This easy Greek salad dressing with olive oil, red wine vinegar, garlic, and dried herbs is one of my favorites to dress any salad and tastes so much better than store-bought.
Home cooks are too often conditioned to grabbing a bottle of store-bought dressing off the supermarket shelf. Where in reality, making a homemade salad dressing truly couldn’t be easier, takes hardly any skill, and is more economical too.
This traditional Greek salad dressing is a multi-functioning super hero. It’s amazingly good on simple greens and sliced onions for an everyday dinner salad. Or soaked into crisped veggies and tossed with feta in a Greek pasta salad. And it works wonders as a marinade for garbanzo beans, chicken, pork, or to drizzle on grilled vegetables or shrimp.
Honestly my husband’s favorite is simply drizzling it on slices of crisp cucumbers, and I’m partial to marinating blocks of feta in it. Yum.
This is the easy salad dressing that’s about to become a secret weapon to always keep on hand.
What Goes Into Greek Salad Dressing
This Greek dressing is one you’ll find yourself making time and again and is made with ingredients you should always have stocked in your pantry. Because there are so few ingredients in this recipe, be sure to use the best quality you can afford since there’s nothing to mask the taste of each one.
- Olive oil: Don’t skimp when it comes to choosing your olive oil. Choose a high quality oil. Extra virgin olive oil is the usual choice. This article explains more, and their number one pick is the favorite of Bon Appétit editors too.
- Red wine vinegar: Choose a bottle without sediment at the bottom. Vinegars range in their acidity.
- Dried herbs: Dried oregano, thyme and dried mustard rein in their Greek godliness here. Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper round out the rest.
- Garlic: I use fresh garlic that’s pressed or minced, but if you don’t have a clove on hand, use 1 teaspoon garlic powder instead.
- Sugar (optional): If your dressing tastes too pungent, add a pinch or two of sugar to mellow out the vinegar-ness.
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How to Make Greek Dressing
To make the Greek salad dressing, whisk the ingredients in a small bowl or shake well in a small mason or jelly jar. Use it immediately or store in the fridge.
Can I Double This Recipe?
Absolutely! You can scale this recipe up to suit your needs. You can store leftovers in the fridge, so don’t fret if you don’t use all of the dressing up right away.
How Long Does Salad Dressing Last?
Homemade greek salad dressing will last in the fridge for at least 2 weeks, so when I make it I usually double it so I can use it for my lunchtime salads, or to drizzle on Italian sandwiches. Or soooo much more.
Tips for Making Greek Salad Dressing
Homemade salad dressing has a tendency to solidify when chilled. If your Greek dressing does this, just set it on the counter for 10 minutes and then give it a good shake before using it.
I know Greek food traditionally uses lots of fresh herbs, but you want to stick to dried for this easy salad dressing recipe. Dried herbs are a lot more flavorful and won’t go bad before you use up all of this dressing.
Give this salad dressing a taste to see if it needs more salt or pepper before drizzling it over your salad. Dressing is easier to flavor before it’s mixed into a dish.
Recipes With Greek Salad Dressing
- Greek Chicken Gyro Salad
- Greek Salad With Avocado
- Greek Pasta Salad With Cucumbers And Artichoke Hearts
- Greek-Style Panzanella Bread Salad Recipe
- Greek Cobb Salad
- Greek Salad with Chicken
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Greek Salad Dressing
- ¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil
- ¼ cup red wine vinegar
- 1 small clove garlic , pressed or minced
- 1 teaspoon dry mustard
- 1 teaspoon dried thyme
- 1 teaspoon dried oregano
- ¼ teaspoon kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
- Combine the olive oil, red wine vinegar, garlic, dry mustard, thyme, oregano and salt and pepper in a small bowl or jar and whisk or shake the dressing well. Use the dressing for salads, roasted vegetables, or as a marinade for chicken.
More Recipes to Serve with Greek Salad
- Easy Chicken Gyros With Tzatziki Sauce
- Greek Turkey Burgers With Tzatziki Sauce
- Easy Greek Chicken Kebabs
- Grilled Lemon Chicken Skewers
- Mediterranean Chicken Quinoa Bowl With Broccoli And Tomato
- Pork Souvlaki with Lemon Rice
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Am really enjoying this recipe although am wondering why it has to be refrigerated? Thanks!
This salad dressing is awesome. Easy to make and delicious to eat. Thank you!
Ashley @ Foodie Crush
I want to write it and use it for myself. Thanks you.
There are many types of salads in Greek cuisine and most of them use salad dressing. Sure, the Greek village salad doesn’t (traditional versions typically use only olive oil) but the other salads do. This dressing is an excellent choice!
This dish does not know if it is suitable for the eastern territory, looking at the ingredients, I find it hard to find. Thanks for this recipe.
I would like to post your Greek Salad Dressing recipe and picture on my facebook page and of course credit you for it. Wondering if that would be ok.
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Betty Aron Schneider
I have made this for years but suggest adding some lemon juice. Even better. Great on garden fresh tomatoes and tuna for a quick summer lunch.