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Sunday, April 19, 2009

Homemade Healthy Greek Oil & Vineager Salad Dressing

Homemade Healthy Greek Oil & Vinegar Salad Dressing is easy to make. You can adjust the recipe to your taste sweet or not. It is great over salads, drizzled on Tomato, Basil, Mozzarella Caprese type salads also!

This recipe is dedicated to my dear friend Christy Simpson who happen to run into me at the market the other day. About four years ago I had a birthday party for my daughter. I served the Grilled Chicken Greek Salad and this Greek Oil and Vinegar dressing. She had asked me for the recipe because she remembered it and commented on how much she loved it! Christy, here it is!

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 Cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1/2 Cup Red Wine Vinegar or Balsamic if you prefer
  • 1/4 teaspoon Freshly Ground Pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon Course Sea Salt - regular salt is fine also
  • 1/4 teaspoon Dried Oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon Dried Parsley
  • 1/4 teaspoon Dried Basil
  • 1/4 teaspoon Granulated Garlic (not garlic salt)
  • 1 Cup water
  • 2 tablespoons HOT water

I make this in a Cup and half size crystal picture. It is large enough to let a gravy spoon touch the bottom to stir the dressing with each use. The picture is pretty and can be set on the counter and or right on the table for serving. This also prevents extra unnecessary clean up.

Add all the spices into the container, then add the two tablespoons HOT water, stir and let set for about five minutes for all the herbs to absorb the water and rehydrate to release their flavors.

Add the 1/2 Cup Olive Oil, whisk with the small wire whisk or fork so the herbs infuse with the oil.

Then add the Vinegar, stir, then add the remaining 1 Cup water, whisk.

Sweet Option: If you would like the dressing a little sweet add one teaspoon sugar with the spices and hot water. If you are watching calories skip the sugar, it's great with out it.

Balsamic option: Use a little less Balsamic vinegar than the Red Wine vinegar, add a little more olive oil. Balsamic has a heaver taste and there for you can use less.

Ready to serve!

Use the gravy spoon push down to the bottom and pull upwards to mix the oil, vinegar and herbs all together for each serving.

This olive oil and vinegar dressing goes great with my Grilled Chicken Greek Salad: http://karenbcookingmadeeasy.blogspot.com/2009/04/grilled-chicken-greek-salad.html

If anyone ever has any questions on any of these recipes please feel free to ask! As I said I tend to not measure things anymore so you can adjust your recipe as you go! Add other things, and share in the comment space provided below, I would love to hear from you!

Enjoy!

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