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Olive Garden Salad

Copycat Olive Garden Salad Recipe

Prep Time 5 mins
Total Time 5 mins
Course Lunch
Cuisine American
Servings 4 servings

Ingredients
  

  • 1 12-oz bag American blend salad mix
  • 1/4 red onion thinly sliced
  • 2 small Roma tomatoes sliced
  • 12 pitted black olives
  • 6 mild pepperoncini peppers
  • 1 cup croutons homemade* or store-bought
  • 1/2 cup creamy Italian dressing homemade** or store-bought
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • ground black pepper

Instructions
 

  • In a large bowl, combine the salad mix, sliced onions, tomatoes, olives, pepperoncini peppers, and croutons. Add the dressing and toss to coat.
  • Finish the salad with the Parmesan cheese and ground black pepper.

Notes

*To make homemade Olive Garden croutons, cut a loaf of French bread into one-inch cubes. Toss the bread with 1/2 cup olive oil, 1 tablespoon Italian seasoning, 1 teaspoon garlic powder, and 1/4 cup grated Romano cheese. Bake on a baking sheet for 10 to 15 minutes in a 400°F oven, until the croutons are toasted and golden brown.
**To make homemade Olive Garden Italian dressing, whisk together 1 packet of Italian Dressing with 1 cup canola oil, 1/3 cup white vinegar, 1/4 cup water, 1/2 cup Romano cheese, and 2 tablespoons mayonnaise.