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Olive Garden Italian Salad Dressing Recipe
Olive Garden Italian Salad Dressing
By Todd Wilbur

Recipe Type: Salad Dressing
Calories: 90
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Recipe Rating: 5.0 (2 reviews)

In the 1970's, food congolmerate General Mills set out to expand its growing restaurant business. A research team was organized to study the market, and to conduct interviews with potential customers on what they would want in a restaurant. Seven years later, in 1982, the first Olive Garden restaurant opened its doors in Orlando, Florida. Today it is the number one Italian restaurant chain in the country with over 470 stores.

One of the favorites at the Olive Garden is an item that isn't even mentioned in 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" in each restaurant. Now you can make a version of the dressing for yourself 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.

1/2 cup white vinegar
1/3 cup water
sarah w  
Submitted on: 02/05/13
Almost like the real thing... Love it and the kids do too.
Kellie Harrison  
Submitted on: 01/13/11
This taste just like Olive Garden's dressing. I love it!