Olive Garden Salad Dressing – Copycat

Olive Garden is known for their salads. The salad and the Olive Garden salad dressing are served with every meal. Their cold, crisp salad is hard to be beat; when it comes with Olive Garden salad dressing, it always seems to taste better. Everyone must love the Olive Garden salad dressing, because they don’t offer any other flavors of salad dressing. We hope you enjoy our version of the salad dressing.
Olive Garden Salad Dressing Recipe

Olive Garden Salad Dressing

Place all ingredients in a blender until well mixed. If this is a little too tart for your own personal taste, add a little extra sugar. You can enjoy your Olive Garden salad dressing for about 10 days if stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator. Another great use for the Olive Garden salad dressing is as a marinade for vegetables or even meats that you might like to grill. So you can see the Olive Garden salad dressing can be used in more than one way.

Be sure to serve this recipe with the Olive Garden Salad Mix.

Making Olive Garden Salad Dressing at home is easy to do. You can make other recipes that taste just like they do in a restaurant.

How about Applebees Oriental Salad Dressing? This is a terrific way to bring the taste of a restaurant a home with this recipe.

You can find more Olive Garden Recipes at CopyKat.com, the web’s most popular destination for copycat restaurant recipes.

Yes, this dressing can be purchased at many stores such as Wal-Mart, Sam’s, and other grocery stores. Why would you want to make this from scratch? This recipe still has fewer preservatives, and you can always tweak a recipe when you make it from scratch. So you can add a little more sugar, or maybe you want to add a few more spices. I know their bottle does not say it has mayonnaise on it. It does say oil, and eggs, and when you beat those two together you get an emulsion that looks a lot like mayonnaise.

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Olive Garden Salad Dressing

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  • Recipe Type: Olive Garden Copy Cat Recipe
  • Prep time:10 minutes
  • Cook time:10 minutes
  • Serves: 10

You don't need to leave home, you can make salad dressing that tastes just like the Olive Garden tonight.


  • Ingredients
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/3 cup white vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon vegetable oil
  • 2 tablespoons light corn syrup
  • 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2 tablespoons grated Romano cheese
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic salt, or 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried parsley flakes
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • Sugar (optional)


Combine all the ingredients in a blender until well mixed. If this is a little too tart for your own personal taste, add a little extra sugar. You can enjoy your Olive Garden salad dressing for up to 10 days if you store it in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

Additional Notes

Another great use for the Olive Garden salad dressing is as a marinade for vegetables or even meats that you might like to grill. So you can see the Olive Garden salad dressing can be used in more than one way.

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  • Debbie Luck

    the way the olive garden makes there dressing is like this–this is why after you open it –it has to be refrigerated –the base is wishbone dressing with parm chesse and romano cheese–and eggs you will whip the dressing til smooth–this is why the dressing is so smooth and don’t seperate because of the eggs

    • http://www.copykat.com Stephanie Manley

      Thank you for your tips!

  • Jean Cary

    As far as the Mayo, I have compared several recipes on line and I think the quantity may be wrong. All the others do call for mayo but just a Tbsp or so not 1/2 a cup.

  • Debbie Luck

    you might want the updated version of the recipe–i was a manager for them they never put mayo in the dressing i know the recipe i worked for them from 1986 when they were owned by general mills til 2005

  • Ron

    Just because Olive Garden has oil, vinegar, and eggs in their dressing does not mean that mayo would be a substitute for that. There is definitely NO mayo in the OG recipe.

    • stephaniemanley

      I appreciate that. I know we both will agree that the dressing is creamy. I used the mayonnaise to ensure the emulsification. I appreciate your comment, and you dropping by.

  • pam

    Could you come up with heart healthy, low fat, and diabetes friendly versions of your receipes?

  • pam

    Do you know of a healthy substitute for butter for the scalloped-potatoes recipe?

    • stephaniemanley

      I would try to use a little less, or perhaps you can use coconut oil instead of the butter.

  • pam

    Thank you for your videos Stephanie! They help a lot.
    A picture is worth a thousand words.

    • stephaniemanley

      Thank you Pam. I am glad you liked them.

  • pam


    Just like being at the restaurant at home!

    Absolute genius to come up with this receipe!

    • stephaniemanley

      Thank you Pam! I appreciate your kind words. I hope you enjoy many other recipes.

      • pam

        Thank you Stephanie!

        I am planning on using your Learn to Cook series with my 12 and 1/2 year old.

        What fun it would be to eat at your house!

        We loved the Olive Garden salad dressing! It was just like eating at the restaurant at home!

        Thank you for sharing!

        You are a great cook!

        • stephaniemanley

          Thanks Pam. I hope you enjoy the Learn to Cook series, it is a lot of fun working my way though the book.

          • pam

            Thank you Stephanie.
            We are making your Olive Garden salad dressing almost every night now, and everyone is eating salad now and loving it!

            Thank you for sharing your receipies!

  • obevie

    This is not a negative comment. I have made this recipe a couple of times, thought it might be cheaper than buying the bottles at the restaurant but it’s not really and since I have an Olive Garden just one mile from home its easier than getting all the ingredients and making it so now I just buy a bottle occasionally at the restaurant (just go in and they have a counter where you can buy it). Then all I have to get at the store are the salad ingredients. Easy peasey!!! If you love cooking and spending time in the kitchen and usually keep these ingredients on hand then it is fully as good as if not exactly the same as Olive Garden’s.

    • stephaniemanley

      Thank you very much. I am glad you find the salad dressing a good substitute for the real deal. I also know some places other than the Olive Garden now sells the salad dressing, I believe Sam Club, and perhaps even Wal Mart sells it by the bottle.

  • Terry Tang

    Olive Garden does NOT put mayonnaise in their salad dressing, and no halfway decent restaurant would cook with it.

  • Mike

    This recipe is delicious! Don’t be fooled by the mayonnaise and the color. Cut back on the vinegar slightly. I added a table spoon of sugar and 2 tsp of veg oil because I started with too much vinegar. Start with 1/4 cup and add more to taste. Also add a couple of tsp of salt and boom! To die for….

  • Spy_Katcher

    I have tried so many recipes including this one and none are closer that my own copykat.


    3/8 cup of lemon juice
    1/4 c white vinegar
    2 splenda packets
    1/2 tsp balsamic vinegar
    1 tsp salt
    1/2 tsp garlic powder
    2 tbs romano cheese
    1 package Good Seasons Italian dressing mix
    1/4 cup 2% milk
    3/4 cup canola oil

    Mix all of the ingredients well except the oil then whisk in the oil or, put all the ingredients except the oil in a Good Seasons container, shake well, add the oil and shake again. Let it set in the fridge at least a day to allow the cheese and other ingredients to merge.

    This recipe is close but there still is a distinctive flavor missing. I hope to figure it out some day…..

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  • Syrup

    Just tried it, it was delicious. Thank you!!!

  • disqus_g6ZPIzlr0W

    I just tried this because I’ve been madly craving an Olive Garden salad. Followed the recipe exactly and it came out way too tart/sour, unfortunately. It ends up with a very watery consistency and what I felt was an overly strong vinegar bite and the color comes out like a milky white color. I ended up putting in probably a tablespoon of sugar to cut the intense vinegar bite…it was better then. Honestly haven’t been to OG in a while but this didn’t have the lightly oily consistency I remember…this version seems much more liquidy so I would suggest maybe a little less vinegar and maybe a tad more oil? Overall, it’s not awful and the aftertaste really is pretty close….I used the proper salad ingredients, so it tasted close enough to make me happy and satisfy my craving. Thank you!

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