Just Like Eastside Mario’s Salad Dressing

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: (fridge time) 4 hours

Serving: 1 salad

A Word From The Cook

You won’t tell the difference, and don’t forget the Pecorino Peppers, Black Olives, Purple Onions and Tomatoes!


  • 1/2 Cup Vegetable Oil
  • 1/4 Cup Lemon Juice
  • 1/4 Cup Vinegar (white)
  • 1 Tsp Sugar
  • 1/2 Tsp Salt
  • 1/4 Tsp Dry Mustard Powder
  • 1/4 Tsp Onion Powder
  • 1/4 Tsp Garlic Powder
  • 1/4 Tsp Paprika (I prefer the smoke paprika)
  • 1/4 Tsp Oregano (dried) or 1 Tsp fresh
  • 1/4 Tsp Thyme (dried) or 1 Tsp fresh


  1. Combine all ingredients in a salad dressing shaker or bottle (with lid) and mix well until all blended
  2. Refrigerate for 4 hours prior to using to allow the flavours to blend together.
  3. Serve over prepared lettuce (I like the Iceberg for this one).
  • Lefty
    Posted at 22:30h, 30 January Reply

    I don’t want to be a hater, but this just tasted like an oily mess.

    • Ken
      Posted at 22:15h, 24 June Reply

      Sorry you had this experience. This is the recipe for the dressing. There would be enough here for about 3 salads. It does keep for about 10 days refrigerated ..

  • Thomas
    Posted at 20:34h, 17 July Reply

    This recipe is an absloute favorite at my house. We find it tastes even better than Eastside’s. Thank you for sharing

  • Martin Campbell
    Posted at 23:18h, 01 August Reply

    Where do I get those pepper on ink/pecorino peppers similar to east sides. I have bought some in grocery stores but wayyyy hotter than east side’s

    • Ken Alger
      Posted at 17:45h, 26 August Reply

      Hi Martin, I’ve always used Unico brand Peperoncini Peppers. I’ll post a picture on the recipe post of the bottle / brand.

  • Colleen Morris
    Posted at 16:01h, 30 September Reply

    This was so delicious, thank you for posting! Will be checking out your other stuff too now. You’ve got a new fan in me…

    • Ken Alger
      Posted at 12:08h, 02 October Reply

      Thank you Colleen, appreciate your interest. Glad you enjoyed this one.

  • Joanne Bobiak
    Posted at 22:37h, 21 February Reply

    I made this for my kids and they used to work there. They loved it!

    • Ken Alger
      Posted at 23:37h, 21 February Reply

      Thanks Joanne, that’s high praise!

  • Mae Scibetta
    Posted at 02:04h, 01 April Reply

    This week we went to East Side Mario’s on Upper James, Hamilton. Ontario.
    We have always loved the salad at this chain of restaurants but the salad we had was a great disappointment. The dressing tasted dramatically different and more like over the counter bottled dressing. We will not give it a good rating at all and will probably not go there again.

  • Laurie
    Posted at 16:03h, 05 August Reply

    This is the absolute best salad dressing! I double the recipe and it’s enough for 10 days. I use this everyday at lunch on my salad.
    Thank you so much for posting this!

  • Jean dams
    Posted at 02:23h, 04 January Reply

    Can anyone tell me the callories?

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