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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
Top-ranked recipe named "Olive Garden Salad and Dressing"
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.
Travelers 3 weeks agoNot Olive Garden, but awesome in its own right. Made this dressing several times.
bonzeye321 5 months agoDefiantly not Olive Garden, and too sweet for my families taste
Gema7 6 months ago
SonyaN 7 months agoVery Nice! I love making my own dressing and this will be a regular in our household. Thanks for sharing.
TracyCGreen 7 months agoAbsolutely LOVE this salad.. Im gonna.use the dressing for my pasta salad too. Thank you so much for posting this recipe ;-)
dmanderson1 7 months agoLove it!!!
beckyann2012 8 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 10 months agoLove Olive Garden's salad
dmanderson1 10 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 11 month ago