Re-Constructed Creamy Greek Salad Dressing – SRC

by Suzanne on June 8, 2014

Creamy Greek Salad DressingHow many times have you started to fix a big, beautiful salad and realized that: 1.  Some people don’t like tomatoes 2.  Some people really want tomatoes 3.  Half of the people love anchovies 4.  Half of the people hate anchovies 5.  No olives, please 6.  How many different kinds of olives do you have?  I want them all! 7.  Love cheese on my salad 8.  Don’t do dairy of any kind Just about the only thing that everyone can agree on is that Romaine Lettuce is good. (Although there was a time that Mountain Man thought that the only good lettuce was Iceberg, cut very, very thin like his mama fixes it. . . . . ) I digress. My assignment for this month’s Secret Recipe Club was none other than the famous Maria who is the author of the blog, Staying  Close To Home.  Maria isn’t just a food blogger, you can find all kinds of things on her blog from product reviews to how to create and decorate a custom pet food container.  She has 3 absolutely gorgeous children, a handsome husband, a cat and a simply beautiful Golden Retriever.  If I could describe Maria’s blog in only a couple of words, I would say it is “diverse but simple, in a down-to-earth kinda way.  My kind of lady!! She has lots of great recipes and I really struggled trying to decide what to make.  But then my family wanted pizza. They know better than to think I would make one from scratch, but if we order take out from our favorite Italian place, then what better to go with that pizza than a great salad.  And an even better salad dressing!! I just about refuse to buy commercially bottled salad dressing these days.  First, I have thyroid disease.  Hashimoto’s, to be specific.  One of the worst foods for me is ANYTHING soy.  Seems that soy products can interfere with the absorption rate of my medication.  And I have such a hard time keeping my thyroid hormones where they should be, that the last thing I need is to contribute to the problem. Have you looked at the ingredients in a bottle of salad dressing?!?!  The main ingredient, in most, is vegetable oil.  No, doesn’t that sound harmless.  I mean, how bad can vegetable oil be for you, right?  Well, vegetable oil is just a nice name for “soy oil”.  Yep, 100% soy.  Great.  Exactly what I don’t need.  And with how many other medications does it cause problems?  I think that answer is, “Who knows?”  That being said, I am always on the lookout for new and delicious salad dressings because we eat a lot of fresh salads. But no one in my family likes everything but the kitchen sink in their salad.  Two don’t eat tomatoes. Two don’t eat olives.  One is trying to lay off the dairy because of allergy issues, and doesn’t eat cucumbers because “they don’t like” him.  Some like bell peppers, while others don’t.  I could go on and on, but I think you get the picture. While we could all agree on the pizza – one cheese and one Hawaiian, no one is going to eat the same things in their salad.  And I really don’t like to serve boring salads with just lettuce.  So, on pizza night, I served a Make-Your-Own-Salad with Maria’s homemade salad dressing, Greek Salad Dressing.  And, guess what?!?!  EVERYONE loved the dressing!  They made the salad of their choice and chowed down on the pizza. Life is good. And the Greek Salad Dressing was exceptionally delicious!  You are going to love this one!  Thanks so much, Maria, for making our salad very special.  This one is a keeper, for sure. Creamy Greek Salad Dressing

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Re-Constructed Creamy Greek Salad Dressing
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Recipe type: Salad Dressing
Cuisine: Greek
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Serves: 20
 
This is an easy, very tasty vinaigrette that will make even the simplest of salads memorable for your family and your guests.
Ingredients
  • ¾ cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1 c. Red Wine Vinegar
  • 2 tsp fresh minced Garlic
  • 2 tsp dried Parsley
  • 2 tsp dried Basil
  • 1½ tsp fresh cracked Black Pepper
  • 1½ tsp Pink Himalayan Salt
  • 1 tsp Onion Powder
  • 1 tsp Sweet Paprika
  • 1 tsp Yellow Mustard
  • 1 Tbsp Greek Yogurt
Instructions
  1. Combine all ingredients in a medium sized bowl.
  2. Whisk all ingredients until thoroughly blended.
  3. Serve with your favorite green salad and enjoy!!

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Camilla @ Culinary Adventures June 8, 2014 at 11:27 PM

Suzanne, what a great looking salad…and dressing! Thanks for sharing with the SRC.

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Kate June 9, 2014 at 12:33 AM

Summer and Greek Salad are a perfect match! The dressing sounds great! Nice SRC selection.

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Emily @ It Bakes Me Happy June 9, 2014 at 9:23 AM

Oh yum Suzanne, this salad looks great!

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Suzanne July 13, 2014 at 8:22 PM

Thanks so much! It is delicious!

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Miz Helen June 9, 2014 at 9:35 AM

Hi Suzanne,
I love Greek Salad Dressing, this is a great recipe. Thanks for sharing, this recipe is a great choice for the SRC!
Miz Helen

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Heather @ Join Us, Pull up a Chair June 9, 2014 at 9:43 AM

Love greek salads in the summer! I need to get better about making my own dressings instead of relying on bottled dressings…especially since we eat so much salad in the summer. Great SRC selection!

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danielle June 9, 2014 at 9:48 AM

Ilove a good homemade dressing – sounds delish!

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Nancy June 9, 2014 at 12:42 PM

That sounds delicious, Suzanne!!

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Deb @ Cooking on the Front Burner June 9, 2014 at 7:22 PM

Great choice for SRC – I love making my own salad dressing and this one is a keeper!

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Shelley C June 9, 2014 at 7:59 PM

I had to laugh because you’re totally right – everyone likes their salads completely different! I’m all about homemade dressings, though, and this one looks amazing. Great choice.

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colleen @ Secrets from the Cookie Princess June 10, 2014 at 10:34 AM

The “what to include in a salad” debate is constant in my kitchen. Love this deconstructed approach.

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Shelby June 14, 2014 at 5:16 PM

Hmm, I have hashimotos also and I did not know that about soy! The problem is I prefer soy products to real meat UGH. I guess I’m going to have to switch to entirely organic anyway. I too am like you, I feel everything made at home is much better for you.

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Suzanne July 13, 2014 at 8:20 PM

It’s so hard to find anything that doesn’t have soy. IF you are going to eat tofu, then use it sparingly AND be sure that you get the naturally fermented tofu. Unfortunately, it is difficult to find this in the US.

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Julie June 14, 2014 at 10:04 PM

Perfect for summer salad season. Visiting from SRC B.

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Suzanne July 13, 2014 at 8:19 PM

Thanks so much!! And thanks for dropping by!

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