Olive Garden Salad Dressing Recipe

Lisa Grant | Jersey Girl Cooks

Olive Garden Salad Dressing makes a great marinade as well as tasting delicious on your salad.

Olive Garden Salad Dressing Photo

I am going to be totally honest with you and admit that Italian chain restaurants are not my favorite. I would much rather go to a family-owned restaurant. I love the feel of a smaller restaurant and I find chain restaurants to be somewhat boring. But that does not mean I refuse to eat there. Sometimes I am in the mood to eat something familiar and one of my favorite salad dressings comes from the Olive Garden.

Olive Garden Salad Dressing Picture

I came from an ethnic family and you would not see bottled salad dressing in my family’s refrigerator. I remember going away to college and having a bottled salad dressing feast with my Italian roommate. She also had not experienced the creamy delight of a bottled dressing. We would go to the school cafeteria and be happy to not have to use the same oil and vinegar we had poured on our salad for years.

Olive Garden Salad Dressing Image

For years, I would often frequent the Olive Garden for lunch just to get their soup and salad. The salad dressing never got old to me. Recently I happened to see that they now sell their bottled dressing in several grocery store chains. After purchasing it several times, I decided I could also try and make my own copycat recipe. As much as I like their bottled version, the homemade version tastes so much fresher and you can control the amount of salt you use.

Olive Garden Salad Dressing Pic

So I guess I went back to my family roots and am now skipping the bottled dressing. This does not mean that you won’t see a bottle of salad dressing in my refrigerator. I always keep some dressing in my pantry for when I'm in a pinch. But try making this dressing yourself and see how easy it is to put together.

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Olive Garden Salad Dressing Recipe

  8 Servings


  • 1/4 cup Canola Oil, plus 1 tablespoon
  • 1/4 cup Mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup Rice Wine Vinegar
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons Granulated Sugar
  • 1 teaspoon Italian Seasoning
  • 1/4 teaspoon Garlic Powder
  • 1 tablespoon Grated Parmesan Cheese
  • 1 tablespoon Water
  • Salt and Pepper, to taste


  1. Place all ingredients except salt and pepper in a blender. Blend for one minute or until creamy and smooth.
  2. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  3. Refrigerate for at least one hour before serving.


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Author: Lisa Grant
Recipe Yields: 1 cup
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size 2 tablespoons
Servings Per Recipe 8

Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat 75
Calories 107

% Daily Value*
Total Fat 9g
  Saturated Fat 1g
Sodium 62mg
Total Carbohydrate 6g
  Dietary Fiber 0g
  Sugars 3g
Protein 0g

* Percent Daily Value are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
** Nutrition Facts are estimated based on ingredients and data provided by Fat Secret. Please consult a doctor if you have special dietary needs.
Lisa Grant

About Lisa

Like all moms, Lisa needs quick and easy dinners during the week for her busy family. As our Easy Dinners Fanatic, she creates meals that you can make between soccer and band practice that are full of flavor and good for you too. You can see more from Lisa on Jersey Girl Cooks.

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