Homemade Greek salad dressing or store bought which do you prefer?
I was inspired to make a Greek-style salad dressing as I just uploaded a video from one of my favorite restaurants in Santa Monica, Inotheke where everything is homemade, authentic and fabulous!
I love making homemade salad dressings because that is how I grew up, we never measured the ingredients, we just poured some vinegar, oil, salt, pepper, garlic powder and a few more ingredients directly on the lettuce. We would taste the salad, adjust the seasoning and move on. Today, I have to admit, I do keep a few salad dressings around the house as it is sometimes easier for me.
A few things to keep in mind in making your own homemade dressing:
- The ratio is 1 part vinegar to 3 parts oil
- Adding mustard will emulsify the dressing
- Ingredients are usually the same, oil, vinegar, salt and pepper; it’s adding things like mustard or changing out the type of vinegar that will make the dressing different
For this recipe, the ratio is very different than the “normal” homemade salad dressings I just spoke about. For example, the vinegar is much higher than normal; this is very common for a Greek salad dressing, I also added a lot of oregano, again for me this is typical in a Greek salad dressing. Even though there is red wine vinegar, I added a little lemon juice, this is optional, but I found the lemon juice added that “tart” that the red wine vinegar didn’t have. I also used rosemary that I dried from my garden, and I realized that I needed to cut it up a bit more as I didn’t like seeing the rosemary on my salad.
For this recipe, I placed all my ingredients directly into a measuring cup
Mixed it together and placed it in a jar, shook it all up and it was ready to go!
Making a homemade dressing at home does not need to intimate you, just try it! You can modify the ingredients to make it the best salad dressing for you, if it’s too tart, add a pinch of sugar, if it needs more flavor, adjust the seasoning and make it your own!
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Thank you again ~ Patty Limatola-Tanenbaum