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Old 03-02-2010, 08:19 AM   #1
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olive garden salad

Anyone know the carb count minus croutons of olive garden salad?

Im going to olive garden tonight and by looking at the nutritional information All I can really have is the Grilled salmon at 5 carbs..

and the steak ..

the rest of the stuff ,even the chicken is loaded with carbs due to the sauces.

So I was curious of the carb count in the salad.
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Old 03-02-2010, 08:23 AM   #2
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They list it at 31gms!! Might be the carrots, tomatoes and croutons but that does seem high?
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Their house dressing is 1g carbs per tablespoon (not bad) so I'd guess if you ate the whole bowl of salad without the croutons, it would be about 15g lol(and yes, I can live on their salads ).
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I think it's pretty LC. You'll be fine.
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Old 03-02-2010, 08:28 AM   #5
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I also just seen their chicken grilled ceaser salad isnt to bad carb wise..its 9 so thats not bad
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Off topic, but does anyone know the recipe for their house dressing? It's amazing.
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Off topic, but does anyone know the recipe for their house dressing? It's amazing.
I think you can buy it. I think I did in Illinois but it has been a while.

I found this, but I have never tried it.
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SALAD RECIPE:

* 1 bag American Blend Salad (Dole works well)
* 4-5 slices Red Onion
* 4-6 Black Olives
* 2-4 Banana Peppers
* 1/2 cup Croutons
* 1 small Tomato sliced
* Freshly grated Parmesan Cheese

DRESSING RECIPE:

* 1/2 cup Mayonnaise
* 1/3 cup White Vinegar
* 1 tsp. Vegetable Oil
* 2 Tbsp. Corn Syrup
* 2 Tbsp. Parmesan Cheese
* 2 Tbsp. Romano Cheese
* 1 clove garlic minced
* 1/2 tsp. Italian Seasoning
* 1/2 tsp. Parsley Flakes
* 1 Tbsp. Lemon Juice
* Sugar (optional)

DIRECTIONS:
Dressing:

1. Mix all ingredients in a blender until well mixed (approximately 30 seconds).
2. If this is a little to tart for your own personal tastes please add a little extra sugar.
3. Chill in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes.

Maybe if you make it at home you can lower the carb count by replacing corn syrup with SF simple syrup or splenda?

I love their salad too. I used to make it (with the dressing I bought at the store)
It is one of the very very few Italian dressings I like.
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Ditto CC, I'm not an Italian type girl, but there is something about their dressing that I love.
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haha i went to my olive garden about 3 weeks ago and bought a bottle of the house dressing. it is delicious!
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haha i went to my olive garden about 3 weeks ago and bought a bottle of the house dressing. it is delicious!
You can buy it?? I had no idea! I will be stopping by to pick some up!
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Ditto CC, I'm not an Italian type girl, but there is something about their dressing that I love.
It doesn't sound like an Italian type dressing, so that makes sense! ;-)
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corn syrup eh??
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haha i went to my olive garden about 3 weeks ago and bought a bottle of the house dressing. it is delicious!
It IS! I stopped in just hoping someone would post a recipe. Nom.

I don't even remember it being sweet, just sour. Maybe you could skip the sweeteners altogether. I plan to try it.

Oh, and the banana peppers? Nom!
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Last time I bought a bottle of their dressing was a while ago, but I seem to recall that it's 3 grams of carb per 2 Tablespoon serving. So not the best, but not the worst. It was something like 4 bucks for a smallish bottle, but it's easy to replicate the rest of the salad at home.

In a perfect world, I could get some Olive Garden salad with a side of Macaroni Grill meatballs. Mmmmm.
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I'm going to make this dressing tonight. I'll report back with my results. Just omitting the corn syrup and adding some liquid sweet n low.
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I'm going to make this dressing tonight. I'll report back with my results. Just omitting the corn syrup and adding some liquid sweet n low.
marking my spot so I can hear about your results!
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That recipe mentions mayonnaise. I've never noticed the dressing to have a mayo base, it is more an italian type.
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Last time I bought a bottle of their dressing was a while ago, but I seem to recall that it's 3 grams of carb per 2 Tablespoon serving. So not the best, but not the worst. It was something like 4 bucks for a smallish bottle, but it's easy to replicate the rest of the salad at home.

In a perfect world, I could get some Olive Garden salad with a side of Macaroni Grill meatballs. Mmmmm.
Yes, this is what I thought as well.

Here is from their site.

Salad Dressing (Olive Garden)
Serving Size: 2 Tbsp; Calories: 90, Total Fat: 8g, Carbs: 3g, Protein: 0g
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You could ask for the salad to be nekkid with dressing on the side... I guess.
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The last time I went to Olive Garden the waitress asked why I didn't want salad and I told her I didn't like the dressing. She asked what kind I did like and the next thing I knew she had a salad with a side of ranch and no croutons in front of me. I was impressed.
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This is off the Olive Garden web site.

What is the nutritional content of your salad dressing?
Each two (2) tablespoon serving contains the following: 80 calories; 70 calories from fat; fat 8 grams; saturated fat 1 gram; cholesterol 5 mg; sodium 510 mg; carbohydrates 2 grams; protein 0 gram.
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That recipe mentions mayonnaise. I've never noticed the dressing to have a mayo base, it is more an italian type.
This is exactly what I thought as well. But, Mayo is a great LC product and helps as a filler to make a lot of dressing. All I know is it was GOOOOOOOOOOOD!

It's been so long since I had an Olive Garden salad, I really can't remember for sure if it taste exactly like this, but oh man, this dressing is amazing. I haven't been able to find any dressing I like anymore, ranch included. This one right here is a winner. You don't need but a few drops and toss the salad to coat and you are good to go. My salad was fresh and crisp and the dressing was just enough to give it a little extra something. Absolutely amazing. I highly think you should try it.

And use fresh lemon juice too, not the bottled stuff. I used fresh because I couldn't find bottled, and it was so good. You could taste the lemon in the dressing just a little.
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I never really thought of it as a pure V&O base, I think it is thicker, I always kind of suspected the thickener was Mayo. Glad to hear it was good!
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