Greek Salad Dressing

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This Greek salad dressing is fresh, flavorful, easy to make and tastes better than anything you can buy in the store. Whip up a fresh batch and store it in your fridge!

This Greek salad dressing is fresh, flavorful, easy to make and tastes better than anything you can buy in the store.

When it comes to making Greek salads, it only makes sense to drizzle Greek salad dressing on top.

But you’d be remiss to think that’s the only salad this dressing is good for. Greek salad dressing is extremely versatile and also a perfect marinade for anything you might want to toss on the grill in summertime – veggies, chicken, fish, you name it.

Greek Salad Dressing Recipe Video

While it’s easy to whip up this recipe it always helps to watch a quick video. Give it a watch below!

What’s in a Greek Salad Dressing?

A traditional Greek salad dressing is really a Greek vinaigrette as it contains olive oil, red wine vinegar, lemon juice, Dijon mustard, minced garlic cloves, dried oregano (the key ingredient) and salt and pepper.

You can use virgin or extra virgin olive oil, but I think more important is the red wine vinegar, Dijon mustard and spices you use. Opt for quality ingredients like this organic red wine vinegar and Dijon mustard. And you know I’m a big fan of Simply Organic spices (did you see my Spice Drawer Organization video?).

Once you’ve got all your ingredients in a bowl, it’s as easy as whisking it all together. Then drizzle it on my Greek Salad, Greek Chicken Salad, or use it as a marinade on Greek Chicken Kabobs.

This Greek salad dressing is fresh, flavorful, easy to make and tastes better than anything you can buy in the store.

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Greek salad dressing in a glass jar in front of Greek salad.

Greek salad dressing in a glass jar in front of Greek salad.

Greek Salad Dressing

4.96 from 122 votes
Prep: 5 minutes
Total: 5 minutes
Servings: 8 servings
Author: Lisa Bryan

Description

A delicious Greek salad dressing recipe that will make you want to hop on a plane to Greece! Watch the video above to see how quickly it comes together.

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Ingredients 
 

Instructions 

  • Add all of the ingredients, except the olive oil to a bowl and whisk together.
  • Slowly add the olive oil and whisk vigorously while pouring until the dressing is emulsified.

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Nutrition

Serving: 2tbsp | Calories: 123.5kcal | Carbohydrates: 0.6g | Protein: 0.1g | Fat: 13.6g | Saturated Fat: 1.9g | Sodium: 89.8mg | Fiber: 0.1g | Sugar: 0.2g
Course: dressing
Cuisine: Greek
Keyword: greek salad dressing, greek vinaigrette
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Lisa Bryan

Lisa is a bestselling cookbook author, recipe developer, and YouTuber (with over 2.5 million subscribers) living in sunny Southern California. She started Downshiftology in 2014, and is passionate about making healthy food with fresh, simple and seasonal ingredients.

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269 Comments

  1. Perfect zesty flavor.  Red wine vinegar is the key ingredient to bring all the flavors together. 

    I use a good California olive oil to give it a bolder, peppery olive taste. 

    I make a double batch using your recipe every week :)5 stars

  2. Way too tart! Cut back on lemon and vinegar by at least half! Should know the rule of oil to vinegar ratio.

    1. Hi Gabriele – I do know the ratio of oil to vinegar, but I prefer a slightly brighter, less oily dressing. This ratio is more common in Greece as well. But you can always add more oil if you’d like!

  3. I followed your recipe exactly – was really excited to combine all those great ingredients, but found the dressing to be so bland – no kick … probably because I’m used to the real thing – ended up adding more balsamic vinegar and lemon juice but still not pleasing … I will not make this again but if anyone else agrees, I suggest cutting the oil to 1/4 cup and adding Feta. BTW, all my ingredients were the finest. Happy for you that others liked it …

    1. Hi Kirsten – sorry you didn’t love this recipe! But just a note, you should have added red wine vinegar and not balsamic vinegar. If you added balsamic vinegar, that would have made a huge flavor difference and definitely been lackluster, as all the “punch” in this recipe comes from the red wine vinegar.

  4. My family’s new favorite salad dressing! Bursting with flavor, and so easy to make at home — no additives or preservatives. We eat more salads now! :-D5 stars

  5. I found the raw garlic too bitter and the ratio of oil to vinegar/lemon juice off, but of course lemons come in different sizes, as do garlic cloves. I didn’t like this recipe.   I added more oil to save it for this time, but I  won’t make it again.

    1. Hi Cathy – yes, everyone has a different preference when it comes to vinaigrettes and ratios. I hope you enjoy some of my other recipes more!

  6. This recipe is absolutely fantastic! After we ate the meal my kids sat around dipping romaine lettuce into the dress thing it was so tasty.5 stars

    1. I tried a few homemade salad dressing recipes, including other Greek salad dressings. This recipe is definitely a keeper to my surprise! The flavors mesh well together. It’s one of my new “go to” recipes. I can serve this to guests with confidence.5 stars

    2. Loved, loved, loved this salad dressing! Been looking for something like this for a long time, it will go in my permanent recipe folder. Thank you.5 stars

  7. Hmmm. Sounds delicious! I wonder if I could make it and freeze in small batches until needed, whether it would hold up to the process. I tend to use only 2-3 tablespoons of any dressing over a salad so I wouldn’t get through more than a half-cup before it spoiled.

      1. Love your dressings! Question- does this one need refrigeration? I use it during the week and when I refrigerate I always have to leave it out awhile before using because it’s solidified a bit. 5 stars

  8. I followed this exactly using organic red wine vinegar. it’s so easy and delicious!! will definitely make this again!5 stars

    1. Hi Angela- Glad to hear you’ve found a dressing staple you can always use now for salads :)

  9. Thanks so much, I love this dressing. I’ve made it many times and it never disappoints. Im a huge salad lover so this is a real keeper. ❤5 stars

  10. I have been looking for a good greek salad dressing for years!  (I do not like store bought dressings) This one does not disappoint!! Thank you!  Makes plenty for a few nights a of salad for our family of four.5 stars

  11. This is my favorite greek salad dressing recipe. It’s perfect as is, but I will sometime use sherry vinegar instead of red wine and it’s equally delicious! Thank you Lisa!5 stars

    1. Hi Madeleine – I personally think the red wine vinegar is essential in this recipe (it’s what gives it that Greek salad dressing flavor), but you could swap it with almost any other vinegar, like white wine vinegar, apple cider vinegar, etc.

  12. Can you give me a guesstimate of volume on the lemon juice? (We have quite a variety of sizes.)

    1. I could not get my dressing to emulsify. Wondering if my lemon was just way too big? I kept trying to add more olive oil and it just didn’t come together. Taste is delicious but is very runny.

      1. Hi Jennifer – this does tend to be a slightly thinner, more runny dressing. It doesn’t fully emulsify like a mayonnaise. So you may have done it right! :)

  13. Absolutely wonderful recipe. I’ve been looking for a dressing like this for 20+ years. Reminds me of my friends mother “Mrs, Matzangos’” salad dressing! We loved it. Thanks for sharing. 5 stars

    1. Hi Stephanie – Well, I’m glad you finally found a greek dressing recipe that’s to your liking! :)

  14. Used this last week and was really impressed how quick, easy and delicious it was! It’s definitely a keeper and is better than other recipes I have found online. Thank you!5 stars

  15. Delicious! Thanks so much for sharing. It was perfect on my Greek salad tonight. So much better than store-bought.5 stars

    1. Hi Kelly – Amazing! Glad you enjoyed this dressing – and it definitely pairs perfectly with a greek salad :)

  16. This dressing is perfection! Amazing taste together with the Greek Salad recipe.
    I paired it with an high quality Ligurian EVO and Yes it makes you want to hop on a plane to Greece :)
    Thank You!5 stars

    1. It’s amazing how much more flavorful dressings are when made at home, isn’t it? I’m happy you loved the recipe Becky (and the Greek salad as well!).

  17. Good recipe. The olive oil you use is most important. Make sure it has less than .5% acidity. I use half red wine vinegar and half balsamic and used my mini food processor.5 stars

  18. I added a little bit of honey, parm cheese oregano to this and it is sooo good, we have a restaurant down the street who has a bottle they make and sell for $6 and this recipe was the base to Theres that i have been searching for, except I may change the oil as the olive oil has too much of a robust flavor… thank you!!!!5 stars

  19. I wasn’t sure which olive oil to use so I did 1/2 light tasting and 1/2 Robust EVOO. Turned out great. In a pinch you can add quality dry red wine to white or cider vinegar and get some of the same flavors like red wine vinegar. I’m a dressing junky so I own 8 or 9 vinegars. 5 stars

    1. I’m happy you loved the dressing Jennifer! And thanks for the tip on the vinegars as well. You do sound like the expert! :)

  20. I have everything but red wine vinegar. Could I use white wine vinegar or another kind?5 stars

    1. Red wine vinegar is really what makes greek salad dressing what it is, but you could certainly use another vinegar this time and then grab red wine vinegar for the future! :)

  21. Lisa, I have sent my email at least 3 times and have not received PDF files. I really like your videos and would dearly like to begin following your videos and recipes.

    1. Hi Christine – I just checked and you received that email back on Dec 28, 2018 and opened it. Try doing a search on your email inbox for “downshiftology” to find it again.

  22. I love the Luna Grill greek dressing and haven’t found one until now that measures up. This was so delicious and easy to make. This is the first recipie I came back digging for. It will now be THE staple.5 stars

    1. I love Luna Grill too! Thank you for the kind comment, Danielle! I’m so glad you love the dressing! :)

  23. This is great stuff & the recipe is going into my “tried & true” recipe folder. It’s a perfect combination on the Greek salad with some Feta cheese & calamata olives. Thanks so much.5 stars

    1. Thanks for the kind words, Scott! I’m so happy you loved the salad and dressing! :)

  24. One of the best dressings I have ever tasted. Everyone loved this dressing along with the cobb salad at Easter this year. Definitely a new staple in our family 5 stars

  25. Spot on dressing.  Took a chance to make some home made Greek salad ? today.  This recipe is da bomb.  I’ll invest in a better red Wine ? vinegar brand.  Also used 1/3 cup cap 1/2 cup oil and also frozen garlic cubes vs freshly crushed.  Turned out great.  Thanks for sharing! 5 stars

    1. Hi Lem – Thanks for sharing your nuances on my recipe. I love reading everyone’s creative spin and I’m so glad you liked it. :)

  26. First time I ever made Greek salad dressing! It was so easy to prepare! Served over fresh iceberg
    with yellow bell peppers,sliced english cucumbers,wild wonder tomatoes and fresh feta. Oh and don’t forget the kalamata olives with pita! Thank-you for sharing this delicious receipe! I am so happy I found your website!5 stars

    1. Thanks April! It’s amazing how easy it is to make dressings, especially when we’re so used to store bought dressing. You make it once, and you’ll never go back :)

  27. This recipe is really good. Better tand something at a reaturaunt. If you are wonderign how much it makes 1/2 a recpe makes about a 1/2 cup and a whole recipe makes about 1 cup. You can use frozen garlic cubes if you dont want to get your hands stiky thats what i do. 5 stars

  28. My goodness! I just discovered your website! Where have I been?! I need to get ready for work and can’t pull myself away from it. Love your style and instructions. Simple and elegant. Thank you for so generously sharing your knowledge. 

    1. Aww, thanks so much Donna for your kind words! I’m so thrilled you love my recipes and website. :) x

  29. This is a great light delightful salad dressing.  I made it just as it says,  but did not have Dijon mustard and used regular mustard and it turned out fine.5 stars

  30. Hey…

    This dressing is perfect as written! I did add a little kalamata juice from the olives I used in the salad, but this is a definite keeper!

    This will be my goto salad all summer. I know, its winter, but I was just really in the mood for Greek Salad tonight. AMAZING!!!

    Thanks for sharing!5 stars

    1. Happy you enjoyed both the Greek salad and dressing recipe Mike! It’s one of my favorites as well, especially in spring and summer. :)

  31. Hello Lisa….

    I am going to try this recipe. I really like your website and youtube channel. Your channel is well planned and thought out —you inspire me :)5 stars

    1. Aww, thanks so much Michelle! I’m so happy you love my content. I hope you enjoy this recipe! :) x

  32. In most of your recipes that call for olive oil, there is no specification for regular or extra virgin.  Which one should be used here?  Thanks for all the great recipes and ideas!

    1. Hi Kim – you can use either, though I personally prefer extra virgin olive oil in salad dressings. :) x