Italian Restaurant-Style Dressing Recipe -
Italian Restaurant-Style Dressing Recipe

Italian Restaurant-Style Dressing

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"This salad dressing recipe is similar to one that is served at a popular Italian restaurant chain."

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Original recipe makes 1 1/2 cups Change Servings
  • PREP

    5 mins

    1 hr 5 mins


  1. In a blender, combine the vinegar, water, oil, corn syrup, cheese, pectin, salt, lemon juice, garlic, parsley, red pepper flakes and oregano. Blend for 30 seconds and refrigerate for at least 1 hour.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Jul 23, 2003

I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE THIS DRESSING!! I forgot to pick up the pectin, so that got exempted. I just blended the oil alone for about 45 seconds, and added the other ingredients (so that it wouldn't seperate). Don't let the corn syrup scare you, as I almost didn't try this because I thought that ingredient was odd. Thanks Barb!!

Most Helpful Critical Review
Oct 18, 2004

I agree, this was tasteless and watery, not at all like the Olive Garden salad dressing. I found it to be a disappointment.


39 Ratings

Jun 05, 2008

I haven't tried this recipe yet, but I have a suggestion for all those who's dressing came out watery. Try mixing all but the oil together, then slowly pour the oil in as the blender is running. I have made good season's Italian dressing in the blender this way for many years and have never had to shake the jar again, even after being refrigerated for a couple of days.

Jul 09, 2004

This is a beautiful recipe! Even my husband loved it and he's a devoted Ranch Dressing fan! I chose to use olive oil and took the advise of another review and blended the oil alone for a while and then added the other ingredients. It was so tangy and tickled the tongue! I have lots of company coming this month and I'm making it for everyone of them. Thank you so much!

Sep 15, 2003

This turned out awful! Mine, too, was like water. Not only did the mixture separate, but it was also a cloudy, milky color - nothing at all like a vinaigrette.

May 27, 2003

oh my gosh, this dressing is FABULOUS!!!!!! My whole loved this dressing.

Oct 02, 2003

Great taste and plenty easy to make with items on hand. Used this for a Chicken Marinade, also on this site. Will try it as dressing next time.

Sep 27, 2010

This was pretty good. It really does taste quite similar to O.G's - wish I had seen this recipe when I was craving their salad while pregnant (and lived 45 min away). I'm not loving the corn syrup, as we try to avoid GMO ingredients. Might experiment with agave nectar or honey next time.


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  • Calories
  • 156 kcal
  • 8%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 10.3 g
  • 3%
  • Cholesterol
  • 3 mg
  • < 1%
  • Fat
  • 12.9 g
  • 20%
  • Fiber
  • 0.1 g
  • < 1%
  • Protein
  • 0.9 g
  • 2%
  • Sodium
  • 1195 mg
  • 48%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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