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Add amazing Mediterranean flavor to salads and so much more with this bright and tangy Greek salad dressing. It's made with mostly pantry ingredients and it's ready in minutes. Store the leftovers in the fridge for delicious meals all week long!
Here's a Greek salad dressing that will add amazing Mediterranean flavor to salads and so much more! It's tangy, bright, and herby and you only need a few basic kitchen staples to make it.
We love homemade salad dressings because we know exactly what goes into them. They also taste fresher and you can tweak them to your taste.
This is the best Greek salad dressing, and it's so versatile and easy to make. Of course, it's what we use in our Greek salad recipe, but it tastes great on grains, legumes, vegetables, and as a marinade for Greek chicken, too.
This recipe will make more than you need for one salad so store the extras in your fridge and use it to add Mediterranean flair to dishes all week long!
What is Greek salad dressing?
Greek salad dressing is a vinaigrette made with olive oil, vinegar, lemon juice, and a mix of fresh herbs and seasonings. It's most commonly used on Greek salads that include ingredients like tomatoes, cucumbers, kalamata olives, red onion, and feta cheese.
Read more: try our Greek pasta salad!
How to make Greek salad dressing
This Greek salad dressing comes together in minutes for quick and easy salads any day of the week! Here's how to make it in a few simple steps:
- Add all the ingredients to a bowl.
- Whisk until combined.
- Use it right away or store it in your fridge until you're ready to use it. That's it!
If you're not using the dressing right away, you can simply add the ingredients to a jar. When you're ready to serve it, take it out of the fridge and let the olive oil come to room temperature before giving it a good shake and pouring it over your salad.
Greek salad dressing ingredients
This homemade Greek salad dressing recipe is simple to make with ingredients you will likely have on hand. Here's everything you need:
- Olive oil – extra-virgin olive oil is full of healthy fats and may actually help you absorb the nutrition of your salad.
- Red wine vinegar, balsamic vinegar, and lemon juice – the mix of red wine vinegar, balsamic vinegar, and lemon juice bring a well-rounded acidity to this salad dressing. They offer a subtle sweetness, too.
- Feta brine – feta brine, the salty, cloudy liquid that feta cheese comes packaged in, does wonders for this dressing. Now you can put it to use instead of pouring it out!
- Fresh dill – dill is wonderfully fresh and tastes like anise. If you don't like dill, you can use other fresh herbs like parsley instead.
- Sea salt
- Garlic – fresh garlic adds a kick of flavor.
Greek salad dressing variations
Here are a few ways you can tweak this Greek salad dressing to your liking:
- Add ½ cup plain Greek yogurt to make it a creamy Greek yogurt salad dressing.
- Add a touch of honey for sweetness.
- Add a teaspoon dijon mustard for more tanginess.
- Mix up the herbs – while dill is a classic for Greek dressing, fresh basil, chives, and parsley are delicious additions!
- Add some fresh ground black pepper for a bit of a kick and depth of flavor.
What to eat with Greek salad dressing
This Greek dressing is really versatile and can be used in so many ways. It's a must on traditional Greek salad, but also tastes delicious on pasta salads, grain salads, or any green salad.
It's also the perfect marinade for the summertime grilling season. Use it to add Mediterranean flavor to chicken, fish, veggies, kebabs, or anything else you can think of!
Can I use dried dill?
In a pinch! Fresh dill is a lot brighter tasting but dried will still offer a lot of flavor. Use 1 teaspoon of dried dill.
Can I use fresh oregano?
Yes! It's not an ingredient we often have on hand, which is why we use dried oregano in this recipe. But if you have fresh, use 1 ½ teaspoons.
The feta cheese I bought doesn't have any brine. What should I do?
You can simply omit it from the recipe. Since it is salty, taste the dressing after you whisk all the ingredients and add a pinch more salt if needed.
What type of olive oil should I use?
Ideally, you'll want to use extra virgin olive oil. Use the best olive oil you have on hand. If you buy special olive oil for drizzling over salad, use that. But even regular, cooking-grade olive oil will work well in this recipe.
How long does Greek salad dressing keep in the fridge?
Store any leftover Greek salad dressing in the fridge in a jar or airtight container for up to a week. The oil will solidify, so allow it to sit on the counter for 10-15 minutes to come to room temperature.
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- ¼ cup olive oil (see notes)
- 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
- 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
- 2 tablespoons lemon juice (from ½ lemon)
- 1 tablespoons feta brine (see notes)
- 1 tablespoons chopped fresh dill
- ½ teaspoon dried oregano
- ¼ teaspoon sea salt
- 1 clove garlic (very finely minced)
- Add all the ingredients to a medium-sized bowl.¼ cup olive oil, 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar, 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar, 2 tablespoons lemon juice, 1 tablespoons feta brine, 1 tablespoons chopped fresh dill, ½ teaspoon dried oregano, ¼ teaspoon sea salt, 1 clove garlic
- Whisk until well combined. (If you're not using the dressing right away, you can add the ingredients to a jar with a lid then shake the jar when you're ready.)
- Use the dressing right away or store it in your fridge in a jar for up to 10 days.
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