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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!
Prep Time10 mins
Total Time10 mins
Course: Salad
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: 30 minutes or less, healthy, vegetables
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 172kcal


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


  • Wash and dry the fresh produce. Roughly chop the lettuce.
  • Cut off and discard the stems of the peppers; remove the cores, then thinly slice or dice.
  • Halve the cucumbers lengthwise, then thinly slice crosswise.
  • Roughly chop the olives.
  • Combine all the produce into a large bowl.
  • In a separate bowl, whisk together the mayonnaise, vinegar, oregano, and 1 tablespoon of olive oil until smooth. Season with salt and pepper.
  • 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.


Serving: 2cups | Calories: 172kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 12mg | Sodium: 237mg | Potassium: 98mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 1307IU | Vitamin C: 25mg | Calcium: 57mg | Iron: 1mg