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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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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- 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
- Put all ingredients into a bowl or bottle and mix together.
- 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?