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My Italian father in-law eats the salad after the meal. Even when out at a restaurant. Yep, I’m not kidding you. He asks the server to bring the salad after we eat.
My husband does it, too, but only at home, lol.
Now my daughter does it. I’ve never gotten use to that because I can’t wait that long.
Especially when we eat out.
Our girls love going to the Olive Garden, and I admit that I do, too. It’s the endless salad that brings me back, oh and the endless bread sticks. Did you know you can ask for bread sticks to go at the end of your meal? I do all the time. They put them in a foil bag and I pop that in the freezer when I get home and then in the oven for 5 when we want them. Just be careful, I burned the bag once.
Lets talk about their salad for a second. I’ve studied it. I know it by heart.
The size of the tomato slices, the 1-2 pepperoncini’s, and our favorite…the black olives.
What makes it one of the best salads I’ve ever had, is the dressing. I was buying it for a while (yes they sell it at the restaurant) until I found out how bad it is for us.
So, of course I got to thinking about how I could make the salad and dressing at home with my own recipe with olive oil. Time for an “Olive Garden Salad Hack” or simply a salad that is inspired by the Olive Garden.
My husband and I turned our kitchen into a salad dressing taste testing lab one Saturday. That was fun. The hard part was photographing the salad with out eating it. I took these pics quick and we all sat down and had salad for lunch. The girls loved it.
Here’s the printable recipe…or you can always pin this for later.
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