5 Tested Restaurant Copycat Recipes – Yum!


Ok, on to business… last weekend, I got some friends together and made 5 recipes from the list of 40 Restaurant Copycat Recipes that I posted earlier today.  I followed them to the ‘T’ and then we all rated each on accuracy and of course taste.  I made Olive Garden Salad, Chili’s Chicken Enchilada Soup, Marie Callender’s Cornbread (with honey butter), Starbucks Caramel Apple Cider and Starbucks Lemon Pound Cake.  My husband and I loved the soup and lemon cake the best – they tasted really similar and were so good. 

Here are the recipes and ratings (1-5, 5 being the best) for each:

Olive Garden Salad Copycat:

  • Accuracy: 3  -Probably because I couldn’t find the actual salad recipe, just the dressing.  For the salad, I used green leaf lettuce, tomatoes, cucumber, parmesan cheese and croutons.
  • Taste: 3.5  -It was your basic Italian dressing

 olive garden copycat salad recipe

Chili’s Chicken Enchilada Soup Copycat:

  • Accuracy:  5  -Tasted just like it!
  • Taste: 5  -And oh so yummy


Marie Callender’s Cornbread Copycat (with honey butter):

  • Accuracy:  4  -It was pretty close but the real deal was a little more dense than this one
  • Taste: 4  -Very tasty but just a little too much like cake than cornbread


Starbucks Caramel Apple Cider:

  • Accuracy: 3.5 -This recipe actually had more apple taste and was way less sweet
  • Taste: 4.5 -This was one of my favorites too, I’ll definitely make it again


Starbucks Lemon Pound Cake:

  • Accuracy: 4 -It wasn’t as lemony as the original
  • Taste: 5  -It was a fan favorite for sure


Check out all 40 copycat recipes from my post today.  And for another fabulous dinner party, click here.

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  1. Oh yum! That caramel apple spice looks delicious! Pinning!

  2. Thanks for sharing! I have been trying to find a copycat recipe for Olive Garden’s salad but have yet to find it. I will have to try the soup recipe though, as I LOVE that soup! Thanks for sharing. Stopping in from the link up!


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