Traditional “Greek Restaurant” Salad Dressing

A Greek salad in an American Greek restaurant is quite different than a Greek salad eaten in Greece.  Here, in America, a Greek salad is made up mostly of iceberg lettuce and then some tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, black olives, and feta cheese.  It is all topped off with a huge squirt of a  “Greek”  Mediterranean salad dressing.  Even though I much prefer the Greek salad of Greece, which has no lettuce and more of all the good stuff including a dressing made up of just lemon juice and extra virgin olive oil, I still like the American version every once in a while.  The American “Greek” dressing is always very flavorful and for many years I have tried to perfect my own version.  I think I have finally done it!  This dressing will last at least a week and a half in the fridge and is delicious whether you make your Greek salad with or without lettuce.  It also makes a great marinade for chicken or fish.  Enjoy!

Traditional “Greek Restaurant” Salad Dressing

Traditional "Greek Restaurant" Salad Dressing

4.28 from 108 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Course Dressings and Sauces
Cuisine Greek
Servings 12
Calories 171 kcal


  • 1 cup extra virgin olive oil 
  • 1 zest of 1 lemon
  • 2 lemons, juiced
  • 2 tbsp red wine vinegar
  • 1 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 2 tsp honey
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tsp oregano, dried
  • 1 tsp basil, dried
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper


  • Add all ingredients to a jar. Cover and shake for about a minute.


Serving: 2TbsCalories: 171kcalCarbohydrates: 3gProtein: 1gFat: 18gSaturated Fat: 3gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gMonounsaturated Fat: 13gSodium: 54mgPotassium: 38mgFiber: 1gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 11IUVitamin C: 10mgCalcium: 15mgIron: 1mg
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About the Author: Bill Bradley, R.D.
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