I found this recipe on Pinterest from the blog Because Barenaked Chef Said So, and I pinned it months ago with the intent to try it eventually (just like many of my pins). Well, I finally decided yesterday to give it a try and the result was DELICIOUS! Personally, I was a little skeptical, but after I poured it over the salad and tossed it, I honestly can’t tell the difference from Olive Garden’s version. If you’re as big a fan as I am of Olive Garden’s salad, TRY THIS RECIPE. Now I just need to master their breadsticks!
Just a quick note: This recipe makes a big batch of dressing, so consider a storage container before getting started. I ended up having to store it in two different salad dressing containers.
1/2 Cup Olive Oil
1 Cup Vegetable Oil
1 Teaspoon dried Italian spices
1 Teaspoon salt
1 Teaspoon black pepper
1 Teaspoon sugar
1/2 Teaspoon garlic powder
1 Tablespoon mayonnaise
9 Tablespoons water (that’s 1/2 cup + 1 Tablespoon)
2 Envelopes Good Seasons Italian Dressing Mix (each envelope is .7 oz)
Combine all the ingredients in a blender on high until combined. Pour into a container and refrigerate until ready to serve. You will have to stir it again before serving.