14 August 2012

Pin Busters! Copycat Olive Garden Salad Dressing

 
Who doesn't love Olive Garden's salad dressing? Heck, I'd go there just to eat the salad. Of course, I always have to have something else - but I could just eat the salad if I wanted to... (I could so, Gus - if I really wanted to.)

I've seen several copycat salad dressing recipes, but I finally decided to try one that I saw on Pinterest. Why did I pick this one? Well, mostly because the picture of her dressing looked a lot like OG's dressing - and she said that even if you didn't think it tasted like OG's - she thought you'd like it.

Country Cook took pictures of every step in the recipe, so if you want to see her original recipe with pretty pictures showing you all of the ingredients & how they look mixed together, then click on "Country Cook" above to hop on over to her page. (She also has copycat recipes for OG's breadsticks & pasta fagioli.)

Let me just say right here that we didn't think that the dressing tasted like OG's, but it was good. So I'm going to post my version of the recipe & just call it "Italian Dressing". Warning: I only took a picture of it in the mixing bowl and as the finished product. Yes, I was lazy. That, and I was probably hungry and in a hurry to finish so I could eat. I admit it - I get hangry. Just ask Gus. Or Lulu. Or Buddy. Or pretty much anyone in my family.

(click on the name for a printable version)

Ingredients:
1 packet Good Seasonings Italian Dressing (you'll need oil, water, & vinegar to make this)
½ tsp. dried Italian Seasoning (I have a bottle of mixed seasonings, but you can also use just Italian basil or oregano)
½ tsp. table salt
¼ tsp. black pepper
½ tsp. sugar
¼ tsp. garlic powder
½ TBSP. real mayonnaise
¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
2 TBSP. Pompeian red wine (or pomegranate) vinegar
1 ½ TBSP. water

Directions:
Prepare the Good Seasonings dressing as shown on the package. Then pour the dressing into a mixing bowl. Add the remaining ingredients, using a whisk to mix well. Pour into bottle and chill.

This has a very strong garlic flavor, so if you don't like a lot of garlic, reduce the garlic powder to 1/8 tsp.



The verdict: It's Pin-worthy, but not as an OG copycat.

We use Good Seasonings Italian Dressing packets all the time. I think it has a great flavor - it's quick & easy to make (all you do is add vinegar, water, the packet of spices, oil, and then shake) - and if you buy the kit the first time, you get a cool reusable bottle that has the measurement lines on it. We like to use Pompeian red wine vinegar in our dressing. That's what Gus's mother & grandmother always used, (we like to uphold the family tradition) and it really does have a great taste. So even if you don't want to try this recipe, I recommend trying the Good Seasonings product.