The Stay At Home Chef: Copycat Olive Garden Salad Dressing

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Copycat Olive Garden Salad Dressing

A few months ago a cute young couple bought the former hoarder house down the street. Can you imagine? Yikes! They tore out all the flooring, replaced practically everything, and moved on in. They have two adorable little kids including a little girl who is just a few days older than my little girl. My daughter is in heaven! A friend! That is a GIRL! It is kind of a big deal for her. We don't have any young children on our street so this is huge. This wonderful new family invited us over for dinner on Sunday evening. I brought a last minute salad. I knew I had pepperocinis, tomatoes, and lettuce....and that was sort of it. Since all I was really missing was some thinly sliced red onions and olives I figured I could bust out a copycat Olive Garden Salad. The tangy, zesty, zip of Olive Garden salad dressing is practically addicting. It is totally simple to make and you probably even have all of the ingredients on hand already. 

Time To Make It: 5 minutes
Yield: about 1 cup salad dressing


1/2 cup mayonnaise
1/3 cup red wine vinegar
1 lemon, juiced
1 TB. extra-virgin olive oil
1 tsp dried parsley
1 tsp dried basil
1/2 tsp dried oregano
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/4 tsp salt
2 TB grated parmesan cheese


1. In a small bowl whisk together mayonnaise, red wine vinegar, lemon juice, olive oil, parsley, basil, oregano, garlic powder, salt, and parmesan cheese.

2. Pour into a salad dressing container. Drizzle over salad. Recommended salad composition: mixed greens, black olives, pepperoncinis, diced tomato, thinly sliced red onion, grated parmesan cheese, and freshly cracked pepper. 

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1 comment:

  1. Congrats on your new neighbors, and thanks for a tasty recipe!!


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