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Olive oil is a primary fat for the Mediterranean Diet. I use it to saute, bake, and make a simple Mediterranean olive oil salad dressing.
I like cooking from scratch. The major benefit is that you can control what you are eating. I know exactly what is in the recipe and I can limit artificial preservatives, sugars, and salt.
Take a minute and whip up a batch. You will be surprised.
Ingredients in Olive Oil Salad Dressing
This dressing uses simple ingredients right from your pantry:
- wine vinegar
- extra virgin olive oil
- Dijon mustard
- feta or parmesan cheese
- dried parsley, oregano
- minced garlic, salt, pepper
How to Prepare Homemade Salad Dressing
It's easy to make a dressing for salads or vegetables, or a marinade for chicken, pork or even salmon. You just need a few minutes and most of the ingredients will be in your pantry.
This salad dressing is a vinegarette. Traditional vinaigrettes typically call for three parts oil to one part vinegar. This dressing uses a 2 to 1 ratio and works fine.
To form the dressing you have to mix the oil and vinegar together. This can be done by whisking the oil into the vinegar in a bowl, by shaking the oil and vinegar in a shaker bottle or jar, or by pulsing in a food processor or with an emulsion blender.
I use the base of red or white wine vinegar and extra virgin olive oil. Wine vinegar has a smoother flavor than regular white vinegar or apple cider vinegar. You can also use balsamic vinegar if you are looking for a dressing with a tangy-sweet flavor.
Using Extra Virgin Oil Oil is important. There really is a difference between different types of olive oils.
To learn more about olive oils, read my post, 4 Key Differences in Olive Oils.
Drizzle dressing on your salad and lightly toss or transfer dressing to a container storage for use later.
Mixing Mediterranean Olive Oil Salad Dressing
Add cheese, spices, garlic, salt, and pepper to vinegar in a bowl.
Vigorously whisk in olive oil until ingredients combine and form an emulsion where there is little separation.
Apply one to two tablespoons to an individual salad.
Adding or omitting other ingredients can help change the flavor and provide a change for your meals. This recipe makes just about a cup of salad dressing.
How to Store Olive Oil Salad Dressing
It's a good idea to store this dressing in a container that can be sealed. Once this dressing sits for a while the olive oil will separate from the other ingredients. Give the jar or container a shake to resuspend.
Depending on the ingredients you use to make a vinaigrette determines if it needs to be refrigerated.
A basic olive oil and vinegar mix with salt and pepper can be left in the pantry, but other ingredients may become rancid at room temperature and make it necessary to refrigerate the dressing.
When in doubt store in the refrigerator. It will keep up to one to two weeks when refrigerated. Store in a sealed jar or bottle.
While olive oil is a liquid at room temperature, storing this dressing in the refrigerator may cause it to solidify.
No worries. Just set out for 15 minutes or more prior to servings. Shake well to emulsify and enjoy.
May 2021 Update: Updated post details and added new images.