CopyCat Recipe: Olive Garden Dressing

I’ve made quite  a few “copycat” recipes, most of those not quite up to snuff.  The same went for a recent Olive Garden Dressing I made.  I should have known when it began with a bottled dressing, but I gave it a try.  Finally, I combined a recipe I found with a cruet of Italian Dressing that I prepared from 2 envelopes of Good Seasonings, and I had my dressing!

FOR YOU EXPERIENCED COOKS, HERE’S THE QUICK VERSION:

MAKE 2 ENVELOPES OF GOOD SEASONS ITALIAN DRESSING.  MAKE THIS RECIPE AND MIX THE GOOD SEASONS ITALIAN DRESSING YOU HAVE PREPARED WITH IT.

Still don’t get it?  Just go below, I’ve combine all the ingredients you will need in one place:

Italian Dressing

  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 3/4 cup white wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon dried Italian spices
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon mayonnaise
  • 9 tablespoons water (that’s 1/2 cup + 1 Tablespoon)
  • 2 envelopes Good Seasons Italian Dressing Mix (each envelope is .7 oz)
  1. Combine all ingredients in a blender on high until combined, about 30 seconds.
  2. Pour into small bowl and cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.
  3. Stir before serving.
  4. Yes,yes, it makes a ton of dressing.  Put it in the fridge, you’ll drink it later.
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179 thoughts on “CopyCat Recipe: Olive Garden Dressing

      • No its saying the Italian
        dressing mix. Look in the dressing isle of your groceries store and you will see small packets of Italian dressing seasons.

    • What is so difficult to understand folks??? She clearly states “2 envelopes of Italian dressing….”, get it? Envelopes! NOT bottles!

  1. Ok, I’m not following step 4. Buy 2 bottles of hidden valley italian dressing (do they make something other than ranch?) and add them to all the other ingredients you listed? What size bottles? Sorry if it’s obvious and I’m not getting it.

    • Here is what she is saying: The Italian dressing listed in the recipie comes in a packet. It is just the dried herbs. SHe wants you to prepare that dressing ilke it says on the box. Then add it to the other ingredients. Does that make sense? Let me know.

  2. I am not sure I your directions..Do you add an envelope of dry dressing or a bottle of Italian dressing ? Thanks

  3. Do you mean just add two powdered packets to this mix, or make the whole powdered recipe and then add that to this recipe. Did that even make sense? Thanks

  4. I just made this over the weekend for my son and his homecoming date and friends….and it was AMAZING!!!! We have found our new favorite salad dressing recipe!! Thank you for sharing!!

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  6. Can you tell me what kind of vinegar you use when you make the good seasons packet? It just says “vinegar”……..white wine vinegar, distilled white, apple cider? anything?

  7. Thanks so much. I made it before sending the message with olive oil, and I thought it was still good, just a little overpowering….Next time I will definately make it your way! Thanks again! Declicious!

  8. I live in England, and Im pregnant and have been craving olive garden for some time… unfortunately I cant find packets of italian dressing (as its not as popular here), and the closest I can get is Newmans Own Italian dressing in a bottle… Is there anything I can subsitute to make it close? Everything else I can get except the prepared packets. Any suggestions would be great, as im desperate at the moment. Sad I know. lol

  9. I’m going to try this recipe this coming week with some copy-cat gnocchi soup–but I’m going to divide it in half (which doesn’t look difficult at all) and instead of using the packaged italian dressing mix, I’m going to try it with some I’ve made myself. :) Hope it’s close to the same thing–I don’t have Olive Garden near me anymore and I miss their salads!

  10. Thank you so much for the recipe! It was great! I for some odd reason had no Italian seasoning so I threw in some basil, oragano, and thyme in there in it’s place and it was delish! I pared the salad with some fast Amy’s Harty Veggie soup and we felt like we were at The OG!

  11. Hi! we love olive garden! Im sooo trying this.. but what do u mean when u say..dried italian spices??? Where and how so i buy them?

    • Camila, The dried Italian Spices are just a blend of dried herbs, mixed together in one jar. Basil, tarragon, oregano, etc. I find mine in the spice aisle of the grocery store.

  12. This recipe was spot on! I sent a jar to my grandma who loves Olive Garden and she was thrilled! I only left out the mayo because I can’t stomach the stuff :)

  13. You know, we sell our dressing at Olive Garden for $4.65. Skip the hassle and just have the original. You can even bring home some Tiramisu!
    Olive Garden – When You’re Here, You’re Family!

  14. I made this tonight to use tomorrow for lunch. Haven’t tasted it yet but the color came out more white than yellow. Is this normal?

  15. to eliminate confusion how this for a rewrite of the recipe?:

    2 envelopes Good Seasons Italian dressing
    1 1/2 c. olive oil
    3/4 c. white wine vinegar
    1 tsp. Italian seasoning
    1 tsp. salt
    1 tsp. black pepper (or more or less to taste)
    1 tsp. sugar
    1/2 tsp. garlic powder
    1 tbsp mayonnaise
    1/2c. plus 1 tbsp. water

    Combine all ingredients in blender; process till smooth.

    There you go. BTW, LOVE the dressing. Thanks!

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  17. Made this according to Judy’s post….very good dressing, but still not quite Olive garden dressing. I may tweak the seasonings, and the mayo next time around. Keep at it, If I could make something like Olive garden…I’d be set…

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  19. I love the dressing. Even my four year olds were amazed. They said it is delicious!!! Lol. Salad was gobbled right up :)) for no olive garden on island this is perfect!

    • Sorry you didn’t find it so, it tastes very similar to my Olive Garden’s Dressing. Two people have commented that their Olive Garden uses 2 ingredients only: Wishbone Italian Dressing and parmesan cheese. I tried it and it did NOT taste like our OG dressing. So, perhaps there is a difference in recipes that varies by restaurant?

      • Don’t get me wrong, it’s a great dressing and everyone here loved it! It was just different from our OG’s dressing. We’ll have to try the Wishbone and cheese.

      • Olive Garden doesn’t make their dressing in the restaurant and it is most definitely not wishbone dressing and cheese. It does have cheese in it, and I would guess that it is grated romano since that is what they grate on food and use mostly. I work at an OG and I can’t imagine any store that would be different. We are the largest in the country and all of our dressing comes in pre-made. It comes in bags for the actual salads, and we have bottles and togo dressings as well.

  20. I have worked at olive garden for two years now and at two separate ones and wishbone italian dressing is most definitely not used on the salads. Unless there is a shortage until the truck brings more. But it comes packaged in big bags of dressing other than the retail bottles.

  21. wether is tastes just like olive garden or not (I cannot remember, it has been so long since I have been to one)….it is FANTASTIC!!!! made it this morning for dinner tonight and dipped my finger in there to test it. cannot wait to have it tonight with our italian dinner. I think this might become a staple in our fridge :)

  22. From topsecretrecipes.com

    Olive Garden Salad Dressing

    1/2 cup of white vinegar
    1/3 cup water
    1/3 cup veg. oil
    1/4 cup of corn syrup
    2 1/2 Tbs grated romano cheese
    2 Tbs pectin ( makes dressing thicker)
    2 Tbs of beaten egg
    1 1/4 tsp salt
    1 tsp lemon juice
    1/2 tsp minced garlic
    1/4 tsp dried parsley flakes
    pinch of dried oregano
    pinch of crushed red pepper flakes

    Combine with mixer med speed or blender low speed 30 sec. Chill at least 1 hr.

    Salad- iceberg and romaine lettace, shredded carrots, purple cabbage, black olives, roma. tomato, peperoncinis, thin sliced red onions, croutons and parm. cheese.

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  25. The “topsecret” recipe could not be correct. It has raw egg in it and a restaurant would not be allowed to serve it without cooking.

  26. Oh man this is an AMAZING recipe!!! LOVE IT. SUPER SUPER SUPER close to the Olive Garden recipe! I will never buy dressing again from the store. THANK YOU SO MUCH!

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  28. All I have on hand is white distilled vinegar. Can i use that instead of the white wine vinegar? Not sure if it would make a big difference??

    -Thanks in advance-

  29. Did you use 2 small or 2 large packets of the Italian dressing mix? My store has both, so I wasn’t sure. Also I found a copy cat recipe for the OG salad and OG breadsticks, which you might think of adding to this post. If so, do a search on Pinterest, that’s where I found them. Thanks for the dressing post!

  30. OMG what is wrong with you people. Nowhere in the recipe does she say Hidden Valley bottled dressing. Has common sense completely been lost. The directions couldn’t of been more straight forward.

  31. Tried this tonight….It is very good!! Very close to Olive Garden Dressing. I didnt measure the mayo and might use a tad less when i make the next batch…and I will make another batch. Thank you so much for sharing this recipe.

    • I am so glad you liked this recipe, Carrie! My family is nuts over it, especially when I make it and add a little feta cheese to the salad. That’s not like Olive Garden’s but we love it!

  32. Found this recipe through pinterest and made it this past weekend for dinner with friends and everyone LOVED it – tasted just like Olive Garden! Thanks for the great recipe!

      • Amen!!!! LOL!!! I am making it all the time we just love it. I gave some to my neighbor and she wanted the recipe!!!! it may not be exact but it is close enough for me.

  33. Very good dressing and I had no problems following the recipe and or instructions. Thank you so much for sharing. It is our go to dressing even on pasta salad. Love it and laughed a lot at most of the comments.

  34. I just made the dressing, but too much salt. 1 teaspoon of salt is too much. I had to add more oil and pepper to the recipe.

  35. Just made this today for a group Bible study and I know they will be happy! It looks, smell and taste delicious!!! I know some are saying to just pick up a bottle at Olive Garden but for the price of one bottle I can make 2 and give one as a gift. Anyone would love this. Thanks for sharing.

  36. Love this dressing:-) Just made it today & I halfed the recipe, very easy and definitely worth the time. Next time I make it I will just mix all ingredients together at one time though! Thanks for sharing!

  37. It’s been awhile since I have had Olive Garden dressing so I can’t remember EXACTLY how it tastes but this recipe sure is good!! It has to be awfully close in taste anyway. Thanks for the great recipe!

  38. Just made this for the first time. Had to use Red Wine Vinegar instead of White Wine Vinegar and also used some Agave Nectar instead of sugar and still WOW. With the lettuce, tomatoes, red onions and some Parmesan cheese I was blown away! Great job! Thanks for the recipe!

  39. Where did you purchase the bottle and Olive Garden Logo?
    Did you purchase a bottle dressing from them and then concocked your own recipe?

    • Leslie, that is simply a picture I found on the internet, NOT what I made. The actual dressing is lighter in color. Next time I make it again, I will remember to take a picture and post it here so you can see what it actually looks like.

  40. Thank you, Suzanne. I made this for my Olive Garden salad-loving husband and he was impressed! I halved the recipe and dumped everything in the blender as I went along. Tastes fantastic! It’s a keeper!

  41. I recently tried this recipe and was very pleased with the results. It is pretty darn close to Olive Garden, enough to satisfy my craving for it anyways. From some previous guesses at what OG really does I would guess the mayo takes the place of eggs, which is fine with me as this was super simple to make.

  42. OMG…you weren’t kidding when you said you’ll drink it!! lol I LOVE this stuff! I can’t stop eating salad. Only ate at Olive Garden once and loved the salad and to me this tastes just like it.

  43. I’ll probably try the recipe. The most fun out of ur post tho was just realizing just how friggin stupid people can be. Your directions were perfectly clear.

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  45. I’ve worked at Olive Garden, and actually made/bottled the dressing. The ingredients are “somewhat” close, but NO CIGAR !!! ….Ever heard of Green Goddess dressing? …”that” and a number of other things need to be added. Good Season’s Italian Dressing Mix IS NOT part of it!

    • Oh, any further hints you want to give us, Guy??? Some others who worked at Olive Garden told us it was Wishbone dressing and Romano cheese. That really didn’t taste like it to me.

  46. Crap! You changed the recipe on us! lol I have made this recipe a few times before. So I knew to pre-make my italian dressing packs. After I did I started to add all the ingredients you had listed. Didn’t realize until the very end that your new version doesn’t say to make the packet ahead. :-( I just wasted tons of oil.

    • No, nothing about the ingredients changed! I just got my packets out and put all the ingredients in one place. I don’t know what the heck to do, if I keep it the old way, people complain that it is too hard to follow, if I keep it this way, people get confused. HELP!!!

      • Susan just breath. its ok!! It a wonderful dressing. And there just cant be any more questions to ask. Heaven forbid just get the oil and vinegar out girls and mix it up!!! Oh yes and water and it can come from a bottle or just turn on the faucet!!

      • Lol I know no the ingredients didn’t change. I just started to make my seasoning packets… and THEN started to add the ingredients you had listed. It is a great recipe… I was just use to the way you had it written before! lol

  47. Would have loved to try your recipe, but the background made your blog really hard to read and was kind of “dizzying” to look at. Just some constructive criticism.

      • I don’t know what Allison is talking about, I have no trouble reading your blog. You know, you can’t please everyone all the time! So, don’t worry about it, more people like the recipe than not. Yay, you!

  48. Found this on pinterest. Just made it and it is yummy. Now I need the garlic bread-sticks to go with it. LOL. Thanks for the recipe.

  49. This is fabulous!!! Thanks so much for posting. I too found this on Pinterest. I have made it twice now. I did make a few small changes though. I used all Olive oil and no vegetable oil, fat free mayo, and Stevia in place of sugar. I will never buy Italian dressing again…awesome!!! Thanks again! Kim : )

    • Hi Michelle! Thanks for popping over, I hope you enjoy the dressing. I’m going to pop over to your blog now and see what you’ve got cookin’! Thanks for stopping by :)

  50. Made this tonight!! It was awesome! :) I added a little parm. cheese and it tasted so close to the original!! :) Hubby said it was a hit too!

  51. Hi Suzanne, Just made this dressing, added some parm cheese and some of the juice from a jar of those peppers they put in their salad. Oh YUM! Thanks for posting the recipe!

  52. I just tried your recipe. I have an open bottle of OG’s dressing, so I used the ingredients you suggested and referenced the bottle. It listed lemon juice & parm cheese, which I added. I made 2 batches, first with the olive oil, but I thought it was a bit much, so the second batch I just used vegetable oil, & I am very happy with it. You’re onto a good thing. since buying the dressing at the restaurant is about $6.00/bottle. Thanks so much! (The lemon juice gave it a noticeable brightness.

    • Hi! How much lemon juice & parmasan did you add? Could you please be specific as I am not a very good chef. Please can you also state if your quantities are based on the full recipe or half of it…as I have seen a few people have halved the recipe. Thank you so much in advance!

  53. Hi there! I’m really looking forward to trying this recipe! Just a quick question…a few people have mentioned whether to use olive oil or vegetable oil. You said you tried olive oil & it was a bit too much so then you tried the vegetable oil & it was much better. I have read a few people say something similar. In your recipe you call for olive oil & vegetable oil – should I be using both, just as the recipe says? This may seem so obvious to some people, but I’m a little bit unsure. I’d really appreciate it if you could please confirm this. Thank you in advance!

    • Hi Aimee,

      I make my recipe *exactly* as written here. Comes out great. I use it on a salad of iceburg lettuce, tomatoes, red onion, black olives, croutons and top it all with grated romano cheese. Yum!

  54. I made this recipe today. Even though I had to substitute for the white wine vinegar (I used 1/2 cup red wine vinegar and 1/4 cup lemon juice with just a dash of lime juice) it still turned out great. Thank you so much. It’s delicious!

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  62. There is anchovy paste in Olive Garden’s dressing and without it you won’t get the right flavor.
    Use 1/2-1tsp. paste and whisk in with the other ingredients. If you hadn’t put it in, you wouldn’t know it was in there but the taste would be just like the Olive Garden’s dressing you are trying to make.

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