Olive Garden Salad Dressing – Copycat

Olive Garden is known for its salads. The salad and the Olive Garden salad dressing are served with every meal. Their cold, crisp salad is hard to beat, and you can make this recipe anytime when you have the copycat Olive Garden Salad Dressing whenever you want.

Homemade Italian salad dressing on a salad next to a basket with rolls..

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What makes the Olive Garden Salad dressing so good? 

I don’t know about you, but I love the Olive Garden Soup and salad combination. The hard part is deciding between the Zuppa Toscana and the Pasta e Fagioli, but you know what isn’t hard? Digging into their crispy salad. It has the perfect balance of flavors. Their take on Italian dressing has the perfect combination of herbs, tartness, and sweetness.

Ingredients you will need to make the homemade Olive Garden Salad dressing

First, gather all the ingredients. Here’s what you need:

  • Mayonnaise – I prefer Hellman’s or Duke’s
  • White vinegar
  • Vegetable oil – you could use extra virgin olive oil, they do not use olive oil
  • Light corn syrup – this gives the salad dressing the right texture 
  • Grated Parmesan cheese
  • Grated Romano cheese
  • Garlic powder or 1 garlic clove
  • Dried Italian seasoning
  • Dried parsley flakes
  • Lemon juice
ingredients to make homemade copycat olive garden dressing

How to Make Olive Garden Salad Dressing at Home

It doesn’t get much easier than this to make this salad. If you do not have a blender, grab a bowl and a whisk. Or you could put all of the ingredients and place them in a jar, fasten a lid, and shake vigorously. 

  • Place all ingredients in a blender until well mixed. If this is a little too tart for your personal taste, add a little extra sugar.

How long does homemade Olive Garden dressing last?

You can enjoy your Olive Garden salad dressing for about ten days if stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

Other uses for Italian salad dressing

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. This salad dressing also makes a great dressing for your favorite pasta salad. 

What do you need to make an Olive Garden Salad? 

Now you have your dressing, but what else do you need to make it complete. I love making a salad at home, this way I get to add all of the tomatoes and croutons I want. Here is what you will need. 

  • Iceberg lettuce
  • Romane lettuce
  • Red onion
  • Pepperoncinis 
  • Black olives 
  • Roma tomatoes 

You can get the exact portions right there Olive Garden Salad.

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 Applebee’s Dressing for Oriental Chicken Salad? This is a terrific way to bring the taste of a restaurant home with this recipe.


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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Homemade copycat Olive Garden Salad Dressing and a salad.

Olive Garden Salad Dressing Copycat

Recreate the Olive Garden Salad dressing at home.   
4.58 from 33 votes
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Course: Salad
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: Homemade salad dressing, Olive Garden Salad Dressing Recipe
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 10
Calories: 102kcal


  • 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


  • 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.
  • Store dressing in an airtight container.



Calories: 102kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 0g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 6mg | Sodium: 101mg | Fiber: 0g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 15IU | Vitamin C: 0.6mg | Calcium: 23mg | Iron: 0.1mg

About Stephanie Manley

I recreate your favorite restaurant recipes, so you can prepare these dishes at home. I help you cook dinner, and serve up dishes you know your family will love. You can find most of the ingredients for all of the recipes in your local grocery store.

Stephanie is the author of CopyKat.com's Dining Out in the Home, and CopyKat.com's Dining Out in the Home 2.

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Reader Interactions


  1. Heidi

    5 stars
    I’ve made this quite a few times over the years. Even with a few variations substituting the corn syrup for honey, using olive oil for vegetable oil, and fresh lemon, garlic and parsley. It WAS a hit at my dinner parties. I miss entertaining 🙁

  2. Lorraine

    5 stars
    Great recipe! Thank you so much! I did find it a bit sour, so the second time I made it with only 1/4 vinegar and it was perfect. I also made a few substitutions because I was missing some ingredients (replaced parsley with more Italian seasoning, replaced Romano cheese with more Parmesan, and used maple syrup instead of corn syrup).

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