Home > Salads > Olive Garden Salad Olive Garden Salad January 15, 2023 | 21 Comments SAVE TO RECIPE BOX Jump to Recipe This post may contain affiliate links. Please read my disclosure policy. Craving that iconic Olive Garden Salad? Whip up this copycat recipe, loaded with sweet tomatoes, zesty peppers, rich olives, and crisp croutons. Go classic with a creamy Italian dressing or grab Olive Garden’s bottled magic from the store. Pair this salad with some other Olive Garden copycats like this Zuppa Toscana Soup or this Pasta e Fagioli Soup. Best Olive Garden Salad Copycat Recipe We’re obsessed with this Olive Garden copycat salad — it’s light, fresh, healthy, and loaded with flavor. And what’s more, the Italian dressing is easy to make and filled with good-for-you ingredients. How does olive oil, red wine vinegar, Dijon mustard, and plenty of herbs sound? It’s the perfect pairing for all the veggies! The ultimate finishing touch to this salad is the crunchy, garlicky croutons and freshly grated Parmesan cheese on top! What Is Olive Garden Salad Made Of? Lettuce: Olive Garden uses an iceberg lettuce mix, but we like it best with Romaine lettuce; either type of lettuce works! Red onion: Onions add a nice bite to the salad. If they seem to have too much of a bite, see my quick tip below to help tame them. Pepperoncini: These are sweet, mild chili peppers, usually sold pickled. Tomato: Any good ripe tomatoes will work in this salad. We often use cherry tomatoes. Black olives: We like them whole, but feel free to halve or slice them. Croutons: Olive Garden sells their croutons at the grocery store, and they work great in this salad. You can use any garlic-herb flavored croutons. Or, you can even make your own! Parmesan cheese: I like to grate fresh Parmesan cheese on a microplane and add it to this Olive Garden Salad. QUICK TIPIf raw red onions are too strong for you, soak them in salted ice-cold water for 10 minutes, then drain and dry before adding to your salad. How To Make Olive Garden Salad It’s as easy as 1,2,3… Place chopped lettuce in a large bowl. Add olives, tomatoes, onion, and pepperoncini. For the dressing, combine all ingredients in a jar and shake until well mixed. Chill if desired. Before serving, mix salad with desired amount of dressing. Top with croutons and Parmesan cheese. Enjoy! Tips For Success Only add dressing, cheese, and croutons to the amount of salad that will be eaten the same day you make it. Otherwise, the ingredients will get soggy if they sit in the dressing too long. Make ahead: You can make everything for this copycat Olive Garden Salad ahead of time. Just store the salad ingredients separately and then toss them all together right before serving. Grating Parmesan cheese: I highly recommend grating the cheese on a microplane. It gives it an awesome light texture and helps it disperse more evenly throughout the salad. If you’ve never tried a microplane, it’s a game-changer. I like this one because it’s so easy to use. More Delicious Salad Recipes: Italian Salad with an herb vinaigrette Chickpea Salad Mediterranean inspired Cobb Salad with an herb vinaigrette Crispy Chicken Salad with a honey BBQ dressing Orzo Pasta Salad with a lemon vinaigrette FOLLOW ALONG! Subscribe to my newsletter and follow along on Facebook, Pinterest and Instagram for the latest updates, recipes and content. Olive Garden Salad 4.73 from 11 votes - Review this recipe Craving that iconic Olive Garden Salad? Whip up this copycat recipe, loaded with sweet tomatoes, zesty peppers, rich olives, and crisp croutons. Go classic with a creamy Italian dressing or grab Olive Garden's bottled magic from the store. SAVE TO RECIPE BOX Print Recipe Olive Garden Salad 4.73 from 11 votes - Review this recipe SAVE TO RECIPE BOX Print Recipe Craving that iconic Olive Garden Salad? Whip up this copycat recipe, loaded with sweet tomatoes, zesty peppers, rich olives, and crisp croutons. Go classic with a creamy Italian dressing or grab Olive Garden's bottled magic from the store. Course Salad Cuisine American, Italian Keyword olive garden salad Prep Time 25 minutes minutes Total Time 25 minutes minutes Servings 4 -6 servings (as a side) Chelsea Lords Calories 426kcal Author Chelsea Lords Ingredients▢ 8 ounces romaine lettuce, coarsely chopped▢ 1/2 cup whole black olives▢ 2 large Roma tomatoes, thinly sliced▢ 1/4 of 1 large red onion, very thinly sliced▢ 6 whole pepperoncini peppers▢ 1 cup garlic-herb flavored croutons (store-bought or homemade)▢ 1/3 cup Parmesan cheese, freshly gratedDressing▢ 1/3 cup red wine vinegar▢ 1 and 1/2 teaspoon Dijon mustard▢ 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano▢ 1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning▢ 1 teaspoon granulated white sugar▢ 1/2 cup olive oil▢ 2 tablespoons good quality full-fat mayoUS - Metric USMetric InstructionsSALAD: Coarsely chop the lettuce, wash, and thoroughly dry (I love a salad spinner for this step). Place lettuce in a large bowl. Top the salad with black olives, thinly sliced tomatoes, very thinly sliced red onion, and pepperoncini.DRESSING: Add all the dressing ingredients to a large glass jar. Put on the lid and shake to combine. It might take a minute of good vigorous shaking, but the mayo should completely integrate (keep shaking until it does). If you have time, make this ahead and chill in the fridge to intensify the flavors. Shake again right before mixing into the salad.ASSEMBLY: Right before eating (See Note 1), toss the salad with the dressing (you probably won't use all the dressing -- See Note 2). Add the croutons and freshly grated Parmesan cheese right on top and enjoy immediately. Video Recipe NotesNote 1: Freshness: Only add dressing, cheese, and croutons to the amount of salad that will be eaten the same day you make it. The salad ingredients will get quite soggy if they sit too long in the dressing. Note 2: Dressing: This makes a lot of dressing! You can halve it if you'd like, but I like to make this full batch and use it on other recipes throughout the week. It will last up to a week stored in an airtight container in the fridge. Nutrition FactsServing: 6servings (as a side) | Calories: 426kcal | Carbohydrates: 12g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 40g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 7g | Monounsaturated Fat: 26g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 9mg | Sodium: 525mg | Potassium: 294mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 5394IU | Vitamin C: 19mg | Calcium: 148mg | Iron: 2mg We do our best to provide accurate nutritional analysis for our recipes. Our nutritional data is calculated using a third-party algorithm and may vary, based on individual cooking styles, measurements, and ingredient sizes. Please use this information for comparison purposes and consult a health professional for nutrition guidance as needed. DID YOU MAKE THIS RECIPE? I love hearing from you when you've made one of my recipes! 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