How to Make the Most Delicious Greek Salad Dressing

Greek salad dressing

Have you ever tried this delicious Greek salad dressing that is not just good for Greek salad? Hundreds of Greek salad dressings are around, but most include Dijon mustard. Not this one! This is a more original salad dressing recipe with fresh local ingredients and no sauces included. Take a look!

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The Best Dressing for Greek Salad

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Where to Use the Greek Salad Dressing

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Greek salad dressing is a perfect seasoning for xoriatiki salata or Greek salad; that goes without saying. However, it is also a great addition to Cretan Salad and Cretan Dako Salad. 

This Greek salad dressing is also fantastic for softening your paximadia (or barley rusks) before preparing these Cretan dakos. And, of course, it can be delicious on any salad you make, on top of boiled wild greens or spinach, and to season rustic bread that has been toasted in the oven.

The Original Recipe

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Keep it in a nice bottle and make a statement on your table!

Greek cuisine is not twisted, sophisticated, or complicated. It’s made with fresh and simple ingredients, often seasonal, and does not usually rely on foreign flavors. In Greece, local ingredients rule.

This is particularly true regarding the most simple Greek recipes, like a salad dressing! So, forget everything about Dijon mustard and even onion powder. There is nothing fresh, seasonal, or Greek in any of those. 

Stick to vinegar, lemon, garlic, oregano… and yes, the king of our ingredients, Cretan Extra Virgin Olive Oil. The result will be a genuine salad dressing that will last even longer than it would if it contained mustard.

Variations: Different Greek Salad Dressings

As we anticipated, there are a few ways to make this dressing different. These are the most popular ones.

Greek Salad Dressing with Dijon Mustard

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Dijon is in Northeastern France, not in Greece!

So yes, the most common variation is the one made with Dijon mustard. It’s not really bad and can add an extra pop of acidity that goes well with certain foods.

For instance, this dressing pairs super well with a piece of toasted bread (Cretan paximadia, if possible), topped with boiled stamnagathi or any other green, such as spinach or blytha, and a poached egg on top. This makes an excellent breakfast, snack, or even brunch.

Greek Salad Dressing with Greek Yogurt

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Who doesn’t love some big, fat Greek yogurt?!

It’s probably my favorite non-original recipe because it keeps the most authentic Greek essence in it. 

Since Greek yogurt can have quite a bland taste and is not as pungent as mustard, it might be the best alternative if you want to add consistency and texture to the dressing without changing the taste of your ingredients. 

Greek Salad Dressing with Onion Powder

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Onion powder.

Another exciting alternative is adding an extra flavor touch to your salad. This is a good condiment (handy in every kitchen), especially when using this dressing to season any salad… that is not a Greek salad!

Remember that one of the main ingredients in Greek salad is those big chunks of onion that add a sharp pinch to your salad. Remember when adding onion powder to your dressing, And in any case, don’t overdo it. Keep it to one teaspoon, max.

Greek Salad Dressing with Chilli Flakes

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Chilli? Yes, please!

If you are a fan of spicy tastes, then you must have a jar with chili flakes in your kitchen. Use it! 

If you’re trying to recreate authentic Cretan flavors, remember that Cretan cuisine uses tons of different spices for flavor, but Cretan food is not really hot.

Apart from a few recipes, which are arguably of Greek origin rather than Cretan, the food on the island is not as spicy as you might expect after all those years of Turkish domination… 

Greek salad dressing

Greek Salad Dressing

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes

This Greek Salad Dressing is an original life-saver whenever you want to add magic to any salad!


  • 1 cup of Extra Virgin olive oil
  • 3 tbsp. of red wine vinegar
  • ½ tbsp. of fresh lemon juice
  • 2 of finely chopped garlic cloves
  • ½ tsp. of dried basil
  • 1 tsp. of dry oregano
  • salt & pepper


  • Place all ingredients in a clean, sealed jar that you can close hermetically.
  • Shake well. 
  • Keep refrigerated for up to one to two weeks.


  • You can use from 1 ½ to 2 tbsp per salad, depending on how much dressing you like in it.
  • If you like a creamier texture, add 2 tbs. of grated feta or 2 tbsps of yogurt. 
  • Delicious Greek Salad Dressing – Things to Remember:

    • The original recipe is good for two weeks, Much less if you add mustard or yogurt.
    • Once used, keep the remaining dressing in a closed jar in the fridge and remember to shake it well before every use.

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    Gabi Ancarola | The Tiny Book

    Gabi Ancarola

    I have lived in Chania, Crete, since 2016. As a local, I have an intimate knowledge of the island. I host culinary and concierge tours and experiences in Crete and write about the island for several travel media. During the last five years, I have helped many travelers plan the perfect holiday in Crete. I co-authored DK Eyewitness Top 10 Crete and had more glasses of frappe than any regular person could ever handle.

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