Copycat Olive Garden Salad Dressing
Yield: 1½ cups dressing
Ingredients
  • ¾ cup oil (vegetable/canola)
  • ¼ cup plus 2 Tbsp white vinegar
  • ¼ cup water
  • 2 tsp sugar
  • ½ tsp dried Italian seasoning
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • ¼ tsp garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon carrot, grated and finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon red bell pepper, finely minced
  • 1 teaspoon McCormick lemon pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried parsley flakes
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 2 teaspoons dry pectin
  • ½ Tbsp mayonnaise (not miracle whip)
Instructions
  1. Combine all ingredients in a bowl. Whisk briskly so that there are no clumps of mayo. Keep refrigerated.

For the salad:
1 10 -ounce bag American salad blend
1/4 red onion, thinly sliced
4 small pickled peppers, such as pepperoncini
1 small vine-ripened tomato, quartered
2 tablespoons sliced black olives
1/2 cup large croutons
1 tablespoon grated parmesan cheese