I practically lived off of their unlimited salad and breadsticks during the five years I lived there. In my opinion, no Regina restaurant even comes close to Olive Garden's quality or taste. So, not too long ago, I took matters into my own hands and googled Olive Garden recipes. Thankfully, I came across this video that shows you how to make your own Olive Garden salad dressing.
Here's a transcribed copy of the recipe from this video with a few of my own suggestions added in:
1/2 cup mayonnaise
1/3 cup white vinegar
1 teaspoon vegetable oil (but seeing this is Olive
Garden, and all, I use olive oil)
2 tablespoon corn syrup
2 tablespoon Parmesan cheese
2 tablespoon Romano cheese
1/4 teaspoon garlic salt (or one garlic clove, minced)
1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning
1/2 teaspoon parsley flakes
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 teaspoon sugar (optional)
Olive Garden's website also has a link to some of their most popular recipes. If I can ever pry myself away from the salad long enough, I'll have to give them a whirl. Now I realize that having what some may call, "knock-off Olive Garden" at home may not compare to the actual experience of dining at the Olive Garden, but it sure beats having to drive six hours everytime I get a craving for it. And, with a little help from my good friend, Pavarotti, I can always pretend I'm there.