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Olive Garden™ Salad Recipe

Olive Garden™ Salad Recipe

I’m not sure why, but the Olive Garden Salad Recipe seems to be better then most salads. Maybe it’s because they mix it up for you at the table, tossing in their special Olive Garden Salad Dressing recipe, which I’ve included here as well.  Maybe it’s because of the fresh grated Parmesan cheese they put on top.  Regardless, this is wonderful salad which could serve as a side or even the entree.

Investigating the Olive Garden Salad Recipe

When it comes to restaurant recipes, this one is one of the easiest to figure out, except for that signature Olive Garden salad dressing. That takes some work, but I think we’ve got a very close copy cat recipe here.  We’ve build this based on your feedback, so please leave a comment if you know of a way to improve on this recipe.

The Secret of the Olive Garden Salad Dressing Recipe

The Olive Garden salad dressing recipe is a simple base of mayonnaise and vinegar. We achieve the unique Olive Garden tangy and sweet blend with the addition of corn syrup and lemon juice. The Italian flavors come from the Romano and Parmesan cheeses added to the dressing as well as the herbal blend.

Creating Your Own “American Blend” Salad.

You’ll notice, we’re just using a basic “American Blend” salad found in the prepackaged backs in your produce department.  If you’d like to create your own fresh blend, it’s fairly simple. The main ingredients are the Iceberg and Romain lettuce.  Mix in some grated carrot, chopped red cabbage and sliced or even slivered radishes.  Again, the bag is a much simpler option for the Olive Garden salad recipe, but some people love the process of making their own.

Note: make sure you’re mixing this up in a chilled salad bowl.  This will add greatly to the fresh and crispy texture of the salad.

Olive Garden™ Salad Recipe
  • 1 bag American Blend Salad (Dole works well)
  • 4-5 slices Red Onion
  • 4-6 Black Olives
  • 2-4 Pickled Pepperoncini
  • ½ cup Croutons
  • 1 small Tomato sliced
  • Freshly grated Parmesan Cheese
  • ½ cup Mayonnaise
  • ¼ cup White Vinegar
  • 1 tsp. Vegetable Oil
  • 2 Tbsp. Corn Syrup
  • 2 Tbsp. Parmesan Cheese
  • 2 Tbsp. Romano Cheese
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • ½ tsp. Italian Seasoning
  • ½ tsp. Parsley Flakes
  • 1 Tbsp. Lemon Juice
  • Sugar (optional)
  1. Mix all ingredients in a blender until well mixed (approximately 30 seconds).
  2. If this is a little to tart for your own personal tastes please add a little extra sugar.
  3. Chill in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes.
  4. Chill a glass salad bowl in freezer for at least 30 minutes.
  5. Place the bag of salad in bowl.
  6. Place on top of the lettuce - red onion, black olives, banana peppers, tomatoes, and croutons.
  7. Add some freshly grated Parmesan cheese if you like.
  8. Add plenty of Olive Garden™ Salad Dressing on top.


Corn syrup and sugar ugh what is wrong with this country


can we pick up this salad from there??? & how much please let me know??? :)


Is there a difference if you use dark corn syrup? That's all I have and I swear every one in my small town must need the same thing because I can't find the white kind anywhere here.


my 14 year old is very picky and she loves the dressing to the salad. I looked for it and couldn't find it and my friend at work told me where to find it. u mad my kids day- she went home and made it up for supper herself- wow! thanks!

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