If you’re a fan of Olive Garden salad like me, you’ll love this easy to make at home version. The dressing, which is essentially a creamy Parmesan Vinaigrette, is a close copycat to the famous Olive Garden dressing.
Everyone’s favorite salad is actually not that hard to make at home. The salad itself is simple – lettuce (I prefer romaine over iceberg), tomatoes, olives, onions, croutons and peppers. Notice I left out the peppers – don’t like them, never have.
The dressing is pretty simple – mayonnaise, lemon juice, Parmesan cheese, olive oil and some Italian seasoning. I tried out a few different recipes that I found before coming up with my own, which is more of a combo of a few that I tried.
The Parmesan cheese is what really makes the dressing, and the salad is just so pretty. I love the bright colors! And did you know you can get Olive Garden croutons in the grocery store? I found them at my local Ralphs so I’m not sure they have them at other stores.
- ½ cup olive oil
- 3 tablespoons white vinegar
- 2 tablespoons mayonnaise
- 3 tablespoons grated Parmesan
- Juice from half a small lemon
- 1 teaspoon sugar
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon garlic salt
- 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Combine all ingredients in a seal-able jar and shake until completely combined. Pour over salad.
For more salads and salad dressings, try these: