Pizza Hut Creamy Italian Dressing
By Todd Wilbur
As Pizza Hut veers away from salads it’s becoming harder to find their popular Italian dressing. Perhaps this is why we’ve been getting an increasing number of requests here to hack the endangered classic salad sauce before it becomes extinct. When a search for the salad dressing here in Las Vegas hit a dead end I was thankful for a TSR fan in Pennsylvania who was able to send me a giant 1-gallon bottle of the stuff that should last me though most of the decade.
Sure, it’s a lot of dressing, but the benefit of having an official bottle is that it comes with an official list of ingredients on the label. That was certainly helpful and informative, although I opted to not include the propylene glycol alginate (ick!) and xanthan gum in my version and kept it to simply basic ingredients, plus MSG. Monosodium glutamate is practically as safe as salt and it’s an important part of the umami flavor found in the original. A respectable clone cannot be made without this important ingredient, so include it if you want a perfect match. You can find MSG in stores in the spice aisle under the brand-name Ac’cent or in bulk online.
You might also want to try my clone recipe for Pizza Hut Pan Pizza.
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- 1 cup mayonnaise
- 1/3 cup white vinegar
- 1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon granulated sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon MSG (monosodium glutamate)
- 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
- 1/4 teaspoon Italian seasoning blend (marjoram, rosemary, basil, thyme, oregano, et al)
- 1/4 teaspoon dried parsley flakes
- 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
- Do This
InstructionsWhisk together all ingredients in a small bowl until smooth and creamy. Cover and chill the dressing for at least 30 minutes before using.
Makes 1 cup.
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I'm Todd Wilbur,
Chronic Food Hacker
For 30 years I've been deconstructing America's most iconic brand-name foods to make the best original clone recipes for you to use at home. Welcome to my lab.