Gloria Pitzer's Olive Garden-Style Salad Dressing

Total Time
Prep 5 mins
Cook 10 mins

Gloria Pitzer is known for copying famous foods, but making them healthy at the same time. "I take the junk out of junk food," says Pitzer. "You know what goes into my recipes." Gloria is careful to point out that she doesn't actually know what the big chains put in their food. "I don't try to dissect the foods and figure out the chemical ingredients," she says. "I never, ever try to steal anyone's secret corporate recipe. I just do my best to duplicate the taste." Enjoy!

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Blend first 5 ingredients (not oil) in blender on high speed 1/2 minute or until smooth. Pour this mixture into the top of a double boiler and add 1/4 cup oil. Stir gently with a whisk over gently boiling water until it begins to thicken and egg is completely cooked. Chill several hours or overnight before using. If the dressing is too thick, add more Italian dressing as needed.
  2. Mix together equal amounts of fresh spinach, iceberg and romaine lettuce. Allow 2 cups for each salad. Moisten leaves in dressing, do not saturate; let stand 5 minutes. Add onion rings, radishes, etc.
Most Helpful

I made this like two weeks ago, and have made it three times since. I forgot to put the review in, because this recipe seemed to be a part of our salad dressing routine for a long time. This dressing settles in to be a family favorite. I love, adore, salads. And this makes the perfect palette to enjoy this dressing. I followed exactly, except for halving it. I used the egg whites, and used Hellmans or (Best) for the mayo. You can't skimp on good mayo! This was made in my little itty bitty food processor, where I could pour the oil in, slowly. This is good. I loved it! Will and have made it again, and again!! Made for KK's Green Game March 2010

Andi of Longmeadow Farm March 31, 2010

Excellent dressing! I used it over a spinach salad and used an egg product instead of a regular egg. This makes a lot and I will used it again! I love the tartness of the dressing. Made for ZWT7.

mary winecoff June 02, 2011

Superb dressing! Made this last night so that DH and I could pack in our lunch today and was very impressed with how well it stayed blended and more immortally how well it held to the salad. Made as written using the egg beater option. DH liked both the parmesan and that it was less tangy then the average Italian dressing. This will be made again and will also make its way to a pot luck. Thanks for the post.

Debbwl May 26, 2011