Mmmmmm, Olive Garden Salad has to be the most iconic garden salad served at a restaurant chain. With a bowl full of tossed greens, red onions, pepperoncini, tomatoes, and of course olives, you can’t go wrong when making this fabulous side salad recipe at home.

Olive Garden Salad

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What is Olive Garden

I’ve learned not to question when someone doesn’t know something that might seem obvious to others. So let me try to explain the Italian Resturant Olive Garden. As a large popular chain restuarant they are known for their delicious bread sticks, garden salad and signature dressing along with entrees that will have you coming back for more. Honestly, everything on the menu is fantastic.

Each entree is served with a choice of an endless bowl of soup or salad. You can end up filling up on salad and breadsticks and take the meal home as leftovers honestly and you wouldn’t complain a bit. It’s fantastic!

Copycat Olive Garden Salad

Shopping list for Copycat Olive Garden Salad

  • Salad Mix: A Garden Salad Mix with Romaine, Iceberg, Matchstick Carrots is perfect
  • Tomatoes: Slicing Tomatoes cut in wedges are a perfect choice
  • Red Onion: sliced thin and cut in half seems to work well
  • Pepperoncini Peppers: Also known as the Golden Greek Pepper, Sweet Italian Pepper, or Tuscan Pepper.
  • Black Olives: Choose Large Whole Olives. Rinsed and drained.
  • Croutons: Garlic Croutons are ideal or you can make your own!
  • Parmesan Cheese: Fresh grated is best
  • Olive Garden Salad Dressing: Make from Scratch

How to make Copycat Olive Garden Salad

Gather the ingredients and grab any little helpers. This is an easy recipe where they can help.

In a large bowl, combine Salad Mix, thinly sliced Red Onions, Pepperoncini Peppers, Olives, Croutons, and Tomatoes. Toss to combine. Top with Croutons and freshly grated Parmesan Cheese.

How to make Olive Garden Salad

Toss Salad with Homemade Olive Garden Salad Dressing and serve.

A Few Tips

I find this salad is best when served fresh. You can prepare some of the salad a head of time to save time later. Hold the Croutons, Parmesan Cheese and Dressing until just before serving for best results.

This salad does not save well for later once combined. Mix up smaller portions as needed for best results.

Olive Garden Salads are made with the freshest ingredients. And a large part why they are so popular as the salad has always been served as an unlimited bowl.

Fun Fact:

It’s claimed that Olive Garden makes across the nation over 700 Million Breadsticks a year. WOW. That’s a lot of dough!

The most Popular Entree served is the Tour of Italy which includes 3 of the most popular menu items. Lasagna, Fehttuchini Alfredo, and Chicken Parmesan. It’s a huge plate that could easily be shared or taken home for leftovers.

The PERFECT Salad Dressing

Olive Garden Signature Dressing compliments the fresh garden salad so nicely. There are many varieties of Copycat Recipes available. This is the recipe I have used for years and we love it.

  • 1 Packet Dry Italian Dressing Mix
  • 1 Cup Olive Oil
  • 1/3 Cup White Wine Vinegar
  • 2 Tablespoons Mayonnaise
  • 1/4 Cup finely shredded Parmesan Cheese
  • Pepper to Taste

In a Blender combine Ingredients and blend on Medium/High for 60 seconds. Dressing won’t be smooth but will be perfect. Shake Dressing as ingredients settle.

Olive Garden Salad with Dressing

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Olive Garden Salad

Olive Garden Salad Copycat Recipe made with Iceberg Lettuce, Sliced Tomatoes, Red Onions, Black Olives, Pepperoncini Peppers, Croutons and Parmesan Cheese.
Prep Time15 mins
Course: Salad
Cuisine: Italian
Servings: 6
Calories: 88kcal

Ingredients

  • 2 12 ounce Salad Mix
  • 1 large Slicing Tomato Cut into wedges
  • 1/2 Cup Red Onion Thinly sliced
  • 1 Cup Black Olives Large, Rinse and Drained
  • 6-8 Pepperoncini Peppers Whole
  • 1/3 Cup Parmesan Cheese Finely Shredded
  • 1 Cup Croutons any variety
  • Salad Dressing See in notes below

Instructions

  • In a large bowl combine, Salad Mix, sliced red Onions, sliced tomatoes, rinsed whole black olives, pepperoncini peppers, and finely grated parmesan cheese.
  • Toss Salad to combine
  • Add Dressing and Toss
  • Serve Immediately

Notes

Olive Garden Copycat Salad Recipe
  • 1 Packet Dry Italian Dressing Mix
  • 1 Cup Olive Oil
  • 1/3 Cup White Wine Vinegar
  • 2 Tablespoons Mayonnaise
  • 1/4 Cup finely shredded Parmesan Cheese
  • Pepper to Taste
Directions: 
In a Blender combine Ingredients and blend on Medium/High for 60 seconds. Dressing won’t be smooth but will be perfect. Shake Dressing as ingredients settle.
Tips:
This salad is best when served fresh. You can prepare some of the salad a head of time to save time later. Hold the Croutons, Parmesan Cheese and Dressing until just before serving for best results.

Nutrition

Calories: 88kcal | Carbohydrates: 8g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 4mg | Sodium: 477mg | Potassium: 138mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 423IU | Vitamin C: 13mg | Calcium: 89mg | Iron: 1mg
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