Greek Salad Dressing & Marinade

CATEGORIES: Greek, Kate, Salad Dressings

If you guys haven’t noticed, Sara and I both have things that we just seem to love whipping up in the kitchen. Chances are if it is crafty or involves beans, cumin, and lime juice, it’s going to come from Sara. Me? I love making up soups and salad dressings (although not together because that would be super weird).

Apparently, however, I have some commitment phobia when it comes to salad dressing. I’ll frequently say something is my new favorite salad dressing. And I’m not lying–I really do love all those others at the time. But then I’ll whip up something new and exciting and I’m filled with shame and guilt as I sit in my corner eating my Greek salad, thinking about him and him.

This dressing is actually a Greekified version of our Italian dressing. I marinated some chicken in it for Friday’s recipe and it was awesome, but you could kick it up another notch and do the chicken and veggie skewers with this dressing instead, or even substitute lamb on the skewers for a more traditional Greek twist.

You’ll need a lot of the same ingredients–white vinegar, lemon juice, garlic, salt, pepper, seasoning salt, red pepper flakes, and sugar. You’ll also need some oregano in addition to the Italian (or Greek) seasoning, and then feta cheese instead of Parmesan. 


Even though so many of the ingredients are similar, it’s a totally different dressing and it will change your life. By the way, have I ever told you I may be prone to exaggeration? This is not one of those times.

Combine the lemon juice and vinegar vinegar in the jar of a blender. Add the salt, seasoning salt, sugar, pepper, red pepper, and garlic.

Blend it all up until it’s smooth and then, while the blender is running, add the oil in a steady stream. Whisk in the Italian or Greek seasoning and oregano

and feta (you can actually blend some of the feta in for a slightly creamier dressing).

If possible, chill the dressing for at least an hour before serving, but it will still be awesome if you serve it immediately.  I have a fabulous dinner recipe scheduled for Friday that uses this dressing, but in the meantime, here are a few ways you could use this dressing:

*Make a big salad with crisp Romaine, pepperoncinis, kalamata or black olives, tomatoes, homemade croutons, peeled and sliced cucumbers, and crumbled feta.

*Use it as a marinade for chicken, flank steak, lamb, and/or vegetables before grilling.

*Toss it in with some cooked pasta and your favorite veggies for a Greek pasta salad.

No matter what you do, have a happy and safe Memorial Day! Sara and I will be heading out of town this week on a fun little adventure with some of our blogging buddies, so if we’re a little slow getting to emails, just know that we still love y’all!

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Greek Salad Dressing & Marinade


Description

A delicious and flavorful homemade dressing that’s perfect for salads, pasta salads, or as a marinade for chicken, beef, or lamb.


Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup white vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon seasoning salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes (this will not make the dressing spicy, just flavorful)
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 4 cloves garlic, smashed and peeled
  • 1 cup oil (I recommend a neutral oil, but if you’re using this as a marinade, I wouldn’t use really nice olive oil; save that for use on salads)
  • 1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese
  • 3/4 teaspoon Greek or Italian seasoning
  • 1/4 teaspoon dry oregano

Instructions

  1. In the jar of a blender, combine all the ingredients through the garlic. Blend until smooth. While the blender is running, add the oil in a steady stream. Turn off the blender and add the feta and pulse the blender a few times (more if you want a creamier consistency). Whisk in the herbs. If possible, refrigerate for at least an hour before serving. Use as a marinade for chicken, lamb, or flank steak or drizzle over a Greek salad.


 

 

47 comments

  1. I am so excited to try this for dinner tonight! Unfortunately I couldn’t find feta at our local supermarket. Argh. So…I’m going to substitute with greek yogurt. Probably won’t be near as yummy as the feta, but hopefully it’s edible.

  2. I’ve been in the mood for Greek-style pasta salad and have been meaning to look around for a fabulous dressing to go with it, but hadn’t gotten around to it just yet. What do you know…once in a while, procrastination does pay off! Sounds delicious. 🙂

  3. Yum, that looks so good. The recipe I use is similar but I never thought of blending it all together with my immersion blender! Thanks for the awesome idea, I can’t wait to try that next time 🙂

  4. Of course you just posted a greek version because on Friday I was searching & searching your site for a greek-style marinade for chicken to use along with the greek couscous salad in the cookbook. And here it is, right on schedule! The italian version of this dressing just might be my favorite marinade so I’m sure this will be just as perfect!! Looking forward to trying this on the salad too … OH MY! Amazing Timing, can’t wait. Thanks so much!

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