You are going to love this Olive Garden Salad recipe! Just 10 minutes, and you will have an amazing restaurant quality dish at home. Packed full of flavor and texture, this is the only salad recipe you will need!
Does anyone else have an obsession with Olive Garden’s salad? The flavors and textures are so good and that dressing is out of this world! Lucky for you, I’ve got just the recipe for when you can’t make it to the restaurant!
How to Make Olive Garden Salad with Copycat Dressing
FOR THE SALAD:
Combine all salad ingredients in a large serving bowl and toss to mix.
FOR THE VINAIGRETTE:
Whisk together vinegar, mustard, oregano, Italian seasoning, red pepper flakes, sugar, salt and black pepper in a medium bowl.
Continue whisking and drizzle in the olive oil. Whisk until combined and smooth.
Place leftovers in an airtight jar and refrigerate. Shake or whisk before each use.
The dressing will keep up to 2 weeks.
Drizzle the salad with the vinaigrette and toss to coat. Serve with freshly grated or shaved Parmesan and freshly ground black pepper.
What do you serve with Olive Garden Salad?
This salad is light and flavorful and is easily paired with your favorite meals and it’s also great to serve as an appetizer. It’s my favorite salad to serve with pasta favorites you’d find at Olive Garden, like Baked Spaghetti, Stuffed Shells, or Baked Ziti. And of course you have to make some Olive Garden breadsticks!
If you want to make it into a fuller meal by itself, you can add protein to it like shredded chicken or steak.
You can serve it up as a side with any of these dishes:
- Cheesy Bruschetta Chicken
- Dutch Oven Lasagna Recipe (Stove Top Lasagna)
- Grilled Flank Steak Recipe with Cilantro Lime Steak Butter
- Grilled Salmon Fillet with Peach Salsa
What is in Olive Garden Salad?
The salad itself is fairly simple and easy to put together; three types of lettuce, black olives pepperncinis, red onions, tomatoes and croutons. It’s all finished off with parmesan and black pepper and of course, that amazing Italian salad dressing! Use the freshest and best quality ingredients you can, organic is preferable.
Can you make this ahead of time?
The salad can easily be prepared ahead of time and store it covered in the fridge, just add the salad dressing when you are ready to serve it so that the lettuce doesn’t become soggy. You can easily meal prep this salad too – just portion it and store it in airtight containers, again, separate to the dressing.
Vegetarian & vegan salad with no mayo dressing
This Olive Garden salad just needs one slight adjustment to make this vegetarian or vegan. Chose a vegetarian or vegan parmesan cheese, or omit it completely.
Top Tips to Make This Olive Garden Salad Recipe
- The dressing will keep for up to two weeks in the fridge in an airtight jar or bottle.
- If you are making the salad ahead of time, add the dressing just before serving.
- Use the freshest ingredients you can and preferably organic if possible.
- Add protein to make this a fuller meal or serve as a side or appetizer.
- If you can, be sure to make your own croutons!
Be sure to check out these other yummy and easy salad recipes!
- Easy Cucumber Salad Recipe (Cucumber Onion Salad)
- BEST Broccoli Salad (Creamy Broccoli Bacon Salad Recipe)
- Mind Blowing Grilled Corn Salad Recipe
- Green Goddess Salad
- Peruvian Chopped Salad Recipe
- Super Fresh Grilled Shrimp Salad
I am looking for a Olive Garden like salad. This salad is a good contender.
Their salad is addictive!
Recipe for salad very disappointed
Need amounts of ingredients for heavens sake
If you go to the recipe card in the post, you’ll find the measurements and ingredients!
I work at Olive Garden, and I asked my manager one day what makes our salad so special. She replied, “Nothing, it’s the same salad mixes people can pick up at Wal-Mart.”
The dressing is super yummy though!!
The salad dressing was really good. My family really enjoys it. Just an FYI: there is a typo in the “what can i serve with the salad section”…I think you meant to use the word ADD instead. LOL.
Thank you for the dressing recipe. I’ve been buying the Olive Garden Dressing T the supermarket and it’s quite expensive. Will be so nice to make my own. Thanks again. I love your recipes!
Yay, I’m so glad I could provide a cheaper solution for you!
I make Olive Garden Salad whenever I serve an Italian pasta dish. Our Olive Garden here uses only Iceberg Lettuce, not the others you mentioned. Also, they use sliced Plum Tomatoes not Cherry Tomatoes, and they don’t slice their Pepperoncini Peppers, since they use small ones. Perhaps, all of their restaurants don’t follow the same recipe….who knows? I’m going to try your salad dressing recipe, since I usually buy a bottle of theirs whenever we dine there. I have yet to meet someone who doesn’t love OG’s salad. Thank you :-)
Let me know what you think when you try it!!
I could eat Olive Garden salad all day! That copycat dressing was perfection!
Yay! Thanks for stopping by!
No joke – I go to Olive Garden JUST for their salad. Love this make at home version of it!
Who doesn’t love their salad?! Even people who don’t eat salads will eat theirs! Hopefully, this saves you a few trips to Olive Garden!
Great recipe! One of my favorites and this recipe made it very easy to make at home.
I loved it! Packed full of amazing flavors!