So I must confess, originally I was trying to do a copy-cat Olive Garden dressing because I was really craving Olive Garden. It’s one of my (many) favorite restaurants, yet we’re trying very hard to not eat out so we have more to spend on our home that’s being built. It would be much easier if I had a decent sized kitchen so I can actually COOK whatever we wanted. Oh well, it’ll be worth it, right? Right! Anywho….so I was trying to do that recipe, when I realized some of the things I definitely needed, I didn’t have on hand. After deciding I was much too lazy to get out of my pj pants (at about 5pm, by the way) to run to the store, I decided to see what I did have on hand that would make a delicious salad dressing. When I pulled out the balsamic vinegar, I had a ‘lightbulb’ moment and immediately set to making a Tangy Balsamic Salad Dressing. It turned out great, and helped me avoid my urge to eat out – bonus!!!
Tangy Balsamic Salad Dressing
1/2 cup Mayo or Miracle Whip
1 tsp. Vegetable Oil
2 tbsp. Corn Syrup
3 tbsp. Parmesan Cheese, shredded
3 tbsp. Romano Cheese, shredded
1/4 tsp Garlic Salt
1/2 tsp. Italian Seasoning
1/2 tsp Parsley, flakes
2 tbsp. Lemon Juice
1/3 cup Balsamic Vinegar
Add all ingredients to a blender, blend until smooth and creamy.
Toss in a salad with fresh greens, tomatoes, croutons and other toppings as desired. Sprinkle a little Parmesan or Romano cheese on top.