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Olive Garden Salad Dressing is one of the best things at the restaurant, and now you can make it at home! Instead of having to go to the restaurant, you can have this tasty dressing anytime you crave it!

We all love a good copycat recipe that we can make from home! Have your soup and salad at home with these Olive Garden favorites, Gnocchi, Pasta e Fagioli, and Zuppa Toscana Soup.

Olive garden salad dressing in a glass jar,

Homemade Olive Garden Salad Dressing

There are just those restaurants that you go to for specific reasons, and Olive Garden is one I go to for their endless salad. It is fresh and the perfect combination of flavors that are just divine. But what really makes the salad sing is the dressing. It’s zesty, bright, and refreshing! Now you do not have to fight the crowds to enjoy their famous Olive Garden salad dressing with this perfect combination.

Make this Olive Garden salad dressing fresh and within five minutes of sitting down to dinner. Create a healthy, free from additives, preservatives and other things that you just do not need kind of salad with this dressing! Plus when you make it from scratch this olive garden dressing can be customized to your tastes. This copycat dressing is super easy and quick to make and you can have it on your salad in minutes!

Ingredients for Italian Salad Dressing

With only 5 ingredients, you can whip this up whenever you have an intense craving in no time flat. This Olive Garden dressing is so tasty with a slight zing, you crave it on all your salads.

  • Italian dressing mix: Make your own for the best results.
  • Olive Oil: A definite must for this luscious dressing.
  • White vinegar: This won’t add color, just that tangy sour flavor of a good dressing.
  • Water: Thins out the dressing to your desired consistency.
  • Mayonnaise: Creates a bit of creaminess and mellows the vinegar.

How to Make Olive Garden Salad Dressing

With such few ingredients, it’s crazy how simple it is, and even crazier how delicious this tastes! In a medium sized bowl whisk dressing mix, olive oil, white vinegar, water and mayonnaise. It is the perfect combination!

Mixing all the ingredients in a glass bowl with a whisk.

The Best Copycat Olive Garden Dressing

Simple and delicious, that’s the best way to cook! Knowing everything in your dressing is even better. Be prepared to be wowed with this copycat dressing!

  • Mix: You can use a simple whisk to mix this or a blender to really emulsify it.
  • Let it rest: Let the flavors meld together by letting it sit in the fridge for an hour at least before serving.
  • Store it: Store in a jar with a tight-fitting lid for up to three weeks. Shake well before each use.
  • Fresh: Make sure your Italian dressing mix and olive oil are fresh so the flavors are at their best.
All whisked up and ready to use.

How to Use Olive Garden Dressing

This dressing is not just for a green salad, although if that is all you used it for that would be fine. You can enjoy this incredible Olive Garden dressing on so much more. Use the dressing as a marinade for chicken and steak before grilling or air frying. Drizzle it over roasted or grilled vegetables. And let’s not forget the pasta!  This dressing is a must for some of the best pasta salads ever! Try it on these and just see how it adds to the flavor.

Pouring the olive garden salad dressing over a salad.

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Olive Garden Salad Dressing Copycat

4.20 from 10 votes
By: Alyssa Rivers
Olive Garden Salad Dressing is one of the best things at the restaurant, and now you can make it at home! Instead of having to go to the restaurant, you can have this tasty dressing anytime you crave it!
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 24 tablespoons





Calories: 68kcalCarbohydrates: 1gProtein: 1gFat: 8gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 1mgSodium: 8mgPotassium: 1mgSugar: 1gVitamin A: 1IUCalcium: 1mgIron: 1mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Dressing
Cuisine: Italian, Italian American
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About Alyssa Rivers

Alyssa Rivers is the author of 'The Tried and True Cookbook', a professional food photographer and experienced recipe-developer. Having a passion for cooking, her tried and true recipes have been featured on Good Morning America, Today Food, Buzzfeed and more.

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  1. 4 stars
    My only grumble about this recipe is that you are missing the Parmesan cheese in the original restaurant dressing. It may not seem like much, but it makes a huge difference. Otherwise this is a great recipe, and I can’t wait to use it. It’ll make a great marinade for fish and chicken.

  2. 5 stars
    This is the 2nd time I’ve made it to which my husband said “hmmm it tastes like something I’ve had before” and my 20 month old LOVES. What toddler loves salad?? Thank you for this recipe!

  3. 5 stars
    I made the mix and the salad dressing last night. The only thing I changed is I used birch sugar instead of regular sugar. It was amazing!!! I poured the olive oil in very slowly as I whisked the salad dressing so it is nice an creamy. Thank you so much for the recipe!!!