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Italian Dressing

My kids love the salad dressing at Olive Garden. It’s about the only place I can get my kiddos to eat salad.  A friend recently told me that you can purchase the dressing at the restaurant to take home.  I didn’t check the pricing on it, but I think that might get expensive. I decided I better figure out a way to make it myself.  So I headed over to  CopyKat Recipes website and of course she had it there.  Her recipe, I think is very good, but my kiddos were not in agreement.  So I set out to please my kiddos…anything to get them to eat their veggies right?  Can I get an Amen?!  With a little tweaking here and there this is my version of Olive Gardens Salad Dressing.  Thanks CopyKat for pointing me in the right direction!


All of the ingredients were easily found in my pantry, which makes this recipe super quick to replenish. The only exception might be the Rustic Tuscan Seasoning from Costco, not sure if they always carry this blend. The original recipe called for Italian Seasoning, but I found the Tuscan Blend  made the dressing taste authentic.



Throw all the ingredients in a mason jar or some sort of covered container that you can store and pour from.



AAAwww shake, shake, shake…shake your groove thang, shake your groove thang….

And I might add, you will need to shake your groove thang quite vigorously for about 2-3 minutes. If your kids are just setting around being useless, make them shake their groove thang…it’s good for them! Whip-um in to shape!




Italian Dressing
adapted from CopyKats Olive Garden Salad Dressing
1/2 cup Mayonnaise
1/4 cup White Vinegar
2 tablespoons Corn Syrup
1 teaspoon Vegetable Oil
1/4 teaspoon Garlic Powder
3/4 teaspoon Rustic Tuscan Seasoning by Kirkland (Costco brand) or Italian Seasoning
1/2 teaspoon Parsly Flakes
1/4 teaspoon Salt
2-3 tablespoons Parmesan Cheese

Place all the ingredients, in any order, into a container that has a lid and can be easily shaken. I prefer a mason jar. Shake vigorously for 2-3 minutes. Store in refrigerator.




Mmmmm it really  is pretty darn close to the real thing.  I hope you give it a try.  Let me know what you think.

Have a great day!


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  1. Thanks for this recipe. Everyone in my family liked it. Hubby said it was better than Olive Garden’s. I didn’t have corn syrup so I just added some sugar instead.

  2. Shelia, what is in the Tuscan blend? I was wondering how it differs from the regular Italian. Also, I’m not a mayo or creamy Italian fan. Does it really make a difference in the taste or can I tweak it and leave it out? Thanks!

    1. Wendy, did you peek at the link of the original recipe? It called for more vinegar and italian seasoning. I just happened to have both Tuscan and Italian and after trying the recipe with both thought the Tuscan tasted better with the Tuscan Blend, it’s a Kirkland brand seasoning from Costco. Feel free to make it your own. It really doesn’t taste “creamy” even though it looks white in the pics. Let me know how it turns out.

    1. Yeh! So glad you found me! Please tell me you are a Spartan fan too! Do you follow Elaines blog The Italian Dish? She’s a foodblogger from Lansing ; ) she has an awesome blog. Thanks again, hope to get the chance to get to know you better! Sheila

  3. Oh I could eat OG salad (and breadsticks) all day long! I wish my kids would try salad, you’re a good mama for making this for your family at home 🙂

    1. I hear ya on the breadsticks and salad. If we go there that’s all I get, and I gorge myself on it. Crazyness!

    1. Stephanie,
      Thanks for stopping by and checking it out. I’m glad you approve ; ) Thanks for all your awesome recipes and ideas!