Copycat Creamy Italian Dressing Recipe Tastes Like Olive Garden's (But Costs Less) by Donna John

Copycat Creamy Italian Dressing Recipe Tastes Like Olive Garden's (But Costs Less)

While I love my local mom and pop Italian restaurants, there's just something about Olive Garden's Italian dressing. Yes, they do sell it now at grocery stores, but there's also just something about making homemade salad dressing. This creamy Italian salad dressing recipe tastes really similar to that chain restaurant's famous dressing.

The creamy salad dressing took less than five minutes to prepare, and I had everything in my pantry or fridge to make it. Simple ingredients. Here is what you need to make this homemade Italian dressing: olive oil, white vinegar, a packet of dry Italian dressing mix, granulated sugar and mayonnaise. The ingredients are shaken together in a mason jar or whisked together in a bowl. Season with a little salt and black pepper, and it is ready for those salad greens.

This low-sodium Italian dressing is not only tasty on your favorite salad, but on pasta salad, grilled chicken, fish or shrimp, and grain salads. It would also be a delicious dip for fresh vegetables like broccoli, red peppers, cherry tomatoes or carrot sticks.

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Cuisine: Italian / American
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 0 minutes

Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 12 (makes about 1 1/3 cups)


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Recipe Notes

  • I used Good Seasons Italian dressing mix.
  • This dressing packs a vinegary punch. So if you don't like a lot of vinegar in your salad dressing, start with 1/4 cup and taste before adding more.
  • Minced fresh chives would be a great addition to the salad dressing. You could also add in some fresh minced garlic.

Here's how to make it: 

  1. Put all the ingredients into a mason jar or into a mixing bowl. Season with salt and black pepper.
  2. Shake the mason jar until well combined or whisk until smooth and creamy.

Nutrition Facts Per Serving

Calories: 155

Total Fat: 14.3g

Saturated Fat: 2.1g1

Cholesterol: 1mg

Sodium: 34mg

Total Carbohydrate: 8.5g

Dietary Fiber: 0g

Total Sugars: 8.3g

Protein: 0g

Vitamin D: 0mcg

Calcium: 0mg

Iron: 0mg

Potassium: 2mg

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Elisa Schmitz
Mmm, my mouth is watering, Donna John . I can literally taste this dressing already. So easy and delish! #yum
Nice bright pop of color and flavor on your salad.

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