Friday, July 1, 2011

Panera Bread Greek Salad Dressing


I love making a good salad and it’s even better when you make the dressing yourself, instead of using store bought. I recently checked out the Panera Bread cookbook from the library and wanted to give a couple of their recipes a try since I love their restaurant.

Most Greek salads have olives, red onion slices and tomatoes, but I kept mine simple with just the feta cheese. I loved how simple this was to make. Since I used dried herbs I was worried about the flavor, but it still tasted really good. As hubby says – “I feel like this is one of those restaurant quality taste that I would pay for”, and I have to agree, it’s just cheaper to make it yourself. This one is going in my keeper file.

Panera Bread Greek Salad Dressing
(Adapted from The Panera Bread Cookbook)

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½ cup red wine vinegar
2 teaspoons garlic, minced
2 teaspoons shallot, minced
2 teaspoons fresh oregano, finely chopped (I used dried)
2 teaspoons fresh basil, chiffonade (I used dried)
1 tablespoon Dijon or whole-grain mustard
salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
1 ½ cups extra-virgin olive oil

Combine all ingredients except oil in a medium mixing bowl with a wire whisk.


Once ingredients are combined, slowly pour in the olive oil while whisking to form an emulsion.



  1. That does sound like a good dressing. Simple sometimes is the very best.

    I tend to get carried away, then I have a ton of whatever it is I made. Trying to eat my way thru the huge bowl of black bean/corn salad I made right now.

    Have a great 4th of July!

  2. Where did you find that mini bottle to store it in? I've been looking all over for something like this!

    1. I found medium size ones at the dollar store a couple weeks ago.

  3. I've found them at HEB and Walmart

  4. how long do you think it would last

  5. A true Greek salad has no lettuce in it. It is simply cucumbers, tomatoes, red onions, feta, kalamata olives, oregano and dressing. So fabulous especially in the summer!!!!!

  6. I made this and it was delicious! My parents requested that I make it for a salad they were putting together for a family function. Really really good stuff. Thanks for posting it!

  7. Wonderful dressing! I used yellow onion in lieu of the shallot and it turned out great. Poured over romaine, tomato, cucumber, red onion, and feta. Great summer meal!