I am big on copycat recipes.
I love the salad dressings at restaurants, the special sauces, the breads, the dipping, and all the fresh spices! I am a decent cook (not so much in the baking department) but I can cook up a mean piece of chicken if I feel like it.
The other night I wanted a salad, but wanted it to taste like it came from Olive Garden – minus the drive over there.
With gas prices the way they are, we have to figure out how to cut corners without cutting our taste buds out of the equation. So I scoured the web for copy cat recipes regarding Olive Gardens Italian dressing and there were plenty to choose from! Most looked the same so it was a guess on which one would get the closest.
We dove right in according to the ingredients we had on hand.
Here is the recipe we used, but with our own alterations:
Olive Garden Copy Cat Recipe Salad Dressing
- 1/2 cup mayonnaise
- 1/3 cup white vinegar
- 1 teaspoon vegetable oil
- 2 tablespoons Parmesan cheese
- 2 tablespoons Romano cheese
- 1/4 teaspoon garlic salt
- 1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning
- 1/2 teaspoon dried parsley
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
We actually found this recipe was super runny and tad too tart to be enjoyable long term, so in our house, I ended up adding a lot more Hellmans. It made the dressing creamier, probably a bit closer to a Carrabba’s House Dressing over Olive Gardens Italian.
I ended up changing the 1/2 cup mayo to a full cup and then let chill in the fridge for atleast an hour. I also added some sugar to counteract the vinegar flavor, which really helped tone it down.
Make sure you seal off or cover the dressing. The smells have a way of overpowering the fridge.
Charlotte was the Chef for this occasion and did all the hard work:
(as you can see, Charlotte is um…dressing herself lately..they both have purple so apparently they match)
I did the dishes for her.
Other versions of this Olive Garden Salad Dressing Recipe to check out: