Olive Garden Copycat Salad & House Dressing

SERVES 8  |  ACTIVE TIME 30 Min  |  TOTAL TIME 30 Minutes

3 romaine lettuce hearts, washed and chopped
½ red onion, sliced
2 Roma tomatoes, sliced
4 pickled Pepperoncini
10 large pitted olives
½ cup seasoned croutons
¼ cup fresh shredded Parmesan cheese

Olive Garden House Dressing Copycat
½ cup mayonnaise
¼ cup water
3 tablespoons white vinegar
2 tablespoons extra light tasting olive oil (or other neutral oil)
2 tablespoon fresh grated Romano cheese
½ tablespoon fresh lemon juice
1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
¼ teaspoon garlic powder
¼ teaspoon kosher salt
½ teaspoon sugar

In the bowl of a blender, combine dressing ingredients and blend until smooth.  Place in the refrigerator until ready to serve.

In a large salad bowl, layer salad ingredients in order beginning with lettuce.  Pour salad dressing over salad and toss to combine.

Serve and enjoy!

COOK'S NOTE:  If you prefer dressing to be yellow in color (like the original) add yellow food coloring.  I prefer it natural so I left it out.

Recipe developed by Donna Elick - The Slow Roasted Italian
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