Greek Salad & Homemade Dressing

greek salad

For the Love of Salads!

I eat a lot of salads for lunch. Usually, I incorporate leftovers like the PF Chang lettuce wrap mixture into an Asian salad or left-over taco meat into a taco salad, but my absolute favorite is a Greek salad!

Check out this round up of 14 super delicious and nutritious salads from the blog.

So for the Greek salad, start with a little iceberg lettuce then add

  • organic Persian cucumbers
  • tomatoes
  • Kalamata olives
  • shallots
  • sometimes sweet peppers
  • dolmas
  • any extra veggies depending on what I have in the fridge
  • sometimes a little gluten-free and casein-free deli turkey, salami or pepperoni

The gluten-free dolmas I really like are from My Greek Meze.  Do you like to heavily black pepper your dolmas, too?

Greek Salad

Then drizzle with the homemade Greek dressing.  Yummy and so healthy!  Just packed full of vitamins and nutrients.  You can’t get any more Mediterranean than this.

We really like to make our own vinaigrettes and salad dressings to avoid preservatives, high fructose corn syrup and other weird ingredients.

A recent study published in Nature (one of the most reputable peer-reviewed science publications) links emulsifiers and gums like xanthan gum to disruption of normal bacterial behavior in our gut.

There is a good summary of the research in this Civil Eats article. It’s just one more reason to take a little extra time to make it from scratch.

greek-dressing

This Greek dressing is one of my favorite homemade salad dressings and I highly recommend trying it!  I make up a batch and keep it in a 12-ounce reusable glass salad dressing bottle I bought at our local H-E-B grocery store.  It’s so good!  We love to put it on lettuce garnishing our sandwiches, too.

Greek Salad Homemade Dressing | Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free

A delicious and nutritious recipe for Greek salad homemade dressing.  Store in a glass container and shake well before use!

Course Salad
Cuisine Mediterranean
Prep Time 10 minutes
Author Deana Larkin Evans

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 2/3 cup red wine vinegar
  • 1 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 1/2 tsp dried basil
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1/3 tsp dry ground mustard
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp freshly ground black pepper

Instructions

  1. Mix the ingredients together and store in an airtight container like a salad dressing bottle or glass jar. Shake well before drizzling over the salad. Can be kept at room temperature on the countertop.

Recipe Notes

Adapted from allrecipes.com

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Deana Larkin Evans

You get one life - do your best to ENJOY IT! So hi, I'm Deana. This food blog is all about cooking wholesome real food and developing gluten-free recipes for some of our favorite comfort foods. I had to start eating gluten-free in 2010, then cut dairy and casein (except for the occasional Parmesan) in 2014. We learned A2 casein (goat, sheep and buffalo milk) is easier to digest than the predominate A1 form in cow milk. So we brought back goat milk dairy into our recipes in 2016. Thank goodness, right! So I'm kind of a science nerd, too. In the '90s, I earned an undergrad degree in biochemistry from The University of Texas at Austin. Hook 'em! Then followed up with a PhD in biochemistry and a law degree from the University of Houston. I recently earned a certificate in genomics/sequence analysis from Johns Hopkins University, where I also took a very cool food microbiology course. Currently, I'm learning about the microbiome and gut health. And trying to come up with healthy recipes to feed those gut bugs! #feedthegutbugs

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4 Responses

  1. DianaL says:

    Greek salad is my all time favourite. I’m going to try this dressing tomorrow. How long would you say the dressing lasts?

    • Oh Good! I hope you like it! We usually go through about a bottle per week. I tend to err on the side of caution and usually store everything in the fridge but wanted a dressing that didn’t need to be refrigerated and making it with all dry ingredients has been perfect.

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