This summer I’m going to eat countless salads and I like to switch up my dressing. Below are seven Mediterranean salad dressings that are simple to make, and much healthier than most of store-bought dressings. These dressings can also be used as marinades for meat and fish. Some of these are brand new dressing recipes that you get to see first in this article! We’re obsessed with the avocado dressing. The taste of lemon and dill are already great on many salads, but the creaminess of the avocado and yogurt make this dressing so satisfying.
Traditional “Greek Restaurant” Salad Dressing
Extra virgin olive oil is the base for a real Greek dressing. This simple dressing has been one of the most popular recipes on Mediterranean Living for a long time and is the dressing that you will see on Greek salads made in restaurants in America. You have to try it.
Lemon Parmesan Dressing
There is no need to buy store-bought dressings when you can make your own like this tangy and deliciously balanced Lemon Parmesan Dressing. This Mediterranean salad dressing is one of my favorites, is super easy to make and is better than anything you can get in a bottle. It will last up to a week in the refrigerator. Besides a salad dressing, this can also be used to top fish before baking.
Honey Dijon Vinaigrette
This is my go-to Mediterranean salad dressing. I love this Dijon vinaigrette, because of it’s blend of tangy sweetness that works on just about any kind of vegetable salad. People seem to go nuts over this dressing and make it all the time. On Sunday, I will make this vinaigrette in a mason jar and use it all week. I refrigerate it, but other people I know leave it out. Whenever I need a quick salad dressing (or marinade), I just take it out of the fridge, give it a good shake and pour it on!
Tangy Italian Salad Dressing
This traditional Mediterranean salad dressing is one of my go-to recipes and can be made in 5 minutes. It gets its traditional tang from a mix of red wine vinegar and lemon juice. I love this dressing on a salad with baby spinach or arugula, tomato, cucumber, red pepper, goat cheese and nuts (sesame, walnuts, almonds all work well). This dressing will last a few weeks refrigerated, but the quicker you use it, the better the taste!
Yogurt Tahini Dressing
This is an extremely simple, healthy dip/dressing to make. Thick Greek yogurt, hearty tahini, fragrant lemon zest, pungent garlic, and a dash of sea salt all create a complex flavor with such minimal ingredients. Fresh, crunchy vegetables are great for dipping. Instead of buying dip for your next event, whip up this super simple and healthy dip. Your guests will be asking you for the recipe.
Balsamic Dill Yogurt Dressing
This salad dressing is super flavorful, easy to make and good for you. The recipe was created when I was doing a Mediterranean Diet grilling workshop that was supposed to be for 50 people and 90 people showed up. I hadn’t made enough of my signature Honey Dijon Vinaigrette dressing to feed that many. I had a large container of Greek yogurt with me and I had a jar of the honey dijon vinaigrette. What else could I do, but mix the two together? And guess what, everyone loved it and asked for the recipe (even the mayor) and a new balsamic dill yogurt dressing was born. Since then I have used this recipe as a dressing, a dip, and a topping.
Dill Yogurt Avocado Dressing
Avocados have become a very popular fruit lately. In America, 4 times more avocados are consumed now than in 2001. Americans eat over 4 billion avocados per year! Avocado toast has become a sensation as well as using avocados in smoothies. This recipe for Dill Yogurt Avocado Dressing is now our favorite Mediterranean Salad Dressing. It is tangy, rich, delicious and darn good for you!
Here are some salads to try with these dressings: