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Olive Garden Salad Dressing

This homemade copycat Olive Garden Salad Dressing tastes even better than the original and the bottled stuff! It works great in pasta salads and as a marinade too!

A CREAMY ITALIAN DRESSING RECIPE

I think one of my favorite things to do is to recreate my favorite restaurant meals at home, like with this Olive Garden Salad Dressing. I always say that even though recipes can sometimes come close to those restaurant favorites, I will never say it tastes exactly like what you get in the restaurant but we can get the taste pretty darn close. Also, I know you can totally buy this stuff in the grocery store now but I promise you that this version will taste WAY better.

Copycat Olive Farden Salad and dressing recipe.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

So I prepare the dressing mix first then add all of the other ingredients?

Yes. First you are going to prepare the packet of Good Seasons Italian Dressing just like it tells you to do on the back of the packet. Then you will take that prepared dressing and add the other ingredients listed below to turn this into Olive Garden Salad Dressing.

How can I turn this salad into a whole meal?

If you want the full Olive Garden experience then serve this with my Olive Garden Breadsticks and Olive Garden Pasta e Fagioli or Zuppa Toscana!

What other ways can I use this dressing?

This dressing is delicious in pasta salads and as a chicken marinade!

How do I store leftover dressing?

Store unused dressing in a sealed container in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks. Be sure to give the bottle a good shake before using.  

Where do I find the Good Seasons Italian dressing Mix in the store?

If you’ve never seen Good Seasons Italian Dressing before, you can usually find it down the aisle in your grocery store where all the other salad dressings are. The packets are usually near where they keep the packets of ranch dressing. Most stores carry the boxed sets that also come with the salad dressing cruet. See my ingredient image below for reference.

How do I put together the whole Olive Garden style salad?

You will need:
–   1 bag of iceberg lettuce mix
–   6-8 pepperoncini peppers
–   6 ounces of whole black olives
–   ½ red onion, sliced into rings
–   1 Roma tomato, sliced
–   1 cup of croutons
–   ½-1 cup of parmesan cheese, freshly grated
Add the lettuce to a large salad bowl then add the peppers, olives, onion slices, tomatoes, croutons and parmesan to the salad. Drizzle the salad dressing over top and toss to combine, then serve.

a measuring cup of Olive Garden Salad dressing on a tray with a salad in the background.

INGREDIENTS NEEDED: (SEE RECIPE CARD BELOW FOR THE FULL RECIPE)

Good Seasonings Italian Dressing, Italian Seasoning, table salt, black pepper, sugar, garlic powder, mayonnaise, olive oil, white vinegar, water.

HOW TO MAKE OLIVE GARDEN SALAD DRESSING

Prepare Good Seasonings Italian Seasonings Dressing as it states on back of packet.

Good Seasonings Packet Italian Dressing - picture of directions to make.

The packet makes just a small bit of dressing. Once prepared, pour dressing in a medium bowl. Then whisk in additional ingredients listed above (starting with the dried Italian Seasoning.)  

Using a whisk, mix all ingredients until mixed thoroughly combined.

At this point you pour it into a container with a lid. Mason jars also work well for this or pour it over your salad and enjoy!

pouring Olive Garden Salad dressing over a salad in a bowl.

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Originally published: January 2012
Updated photos & republished: June 2019

Olive Garden Salad Dressing recipe.

Olive Garden Salad Dressing Recipe

This homemade copycat Olive Garden Salad Dressing tastes even better than the original. It works great in pasta salads and as a marinade too! 
4.93 from 27 votes
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Prep Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 12

Ingredients

  • 1 packet Good Seasonings Italian Dressing
  • Ingredients needed to make dressing; oil, water & vinegar
  • ½ teaspoon dried Italian Seasoning
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • ½ teaspoon sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ tablespoon mayonnaise
  • ¼ cup light extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons white vinegar
  • 1 ½ tablespoons water

Instructions

  • In a bowl, prepare Good Seasonings Italian Seasonings Dressing as it states on back of package (mixing with oil, water & vinegar in the measurements given on packet)
  • Once prepared, add the rest of the ingredients listed to the bowl
  • Using a whisk, mix all ingredients until mixed thoroughly combined.
  • Serve with your favorite salad fixings.

Video

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Notes

  • Store unused dressing in a sealed container in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks. Be sure to give the bottle a good shake before using.
Course: Salad
Cuisine: American

Nutrition

Calories: 46kcal | Fat: 4g | Sodium: 100mg

Nutritional Disclaimer

“The Country Cook” is not a dietician or nutritionist, and any nutritional information shared is an estimate. If calorie count and other nutritional values are important to you, we recommend running the ingredients through whichever online nutritional calculator you prefer. Calories and other nutritional values can vary quite a bit depending on which brands were used.

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Recipe Credit: Barenaked Chef

 

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136 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    Worked at Olive Garden for years. They take premade Italian dressing and add raw eggs and parm cheese to make it their own. Your addition of mayo makes up for the eggs.

  2. I made this this morning, and it is absolutely FANTASTIC! Thank you SO much for posting this! I've been trying to find a way to get myself to eat salds for a while, I just never feel full after, but I've always loved the Olive Garden dressing. I'll definitely be using this in the future!

  3. I made this dressing last night. I used part of the batch on a green salad (which was wonderful), and the rest on pasta salad. I believe it is one of the best pasta salads I have ever made! Thank you so much for yet another great recipe!

  4. I have made your dressing twice now and the whole family LOVES this dressing!! My husband who is notorious for only eating the TOP layer of his salad (aka where all the good stuff is) actually cleans his plate if he has this dressing. He told me tonight to never buy dressing again! Thanks a million for sharing this!!

  5. Looks great! This is my favorite part about going to Olive Garden. Just pass me some salad and breadsticks 🙂 Krista @ A Handful of Everything

  6. I made this salad dressing tonight and it was wonderful. It tasted just live Olive Gardens and my family loved it.

  7. I live in Toronto, Canada and they have closed all of Olive Garden's years ago. I loved that place, I will try this dressing to revive the memories. Lois

  8. We love Olive Garden dressing. Does the Good Seasoning packet have MSG in it? I just decided to start making my own dressings today when I saw the ingredients on the store bought bottle.

    1. I just looked at the back of one of the packets of Good Seasons dressing mix and do not see MSG as one of the ingredients. Hope that helps!

    1. I'm sorry I don't have an answer for you. I think there are programs you can use online that help you to figure out calorie counts as well as fat grams. Someone told me about a weight watchers program online that does it but I'm sorry that I don't have a link for you. Maybe someone on here will be able to help!

    2. the basic recipe on the package is about 130/2 tblsp. However you can make it with less oil which I did, Leaving out 1/4 cup of oil.
      I would guess with the added mayo it would be about that or less.
      When I get around to it I will figure it out exactly

      ETA based on a 1/8 cup serving using reducing oil (as on packet) I came up with 80 cals

  9. Love this salad dressing! We don't have an Olive Garden but this gives me my fix! I like to cut raw vegies (carrots, celery, cucumber etc.) add dressing and feta cheese. I have that as a salad at least once or twice a week.

    1. Thank you! And thanks for taking the time to come back and let me know how it turned out for you!

    1. You mix the packet up first according to the packet directions. Then you add the additional ingredients above to it.

  10. Hi. I made this a couple weeks ago and it was delicious. I added a little extra something (can't remember) by mistake and it was still yumm yumm yummy!! Can't wait to try your other recipes. Gracias!!

  11. I made this recipe.. It was amazing! However, when I refrigerated it for one night it got all hard and crusty. It was in the door, so it's not in the coldest place of the fridge. It needs to be refrigerated because of the mayo, but is there anyway to keep it liquidy? I want to be able to use this more than once. 🙁

    1. That's because of the olive oil that's in it. Jut put it out on the counter for a few minutes for it to warm up a tad and it will be easily pourable in minutes Hope that helps. So happy you like this recipe! 🙂

  12. Made this today and i must say this comes pretty darn close to the real thing. I cant wait for my husband to taste it 🙂

  13. I worked at Olive Garden for ONE day back in 1980. A new restaurant was opening so we were to have a week of training. I quit because I didn't want to have to sing the "Hospitaliano" song that they used to make their employees sing, I think for birthdays since I can't sing…however, they told us that day that the dressing is made using Wishbone Italian and doctored up with egg and other seasonings. That was before it came out that raw eggs were going to kill you, so not sure if they went to the mayo or still use eggs. I never noticed a difference if they changed it. I use Good Seasons all the time so I can't wait to try this.

  14. I am so happy to have found your blog and this recipe!!! I made it tonight and it is absolutely so close to Olive Garden's dressing. My husband loved it too!!! Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!!

  15. I just made this dressing for dinner tonight and it was so close to OG's. My husband loved it. Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!!!I am so happy;)

  16. I don't know if y'all have ever tried adding ranch to the salad along with the Italian dressing but it is an amazing flavor!

  17. My guys (husband and grown boys) who eat nothing but ranch dressing) DEVOURED this! It was yummy and I appear like superwoman after a 12 hour day. Yep, I'm that mom. Pinterest makes me look like I can cook fabulously.. Tee hee hee

  18. Excellent recipe! In my early 20's I worked as a sou chef in a high end Italian resteraunt (locally owned, non franchise) Quite a few of our finer chefs tried to emulate the olive gardens Italian dressing recipe, none came as close as yours. I found the recipe and made it at home, my wide and two year old are infatuated with it!! Thank you, good work and congrats on your successful blog

  19. Anonymous – yes. You make the package exactly the way the instructions state on the back. Then add all the additional ingredients listed above to it.

  20. on the recipe for the Olive Garden salad
    dressing do you use the oil amount on the packet and an additional 1/4 cup?

  21. This is a great recipe. Not exactly Olive Garden but just as good. I use fresh garlic and add fresh grated parmesan cheese to the dressing. I also use less olive oil. Now I can get my salad fix anytime.