Creamy Feta Vinaigrette

How was everyone’s New Years? Ours was wonderful. We had a delicious prime rib dinner at home, let the boys stay up until midnight with us, and celebrated the ball dropping in Times Square with “party makers” as Andrew calls them. No wild parties and Jell-O shooters anymore, but that’s just not the folks that we are these days!

One of my resolutions is continue to make things from scratch, and to do-it-myself as much as possible. I’ve long been making my salad dressings at home, but one I hadn’t mastered yet was a creamy Greek-style dressing. I always served my Greek salads with a balsamic vinaigrette, but since becoming mildly addicted to Panera’s turkey sandwich and Greek salad this pregnancy – I knew I had to come up with a recipe for that style of dressing on my own.

I played around with it a bit, and this variation is what I settled on. It couldn’t be easier – a base of buttermilk, feta, and Greek yogurt. Threw in some red wine vinegar and fresh lemon juice for a little acidity, some fresh garlic and dried herbs to punch up the flavor, then added some olive oil and a bit of water to thin it out a bit and round out the flavors. It turned out wonderful, right on the money as to what I was aiming for.

I make a batch up, stick it in the fridge, and use it for our salads all week long. With a little additional olive oil, I think it would also make a wonderful marinade for chicken as well, to top the salad with if you wanted a more substantial meal. This one is definitely a keeper, and one that I’ll be making over and over again. Definitely a great recipe to start off the new year on the right foot!

20 Comments

  1. Posted January 7, 2014 at 9:32 AM | Permalink

    Omg, I didn’t even know feta dressings were a thing! I definitely wouldn’t complain about having to eat salads if I had this in the fridge.

  2. Posted January 7, 2014 at 10:05 AM | Permalink

    YUM!
    I love feta. That dressing looks fantastic!

  3. Posted January 7, 2014 at 2:14 PM | Permalink

    Wow, this looks…amazing! My best friend is obsessed with feta and salads – I just sent this to her…and pinned it 🙂

  4. prissymissy14
    Posted January 7, 2014 at 8:16 PM | Permalink

    Yummy!!!!!

  5. Sarah guy
    Posted January 12, 2014 at 8:05 AM | Permalink

    I am looking forward to making this..hardly ever would I have Greek yogurt and buttermilk on hand at the same time so this is on the menu this week! I love homemade blue cheese dressing so this is right up my alley! (I bought the buttermilk yo make your peppermint brownies and buttermilk biscuits.)

    • Posted January 12, 2014 at 7:23 PM | Permalink

      We really, really loved it – hope your crew does too, girl! 🙂

  6. Sue
    Posted February 8, 2014 at 8:54 PM | Permalink

    This dressing is outstanding. I made it as directed, and wouldn’t change a thing.

  7. Katy
    Posted February 16, 2014 at 5:13 PM | Permalink

    I just made this dressing and I am in love! I can’t wait to add fresh herbs to it this summer. Thanks for the recipe!

  8. Kim in MD
    Posted March 30, 2014 at 1:42 PM | Permalink

    Wow…this looks amazing and like one of those delicious (but dangerous) salad dressings that you can just eat with a spoon!

  9. ann Engelhard
    Posted May 5, 2014 at 7:54 PM | Permalink

    That dressing is the greatest.Been eating salad all week,

  10. Kelly
    Posted July 9, 2014 at 8:41 PM | Permalink

    I made this and it was great! I liked it so much that I ate salad every day until it was gone (like 6 days). Thank you!

  11. Posted July 16, 2014 at 3:45 PM | Permalink

    I made this today and the taste is wonderful! It seems to be a little on the thin side- I realize it is a vinaigrette so could that be why? Love your recipes. Thanks.

    • Posted July 16, 2014 at 5:20 PM | Permalink

      You could make it thicker by reducing the amount of olive oil, Sharon! 🙂

      • Posted July 16, 2014 at 8:00 PM | Permalink

        Really should have tried it before saying anything- we had it on a classic salad and loved it! Will be passing this on- thanks again for the recipe!

        • Allison
          Posted August 17, 2015 at 2:27 PM | Permalink

          i just made this after searching forever for a creamy feta dressing like they make at a Greek restaurant down the street. It too came out a bit thinner than i wanted so i added more feta and mashed it with the back of a spoon, then whisked it, and that seemed to help!

          • Allison
            Posted August 17, 2015 at 2:28 PM | Permalink

            Oh and I forgot to mention that it came out amazing!!!!!

  12. ann Engelhard
    Posted January 5, 2015 at 3:11 PM | Permalink

    this was the best ever

  13. Jackie
    Posted September 1, 2015 at 9:28 PM | Permalink

    This was delicious, instead of red wine vinegar I replaced it with balsamic. Thanks for this awesome dressing!!!

  14. Heather
    Posted February 5, 2017 at 5:39 PM | Permalink

    How many servings does this make? I would like to make this in the next couple of weeks 😉 I’ve only tried feta cheese once or twice so this will be different for me.

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