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Fast, Easy and Inexpensive: Greek Salad with Homemade Greek Dressing

A nice warm weather food - delicious Greek salad with a homemade Greek dressing.

Salads are refreshing and healthy meals to enjoy as the weather begins to warm up. While salads are generally good for you, the best way to ensure you're serving the best ingredients to your family is to make your own homemade salad dressing.

If you've read the back of a bottle of pre-made dressing, you'll notice a lot of ingredients you can't pronounce. That's a good indication it contains unhealthy additives and preservatives.

This homemade Greek Salad Dressing uses fresh, natural ingredients and takes minutes to prepare. Now you can enjoy a healthy, delicious salad full of authentic Greek flavors in your own home!

For best results, refrigerate your dressing for a couple of hours to allow the flavors to fuse and the consistency to thicken. While this extra step requires a little planning ahead, it's worth the wait!

Hope you enjoy it!

Greek Salad with Homemade Greek Salad Dressing
Serves: 4-6 (makes about 1  2/3 cups of salad dressing)
Prep Time: 10 minutes, plus 2 hour waiting period

Ingredients

Salad Dressing:
1 cup olive oil
3 tablespoons lemon juice (one lemon at room temperature)
3 teaspoons dried oregano
1 large or 2 small garlic cloves, minced
1 teaspoon dried basil
3 tablespoons red wine vinegar
1/2 teaspoon salt (add more to taste)
1/2 teaspoon fresh ground pepper
1 tablespoon chopped Kalamata olives
3 tablespoons crumbled feta cheese

Greek Salad:
1-2 heads of romaine lettuce
1/4 cup pepperocini, thinly sliced
1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
a few thin slices of red onion
1/2 cup cucumber, peeled and thinly sliced
1/2 cup Kalamata olives, pitted
1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese

Directions

Begin with combining all of your salad dressing ingredients in a bowl and whisk until the ingredients are combined. Cover your bowl and refrigerate for a minimum of 2 hours to allow the flavors to blend together and your consistency thicken.

When your dressing has marinated long enough, prepare your salad by chopping your lettuce, slicing your pepperocinis, tomatoes, and red onion, and peeling and slicing your cucumber. Combine all of your salad ingredients in a large salad bowl. Drizzle with your dressing and toss until coated.

For more recipes with step by step pictures and tutorials, visit my food blog Sprinkles of Parsley!

S10 May 15, 2011 at 04:31 AM
One of my favorite guilt-free meals since my Grad.School days in Ithaca has been the Greek Salad.The cook at my favorite restaurant there chopped romaine,large tomatoes, cukes and feta into rather large chunks and it was always served with a mini loaf of bread and butter. I am so pleased to have a recipe now for fresh and natural Greek dressing without preservatives.Thank you Chelsea.You have so many great recipes for green salads that make a meal(Asian Chicken, Your Mom's Special Strawberry...). I am wondering if you have a good recipe for Buffalo Chicken Salad with crumbled blue cheese? That is another one of my restaurant favorite salads.My favorite version had been served at 'Rainforest Cafe'but then they dropped it from their menu.
Chelsea Castor May 15, 2011 at 01:41 PM
Thanks for your comment! Greek salad is one of my favorite salads too. I absolutely love buffalo chicken and have yet to make a salad with it, but it's about time I give it a try! I'll definitely post that in the next couple of weeks. Thanks so much for your request!
S10 May 15, 2011 at 06:47 PM
Great! I look forward to your recipe for the green Buffalo Chicken Salad. I have the Greek Salad & Dressing Recipe already hand-written on a recipe card.As soon as I shop for the greek olives and feta cheese I will be making my dressing! Have a great day.
S10 May 27, 2011 at 06:07 PM
Chelsea: I just wanted to let you know that last night I finally made the Greek Salad Dressing (I got a beautifut new tall cut glass cruet for it) and the salad. It was our second meal of the season on the deck. My entire family enjoyed your Greek Salad recipe immensely.We finished a huge serving bowl of the salad together and a full loaf of bakery bread with garlic,poppy and seseme seads.Even my 9 year old son who is typ not too motivated by green salads asked for 3 kid sized portions! My husband said that he had never had a salad b4 4 an entire meal and said it was excellent and was so healthy.He was surprised that he felt full and satisfied. My other young teen loved it and said next time to add even MORE feta cheese!The kids begged for 'lots of olives too please'!Perfect for summer lunch or dinner. Does anyone know where to get larger quantities of Feta at a better price? I now have several great green salads that call for Feta and with summer here I plan to use a lot of it.Children and adults in my family (surprisingly to me) all love it. Thanks for this complete, beautiful, and delicious classic Greek recipe!! Do u have a good recipe for moussaka, pastichio,Gyro sandwiches, tahini sauce...
autoparts January 18, 2013 at 03:40 PM
I like salads, I will make it, thanks

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