Greek Salad Dressing Recipe: Perfect for Summer

June 20, 2023   13 Comments

This Greek salad dressing recipe is what you need for salads and marinades. I promise that you will never buy a bottle of dressing again.

Greek Salad Dressing Recipe: Perfect for Summer

Bottled Greek or Italian dressing rarely uses extra-virgin olive oil because it is expensive. You will see soy bean oil on the label. Also, because it is in a bottle - it is fine - but it isn’t fresh.

I almost always make my DIY salad dressing and use it throughout the week. My kids are so sick of it!

My homemade Caesar salad dressing with no mayo is also a great choice for those of you who don’t love vinegar the way that I love vinegar. I could drink the stuff.

My Greek salad dressing is easy and tastes so much better. The key ingredient here is fresh lemon juice. Is there anything like fresh lemon juice?

I used to hate making fresh lemon juice because squeezing lemons is a pain in the wrist. It was for a party (where I was making a fresh margarita mix with bags of limes) that I discovered this tool.

You cut the lemon or lime in half and press. It is fast and it gets the juice out. If the lemon is hard, I do roll it on the counter to soften it up before I cut it in half.

It is one of those kitchen tools that you wonder - why didn’t I get this before now?

I bought this lemon and lime squeezer and I have used it almost every week (see below for link). I have squeezed oranges, lemons, and limes - and that little bit of fresh juice is a wonderful flavor enhancer.

Toss this Greek salad dressing on my version of Greek salad (lettuce, feta, tomatoes, red onion, olives, pickled peppers...). You can also use it to marinate chicken for the grill.

Do you have your own Greek salad dressing recipe? What is your favorite homemade dressing?

Greek Salad Dressing Recipe

2.3 from 31 reviews

Makes 1 3/4 cups
Prep time: 5 min
Cook time: 0 min

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1/2 cup fresh lemon juice (from about 4 lemons)
1/4 cup red wine vinegar
1 cup extra-virgin olive oil
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 1/2 teaspoons dried oregano
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper


Mix lemon juice, vinegar, olive oil, garlic, oregano, salt, and pepper in a large Mason jar and shake. Store in the refrigerator and enjoy throughout the week.

Nutrition Facts

For one tablespoon = 64 calories, 7.2 g fat, 1.1 g saturated fat, 0.3 g carbohydrates, 0.1 g sugar, 0.1 g protein, 0.1 g fiber, 44 mg sodium, 2 Purple, 2 Blue, 2 Green WW SmartPts

Points values are calculated by Snack Girl and are provided for information only. See all Snack Girl Recipes

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Mmmmmmm! Fresh, delicious homemade dressing! I love it, but don’t often make it. Thank you for your tasty homemade dressing recipes.

I have the same juicer tool -- but I found out last year I've been doing it wrong. Put the lemon half in the OTHER way (with the round side up) and you'll get lots more juice.

Delicious! thank you for this.


The best way to get juice from a lemon or lime is to microwave them for a few seconds at a time and then give them a good kneading. Get ready for some juicy lemons and limes.

@Julie R - OMG!! I didn't know! Thank you for the tip. Can't wait to try it.

The recipe looks "yummy!" Will try it tonight when everybody is out of the house! I love the dressing from Greek restaurants, and this one looks easy. I will substitute Italian seasoning as that is what I have.

Thanks for your column!


Thank you for this recipe!!! Having the dressing ready to go makes salad-making so much easier!!! The combo of lemon and vinegar looks good. Sometimes I think one has to choose. I also love that tool.

Will have to try! My super easy Greek "dressing" is a drizzle of lemon flavored olive oil directly on the salad and a sprinkle of Greek rub (Pampered Chef). You could squeeze on a lemon too.

A question here, and perhaps a tiny bit off topic but...if I put all ingredients in a Vitamix to combine all of the ingredients and chop the garlic, would that make it TOO garlicy? I once had someone tell me that when I chop onions in a processor it releases too much juice and makes the onion taste overpowering. Not sure if this is true or if they were just showing off their “knife skills”😉

this was so easy, & taste so good. thank you snack girl. happy to add this one to my list. Everyone have a Blessed & safe day, & your loved ones. annette

Thanks for the recipe -- I love making dressings from scratch. Bottled just doesn't compare. And I have that lemon/lime squeezer and I agree with the person who said to put the lemon in FLAT (cut) side down into the bowl, then press. There are videos on line showing it...…

I made this tonight, the dressing with the salad ingredients you listed. No pickled peppers, but every other detail. !! I am SO making this again, and again, and again...I often make salad dressings, but this one is WONDERFUL! thanks, Lisa!


Thank you for these Salad Dressings! I have been making my own Greek dressings for over a year to get away from the grogery store brands with all the chemicals. I will add your Caesar and Greek options into my rotation! Great to have like-minded cooks!


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