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Easy Homemade Greek Dressing for Salads and Dipping

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Homemade Greek salad dressing doesn’t need to be difficult – this easy to make recipe uses simple ingredients to create a flavor identical to your favorite Greek restaurant!

If you have ever wondered how the Greek place down the street from you ALWAYS seems to have the best salad dressing then this recipe is for you. The grocery store bottles claim to be authentic but never quite hit the spot and leave many of us feeling disappointed- but don’t worry guys we’ve got you covered with this slightly creamy, deliciously tangy Greek Salad Dressing.

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Homemade Dressing is Best

As you guys know by now (if you’ve been here for awhile) Mr. Olive and I are expecting our first little baby Olive at the beginning of May and one of my first real cravings was Greek Salad – I was ordering it 3-4 times a week simply because I hadn’t figured out the secret to the dressing our local restaurant makes.

I knew I needed to fix that so I began experimenting with the flavors I know go into the dressing and kept ending up with a delicious Greek Vinaigrette…not QUITE what I wanted as I like a little bit of creaminess in my dressing. I had some sour cream in my fridge and decided to add a dollop to the last jar I had made and VOILA there it was; my perfect Greek Dressing!

Now obviously, if you prefer yours to be more like a traditional Greek Salad Dressing you can omit the sour cream and keep it as a vinaigrette and it is still beyond delish – and if you don’t have sour cream on hand you can sub in plain Greek yogurt to make it creamy too.

All ingredients for Greek salad dressing on marble countertop.

Ingredients for Dressing

  • Olive Oil
  • Garlic
  • Dijon Mustard
  • Lemon Juice
  • White Balsamic Vinegar
  • Sour Cream (or Greek Yogurt)
  • Dried Oregano
  • Kosher Salt
  • Ground Pepper

Frequently asked questions

How do you make Greek Salad Dressing from Scratch?

Gather the ingredients needed, making sure the garlic is very finely minced or grated. Making the dressing is easy; you simply combine all the listed ingredients and toss them into a jar. Tightly seal the lid onto the jar and shake vigorously to mix together.

What is Greek Salad Dressing made of?

A handful of simple ingredients is all you need to make a delicious Greek dressing; Olive Oil, Garlic, Balsamic Vinegar, Oregano, Salt, Pepper, Lemon Juice, Dijon Mustard and Sour Cream (optional).

What is the difference between Greek and Italian dressing?

There are two main differences between a Greek and Italian dressing; the first is the herbs used. Greek salad dressing uses dried oregano while an Italian dressing tends to use a combination of dried basil, parsley and oregano. Also, most Italian dressings are vinaigrettes, meaning no cream base like our Greek dressing with the sour cream.

Does homemade salad dressing have to be refrigerated?

This particular Greek Dressing needs to be kept in the fridge because of the sour cream. If you are making a vinaigrette you do not need to refrigerate it. Basically, if you have any kind of cream base to your dressing you will want to keep it in the fridge.

How long does homemade dressing last?

A homemade dressing with sour cream (or yogurt) will generally last up to 1 week in the fridge, while a basic oil vinaigrette will last up to 2 weeks. Always be sure to shake your dressing well before serving to mix up any of the ingredients that have settled at the bottom.

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Yield: 1.5 cups

Easy Greek Salad Dressing Recipe

Easy Greek Salad Dressing Recipe

A delicious tangy Greek dressing with a hint of creaminess; perfect for salads and dipping!

Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 cloves garlic, minced or grated
  • 1 cup good-quality olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1/3 cup white balsamic vinegar
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 4 tablespoons sour cream
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • freshly ground pepper

Instructions

Toss all ingredients into a medium sized mason jar.

Place lid on jar, seal tightly and shake for about 30 seconds to combine.

Serve by tossing with salad or as a dip for veggies and pita.

Notes

You can easily store any remaining dressing in the fridge for up to 1 week.

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