Get the Dish: Olive Garden’s Salad and Breadsticks
People who’ve been to Olive Garden know the drill – unlimited salad and breadsticks is absolutely the way to go! Their creamy Italian dressing drizzled over a crisp and refreshing green salad paired with a warm, buttery garlic breadstick is the perfect combination to start any meal, and now you can make it at home. Check out this video to learn the secrets behind bringing that Olive Garden staple into your kitchen. Plus, once you’ve mastered the appetizer, make it a meal by whipping up a batch of Lasagna Classico. Adapted from Todd Wilbur Olive Garden Garlic Breadsticks IngredientsFor the breadsticks: 3/4 teaspoon active dry yeast 2 tablespoons granulated sugar 1 cup plus 1 tablespoon warm water 3 cups bread flour, plus more for surface 1 1/2 teaspoons salt 1/4 cup butter, melted, plus more for greasing bread bowl For the topping: 2 tablespoons butter, melted 1/2 teaspoon garlic salt Directions Into a small bowl, dissolve yeast and sugar in warm water and let sit for 5 minutes until bubbles and foam form. Into a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, combine flour and salt. Mix in the softened butter. Pour the yeast mixture into the flour and continue to mix until combined. Turn out dough onto a floured surface and knead the dough for about 10 minutes. Place dough in a well-buttered bowl and cover with plastic wrap. Let sit for 1 to 1 1/2 hours until it has doubled in size. Take roughly 2-ounce portions of the dough and roll it out on a floured surface to form breadsticks that are 7 inches long. Place the breadsticks on a parchment-paper-lined baking sheet. Cover, and set aside for another 1 1/2 hours or until dough has doubled in size again. Preheat oven to 400º F. Bake breadsticks for 12 to 15 minutes or until they are golden brown. Remove from oven and brush each one with melted butter and sprinkle with garlic salt. Serve warm. Information Category Breads/Crackers, Appetizers Cuisine Italian Yield 10-12 servings Cook Time 2 hours Print recipe Adapted from Good Life Eats Olive Garden Salad IngredientsFor the dressing: 1 cup mayonnaise 2/3 cup white vinegar 5 tablespoons granulated sugar 2 tablespoons lemon juice 1 tablespoon water 2/3 cup parmesan-romano cheese blend 2 teaspoons olive oil 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning 1 teaspoon parsley flakes 1/2 teaspoon garlic salt For the salad: 1 bag romaine lettuce 1/2 red onion, sliced 1/2 cup black olives 2 Roma tomatoes, sliced 3/4 cup croutons 8 peperoncini Grated parmesan cheese, for garnish Directions To make dressing: Into a food processor or blender, blend all of the salad dressing ingredients until smooth. Chill before serving. In a large bowl, assemble the salad and toss with the dressing right before serving. Top with freshly grated parmesan cheese and serve on chilled plates. Information Category Greens , Side Dishes Cuisine Italian Yield 4 servings Cook Time 15 minutes Print recipe
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