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Ingredients at Firehouse Pantry

Salad Dressing like Olive Garden's
Everyone's favorite salad brought home.

Prep. Time: 1:20
Serves: 12

1/2 cup distilled white vinegar
1 tsp.
lemon juice
2 Tbls. beaten egg (see Notes, below)
1/3 cup water
1/3 cup vegetable oil
1/4 cup corn syrup
3 Tbls. grated Romano cheese
2 Tbls. dry, unflavored pectin (see Notes, below)
1 1/4 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. fresh minced garlic
1/4 tsp. dried parsley
1 pinch dried oregano
1 pinch red pepper flakes

Ingredients at Firehouse Pantry

-Pour the vinegar, lemon juice, and egg into a blender; blend for 10 seconds, then allow to rest for 10 minutes.
-Add remaining ingredients to blender and blend on low speed for 30 seconds.
-Chill at least 1 hour before serving, the longer the better.

Mixing the raw egg with vinegar and lemon juice will kill any Salmonella present. You can also buy pasteurized eggs at many supermarkets. Pectin can be found in most supermarkets near the Jell-O or with the Mason jars; it is used as an emulsifier, to keep the mixture from separating.

Serving Suggestions: Serve this dressing over mixed greens or use as a marinade for your favorite meat.

Make It A Meal: Serve the dressing on a salad along side Fettuccini Alfredo like Olive Garden's.

Visitor Comments

  • I've made this recipe plenty of times without the egg or the pectin (which can be hard to find in some places) and although it's a little on the thin side, it's still totally tasty.

  • Great copy ; easy to make

  • I tried this... had to go out and buy my some of the stuff cuz I am not much of a cook it was cheaper for me to buy the dressing for 3.50 a bottle. Just ask the waitress. I buy it all the time now.

  • have tried this recipe and love it!! really is like the olive garden's recipe!! i enjoyed it very much as did my company (who were asking for the recipe! ;) thank you!

  • I just love y;our site. I have wanted the recipe for the dressing at Olive Garden for years. Thank you. It is just like it!!!

  • This recipe is delicious and can easily make modifications to suit your personal taste or creative tendencies.

  • Use egg beaters egg-substitute in place of the raw eggs in the recipe. Egg beaters will give the same results and normally have a longer shelf life than fresh eggs.

  • This is a great recipe. I used it at a party and everyone loved it. They all thought I went and bought it from the Olive Garden. It was very easy to put together, it just takes a little time.

  • i made this salad dressing and it was nothing like olive garden's.i was disappointed.on the other hand the dressing was good.very disappointing.

  • Try ⅛ tsp. xanthan gum in place of pectin and egg. Xanthan gum is used in almost all commercially prepared salad dressings as a thicking agent. Also, use ⅛ tsp. vitamin C powder as a preservative.

  • I have found that just using Newman's Own Italian dressing and adding a good bit of grated parmesan and a little mayo to thicken it comes out just as good too and is much quicker! My family thought I had gone to Olive Garden and brought salad dressing home!

  • This tastes nothing like Olive Garden's dressing. It's a very good vinegrette, but not OG at all. If you don't add pectin or egg you can put it in a spritz bottle and spritz the salad instead. It's pretty tasty.

  • Oh yeah, I completely forgot to add the vegetable oil to the dressing, but my husband said it didn't need it. He was very impressed. Thanks!

  • I did the recipe exactly as stated and it turned out very very close. The only alteration I would make is for the cheese. I added 2 1/2 Tbsp. grated Digiorno Romano cheese and I thought that was a bit much. It ended up giving the dressing a grainy texture. Next time I will use 2 Tbsp. or none at all. It tasted and even smelled like Olive Garden's dressing before I even added the cheese. I also used McCormick's minced garlic dried spice instead of the minced garlic in a jar. Could that be why some people thought the recipe wasn't at all like Olive Gardens? My husband went for thirds of salad and my 5 and under kids loved it. This recipe comes highly recommended in our household!

  • This is PERFECT! I kept finding other recipes online calling for MAYO as an ingredient. I made that one and it was great, but nothing like Olive Garden. This one is just about it... I did have to add a few teaspoons of sugar though, because it was too tart. Wonderful! Thanks so much! I wont be purchasing dressing anymore ;)

  • I went thru the Culinary program and one of my instructors used to be a Manager for Olive Garden. He said they used regular bottled Italian dressing and added the cheese and spices to that. It'd be alot easier to do it that way than by scratch!!

  • This tastes exactly like the Olive Garden's Dressing! I have passed this recipe along to many people and everyone agrees.

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