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Red Wine and Feta Vinaigrette


This vinaigrette recipe from Michael Psilakis' "How to Roast a Lamb" cookbook is used to make his Greek Salad.

  • Yield: Makes 1 1/4 cups

Source: The Martha Stewart Show, November 2009


  • 1 small onion, sliced 1/4 inch thick
  • 3/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for onion
  • Coarse salt and freshly cracked black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup red-wine vinegar
  • 6 fresh basil leaves
  • 1 teaspoon fresh thyme, leaves
  • 1/4 cup crumbled feta cheese
  • 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 6 cloves garlic, smashed
  • 2 shallots, thinly sliced
  • 2 tablespoons dried Greek oregano


  1. Preheat a grill pan. Brush onion slices with olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Place onions on grill pan and cook, turning, until tender, 4 to 5 minutes. Transfer to a small bowl; drizzle with olive oil and lemon juice. Toss to combine.

  2. Transfer onion to the bowl of a food processor along with vinegar, basil, thyme, feta, mustard, garlic, shallots, oregano, 1 tablespoon salt, and 1 tablespoon pepper; pulse to combine.

  3. With the processor running, slowly drizzle in 3/4 cup olive oil until dressing is smooth; season with salt and pepper.

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  • michelle94904
    19 APR, 2015
    Five stars! Had to use up some Feta so thought I'd try this dressing recipe - it's worth the extra work to grill the onion, go for this extra step you won't be disappointed! The recipe makes a big batch that holds its consistency after being in the refrigerator overnight, and is delicious! I served it on a spinach salad with chopped bell peppers, halved cherry tomatoes, and sliced kalamata olives - the whole family loved it. Highly recommended, so good I'm sharing the recipe with my mom next!