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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. You are the best!! So enjoy seeing your recipes! I have made some and are delicious!!! Thanks for sharing with us!!!!!

  2. 1 star
    A recipe with the first ingrediment being a package of a pre-mixed product fails to be a recipe worth trying. If you’re not starting from scratch, what’s the point?

  3. 5 stars
    Made with Newmans own Italian salad dressing as i was unable to find a Italian dressing mix.Newmans incorporates the white wine vinegar and olive.
    Tescos own 50% less fat cream cheese is also a fab alternative.

    First time in making it and cooked in the slow cooker on low for 6 hours. 2 days later i made another batch (High for 4 hours) as the first was a big hit for my partner and me. Very easy to make and quick.
    All flavours contribute to themselves and is definitely a win win!

  4. 5 stars
    We LOVE this dressing. It’s tangy and herby and flavorful. I have no idea if it tastes like OG salad dressing, but it’s really delicious. We load the salad itself up with whatever crunchy vegetables we have on hand and giant piles of freshly grated parmigiano – and of course olives and pepperoncini. Absolutely yum.

  5. 2 stars
    This is basically a vinaigrette with mayonnaise added, nothing like Olive Garden Italian. Where’s the Romano cheese?

  6. This recipe tastes terrible. I made it just like it said and it has a bite to it and not the same flavor. I poured it out. I’ll continue to buy Olive garden salad dressing from the store.

  7. 5 stars
    I don’t usually comment unless I really like something and I really like this dressing. I always try and make the recipe the first time exactly like it is written and I’m glad I did. If you like the Olive Garden dressing you will like this. I won’t be changing a thing. Great.

  8. I am SO picky when it comes to salad dressing.
    This is exceptional.
    I made the dry mix and followed these instructions.
    I used a mixer stick to put it together and its heavenly

  9. how much of the homemade dressing would you use as i have no idea how much is in the packet

      1. 5 stars
        Delicious! Made the homemade Italian seasoning, super easy and tasty. I like it better than the restaurant’s. Keeping this recipe for later ♥️

  10. how do you make your own italian salad dressing mix is it just the italian spice i have in my spice rack or something different

  11. Do you happen to have a recipe for Italian dressing that is red? When we go to an Italian restaurant the dressing is usually red and that is by far my favorite. I will for sure give this one a try however! Thank you!