Italian Salad Dressing (Spruced-up)

Italian Dressing

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One of my favorite salads is the one they serve at Olive Garden. Once you’ve had that Italian dressing there, it’s hard to settle for the dressings you buy in the store. I like to make the packet kind rather than use bottled Italian, but need to spruce it up a bit so I just add some additional ingredients. The addition of the mayo seemed weird to me at first, but it does the trick to thicken it up nicely. This recipe has been tossed around for a few years now and it won’t disappoint.

Italian Salad Dressing (Spruced-up)
Serves:      6-8        Preheat Oven Temp:    N/A

Ingredients List
1 packet of dry Italian Salad Dressing mix, prepared according to the pkg.
Add to that:
1/2 tsp. Italian Seasoning
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. black pepper
1/2 tsp. sugar
1/4 tsp. garlic powder
1/4 tsp. crushed red pepper (optional)
1/4 cup oil of your choice (olive, canola, etc)
2 Tb. vinegar
2 Tb. water
1/2 Tb. mayonnaise


1 Prepare the packet dressing according to the instructions on the packet.
2 Pour the prepared dressing into a bowl and add the remaining ingredients.
3 Mix well, by stirring vigorously. Serve immediately, then store in a closed container.
4 Shake well before using. Leftovers will stay in the refrigerator up to 4 weeks.

Hints and Tips
Toss this into a green salad, a cool pasta salad, or pour it over sliced cucumbers and tomatoes.
Works great as a marinade for chicken.


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