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Copycat Recipe for Olive Garden Salad and Dressing

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Olive Garden Salad and Dressing

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Copycat Recipe for Olive Garden Salad and Dressing

Do you crave that delicious Olive Garden Salad and Dressing like I do? There is nothing better than eating their fresh salad, combined with that signature Italian style dressing. If your not in the mood to go out to eat or don't feel like spending money, this tasty copycat recipe is for you. Your friends and family will be blown away by your delicious, home-made Olive Garden recipe.

Benefits of Salad Greens

According to Best Health Magazine, there are 6 important health benefits of eating salad greens.

  • Bone Health-many types of greens including watercress, spinach and raddicchio contain high amounts of Vitamin K which helps keep bones strong.
  • Sharpens Eye Health-salad spinach, romaine lettuce and red leaf lettuce contain high levels of carotenoids, Vitamin A, Lutein, and zeaxanthin
  • Rev's up Muscles-spinach in salad greens are abundant in inorganic nitrates which powers cells in our muscles.
  • Fights Breast Cancer-watercress in greens can help modulate potential anti-cancer pathways.
  • Protects the heart-If you like Caesar salad, the romaine lettuce provides two important nutrients that protect the heart; soluble fibre and high level of folate.
  • Reduces Risk for Diabetes-Spinach and arugula in salad greens contain magnesium which helps reduce risk for diabetes.

Olive Garden Salad

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Olive Garden Salad and Dressing

Prep Time for Olive Garden Salad & Dressing

Prep timeReady inYields

20 min

20 min

Serves 4-6 people

Olive Garden Salad

I added cucumbers & cubed cheese to my salad and left out the mild Peppers

I added cucumbers & cubed cheese to my salad and left out the mild Peppers

Olive Garden Dressing

I mixed dressing ingredients in a Tupperware bowl before transferring it to a dressing bottle

I mixed dressing ingredients in a Tupperware bowl before transferring it to a dressing bottle

Instructions for Preparing Salad & Dressing

  1. Instructions for Salad: Combine salad ingredients in large bowl
  2. Serve baked breadsticks on the side
  3. Instructions for Salad Dressing: Combine ingredients in bowl and mix with a whisk.
  4. Transfer dressing into mason Jar or salad dressing bottle
  5. Place Italian dressing in refrigerator to chill
  6. Shake well before serving

Ingredients for Olive Garden Salad & Dressing

  • 1 Head Iceberg Lettuce, Washed and Chopped
  • 1/2 Cup Purple Cabbage, Washed and Shredded
  • 1 Medium Tomato, Washed and Sliced
  • 1 Medium Red Onion, Sliced
  • 3-4 Pepperoncini's (Optional), Mild
  • 1/2 Cup Carrots, Shredded
  • 1/2 Can Black Olives
  • 1/2 Cup Croutons
  • Ingredients for Italian Dressing
  • 1 Teaspoon Garlic Salt
  • 1 Teaspoon Garlic Powder
  • 1/2 Tablespoon Mayonnaise
  • 1/4 Cup White Vinegar
  • 3/4 Cup Olive Oil
  • 1 Packet Italian Dressing Mix (Good Seasons)
  • 1/4 Cup Water
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Pepper, Ground
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Salt
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Sugar
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Lemon Juice
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Italian Seasoning, Dried
  • 2 1/2 Tablespoons Parmesan Cheese, Grated

Ingredients for Olive Garden Salad

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Ingredients for Home-Made Olive Garden Dressing

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Olive Garden

Olive Garden is an American casual dining restaurant chain specializing in Italian-American cuisine. It is a subsidiary of Darden Restaurants, Inc., which is headquartered in unincorporated Orange County, Florida, near Orlando Florida. Source: Wikipedia

Home-made Olive Garden Dressing

Salad Greens Quiz

For each question, choose the best answer. The answer key is below.

  1. Salad greens do not benefit heart health
    • True
    • False
  2. Romaine Lettuce contains healthy levels of folate & fibre which helps what body organ
    • Lungs
    • Heart
  3. Magnesium deficiency can increase your risk of
    • Diabetes
    • Insomnia
  4. A nutrient in watercress can help fight
    • Breast Cancer
    • Restless Leg Syndrome

Answer Key

  1. False
  2. Heart
  3. Diabetes
  4. Breast Cancer

Baked Breadsticks

I find baked breadsticks to be the perfect pairing with the Olive Garden Salad

I find baked breadsticks to be the perfect pairing with the Olive Garden Salad

Copycat Recipe for Olive Garden Salad and Dressing

I hope you enjoy my Copycat recipe for Olive Garden salad and dressing. I looked at several dressing recipe's before choosing the one that tasted most similar to the original. Who needs to go out and spend money when you can make your own.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2016 Linda Rogers

Comments

Linda Rogers (author) from Minnesota on January 02, 2017:

Awesome-Thanks so much :-)

FlourishAnyway from USA on January 02, 2017:

I'm back to Flip this recipe!

Linda Rogers (author) from Minnesota on September 23, 2016:

Hi Sweetie Pie-I just love Olive Garden Salad and it's nice to know the recipe's. I really appreciate you coming by. Have a great weekend.

SweetiePie from Southern California, USA on July 04, 2016:

One of my favorite things to make in the summer months is salad. I used to love Olive Garden salads, but has you have shared, it is cheaper to make this kind of thing yourself.

Linda Rogers (author) from Minnesota on February 10, 2016:

My pleasure Alicia-I'm not a fan of hot food but pepperoncini's are mild and make a nice addition to a fresh salad. Thanks a bunch for coming by.

Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on February 09, 2016:

This recipe sounds delicious. Thanks for sharing it. Thank you for teaching me something new, too. I've never heard of a pepperoncini before!

Linda Rogers (author) from Minnesota on February 09, 2016:

That's a great question Ruby-definitely something to look into. I appreciate you coming by and checking out my recipe. Hope all is well my friend :)

Ruby Jean Richert from Southern Illinois on February 09, 2016:

Looks yummy. I wonder if they make gluten free sticks? I'll check . Thanks for sharing..

Linda Rogers (author) from Minnesota on February 09, 2016:

Flourish-I've heard the same thing about Olive Garden Entree's not being the real deal. I actually go there for the salad and breadsticks. I really appreciate you coming by.

Linda Rogers (author) from Minnesota on February 09, 2016:

Marcoujor-Not sure if everyone on Hubpages has an Olive Garden in their state, but their known for this delicious salad and dressing. Thanks for coming by. I haven't been around for awhile-feels good to be back to see all my buddies.

Linda Rogers (author) from Minnesota on February 09, 2016:

ChitrangadaSharan-So glad you liked my recipe and photo's for the Italian Salad dressing from Olive Garden. This is one of my favorite salad dressing. Glad my instructions were helpful for you. Thanks for coming by.

Linda Rogers (author) from Minnesota on February 09, 2016:

Hey sis-no worries-now that I found this recipe for our favorite Olive Garden dressing, I'll keep the dressing flowing. So glad we can enjoy this even when were at home.

FlourishAnyway from USA on February 09, 2016:

I love their salad! Some call it "fake Italian" food but Olive Garden is one of my favorites.

Maria Jordan from Jeffersonville PA on February 09, 2016:

Sounds wonderful~ thanks for sharing with us... :)

Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on February 09, 2016:

This sounds so delicious and nutritious!

Your pictures are great and instructions very helpful. I love Italian salad dressings but this one sounds special.

Thank you for sharing!

Laura Arne from Minnetonka, MN on February 08, 2016:

I went nuts for this copycat recipe for Olive Garden salad and dressing. So glad you found it and made it for our family. Your gonna have to keep that dressing bottle full at all times.

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