Olive Garden Italian Salad Dressing

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"One of the favorites at the Olive Garden is an item that isn't even mentioned on the menu: the Italian salad dressing served on the house salad that comes with every meal. The dressing became so popular that the chain now sells it by the bottle "to go" each restaurant. Now you can make a version of the dressing that tastes just like the original, but will cost much less. The secret to thickening this dressing is to use dry pectin, a natural ingredient often used to thicken jams and jellies. Pectin can be found in most stores in the aisle with baking and cooking supplies or near the canning items."
- from Top Secret Restaurant Recipes by Todd Wilbur

Makes 1 1/2 cups
1/2 cup white vinegar
1/3 cup water
1/3 cup vegetable oil
1/4 cup corn syrup
2 1/2 tbsp grated Romano cheese
2 tbsp dry pectin
2 tbsp beaten egg
1 1/4 tsp salt
1 tsp lemon juice
1/2 tsp minced garlic
1/4 tsp dried parsley
pinch of dried oregano
pinch of crushed red pepper flakes
1. Combine all of the ingredients with a mixer or medium speed or in a blender on low speed for 30 seconds.
2. Chill at least one hour.

3. Serve over mixed greens or use as a marinade.
My mom makes this all the time and it DOES taste just like the restaurants salad dressing! Now I can make it whenever I want to my own salads made exactly how I like 'em!

Store in a jar with a screw on lid or recycle another salad dressing container.

shawna laufer

Member since Sep 2007

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