Olive Garden Salad Dressing

I love Olive Garden Salad — don’t you? It’s not the salad so much as it is the dressing. I have been all over the Internet comparing recipes and finally combining a few have come up with the perfect Olive Garden Salad Dressing.

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Olive Garden Dressing

This dressing tastes exactly like what you would get if you went to Olive Garden and had their salad. I now can have this delicious and yummy treat with my dinner anytime I want without leaving the comfort of my own home. In fact, I served this over a delicious Greek Pasta Salad the other day. Instead of using my regular pasta salad dressing, I put the Olive Garden dressing on it and it turned out SO good.

This is also great if you don’t want to heat up your home — because you can just have a delicious and fulfilling salad for dinner which is great for summer cooking. Speaking of Summer Cooking, you have to check out this ebook from Hillbilly Housewife. It is FULL of awesome recipes to help with summer cooking.

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Olive Garden Salad Dressing
  • 8 ounces of any vinegar and oil dressing mix (you can use Paul Newman, Kraft, etc)
  • 1 clove of garlic minced
  • ½ teaspoon of dried basil
  • ½ teaspoon of dried oregano
  • 1 tablespoon of sugar
  1. Put all ingredients into a bowl or bottle and mix together.
  2. Refrigerate for 24 hours before using


If you want to create a salad like Olive Garden’s, simply use a bagged American blend salad and add in black olives, croutons, tomatoes, red onions, and pepperoncini peppers. To mix your dressing up quicker, you can try using an emulsifier like this one I found on Amazon — Salad Dressing Mixer. I use it all the time and love it.

Salads are a great filler when you don’t want to over eat and the best part is, if you put your dressing to the side and just dip your fork in your dressing, you will cut down on the calories majorly (because the dressing is where a lot of your salad calories come from.)

If you plan on using this on your next salad, why not fix a yummy entree like my Parmesan Chicken! It is simply delicious.


So what is your favorite salad and dressing?

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  1. madge | the vegetarian casserole queen says

    Yum! I too love Olive Garden’s salad dressing so thanks for sharing the recipe. Did you know you can ask for the “light” version of the house dressing at Olive Garden…and you can barely tell the difference!!! Its so good and I generally refuse to eat light salad dressings, so that is saying alot!
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  2. April @ The 21st Century Housewife says

    I do love Olive Garden’s salad dressing, so I was very pleased to see this recipe! Your version looks delicious. Thank you for sharing it with The Hearth and Soul hop.

    • kelly says

      Both of my local Walmart’s now stock the REAL Olive Garden dressing!! I saw it pictured in the ad last week & had to check for myself. It’s in a plastic bottle & about $3.50 a bottle. Yay!!

  3. Fifi @ About Blogging Time! says

    I will definitely have to share this with my sisters. My mom and sisters go to OliveGarden every Friday.

  4. Barb says

    Can I ask what oil/vinegar dressing you used? I used Kraft and while it tastes ok, I don’t think it compares to Olive Garden. It also doesn’t look like Olive Garden. Thank you!

    • Jennifer Sikora says

      I used the Paul Newman olive and vinegar dressing but it is really to your liking of how you want it to taste. The Paul Newman tastes the closest

  5. jemerson says

    Hope it has less sodium……
    Olive Garden’s garden-fresh salad contains 550mg of sodium without dressing and 1,930mg of sodium with the dressing. The grilled chicken Caesar salad contains 1,880mg of sodium. The Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommends that Americans consume less than 2,300mg of sodium per day, or approximately 1 tsp of salt. Excessive dietary sodium intake may lead to hypertension and other medical problems. Both the garden-fresh salad with dressing and the grilled chicken Caesar salad make up nearly the entire day’s dietary sodium allowance.

  6. Diane says

    I was wondering when you make the Olive Garden dressing is it just vinegar and oil or do you buy a mixture of it. What did you use for yours? I looked at the Paul Newmans vinegar and oil but it looked like it has seasoning in it. Not sure what to use. If you could get back with me I would appreciate it. Thank you.

    • Jennifer Sikora says

      The base of the dressing is the Paul Newman Olive Oil and Vinegar dressing. I want to try some different versions, but that is how I make it right now. Just follow the recipe to the tee.

  7. Amber says

    Hi, I was just wondering if this is also the dressing they use for their caesar salad? And if not, could you possibly make a recipe that is similar? I’ve been looking everywhere for a recipe for Olive Garden’s caesar dressing and I haven’t yet found a recipe. So, if you could, please and thank you! :)


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