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Saturday, May 1, 2010

Mock Olive Garden Salad with Dressing

Make this salad and serve it with the Mock Olive Garden Fettuccine Alfredo for a wonderful gourmet italian meal. My kids love to eat this all the time, but pairing it with the Fettuccine Alfredo...just makes it feel like your spoiling yourself...just a little.

Mock Olive Garden Salad
1 large head of leaf lettuce
red onion, sliced
black olives, sliced
4 banana peppers, sliced
tomatoes, cut into quarters
croutons (check out our past blog post for Crouton recipe)
FRESH grated Parmesan Cheese

Rip lettuce by hand (don't cut it or it will go watery) and place in a bowl. Top with onions, olives, tomatoes, peppers and croutons, slightly toss...but not too much. Add freshly grated Parmesan Cheese and Mock Olive Garden Dressing...serve. *I like to add the dressing to individual salads instead of the entire thing, that way if there are left overs it won't go soggy.

Mock Olive Garden Dressing 
1/2 c. mayonnaise (NOT salad dressing, use the REAL stuff)
1/3 c. vinegar
1 t. canola oil
2 T. corn syrup
2 T. Parmesan cheese
2 T. Romano cheese
1 garlic clove, minced
1/2 t. dry italian dressing mix (from a package of dry italian dressing mix...find it by your salad dressings
      in your local grocery store)
1/2 t. parsley flakes
1 T. lemon juice

Put all ingredients in a blender and mix well..(or stir vigorously for a few minutes). Serve with Mock Olive Garden Salad. Refrigerate any leftover dressing.


  1. I have been craving Olive Garden food...their salad and their cheese ravioli..thanks for sharing this, I cannot wait to try it!

  2. I LOVE this dressing! Thank you! :)