Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Copycat Olive Garden Salad and Italian Dressing

Source: Karen H
Everyone loves a good salad!  This Copycat Olive Garden Salad and Italian Dressing recipes are much like the ones you will be served at the Olive Garden Restaurant. Serve with your favorite Italian dish for a delicious meal.

How to Make Copycat Olive Garden Salad and Italian Dressing

12 ounce bags iceberg garden salad
1 -2 small roma tomatoes, sliced
1/4 small red onions, sliced paper-thin
6 mild pepperoncini peppers
1/2 cup croutons
6 -12 pitted black olives
6 mild pepperoncini peppers
freshly grated Parmesan cheese, to taste
Italian dressing, use recipe below, make ahead of time
fresh ground black pepper, to taste

Toss together in a  large glass serving bowl  lettuce mix, onion slices, olives, pepperoncini, tomatoes, and croutons.
Add Italian dressing to salad mix; toss to mix.
Serve with fresh Parmesan cheese and black pepper to taste.

Copycat Olive Garden Italian Salad Dressing

1/2 cup white wine vinegar
2 tablespoons Egg Beaters or 2 tablespoons beaten eggs
1/3 cup water
1/3 cup vegetable oil
1 teaspoon lemon juice
1/4 cup corn syrup
1 1/4 teaspoons salt
1/2 teaspoon minced garlic
2 1/2 tablespoons grated Romano cheese
1 pinch dried oregano
1/4 teaspoon dried parsley flakes
1 pinch crushed red pepper flakes
2 tablespoons dry pectin

Combine all the ingredients with an electric mixer on medium speed or in a blender on low speed for 30 seconds.
Chill at least 1 hour, better if chilled overnight to let the flavors marry.
Serve over mixed greens.

Dry pectin is use to thicken the dressing, you can buy at the grocery store. Looking with canning items, it is use in jellies and jams.



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