"olive Garden" Salad and Dressing Recipe

"This salad with it's dressing is wonderfully authentic in taste to the salad served at the "Olive Garden" restaurants. The dressing recipe makes enough dressing to cover a large bowl of salad."
photo by a food.com user photo by a food.com user
Ready In:




  • For the dressing: Mix the first eleven ingredients in a blender until well mixed. If this is a little to tart for your own personal taste, add 1 Tablespoon of sugar.
  • For the salad: Pour 1/2 package of the salad blend into a large salad bowl. Top with 1/2 of the onion, olives, banana peppers, croutons and tomatoes. Add dressing to taste and toss well. Add the other 1/2 bag of salad and more dressing to taste. Toss well. Top the salad with the remaining onion, olives, banana peppers, croutons and tomatoes. Pass the grated Parmesan cheese and black pepper mill at the table.

Questions & Replies

default avatar
Got a question? Share it with the community!


  1. Andi Longmeadow Farm
    Well, I followed this exactly, adding the correct amount of sugar, and all the rest of the ingredients, and found this to be as darn close to Olive Garden salad dressing as there ever was. It was a cross between a vinaigrette and a nice creamy dressing, perfect! It's even better after it sits for a good time after making. Please try this! Made for "I Recommend" tag game 2012
  2. icandoit185
    I didn't feel the dressing was authentic at all. It was too vinegary.
  3. Sydney Mike
    Can't remember the last time I was at an Olive Garden restaurant, so I have know idea about how authentic this recipe might be! However, I can tell you that this recipe does make for a very delicious salad & an outstanding dressing! I'm usually partial to the red salad dressings while my other half enjoys the creamier ones, but both of us thought this was well-worth a 5-star rating! Thanks for sharing it! [Made & reviewed for one of my adopted chefs in this Spring's Pick A Chef event]
  4. Jezski
    Did not care for this, very thin, too sweet. Just my personal taste. Thanks for posting though.


<p>IBM Retired</p> <p>SF Giants Fan <img title=Laughing src=/tiny_mce/plugins/emotions/img/smiley-laughing.gif border=0 alt=Laughing /></p> <p>Hate the LA Dodgers <img title=Yell src=/tiny_mce/plugins/emotions/img/smiley-yell.gif border=0 alt=Yell /></p> <p>Use a Char-Griller Super Pro Charcoal Grill w/Smoker <img title=Laughing src=/tiny_mce/plugins/emotions/img/smiley-laughing.gif border=0 alt=Laughing /></p> <p>Love a good meal! <img title=Smile src=/tiny_mce/plugins/emotions/img/smiley-smile.gif border=0 alt=Smile /></p>
View Full Profile

Find More Recipes