I love the tangy tomato dressing served with the house salad at the Outback Steakhouse, but they won’t sell it to you unless you are actually using it in the restaurant, hence the need for a copycat recipe like this one!

I learned this when I was craving it one night, so I decided to try a few things and I think this is what worked best. It’s not exact, but I think it’s pretty close and will be great with your own version of an Aussie Cobb Salad or side salad at home.

So, this is my Outback Steakhouse Tangy Tomato dressing copycat recipe.

Outback Steakhouse Tangy Tomato Salad Dressing Ingredients

  • 2/3 cup ketchup (not tomato sauce or fresh tomatoes… unless you really love them)
  • 1/4 cup Catalina (or French) dressing
  • 2/3 cup white sugar
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon vegetable oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder (or chopped up red onion)
  • 1/8 teaspoon chili powder (this adds the spice so use a little less if you don’t want too much… or just omit)
  • pinch thyme
  • dash salt
  • squirt lemon juice

Play around with these ingredients until you get a perfect balance. It’s a copycat, so feel free to add ingredients like white vinegar, canola oil, sour cream, or Worcestershire sauce. Make it your own salad dressing. Since they don’t sell the real deal, it’s the best option!

Outback Steakhouse Tangy Tomato Salad Dressing Directions

Combine ingredients together over a boiling stove in a small saucepan on medium heat for a couple of minutes.

Cool in a small bowl or large bowl, refrigerate, and enjoy! This can last a few weeks if you store it in an airtight container.

This dressing is also good as delicious dip for onion rings, french fries, or chicken breast and even mixed in a pasta salad. For more uses, scroll down.

Yes, it’s that easy to create the finished product. I’m not a ranch dressing or honey mustard kind of girl. (In fact, I hate it.) So, Outback’s tangy tomato dressing is my second favorite (behind the Red Rooster dressing at Rooster’s in Columbus). The dressing from the Olive Garden is also amazing.

tangy tomato dressing

Tangy Tomato Salad Dressing is Not Just For Salads

While I love this on a salad (and that’s the only way I eat it), you can do so much more with a recipe like this one. Here are eight ideas from the Daily Meal for your taste buds.

  1. Make a dipping sauce
  2. Make a marinade
  3. Use it in braised dishes
  4. Flavor fried chicken
  5. Make a stir fry
  6. Make hot dip
  7. Use it in bruschetta
  8. Flavor potato salad

Any other ideas on how to use this dressing? Find me on Instagram at @ChristinaAllDay and let me know how it turned out and how you’re using it.

  1. Kristen says:

    Sounds like heaven! My hubby loves Outback and this dressing!

  2. Cindy says:

    Tastes nothing like outback don’t waste your time and ingredients!!!

    • Christina says:

      Thanks for the feedback, Cindy. Not very constructive and a tad rude, but I do appreciate you taking the time to log in and leave a comment. I hope you have a great day 🙂

  3. Milt Keller says:

    I thought it was very good! I made it in a smaller amount first. Thanks so much for this…a change from my Caesar and Bleu cheese dressings, and both very good, but enjoyed this. For some strange reason, I want to do “Baby Back Ribs”!

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