Feta Cheese Vinaigrette

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  • 5 mins
  • Prep: 5 mins,
  • Cook: 0 mins
  • Yield: 1 cup (serves 8)
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This quick Feta Cheese Vinaigrette is perfect on hearty salad greens, drizzled over grilled vegetables, or even as a sauce for broiled or grilled chicken. Feel free to add crumbled or minced herbs to this dressing - oregano, basil, thyme, and rosemary are all a good fit and make it a new dressing every time.

What You'll Need

  • 3/4 cup crumbled feta cheese
  • 1/3 cup​ extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 Tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • Fine sea salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

How to Make It

  1. Whirl the feta cheese, olive oil, and red wine vinegar in a blender or food processor until smooth. Alternatively, put the feta and 1 tablespoon of the oil in a small bowl and use a fork to mash it into a paste. Work the remaining olive oil into the cheese 1 tablespoon at a time. Then stir in the vinegar.
  2. Add salt and pepper to taste. Roughly ground or cracked black pepper is excellent in this dressing: the pungency of the pepper and the saltiness of the cheese are a match made in heaven.

    The vinaigrette will keep, covered and chilled, for up to a week.

    Variations

    • Add a small clove of peeled, minced garlic to the mix.
    • Change it up with herbs: Use about 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano or thyme, 1/4 teaspoon dried rosemary, or 1 teaspoon minced fresh basil to make a different dressing every time. Fresh dill (1 to 2 tablespoons) is lovely, too, especially if the dressing will be getting anywhere near cucumbers.
    • Try white wine or champagne vinegar instead of red wine vinegar. Sherry vinegar adds an even more intense depth, while lemon juice will keep the dressing bright.
    • Tame the intense flavor of this dressing by adding more olive oil or stirring in up to 1/4 cup heavy cream.
    Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
    Calories 118
    Total Fat 12 g
    Saturated Fat 3 g
    Unsaturated Fat 7 g
    Cholesterol 13 mg
    Sodium 167 mg
    Carbohydrates 1 g
    Dietary Fiber 0 g
    Protein 2 g
    (The nutrition information on our recipes is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate. Individual results may vary.)