Olive Garden Salad Dressing Recipe

True confession: I do not like Olive Garden’s salad dressing. But that is probably only because I do not like salad dressing at all.


Period. Not.one.single.dressing. Nada. Nope. None.


However, I have some kids who are crazy about this dressing, so I make it with my homemade Italian Dressing Mix for them.


Read through the Recipe Keys—there are alternatives and ideas for all kinds of cooks there. And even if your family is not doing fewer carbs/lower glycemic index/less sugar/fewer wheat-type of grains, I think everybody will love this recipe.


Don’t forget to scroll all the way down to the bottom of the page for this recipe’s helpful Recipe Keys!

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Olive Garden Salad Dressing Recipe
Serves: 1.5 cups
Net Carbs: 4 grams
  • 2 TBSP plus 1 tsp Italian Dressing Mix
  • ¾ cup oil (olive oil; original recipe called for vegetable oil or canola oil)
  • ¼ cup white vinegar
  • ¼ cup + 2 tsp. water or chicken broth
  • ½ tsp bulk sweetener
  • ½ tsp salt (may reduce or omit if using broth)
  • ¼ tsp pepper
  • ¼ tsp garlic powder
  • ½ Tbsp real mayonnaise
  1. Combine all dry ingredients in a bowl.
  2. Combine wet ingredients in another bowl and whisk thoroughly.
  3. Use whisk to mix dry ingredients with wet ingredients.
  4. Keep refrigerated.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 2 Tbsp. Calories: 140 Fat: 14 Carbohydrates: 4 Sugar: 2


Recipe Keys

Low Carb (LC): This is a very low carb recipe with no added carbs—assuming you use a zero net carb bulk sweetener like erythritol, xylitol, Truvia, Pyure, Splenda, etc.


Family-Friendly Low Carb (FFLC): The sweetener in this is minute, and nobody can tell this is a “low carb food”—for those trying to persuade their family to enjoy foods with few carbohydrates/lower on glycemic index.


Store-Bought-Stella (SBS): You may use one packet of store bought Good Seasonings Italian Dressing mix in this recipe in place of the homemade Italian Seasoning Mix. Just be sure to use mayo and not Miracle Whip.


Homemade Hannah (HH): This is very homemade! You can make this completely whole-foods as written above—or make it even more homemade by using your own dried herbs or homemade mayo.


Trim Healthy Mama-Friendly (THM) (www.trimhealthymama.com): This is a very S dressing! Can be used to marinate meats for S entrees or as is for salad dressing for an Italian salad or sub on low carb bread, etc.


Sugar Free (SF): Sugar-free and healthy option! (See sweetener options above in LC.)


Gluten Free (GF): No fillers so no concern about hidden gluten.


Low Carb Mixes (LCM): Love my mixes!

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