I find it just as easy, more tasty and far more economical to make my own salad dressing. The salad dressing at Olive Garden is probably my husband’s favorite. I actually found this by accident when I went looking for a new homemade dressing to make to complement a meal I was making for a friend after surgery. The week 22 recipe in the 52 Week New Recipe Challenge is a copycat version of Olive Garden’s salad dressing. My husband, the expert on this dressing, was pleasantly surprised.
Olive Garden Salad Dressing (Copycat Version)
1 packet Good Season’s Italian Dressing Mix
3/4 cup canola oil
1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons white vinegar
1/4 cup water
1/2 teaspoon sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon fresh cracked pepper
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 tablespoon real mayonnaise (not Miracle Whip)
Combine all ingredients in a glass jar with a tight-fitting lid. Shake vigorously, holding lid, until all ingredients are thoroughly combined. Use immediately or store in the refrigerator until ready to serve. Shake before serving.
Yield: 1 1/2 cups