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Porter House Italian Salad

Who doesn’t love the Olive Garden? Not anybody I know. Any time we get the chance to go there it is one thing in particular we REALLY look forward to. That lovely bowl of fresh salad and warm garlic breadsticks. Oh I can just taste it now. That’s why I googled the recipe until I found a close replica that I could make at home. May not be exact but it’s pretty darn close. Divertiti! (Enjoy!)


1 large head romaine lettuce
slices red onion
black olives
4-6 banana peppers
2 small tomatoes, quartered (I actually used grape tomatoes, cut in half)
½ c. croutons
freshly grated Parmesan cheese

Salad Dressing:
½ c. mayonnaise
1/3 c. white vinegar
1 tsp vegetable oil
2 Tb. corn syrup
2 Tb. Parmesan cheese
2 Tb. Romano cheese
¼ tsp garlic salt – or one clove garlic, minced
½ tsp Italian seasoning
½ tsp parsley flakes
1 Tb. lemon juice
1 tsp white sugar


Mix all dressing ingredients in a blender until well mixed. If this is a little too tart for your own personal tastes, add a little extra sugar, but don’t overdo it!

Chill one salad bowl in freezer for at least 30 minutes. Put lettuce in bowl. Place on top of lettuce red onions, black olives, banana peppers, tomatoes, and croutons. Add some freshly grated Parmesan cheese if you like, and add plenty of Salad Dressing on top

* CHEF’S NOTE – Using fat-free mayo and light corn syrup, this dressing is only 34 calories for 2 tbs of dressing!

Source: Vittles Divine