Almost-Famous Garden Salad

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 15 min
  • Active: 15 min
  • Yield: 4 servings
About 150 million people will sit down for dinner at an Olive Garden this year, and here’s guessing that 149.9 million of them will gorge on all-you-can-eat salad and breadsticks before any of the food they actually ordered shows up. The stuff is addictive, which explains why so many of you wrote in asking for the recipe. We couldn’t get the tight-lipped staff at Olive Garden’s Orlando, FL, headquarters to give up their secret to Nancy Kahm from Omaha, Kristin Collier from Baltimore and everyone else who wrote. But we did the next best thing: Food Network Kitchens ordered a big batch of salad and breadsticks to go, then developed these tasty copies just for you.


For the Dressing:

For the Salad:


  1. Combine all the dressing ingredients and 1 to 2 tablespoons water in a blender or food processor; puree until smooth.
  2. Place the salad blend in a large bowl and top with the remaining salad ingredients. Drizzle with the dressing.