Greek salad dressing

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Greek salad dressing, integral to the famous Greek salad (Horiatiki), is celebrated for its simplicity and the fresh, vibrant flavors that epitomize Mediterranean cuisine. The dressing, typically made with olive oil, red wine vinegar, lemon juice, garlic, and herbs like oregano and dill, complements the crisp vegetables and creamy feta cheese found in the salad. This dressing not only brings together the individual components of the salad but also highlights the importance of using quality ingredients in Greek cooking.

Serves: +10
  • Extra virgin olive oil 60 ml
  • Red wine vinegar 20 ml
  • Lemon juice 15 ml
  • Garlic 1 clove
  • Dried oregano 2 g
  • Dried dill 1 g
  • Salt to taste
  • Freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • Optional 5 g
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  • In a small bowl or jar, whisk together the extra virgin olive oil, red wine vinegar, and lemon juice. This mixture forms the acidic base of the dressing, providing a tangy flavor that balances the richness of the olive oil.
  • Stir in the minced garlic, dried oregano, and dried dill (if using). These herbs and garlic add depth and the quintessential Greek flavors to the dressing.
  • Add salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste. If you’re using honey, whisk it in now to blend everything smoothly.
  • Whisk vigorously until the ingredients are well combined and the dressing has emulsified. Alternatively, you can combine all the ingredients in a jar with a tight-fitting lid and shake vigorously.
  • The Greek salad dressing is ready to be drizzled over your Greek salad. For the best flavor, let the dressing sit for a few minutes before serving to allow the flavors to meld.

Storage Tips

The dressing can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to a week. The olive oil may solidify when cold, so it’s best to let the dressing come to room temperature and give it a good shake or whisk before using.

Useful Properties of the Main Ingredient

Extra virgin olive oil, the primary component of Greek salad dressing, is renowned for its health benefits. It’s rich in monounsaturated fats, antioxidants, and has anti-inflammatory properties. It’s also linked to heart health and longevity, staples of the Mediterranean diet.

Interesting Facts

  • Greek salad, or Horiatiki, is a staple summer dish in Greece, meant to be made with the freshest seasonal produce.
  • The use of extra virgin olive oil not only in Greek salad dressing but throughout Greek cooking, is a hallmark of the Mediterranean diet, considered one of the healthiest in the world.
  • Dried oregano is a key ingredient in Greek salad dressing, and it’s one of the most common herbs used in Greek cuisine, celebrated for its aromatic flavor that complements a wide range of dishes.

This Greek salad dressing recipe encapsulates the essence of Mediterranean flavors, simple yet robust, perfect for dressing a traditional Greek salad or as a marinade for vegetables and meats.

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