This healthy and delicious greek salad dressing is super easy to make and really versatile! Pour it on your favorite salads, or use it as a marinade. This recipe is also vegan, whole30, paleo, and keto — a win win!
Greek Salad Dressing Recipe
This Greek salad dressing is one my all time favorite vinaigrettes for a salad. It’s bursting with light and bright flavor that works fabulously on pretty much any green salad! It’d be great to make a yummy Greek pasta salad too.
It reminds me a bit of the salad dressing at Zoe’s Kitchen, one of my favorite Whole30 restaurants. All of the fresh ingredients are Whole30, Keto and dairy free. This homemade dressing recipe is made without yogurt or feta, two pretty common greek dressing ingredients.
But did you know vinaigrettes can pull double duty and also be used as a terrific marinade? That’s right! Since vinaigrettes have the same basic key ingredients as marinades — acid, fat, and seasonings — they can be used interchangeably!
I love to use this Greek vinaigrette on chicken, salmon, or pork! Marinating meat, cooking it, and then serving on the same salad that I use the dressing on just makes the fresh Mediterranean flavors extra strong.
This Greek vinaigrette and marinade leans really herby, with a zesty lemon vinaigrette flavor. Really, it’s the best part of a fresh salad! I can’t get enough of this wonderful dressing. And I bet you’ll feel the same after you try it!
Why You’ll Love this Recipe
- Making your own dressing not only creates better flavors, but it’s a great way to ensure the dressing follows any dietary restrictions or allergy restrictions that you may have. Something that store-bought dressings often cannot guarantee.
- It only takes a few minutes to mix up the high-quality ingredients for this tangy dressing. Just a few simple steps and you’ve got the best Greek salad dressing.
- You can make this authentic Greek salad dressing ahead of time and store it until you need it. Great if you are into meal prepping!
One of my favorite things about this recipe? It’s got a short list of ingredients that can be found at any grocery store. Every single ingredient here can be found in most pantries or refrigerators too, and that makes things so much easier!
Here’s what you’ll need:
- extra virgin olive oil
- red wine vinegar
- lemon juice
- minced garlic
- dried dill
- dried oregano
- salt & pepper
Substitutions and Variations
If you don’t want to measure out each of these herbs, you can use greek seasoning instead!
Don’t have red wine vinegar? You can substitute it with apple cider vinegar or balsamic vinegar.
Freshly minced garlic always provides the best and strongest flavor, but you can use the store-bought minced garlic if you prefer. It’ll save a step in this recipe!
While extra-virgin olive oil is most commonly used in Mediterranean recipes because of its distinct flavor, you can use a different oil if you prefer. Avocado oil would be a good swap!
If this tangy dressing has a bit too much zing for you, then just add a touch of honey to the base of the dressing and mix it in well.
How to Make Greek Salad Dressing
Begin by finely mincing the fresh garlic cloves and then juice the lemon.
Then, add this handful of simple ingredients to a large mason jar or a small bowl. Cover the mason jar tightly and shake well. If you’re using a bowl, then whisk well until all dressing ingredients are thoroughly incorporated.
Give the complete Greek salad dressing a taste, and season it a bit more to your liking. Use the dressing right away, or store it for later!
Recipes that use Greek Salad Dressing
When you use it as a salad dressing, it’s much more versatile than you’d think. It goes beautifully on lots of mediterranean inspired recipes, like:
- Cauliflower Tabbouleh. This recipe is Vegan and Whole30 compatible.
- Chickpea, Avocado & Cucumber Salad. This recipe is Vegetarian and can be adapted to be Vegan.
- Greek Salad with Shrimp. This recipe is low carb and Whole30 compatible.
- Greek Salad with Chicken & Feta.
- I like drizzle it on my side salads, wraps, and sandwiches, too!
How to Store Homemade Greek Salad Dressing
Place healthy Greek salad dressing into a mason jar or airtight container with a lid, and store in the refrigerator for 1-2 weeks. Give it a good shake before you use it to mix everything together!
Tips for Success
- For extra flavor, add some fresh herbs into the mix. Just keep in mind that you may need to the amount of dried herbs so the flavor isn’t overpowering.
- While it may seem like a pain to juice your own lemon juice, it really does make a more flavorful dressing. So don’t grab a bottle of lemon juice at the grocery store unless you just have to!
- Use a re-useable dressing container to store the finished product so that you can easily dispense it onto your favorite salads!
FAQ & Tips
To use vinaigrette as a marinade, set your meat in a zip top plastic bag or shallow glass dish. Then, give it a good , heavy drizzle of the marinade. Turn to coat the meat completely and then cover and set in the refrigerator.
Use these times as a general rule of thumb for marinating:
-Chicken should marinate at least 30 minutes, up to 12 hours, but never longer than 24 hours.
-Beef should marinate 1-2 hours and no longer than 24 hours.
-Seafood should marinate for 15-30 minutes, and no longer than 12 hours.
-Vegetables and Soy Proteins should marinate for 2-3 hours.
Depending on the recipe, yes homemade salad dressing is often more healthy than store-bought. When you make your own dressing, you are skipping the additives, preservatives, and extra sugar that many dressings in the grocery store have. However, homemade dressing that have a creamy base may not be super healthy. Everything in moderation, and be sure that the ingredients you are using for a homemade recipe are healthy and good for you!
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Greek Vinaigrette and Marinade
- 2 Tablespoons red wine vinegar
- 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
- 1 Tablespoon lemon juice
- 1-2 clove garlic
- 1/4 teaspoon dried dill
- 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/8 teaspoon black pepper
- Mince the garlic clove and juice the lemon. Add all the salad dressing ingredients to a container with a lid and shake well or whisk together in a bowl.