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November 18, 2009 12:04 PM
Does anyone know how many calories for 1 cup of Olive Garden's complimentary salad? I am going there tonight with some co-workers and plan on sticking to the Garden Fare menu and was craving some of their salad along with my entree. smile
November 18, 2009 12:08 PM
Go to food and look up olive garden and I think you will find it but you may not want to see it.wink
November 18, 2009 12:13 PM
That's the first place I checked. According to MFP, it says the house salad is 350 calories per plate. I was just wondering what they mean by plate. Do they consider "plate" to be a full salad entree? That would make a huge difference.
November 18, 2009 12:14 PM
You can request the salad without the dressing and then add like 1 TB of dressing to your portion. Also, if you avoid the cheese adn croutons, that will help, too. The breadsticks are a completely different story. Good luck resisting them sad

Oh and Olive Garden posts nutritional info on their website. Check it out.

Edited by MBH3 On November 18, 2009 12:14 PM
November 18, 2009 12:16 PM
if you are trying to stick to a low calorie diet, i would recomend that you get the zuppa toscana soup instead of the salad. the salad has 28 grams of fat in 1 serving. i cant remember how many calories, but when i saw 28 grams of fat i said omg, i'll take soup instead. also a good dish on the garden fare menu is the pomodoro. dont get the linguini, its kinda blan and not very good. also, you can ask them for a nutritional guide, them have them there. good luck!flowerforyou
November 18, 2009 12:17 PM
Good idea for omitting the crotons and cheese wink
November 18, 2009 12:25 PM
You won't have an answer for tonight, but I emailed them a while back and asked the same thing (how much is a "serving"?) I cannot find the answer in my email, but I know that they were very helpful and wrote back to me right away, so if you go there a lot, you may want to shoot them an email and ask them any and all questions that you have. flowerforyou
November 18, 2009 12:47 PM

There are 201 calories in the Olive Garden Salad: iceberg lettuce, tomatoes, onions, shredded carrots, peppers, black olives, and cheese.

Nutrition Facts Serving Size: 1 salad

Amount per Serving Calories 201 Calories from Fat 54
% Daily Value *

Total Fat 6g 9%
Saturated Fat 0g 0%
Sodium 784mg 33%
Total Carbohydrate 31g 10%
Dietary Fiber 0g 0%
Sugars 0g
Protein 0g 0%
Est. Percent of Calories from:
Fat 26.9% Carbs 61.7%
Protein 0.0%

Tip: Try one of these other items from Olive Garden instead of the Salad to consume fewer calories:
Garden Fresh Plain Salad (133 fewer calories) OR Garden-fresh Salad (108 fewer calories)


Tip: Other members of The Daily Plate often eat the following foods with this item.

Food Items Cals Fat Carbs Protein

Olive Garden Breadstick 150 (calories) 2g (fat) 28g (carbs) 0 (protein), etc, as this system isn't allowing me to do columns (but you get the PICTURE)

Olive Garden Salad Dressing 90 8g 3g 0g
Olive Garden Breadstick, plain 150 2.5g 28g 5g
Olive Garden Minestrone Soup 164 1g 18g 5g
Olive Garden Minestrone Soup Bowl 164 1g 18g 0
See all "Frequently Eaten With..." items »
Olive Garden Italian Restaurant Breadstick 140 1.5g 26g 5g
Olive Garden Italian Salad Dressing 80 8g 2g 0g
Olive Garden Pasta E Fagioli 588 9.8g 91g 37.7g
Olive Garden Zuppa Toscanna 335 23.7g 11.6g 17.9g
Olive Garden Zuppa Toscana Soup 239 16.6g 9.9g 11.8g
Olive Garden Fettuccine Alfredo 780 18 125 24
Olive Garden Breadstick (as Of 2009) 150 2.5g 28g 0
Olive Garden Chicken Marsala 140 4g 12g 14g
Pepsi Pepsi 100 0g 27 0g
Olive Garden Linguine alla Marinara Lunch Entree 340 6g 54 0
Olive Garden Torta Di Chocolate 232 7g 34g 6g
Olive Garden Pasta E Fagioli Soup (lunch Portion) 130 2.5g 19g 0
Olive Garden Five Cheese Ziti Al Forno - Lunch Entree 528 22g 60g 19g
Bread 70 1.g 14g 3g
Bellini Peach Tee from Olive Garden 60 4g 2g 0
Olive Garden Chicken Gnocci Soup 150 ?g ?g 0
Olive Garden Low Fat Italian Dressing 37 2g 0 0
Wishbone Italian Dressing 90 8 3g 0g
Olive Garden Minestrone Soup (lunch) 100 1.5g 19g 5g
Olive Garden Venetian Apricot Chicken 448 11g 0g 27g
Olive Garden Lasagna Rotallini 750 30g 45g 30g
Wegmans Feta Cheese 70 4g 2g 6g
Olive Garden Apricot Chicken 328 7g 23g 0
Olive Garden Stuffed Mushrooms 410 28g 20g 15.6g
Unsweetened Ice Tea With Lemon 0 0g 0g 0
A bowl is a bowl is a bowl. They will bring you a plate. The only time you're given a bowl is for the soup. Not UNLESS you ask for the same soup bowl and eat only one bowl of salad. Same w/the "salad PLATE".

The RULE of thumb is to START with soup since it will FILL you up before the main coarse. Ask for a bowl of soup and a hot cup of water. Why? To dilute the soup since it will be VERY salty....beware when you eat out as the food ALWAYS tends to be "salty". INSTEAD of the fat breadsticks, ask for Melba toast and/or wheat crackers. I'm tired!!!!!!!!!!!!! LOL.

Blessings! flowerforyou

Edited by LittleEva44 On November 18, 2009 1:10 PM
November 18, 2009 12:52 PM
My department is getting Olive Garden catered in for lunch on Friday. I already looked up all the nutritional info and have it loaded on my food log....

lets just say I'm going to be in the gym for a LOOOOONG time Friday night....
November 18, 2009 1:44 PM
Olive Garden has a low fat/light dressing they just don't advertise that they have it. Just ask for that. It actually tastes really good, in fact I think it's better than the regular.

Oh, and ask them to leave off the croutons. Then the salad is practically no calories at all.
Edited by lessertess On November 18, 2009 1:44 PM


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