Olive Garden Salad and Dressing

Olive Garden Salad and Dressing

A delicious crunchy and creamy Italian salad featuring lettuce, black olives, red onion, tomato, peppers, coutons, and parmesan cheese, topped with a homemade creamy Italian salad dressing (recipe included)


8-12 servings


Salad Ingredients:

1 bag American Blend Dole Mix
4-5 slices red onion
1 can Black Olives chopped or sliced
2-4 Pepperoncini peppers
1/2 cup or more Croutons (make your own using this crouton recipe!)
1 Tomato, chopped
Freshly grated Parmesan cheese

Dressing Ingredients:

1/2 cup Mayonnaise
1/3 cup White Vinegar
1 Tbsp. Vegetable oil
2 Tbsp. Corn Syrup
2 Tbsp. Parmesan cheese
2 Tbsp Romano cheese
1/2 tsp Garlic salt or clove
1/2 tsp Italian Seasoning
1/2 tsp. Parsley Flakes
1 Tbsp. Lemon Juice


1. Combine salad ingredients and toss.

2. Whirl all dressing ingredients in the blender and pour over salad, coating well. Toss if desired. Sprinkle parmesan cheese over top and serve.

Olive Garden Salad and Dressing

Olive Garden Salad and Dressing

Olive Garden Salad and Dressing
Additional Notes: 

This recipe and photos were submitted by guest chef Jaclynn R.

She notes that, "Any mix of lettuce/spinach/greens will work, whatever you like or have on hand. I often use the regular dried Parmesan as it is always on hand. You can add other chopped cheeses too if you want. I used homemade goat cheese the last time and it was delicious!"

Olive Garden Salad and Dressing

Preparation Time: 

10-15 minutes

Tammy's Review: 

We love this salad! I love the combo of ingredients, and the colors. Joshua likes this salad dressing recipe (somewhat of a creamy Italian) on just about any salad, too. I've never been to Olive Garden and can't vouch for how exact this recipe is, but I've been told that it's pretty close. Regardless, it's delicious and beautiful! :)

This recipe was featured in 10 Fabulous Foods We Make At Home (Not Buy!) :)

Olive Garden Salad and Dressing


Joshua and I made this salad and we LOVED it. Joshua isn't normally much of a salad person, but he said it was really good!

I loved the dressing recipe. It's really good -- if you like Italian or creamy Italian, you'll love it! It was fun (and easy) to make, too. I didn't have a blender, so I just used a whisk on that. The dressing recipe makes about 1 and 1/4 cups of dressing, so we had some leftover dressing for next time. This dressing recipe is my newest favorite homemade salad dressing! Yum!


This is my favorite salad without a doubt!


I love making this salad and dressing. It's SO close to the "real stuff" and not to mention a great deal cheaper too. =D


Are you aware that Olive Garden uses Paul Newman's Family creamy italian dressing? I don't know how it would come out cost wise. for what ur making. Esp. with all the bits of cheese. just a thought


I just tried this salad! Excellent. My family loved it.


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