This Italian Salad is a copycat of Olive Garden salad that comes unlimited with an entree. It’s a quick and easy salad, yet it has a wonderful mix of flavors and textures: tomatoes, Pepperoncini peppers and olives in a delicious homemade Italian dressing. The best part is the crunchy herb and garlic croutons!
So for any of you who appreciate this Olive Garden salad and want to recreate it at home, I’ve included instructions for a copycat dressing if you are unable to find the official version at your grocery store.
The dressing is as simple as it can be: mayonnaise, white vinegar, garlic powder, olive oil, salt, pepper and plenty of Italian seasoning. I repeat: plenty of Italian seasoning!
I whipped up mayo, Italian dressing and olive oil together within seconds with a fork to arrive at a very pleasant creamy texture:
I put the quantity of ingredients in the recipe box, but you don’t have to really measure the ingredients – I always put more olives. tomatoes and onions than the Olive Garden normally puts and less of the actual salad leaves.
Olive Garden Salad itself is a combination of finely chopped lettuce (iceberg or romaine), tomatoes, very thinly sliced red onion, Pepperoncini peppers, black olives and garlicky croutons.
Make sure to chop the lettuce – you will enjoy it much better.
Shredded Parmesan is a must. I add it to each salad bowl to keep it fresh and distinct from the dressing.
It took me 15 minutes to make this Italian salad AND dressing from start to finish! And that includes chopping the lettuce (I like my salad finely chopped), onions.
Packed with bright flavors, varied nutrients and colorful ingredients, easily found in any grocery store, it’s a great addition to a winter menu!
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This quick Italian salad is a wonderful mix of flavors and textures of tomatoes, Pepperoncini peppers, olives and crunchy garlic & herb croutons in a delicious homemade Italian dressing.
- 8 oz (1 box) salad leaves (iceberg or romaine hearts) chopped
- 1/2 cup whole black olives
- 2 roma tomatoes sliced
- 1/3 red onion sliced very thinly
- 20 croutons (garlic flavored)
- 4-6 whole pepperoncini peppers
- 1/3 cup parmesan cheese shredded
To the small bowl, add the olive oil, mayonnaise, white vinegar, black pepper, salt, garlic powder and Italian seasoning and mix until well blended. Set aside.
Cut up the lettuce greens and place them in a large bowl. Top them with black olives, tomatoes, pepperoncini, olives and onions.
Pour on desired amount of dressing on top of the salad and toss right before serving. Sprinkle with shredded Parmesan.