5 Amazing Homemade Salad Dressing Recipes including my Olive Garden Copycat

Homemade Copycat "Hidden Valley Ranch" dressing recipe - so easy and tastes just like the real thing!!!

If you haven’t made salad dressing from scratch, you’re really missing out. Think of your favorite restaurant salad dressing—whether ranch, honey mustard, raspberry vinaigrette, or Italian dressing. They have so much flavor … so much more than what you get from bottled salad dressings you get in the condiments aisle at the grocery store. Plus, you know exactly what is being put into your dressing. I am slowly getting away from processed foods so I have been dabbling in homemade salad dressings.

Here are three different homemade dressings that are tasty and something you should definitely try:

Homemade Ranch Dressing

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Ranch is one of the most common dressings available—with many variations. Homemade ranch is a great complement to any meal. Just note that most homemade ranch dressings will only last about a week in your fridge and that it will need time for the flavors to meld perfectly, so if possible make this in the morning for dinner or make a day ahead (at the very least, an hour before dinner).

If you love Hidden Valley, you must try my copycat Hidden Valley ranch mix. It is so yummy!

Italian Dressing

Olive Garden Italian Dressing Copycat -- this stuff tastes just like the real thing! Mmmmm...

I don’t know about you, but one of my favorites at Olive Garden is the salad. My sister sent me over her copycat recipe and it’s to die for.  This recipe will keep between 7 and 10 days in your fridge.

Copycat Olive Garden Salad Dressing Recipe

Ingredients

Dressing Directions:
Combine all ingredients together in a blender. Blend until well mixed. Place in a dressing container (I used a vintage mason jar because it looks so lovely). Allow to chill. Best if chilled overnight, but if you just can’t wait it still tastes amazing without being chilled. Pour on salad and toss.  It works wonderful over a salad of lettuce, sliced red onion, black olives, peppercini, sliced Roma tomatoes, croutons, and freshly grated parmesan cheese.

You can print the recipe here:

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Homemade Copycat "Hidden Valley Ranch" dressing recipe - so easy and tastes just like the real thing!!!
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Copycat Olive Garden Italian Dressing
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
Total Time
20 mins
 

Copycat Olive Garden Italian Dressing have so much flavour and tasty! 

Course: dressing
Servings: 6
Calories: 243 kcal
Author: Karrie
Ingredients
  • 1/3 cup white vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp dried Italian seasoning
  • 1 packet Good Seasons Italian salad dressing packet
  • 4 1/2 Tbs water
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 tsp mayonnaise
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp honey
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp grated Parmesan cheese
Instructions
  1. Combine all ingredients together in a blender. Blend until well mixed. Place in a dressing container (I used a vintage mason jar because it looks so lovely). Allow to chill. Best if chilled overnight, but if you just can’t wait it still tastes amazing without being chilled. Pour on salad and toss. It works wonderful over a salad of lettuce, sliced red onion, black olives, peppercini, sliced Roma tomatoes, croutons, and freshly grated parmesan cheese.

Raspberry Vinaigrette

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If your salad of choice includes dried cranberries, diced apples, and grilled chicken, the best dressing for you might just be a lovely, fresh raspberry vinaigrette. All Recipes.com has a great recipe that uses fresh raspberries. As with the others, this should keep up to one week, though I doubt it would last that long (at least in my house!):

 Homemade Thousand Island Dressing

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One of my kids loves thousand island dressing so it needed to be in our recipe file. Mommypotamus has a great recipe to make it yourself.

 Apple Vinaigrette Dressing

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This chopped salad with apple vinaigrette looks so amazing. I need to make this one for sure from The Organic Kitchen.

What homemade dressings have you tried and what are your favorites? Share your links to recipes online you adore or just list your ingredients you use for your own homemade salad dressing.26 Comments

5 Amazing Homemade Salad Dressing Recipes including my Olive Garden Copycat was last modified: November 2nd, 2016 by Karrie

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Comments

  1. Steffany W says:

    How much do the dressings make when finished? I’m sorry if you stated it and I overlooked it!

  2. I like to mix a spoonful of a grainy mustard together with about the same amount of honey, blending it until creamy looking. Then I add a small drizzle of olive oil and completely blend it in before whisking a steady and thin stream of oil. After I finish adding oil,I continue whisking for a few minutes to make sure its blended. Changing the variety of mustards,honey,and oils is a great way to keep it exciting. I hope everybody enjoys :*)


  3. I loved the recipe. I did it 2 days ago and 8 can’t believe how good and how simple it was to do. Thank you so much for your recipe.

  4. Would love to try this but I don’t have the Good Seasons Italian salad dressing packet (I live in China). Is there something else I could add instead?

  5. I just made the Olive Garden copy cat recipe! It tastes exactly the same!!!!!! I’m so excited my kids and hubby loved it too and it was very simple to make! Thanks!!!!

  6. Red French/Catalina Dressing.
    ¼ Cup Ketchup, ¼ Cup Real Maple Syrup, ¼ Cup ExtraVirgin Olive Oil, 2 TBLS Apple Cider Vinegar, 1 Tsp Paprika, ½ Tsp Salt, ¼ Tsp Black Pepper. Shake It Up. Its Delicious!

  7. I want to try this but we literally use salad dressing a couple times a month if that. Can you freeze these?

  8. 1 TBS SPICES OF CHOICE (TURMERIC, BLACK PEPPER, CURRY. GINGER/ ITALAN..)
    2 TBS HONEY
    3 TBS OLIVE OIL
    4 TBS APPLE CIDER VINEGAR
    SEAL JAR AND SHAKE WELL; SEEMS TO KEEP FOR WEEKS, TILL I NEED MORE…

  9. Made this Olive Garden Copycat Dressing yesterday for a party and everyone raved about it; it was delicious 🙂

  10. Robynne Catheron says:

    Yum, I can’t wait to try the OG dressing! We don’t use any type of vegetable (or corn, canola, safflower) oil anymore because it’s refined and genetically modified, so can I just increase the olive oil to make up the difference?

    • Happy.MoneySaver says:

      I haven’t tried using all olive oil before on this dressing but I think it would be a worth a try!

  11. Chelsea T says:

    These recipes sound scrumptious!
    Would you happen to have (or know of) a recipe for the old Kraft Golden Caesar dressing? Not the creamy one, the vinaigrette-style Caesar dressing? I have been looking for a good one since Kraft stopped making it. I don’t like Italian seasonings, and am allergic to eggs so can’t eat most of the creamy dressings.

    Thanks of you you do!

    • Happy.MoneySaver says:

      I haven’t tried to make that one yet but hopefully I can get around to it one of these days! 🙂

  12. I am not sure why you would make this yummy homemade dressing and then add packaged salad dressing mix to it. Now you have all those yucky things in the dressing that homemade is suppose to filter out????? Like Maltodextrin (From Corn, mostly likely GMO), Sugar, Sodium Citrate (why). Scour the internet and find a “homemade” substitute for Good Seasons Italian Salad Dressing and do the whole thing from scratch.

    Try making your own mayo too, it is pretty easy and again no yucky stuff. I’m pretty picky and I LOVE Best Foods Mayo, so I have been able to come up with a recipe that is pretty darn close and must healthier. I use Grapeseed Oil instead of toxic canola:)

    Just FYI Except for the package mix this recipe looks good but I’m sorry I can’t give it 5 stars

    • Please do share your mayo recipe!!! Totally looking for one

      • VERY late to the party. Looking forward to trying the OG recipe with my own dry seasonings. Here is the may recipe I use all the time. I actually use my immersion blender instead of a regular blender by placing all but the oil in a container, mixing and then slowly adding the oil to the container while continuing to mix. Works every time.

        Homemade Mayonnaise

        1 whole egg
        1/2 teaspoon dry mustard
        1/4teaspoon salt
        1 tablespoon distilled vinegar (I use rice or white wine vinegar instead)
        1 tablespoon lemon juice
        1 cup light olive oil (any light oil you prefer will work. I use a Mediterranean blend)

        Recipe makes 1-1/4 cups mayonnaise.

        • In blender, add egg, dry mustard, vinegar, (optional paprika) and 1/4 cup oil.
        • Turn on low for 1-2 minutes.
        • Turn blender off, and scrape sides if necessary.
        • Turn blender on, and while it is running, slowly add the remaining 3/4 cups oil.
        • Blend until the consistency of mayonnaise.
        • Refrigerate in non-reactive container.

        FOR VARIATION: Add 1/4-1/2 tsp of your desired seasoning, such as, basil, tarragon, or parsley.

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