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Copycat Olive Garden Salad Recipe with Homemade Dressing

By: Jamie from
Copycat Olive Garden Salad Recipe with Homemade Dressing
Copycat Olive Garden Salad with Homemade Dressing
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Olive Garden is known for great soups, bread sticks, and of course, salad. You can now replicate their amazing salad recipe with this copycat recipe for a Homemade Olive Garden Salad with Homemade Dressing. The dressing recipe is just like the famous Olive Garden dressing: simple, creamy, and perfectly garlicky. This salad recipe is great for starting off a big meal, or it can even be served as a full meal on its own. Keep this recipe on hand for a quick dressing recipe you can whip up anytime. You'll want to save this great copycat Olive Garden salad recipe.


Italian salad dressing as we know likely originated in North America, not in Italy! Traditionally Italian salads are dressed with a simple combination of olive oil, vinegar, salt, and pepper. The Italian dressing that is now sold in grocery stores and used in many restaurants is believed to have been invented in the 1940s, when a man from Missouri used a homemade family dressing recipe in his restaurant. This was the origin of Wish-Bone Salad Dressing, which is still a popular Italian dressing brand today. 

Italian salad dressing is actually quite easy to make at home. All you have to do is toss your ingredients into a blender and mix the ingredients well. Just remember that the recommended ratio of oil to vinegar is three parts oil to one part vinegar. This helps balance the strong vinegar taste and also helps the oil and vinegar blend together, since these two ingredients will always separate if left to sit. That's why it's best to serve your Italian salad right away so your Italian dressing has the perfect blend of flavors. 

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Preparation Time15 min

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I love Olive Garden salad, but I never thought to make the dressing myself! #bestideaever

great, so simple, I just hit print, and voila there it was, can't wait to try it for dinner tonight. thanks

I had no problem saving the recipe. Click on view the recipe when recipe is viewed use the back or return arrow and click on save recipe to your cookbook or recipes. Illtryanythingonce

You really need to fix this site....just post the damn recipe!

How do get the recipe for Olive Garden's salad dressing? I am directed to another site?

Hi kmanbabe 7517168 - To print this recipe, first click where it says "Click here for the recipe." When the new webpage opens up, there will be a link that says "print recipe." Click that for a printer-friendly version. You could also copy and paste the text of the recipe into a Word document and print from there. I hope this helps! -Editors of AllFreeCopycatRecipes

how do I print the recipe?

Hi Bev, You can find the 'Save Recipe' button in the button toolbar which appears under the recipe title. If it does not appear at first, please refresh the page and wait for it to fully load. Hope this helps! editors, AllFreeCopycatRecipes

I love your recipes. BUT I can't find the Add to button to click on to save them. So I have a ton of paper recipes laying around. Please tell me where to find the button. thank you Bev in Ohio


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