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This green salad with its dressing is wonderfully authentic in taste to the salad served at the "Olive Garden" restaurants. The dressing recipe makes enough dressing to cover a large bowl of salad. I only use two thirds of the dressing, but use more according to your taste. I like to use homemade extra large croutons in this recipe.
"I made this for a New Years Eve gathering with family and friends. They loved it, I loved it. The dressing isn't exactly like Olive Gardens, but it's still good and better the next day. (I had all the ingredients except for the corn syrup. I didn't want to go to the store so I just left it out and added a tad more sugar.) I've made another bash of the dressing just to have for other salads. The salad itself is close enough to Olive Garden's that I won't be spending much money there anymore. "- donaliz
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For the dressing:
Mix the first eleven ingredients in a blender until well mixed. If this is a little to tart for your own personal taste, add 1 Tablespoon of sugar.
For the salad:
Pour 1/2 package of the salad blend into a large salad bowl. Top with 1/2 of the onion, olives, banana peppers, croutons and tomatoes. Add dressing to taste and toss well. Add the other 1/2 bag of salad and more dressing to taste. Toss well. Top the salad with the remaining onion, olives, banana peppers, croutons and tomatoes.
Pass the grated parmesan cheese and black pepper mill at the table.
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bonzeye321 1 month agoDefiantly not Olive Garden, and too sweet for my families taste
Gema7 2 months ago
SonyaN 2 months agoVery Nice! I love making my own dressing and this will be a regular in our household. Thanks for sharing.
TracyCGreen 2 months agoAbsolutely LOVE this salad.. Im gonna.use the dressing for my pasta salad too. Thank you so much for posting this recipe ;-)
dmanderson1 3 months agoLove it!!!
beckyann2012 3 months agoThis was good. But to my sister and I we didn't think the dressing tasted like olive garden. It tasted good. I will make again.
TXKatClayton 6 months agoLove Olive Garden's salad
dmanderson1 6 months agoI added the sugar...fantastic. I didn't use quite as much salad as the recipe calls for so we had a bit of dressing at the bottom of the bowl. It was pasta night and we had leftovers. So, my husband threw in the leftover dressing with the pasta....FANTASTIC cold pasta salad for a late night snack!!!!
susan293 6 months ago
heatherfarrar20 7 months ago
DallasAlice 7 months agoThis is NOT the Olive Garden dressing--but it's a good dressing. It's thin but tasty.
jane17sjm 8 months ago
hafner 8 months ago
digdug195 8 months agoMy family loves this it does taste like OG. Thank you!
marilulis 9 months agoThis was really tasty! My son who loves Olive Garden salad said it was really good and asked for more!
jenfulofgoodness 9 months ago
ohserenaxx107 9 months agoI only made the sauce, not the salad. Guests really liked it! I kind of tweaked it based on my taste but I always do that. Will definitely make again some time.
athornhill 10 months agoDidn't Taste anything like Olive Garden salad dressing
Elizabethd002 10 months agoClose. First I would like to say that peperoncini and banana peppers are not the same thing. Use peperoncini. Second Olive Garden does not grate parmesan cheese they grate pecorino romano cheese. It is an iceburg romane salad mix. And last but not least you are able to puchase the Olive Garden salad dressing in a nice 11oz. glass vessel. Close on the dressing tangy and tasty. Kudos.
twisted1331 10 months ago