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Copycat Olive Garden Dressing

A homemade version of the signature Olive Garden dressing. You will love this version made with all natural ingredients and no preservatives.

Copycat Olive Garden Dressing

The Olive Garden is one of Debbie’s favorite restaurants.  Not for the pasta, but for the salad that they serve with each meal, and more specifically, the Olive Garden dressing.  She loves that Olive Garden dressing so much that she buys 2 bottles each time she goes there.   And she often brings me one too.  Because she’s lovely like that!

They do have a good salad!  That crisp iceberg lettuce, rings of red onion that have that slight bite to them, salty black olives, ruby red roma tomatoes and the one spicy yellow pepper.  So simple, but sooo good.  And then of course, the server comes around with that hand grater of parmesan, which is the best part of all!  If they allow us to, we keep the parmesan grater at our table.   We can often convince them that this is preferable to them having to come back every time we need more.

Copycat Olive Garden Dressing

So, because Debbie likes this salad and the Olive Garden dressing so much, and because the nearest Olive Garden is in Langley, BC which is a good 45 – 50 min drive from Debbie’s house, we decided to make our own.   After a little trial and error, we’ve got it.  If it doesn’t taste just like the original, it tastes better!  We especially like our salad sans chemicals and preservatives, which it is now thanks to this homemade version. Copycat Olive Garden Dressing

This Olive Garden dressing has a long ass list of ingredients, but they are all ones that you would might normally have on hand anyways.  This copycat olive garden dressing makes a medium sized mason jar full and keeps for weeks in the fridge and actually gets better the longer it sits.  You can use it straight after you mix it up, but it really should sit for a few hours at least to let all the flavors mix and mingle before it gets drizzled on  your greens.

Happy hump day!

Copycat Olive Garden Dressing

Copycat Olive Garden Signature Dressing

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  • 1/3 cup white vinegar
  • 3/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 tsp lemon juice
  • 4 tbsp water
  • 1 tsp mayo (not miracle whip)
  • 1 tbsp garlic powder
  • 1 tbsp onion powder
  • 1 tbsp dried oregano
  • 1 tbsp dried parsley
  • 1/2 tsp celery powder
  • 1/2 tsp dried basil
  • 1/2 tsp Italian seasoning
  • 1 tsp grated parmesan cheese
  • 1 tbsp + 1/2 tsp sugar
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 1 Tbsp . salt


  • Add everything into a container you can shake or blender. We use a mason jar.
  • Shake well.
  • You can use it right away, but the flavor is much better if you let it sit overnight.

Copycat Olive Garden Dressing

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  1. I often use this recipe as part of a marinade for large batches of Honey BBQ pulled chicken, and since I’m making multiple batches by doubling the recipe (or more) I then have to portion it out when I divide it again and add it to the home made BBQ sauce. I was able to figure it out with a scale of course, but for those using it in a similar way it would help to add “Makes 1&1/2 cups or 12 fluid ounces” to the recipe under the title. Thanks!

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