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Copycat Olive Garden Salad Dressing Recipe

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I love Olive Garden Salad Dressing — don't you? It's not the salad so much as it is the dressing.

I have been all over the Internet comparing recipes. I have finally combined a few and have come up with the perfect dressing.

This copycat Olive Garden dressing recipe tastes exactly like what you would get if you went to the restaurant and had their salad.

aerial view of salad in a bowl with dressing on the side

I now can have this delicious and yummy treat with my dinner anytime I want! No more leaving the comfort of my own home.

How to Make Olive Garden Salad Dressing

Olive Garden salad dressing

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.

copycat dressing in a dressing decanter

Olive Garden seems to be known for so many favorites. Alfredo pasta, Zuppa Toscana, Pasta e Fagioli, Chicken and Gnocchi Soup and those breadsticks are my favorites — and they all pair so well with this delicious crunchy salad.

Copycat Olive Garden Salad Dressing

If you want to create a salad like Olive Garden's, simply use a bagged Romain 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.

Olive Garden salad in a bowl

Salads are a great filler when you don't want to overeat 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.)

Olive Garden salad dressing

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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Yield: 1 cup

Olive Garden Salad Dressing

Olive Garden Salad Dressing

This Copycat Olive Garden Dressing will be the easiest and tastiest dressing you have ever made.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes


  • 1 packet Italian Dressing Mix
  • 3/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 Tablespoon mayonnaise
  • 1/3 cup white vinegar
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/2 tsp sugar
  • 1/2 tsp dried Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 half of lemon juiced
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese


Using a whisk or a dressing mixer, mix all the above ingredients together in a bowl or jar.

You can use the dressing right away, or you can store it in a jar in the refrigerator for about 3 weeks.

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Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:

1/4 cup

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 550Total Fat: 60gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 50gCholesterol: 7mgSodium: 463mgCarbohydrates: 3gFiber: 0gSugar: 1gProtein: 2g

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Elaine Nichols

Saturday 14th of October 2023

How many side salads would 1 recipe of copycat Olive Garde Salad dressing serve. I'm serving 75 people, just wondering how many batches of your recipe I needed to prepare.

Jennifer Sikora

Monday 16th of October 2023

I would definitely say at least 6? This recipe yields 1 cup of dressing. If you tossed it first before serving, you could probably get away with less.

Sharon Mast

Saturday 26th of June 2021

I was wondering how much lemon juice half is. I buy lemon juice in a bottle to use and don't know how much I should use. Half cup.. one fourth cup??

Jennifer Sikora

Tuesday 29th of June 2021

About 2 tablespoons I believe.

Krystel | Frugal Living

Saturday 8th of June 2019

I love Olive Garden's dressing. I would love to try to make this.

Ruth I

Thursday 6th of June 2019

This just looks so perfect. Who is not going to be thrilled with this dressing right? I quickly just want to give it a try.


Wednesday 5th of June 2019

I dream of their unlimited salad and breadsticks. One of my favorites. I'll be making this!

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