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Garden Salad with Creamy Italian Dressing

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This homemade creamy Italian dressing will take your delicious garden salad to the next level! Using only 4 ingredients, this dressing comes together in a snap, and it tastes AMAZING!

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a garden salad with a side of homemade Italian dressing

Creamy Italian Dressing and the BEST Garden Salad

The weather is heating up FAST here in Arizona, which means it’s time to turn off the oven and cook meals that are both filling and fresh! There’s nothing better than a cool salad on a hot summer day, and this colorful garden salad is one of my favorites! Filled with crisp romaine lettuce, crunchy cucumbers, sweet peppers, and salty olives, the variety of flavors and textures is absolutely delicious! But don’t drizzle just any dressing you have in your refrigerator, because the magic of this salad happens with a homemade creamy Italian dressing!!

Sweet and tangy, creamy and delicious – this dressing is super easy to make and comes together using 4 simple ingredients you probably have on-hand all the time!

Serve this salad alongside a 20-Minute Focaccia Pizza, and let me know what you think!

a salad with olives, peppers, cucumbers, cheese, and romaine lettuce

How To Make It

Garden Salad – To start, I like to use a blend of spring mix with some Romaine lettuce for my garden salad. Then top it with your favorite chopped vegetables and cheese. For this recipe I used bell peppers, olives and cucumbers and cheese. These are some of my favorites so the blend was perfect!

Creamy Italian Dressing – The key to a delicious salad is a fantastic salad and my favorite is a homemade Italian dressing. To make this recipe, pour the ingredients into a separate bowl and whisk them together until they’re fully blended. Then add a little salt and pepper to taste. This dressing will stay fresh in the fridge for about 3-4 days.

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How good does this look??? I love a meal that is light and fresh, yet totally filling! ENJOY!

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Garden Salad with Creamy Italian Dressing Recipe

Homemade Creamy Italian Dressing will take your delicious garden salad to the next level! With only 4 ingredients, this dressing comes together in a snap, and it tastes AMAZING!
Course Salad
Cuisine Italian
Keyword 30 minutes or less, healthy, vegetables
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 4 people
Calories 172 kcal


for the salad -

  • 1 romaine lettuce heart
  • 1/2 cup bell peppers I used the mini sweet bell peppers, but you can use what you have.
  • 2 Persian cucumbers
  • 1 oz pitted olives I used Nicoise, but black olives work well too.
  • 1/5 cup cheese of your choice shredded or crumbled

for the dressing

  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 TBSP red wine vinegar
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • salt + pepper to taste


  1. Wash and dry the fresh produce. Roughly chop the lettuce.
  2. Cut off and discard the stems of the peppers; remove the cores, then thinly slice or dice.
  3. Halve the cucumbers lengthwise, then thinly slice crosswise.
  4. Roughly chop the olives.
  5. Combine all the produce into a large bowl.
  6. In a separate bowl, whisk together the mayonnaise, vinegar, oregano, and 1 tablespoon of olive oil until smooth. Season with salt and pepper.
  7. Just before serving, add the dressing to the bowl of prepared salad ingredients; toss to coat. Taste, then season with salt and pepper if desired.
Nutrition Facts
Garden Salad with Creamy Italian Dressing Recipe
Amount Per Serving (2 cups)
Calories 172 Calories from Fat 153
% Daily Value*
Fat 17g26%
Saturated Fat 3g19%
Cholesterol 12mg4%
Sodium 237mg10%
Potassium 98mg3%
Carbohydrates 3g1%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 2g4%
Vitamin A 1307IU26%
Vitamin C 25mg30%
Calcium 57mg6%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

a salad with creamy Italian dressing

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