringing those big ole' bowls of salad. No bread sticks for me, just that salad. Oh my word I love that salad! That said, it must come as no surprise that I had to create a salad copycat.
I tell you it is even better at home. Perhaps it is because its at home, perhaps its because it is made with better ingredients, who knows. Either way this is my new favorite salad. I have been eating it all week and I can't help myself, it is sooo good.
I prefer the crisp of the romaine hearts over the American salad blend, so I used romaine in the salad. The salad dressing is fabulously tart and sweet with creamy Romaine cheese throughout. It is absolutely amazing. You are going to love it!
With love from our simple kitchen to yours.
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Olive Garden Copycat Salad & House Dressing
SERVES 8 | ACTIVE TIME 30 Min | TOTAL TIME 30 Minutes
3 romaine lettuce hearts, washed and chopped
½ red onion, sliced
2 Roma tomatoes, sliced
4 pickled Pepperoncini
10 large pitted olives
½ cup seasoned croutons
¼ cup fresh shredded Parmesan cheese
Olive Garden House Dressing Copycat
½ cup mayonnaise
¼ cup water
3 tablespoons white vinegar
2 tablespoons extra light tasting olive oil (or other neutral oil)
2 tablespoon fresh grated Romano cheese
½ tablespoon fresh lemon juice
1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
¼ teaspoon garlic powder
¼ teaspoon kosher salt
½ teaspoon sugar
In the bowl of a blender, combine dressing ingredients and blend until smooth. Place in the refrigerator until ready to serve.
In a large salad bowl, layer salad ingredients in order beginning with lettuce. Pour salad dressing over salad and toss to combine.
Serve and enjoy!
COOK'S NOTE: If you prefer dressing to be yellow in color (like the original) add yellow food coloring. I prefer it natural so I left it out.
Recipe developed by Donna Elick - The Slow Roasted Italian
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Originally published 05/15/14