Thisclose to East Side Mario's Salad Dressing

"When we lived in Ontario and Nova Scotia, we'd go to East Side Mario's two to three times per month, mostly for the free salad and bread. I LOVE their dressing, and since we moved to Manitoba, I have been looking for a copycat of that dressing. This is pretty close. I found the basic recipe on another site, and modified it slightly"
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Ready In:
2 cups




  • Combine all in a measuring cup, and mix with an immersion blender.
  • Pour into a container and refrigerate.
  • The longer it sits, the better it gets.
  • Prep time is cooking time.
  • To make this truly authentic, make the salad with iceberg lettuce, rounds of red onion, hot pickled peppers (we don't like them, but the salad comes with two), croutons and oodles of grated parm cheese- the fresh stuff, not out of a can.

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  1. I just bought a bottle at the restaurant ($4.99 for 350 mL). The ingredients are listed below. Maybe they will help with tweaking the recipe. ---Soybean oil, water, vinegar, salt, sugar, spices and herbs, hydrolyzed yeast protein, dehydrated garlic, dehydrated onion, xanthan gum, sodium benzoate, potassium sorbate, propylene glycol alginate, dehydrated red pepper, calcium disodium EDTA, disodium inosinate, disodium guanylate.--- While this recipe might not be like the real thing, I'm giving it 4 stars for not having any of the chemicals that are found in the real thing. Yikes!
  2. I tried this recipe, it is ok, it does not really taste like the east side mario dressing so do not be fooled!
  3. I just recreated this recipe.. yes its not "exactly like" but its definitely on the right track and just as addicting. I read the amounts wrong and doubled the onion and garlic powder and it still turned out fantastic. Love and thanks for posting !
  4. This recipe has been floating around the net for a while. It is an okay salad dressing but it is not much like the ESM garden salad dressing.
  5. I thought this salad dressing was quite gross. The vinegar is very overpowering. It is also very runny. I don't think it resembles East Side Marios at all. I don't recommend using this recipe.


I've been married since 2002, and in that time, we have moved across Canada. Met when he was in Alberta and I was working in Saskatchewan, moved to Trenton, Ontario, and then to Halifax and now we are in Manitoba. I am lucky to have a husband who is willing to try anything I make, and will even eat it if it's not so great.
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