Homemade Greek Salad Dressing

Greek salad dressing

Panera’s Greek Salad is one of my favorite salads of all-time. I finally decided to figure out how to make it at home. A greek salad is all about the dressing (and the feta!) and this recipe does not disappoint!

Panera’s Greek Salad is one of my favorite salads of all-time. The combination of feta cheese, fresh tomatoes, and even the red onions (although shouldn’t they be called purple onions?!) is such a perfect, perfect combo.  If at this point, you’re thinking I totally forgot about the kalamata olives that so classically get paired with Greek Salads, no worries, I’m not an olive girl so I intentionally left them out.


Anyways…because of my goal to eat out no more than once per week, I decided I should probably learn how to make my own Panera Greek salad at home. And what’s a Greek salad without the dressing that combines the whole thing together?

This recipe for Homemade Greek Salad Dressing is beyond easy to make. You have two options for preparing it. 1. You can simply whisk all ingredients together, or…. 2. You can blend all of the ingredients together in the blender for a smoother, almost creamy consistency. I prefer option number 2, but if you don’t have a blender, no worries, this dressing is great even when simply combined with a whisk.

At this point, you may be wondering what you could pair with this salad. First, you could always eat this as a main dish by adding some protein (grilled chicken or salmon would be lovely). Another great option would be to serve it with this recipe for Mediterranean Stuffed Chicken, one of my all-time favorite chicken recipes. I also like to use this dressing to season steamed veggies….. SO good! Leftovers will last in the fridge for a few weeks. Just give it a good shake before using it because the oil does tend to separate.

At any rate, if you love Greek Salad’s as much as I do, you’ll find this salad dressing the perfect compliment to any salad.


Notes: When I make Greek salads, I typically include romaine lettuce, fresh tomatoes, red onion, cucumbers, and feta cheese.

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Homemade Greek Salad Dressing

Greek salad dressing 2

Prep Time: 5mn
Cook Time: N/A
Total Time: 5mn


  • 3/4 cup good quality extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 cup red wine vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 2 teaspoons dried basil
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons onion powder
  • 2 teaspoons dijon style mustard
  • Juice from 1/2 of a lemon
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  1. Combine all ingredients in a blender for 30 seconds to 1 minute. Alternatively, combine all ingredients in a bowl and whisk together.
  2. Store any leftovers in an air-tight container in the refrigerator. 

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  1. Jasmine

    This salad from Panera is one of my favorites too! What brand of dijon mustard did you use? Does it make a difference?

    • Hi Jasmine, I used a store brand coarse ground dijon mustard. The brand you use won’t make a difference, so feel free to use whatever you have on hand!

  2. Faye

    Many years ago I worked for a Greek gentleman and his wife in a restaurant in Tennessee. The restaurant wasn’t Greek but they did serve Greek salad…for all the young college women who frequented the restaurant this was their very favorite dish. The way he made the salad is better than any other I have ever tasted. Using the heavy pottery platters that many restaurants used to use, he would take several garlic cloves and rub them all over the platter. He would then add the Romaine lettuce, tomatoes, cucumbers, chopped red onions, Kalamata olives, and feta cheese. He then sprinkled the salad lightly with ground oregano. For the dressing he used white vinegar light sweetened with sugar (this was put into a plastic squirt bottle) and extra virgin olive oil was put into another plastic squirt bottle. He would squirt the olive oil and vinegar all over the salad at the same time, crisscrossing it so it would be evenly represented. It tastes much better this way than by shaking or blending it together. The further into the salad you got, the better it would taste, as the vinegar and oil would bring the flavor of the garlic up through the salad. Oh, wow, my mouth is watering even thinking about it! Wonderful!

    • Wow Faye, thanks for sharing! Sounds like such effort went into making a simple Greek salad! Now I want to try his method!

  3. Debbie

    Hi, I wondered are all of these yours? Simply amazing.. Love them all

    • Hi Debbie, every recipe that is posted here is made and photographed by me. Thanks so much for stopping by! :)

  4. Nao

    I want to try this recipe for tonight’s family dinner. Can I use balsamic vinegar instead of red wine vinegar? I have both red and white balsamic in my pantry. Please help!

    • Balsamic vinegar should be fine, although it’s going to have a completely different taste.

  5. Nao

    I mixed balsamic and a little bit of rice vinegar. It was a big hit! Everyone loved it! Thank you so much for an amazing recipe! I’m gonna try this recipe with red wine vinegar next time :-)

    • Awesome, thank you for the feedback Nao! I’m glad your vinegar combo worked out! :)

  6. I prefer a white creamy Greek dressing to the vinegar one. Any recipies?

    • I don’t have one that I use, but maybe someone will chime in with a suggestion!

  7. Ourania Bastas

    Your are right, Faye, you don’t have to shake or your blend the dressing..just pour olive oil and vinegar, sprinkle oregano, feta, red onion, kalamata olives, tomatoes And cucumbers. That’s the original Greek salad..

  8. Margo

    Mustard or basil are NEVER in a greek dressing sorry

  9. Marissa

    World-famous Greek chef Vefa Alexiadou certainly DOES use mustard in Greek salad dressing recipes in her cookbooks.

  10. April

    Thank you sooooo much shareing ur awesum recipes,they so easy to understand,and also the photos are excellene you done well! keep up the great work..ur site is the best i have ever come across,very down to earth thank you

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