A classic traditional Greek salad dressing includes 1/2 cup olive oil, 2 cloves minced garlic, 1 teaspoon dried oregano, 1/2 teaspoon Dijon mustard and 3 tablespoons red wine vinegar. These ingredients are mixed together in a large container or jar and lightly seasoned to taste with salt, pepper and the juice of half of a lemon. The mixture is then vigorously stirred or shaken so that the ingredients meld into a yellow-tinted salad dressing. The dressing serves approximately six.
The olive oil is the dominant ingredient in a Greek salad dressing, and the rest of the dressing is essentially filled out by the addition of the red wine vinegar and a small amount of Dijon mustard. Various ingredients such as garlic, oregano, salt, pepper and basil are very important to the mixture, but they are considered seasonings, and their presence is highly variable in different recipes.
One of the most popular ingredient additions to a Greek salad dressing is lemon juice, either from a bottle or freshly squeezed from a ripe lemon. Another common ingredient substitution is switching out the red wine vinegar for apple cider vinegar. For better results, it is recommended that the dressing sit for 30 minutes before it is served to allow the ingredients to properly blend together.