Easy Homemade Vegan Greek Dressing Recipe

This delightful homemade vegan Greek dressing is a perfect blend of tangy, creamy, and herbaceous flavors that will transport your taste buds straight to the Mediterranean. Made with simple, fresh ingredients, this dressing is not only delicious but also incredibly easy to put together.

Whether you’re drizzling it over a crisp Greek salad for a quick weeknight dinner or using it as a marinade for your favorite plant-based ingredients, this vegan Greek dressing is sure to elevate your meals.

An oil based salad dressing in a jar.

I’ve been making variations on this homemade Greek dressing recipe for 22 years. I worked in a Greek-run restaurant for 8 years, which is where I first learned how to cook in restaurants.

My favorite thing on the menu was the Greek food.

From a traditional Greek salad with cherry tomatoes, bell peppers, feta cheese, crispy cucumbers, Kalamata olives (from Kalamata, Greece – I’ve been there!), topped with the classic Greek Vinaigrette, to the Gyros with Tzatziki, tomato, and red onion.

Greek food is a delight from start to finish and I loved every moment of my trip to Greece and can’t wait to go back, especially since I recently found out I am part Greek. 

An oil based salad dressing in a jar.

But back to this simple Greek salad dressing – it’s easy, made with simple fresh ingredients, great for meal prep, and above all absolutely delicious. You can enjoy this simple dressing on anything from a delicious vegan Greek salad to your favorite Mediterranean Buddha bowl.

Once you make your own dressing, you won’t believe how easy it is and you won’t want to go back to store-bought dressings after tasting homemade salad dressings.

Ingredients

This is a brief overview of the ingredients used in this recipe followed by substitution ideas. Read the recipe card for measurements.

Ingredients for greek dressing in small bowls on a white marble counter.
  • olive oil: this is the base of the dressing. Extra Virgin Olive Oil gives a creamy texture to the dressing and a fruity mild flavor. Use one you really like. I like this Greek Olive Oil.
  • vinegar: adds acidity for balance.
  • lemon juice: adds acidity too but also adds a bright flavor.
  • Dijon mustard: adds a tangy flavor and helps emulsify the rest of the ingredients.
  • oregano: gives a very distinctive herby flavor
  • garlic powder + onion powder: adds savory flavors to the dressing.
  • kosher salt + black pepper: dishes need seasoning, even dressings!

Substitutions

  • olive oil: I like Greek extra virgin olive oil for this recipe because I love the flavor. If you want to use something milder because extra virgin olive tastes too bold to you, try a light olive oil or another neutral cooking oil.
  • vinegar: you can use apple cider vinegar, red wine vinegar, or white wine vinegar.
  • oregano: try a Greek seasoning mix instead of oregano.

Instructions

Prep Tips

  • No cooking required!
  • You’ll need a jar with a lid or simply a bowl and a whisk.
Mustard is added to a jar with oil in it for a salad dressing.

Add all of the dressing ingredients to a container with a lid like a small mason jar. Season the dressing with a pinch of kosher salt and some freshly ground black pepper.

Salad dressing ingredients are shaken in a mason jar with a lid.

Add the lid and shake everything together until well combined.  Done!

An oil based salad dressing in a jar.

Customize your Vinaigrette

Make sure to taste the dressing and season with salt and pepper. You can customize the dressing by adding more oil if it’s too acidic for you. You can make it bit spicy by adding some red pepper flakes. You can also add more herbs like dried basil or dried marjoram.

Tips for Making Salad Dressing

  • simple ingredients: the ingredients for this dressing are all very simple and there aren’t that many so it’s pretty important to use the best ones you can find, especially a good quality olive oil. Fresh lemon juice is zippier than bottled, but bottled is fine too.
  • shake it: shake the dressing well to mix everything together evenly. Do this every time you use the dressing because the oregano and spices can sink to the bottom. You can see this in the photos.
  • meal prep: this is the perfect recipe to double or triple and use during the week. Just store the dressing in an airtight container like a mason jar with a lid and store it in the fridge. The olive oil will thicken up as it starts to solidify – this is normal in cold temperatures. Just let the dressing sit on the counter for 10-20 minutes before you use it. Shake well!

What to Serve with Greek Dressing

Try this vegan Greek dressing recipe with the obvious choice – my vegan Greek salad recipe (coming soon!).

For something different, you can toss this dressing with fresh ingredients and cooked and cooled pasta to make a Greek-inspired pasta salad. You can add this dressing to your favorite Buddha bowl or Grain bowl.

Try adding this dressing to vegetables and potatoes before roasting for a delicious zippy flavor! You can also use this dressing instead of the Maple Dijon Dressing in my Greek Couscous Salad (coming soon!).

Looking for more easy vegan dressing recipes?

Try my Apple Dijon Dressing.

An oil based salad dressing in a jar.

Storage

Store this homemade dressing in the fridge for up to two weeks. Let the dressing sit at room temperature for 10-20 minutes before using. Olive oil can change in color and consistency when stored in the fridge. Shake the dressing well before using.

FAQ

Can I use this vinaigrette as a marinade?

Yes! Vinaigrette dressings are great used as marinades. Toss vegetables and potatoes in this dressing before and after roasting.

Can I make this dressing ahead of time?

Yes! This Greek dressing can be made ahead of time and stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for about two weeks. Just give it a good shake before using it.

What vinegar can I use? 

If you don’t have red wine vinegar on hand, you can use apple cider vinegar, white wine vinegar, or rose vinegar. Keep in mind that each of these options will slightly alter the flavor of the dressing.

An oil based salad dressing in a jar.

Quick + Easy Homemade Greek Dressing

Easy to make Greek salad dressing with simple ingredients. Great for meal prep!
Servings 8
Jacqueline
prep time5 minutes
cook time0 minutes
total time5 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar - or red wine vinegar, or rose vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano leaves
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon Dijon mustard

Instructions 

  • Add all ingredients to a jar with a lid.
  • Shake well until fully combined.
  • Use right away or store in the fridge for about 2 weeks.

Video

Notes

You can use apple cider vinegar, or rose vinegar, or red wine vinegar.
Makes about 1/2 cup of dressing. The serving size listed is to make calculating nutrition possible.
  • simple ingredients: the ingredients for this dressing are all very simple and there aren’t that many so it’s pretty important to use the best ones you can find, especially a good quality olive oil. Fresh lemon juice is zippier than bottled, but bottled is fine too.
  • shake it: shake the dressing well to mix everything together evenly. Do this every time you use the dressing because the oregano and spices can sink to the bottom. You can see this in the photos.
  • meal prep: this is the perfect recipe to double or triple and use during the week. Just store the dressing in an airtight container like a mason jar with a lid and store it in the fridge. The olive oil will thicken up as it starts to solidify – this is normal in cold temperatures. Just let the dressing sit on the counter for 10-20 minutes before you use it. Shake well!

Nutrition

Calories: 66kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 0.1g | Fat: 7g | Sodium: 4mg | Potassium: 11mg | Fiber: 0.2g | Sugar: 0.1g | Vitamin A: 5IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 5mg | Iron: 0.2mg
course Dressing
cuisine Greek Inspired
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