Olive Garden-Style House Salad

For many customers, Olive Garden's all-you-can-eat salad is even better than the bottomless basket of breadsticks. The dish has been on the menu since the first restaurant opened in 1982, and it has become so popular over the years that Olive Garden started selling the dressing in grocery stores in 2017. The secret to re-creating the texture at home: a few spoonfuls of Miracle Whip.
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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 15 min
  • Active: 15 min
  • Yield: 4 servings
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1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil

2 tablespoons white wine vinegar

3 tablespoons Miracle Whip

1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice

2 tablespoons grated parmesan cheese

1/4 teaspoon garlic salt

1/2 teaspoon dried Italian seasoning

1 10-ounce bag American salad blend

1/4 red onion, thinly sliced

4 small pepperoncini or other pickled peppers

1 small vine-ripened tomato, cut into wedges

2 tablespoons sliced black olives

1/2 cup large croutons

1 tablespoon grated parmesan cheese


  1. Make the dressing: Combine the olive oil, vinegar, Miracle Whip, lemon juice, parmesan, garlic salt, Italian seasoning and 1 to 2 tablespoons water in a blender or food processor. Puree until smooth.
  2. Make the salad: Place the salad blend in a large bowl and top with the red onion, pepperoncini, tomato, olives, croutons and cheese. Drizzle with the dressing and gently toss.