Olive Garden Salad Dressing the Traditional Foods Way

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I’ll pass on the high fructose corn syrup in my salad dressing, thankyouverymuch.

In fact, I’ll make my own!

Here is an AMAZINGLY addictive HEALTHY take on Olive Garden’s irresistable salad dressing!

Olive Garden Salad the Traditional Foods Way


  • 1/2 c.  mayonnaise  preferably homemade
  • 1/3 c. white wine vinegar
  • 1 tsp. olive oil
  • 2 tb. honey
  • 2 tb. each of grated Parmesan cheese and Romano cheese
  • 1 clove of garlic crushed
  • 1/2 tsp. Italian Seasoning
  • 1/2 tsp. parsley
  • 1 Tb. lemon juice
  • dash of salt and pepper


  1. Pulse all ingredients in a blender until thoroughly combined and cheeses are finely minced.  Drizzle over a green salad to taste and voila! No preservatives or corn syrup here!



Recommended salad toppings:

  • diced tomatoes
  • thin sliced purple/red onions
  • homemade croutons
  • pepperoncinis
  • grated Parmesan cheese

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10 Responses to “Olive Garden Salad Dressing the Traditional Foods Way”
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  1. warning: Its ADDICTIVE! 🙂 – kelsi

  2. Would it taste okay with balsamic vinegar? Thanks for sharing this at Natural Mother’s Seasonal Celebration Sunday! x

  3. I’ve tried it once with balsamic, and it’s good, but a completely different twist because the balsamic over powers a lot of the other flavors and is the dominant taste. it’s not bad, but totally different than the original recipe. White wine vinegar has such a light taste that it just adds a twang to the taste, but the predominant flavors are the cheeses and Italian Seasoning. If you try it let me know what you think! -kelsi

  4. Alice

    I made this and it was delicious! Thanks so much for posting it! I had to substitute the Parm cheese with feta cheese because that’s all I had on hand and it still tasted delicious.

  5. Mmm. I used just 1/4 cup white wine vinegar, and added 2 tablespoons of sour cream. Thank you for a new favorite!

  6. Tammy

    This sounds delicious! I can’t wait to make it!

  7. This looks fantastic! I’ve pinned it and I’ll definitely be trying it out. 🙂 Thank you!