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Friday, March 25, 2011

Just like Olive Garden Salad

Continuing with our olive garden themed dinner... Here is a quick recipe for a salad that is like theirs. Feel free to mix it up. This is just the basics.


1 head iceburg lettuce torn into bite sized pieces.
1/4 small red onion, sliced paper-thin
6 -12 pitted black olives
6 mild pepperoncini peppers
1 -2 small roma tomato, sliced
Italian dressing (or use a recipe for Olive Garden's House Dressing that follows)
freshly grated parmesan cheese, to taste
fresh ground black pepper, to taste

In a large glass or wooden salad serving bowl, toss together the lettuce mix, onion slices, olives, pepperoncini, tomatoes ( you can add croutons if you aren't gluten free). Add dressing and toss to combine.

If you want the recipe of the olive garden dressing instead of using a bottled italian. Here it is:

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

Combine all of the ingredients with a mixer on medium speed or in a blender on low speed for 30 seconds.

Chill at least 1 hour.

Serve over mixed greens.
Soup Salad and Breadsticks for dinner!