Mediterranean Salad Dressing (with Sumac)
This Mediterranean Salad Dressing is loaded with flavor from red wine vinegar, lemon juice, and Sumac and it’s a delicious low-carb dressing. This can be used on a variety of greens, beans, or veggies, so get some Sumac and make this tasty dressing!
I love all types of Mediterranean flavors, and one of the ingredients I discovered through blogging is the spice called Sumac. If you’ve eaten at a Lebanese or Middle Eastern restaurant that had a little shaker jar of a dark reddish spice on the table, that was probably Sumac. I’ve used Sumac in lots of recipes, and some readers have told me that they tried it and liked it.
But if you’re still not acquainted with this wonderfully flavorful spice, I’m hoping this delicious Mediterranean Salad Dressing that’s loaded with flavor from red wine vinegar, lemon juice, and Sumac will be reason enough to get you to try it.
This dressing is a combination I came up with after experimenting with a dressing that included Sumac, and after several tries I came up with the winning combination you see here. I love the flavors in this dressing, and it’s something I’d use to make a simple side dish salad whenever I need one. If you do try the dressing, I’d love to hear later in a comment about what type of salad you used it on!
What ingredients do you need for this recipe?
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- Red Wine Vinegar (affiliate link)
- fresh-squeezed lemon juice, I used my fresh-frozen lemon juice
- Ground Sumac (affiliate link)
- Greek Seasoning (affiliate link)
- Greek Oregano (affiliate link)
- coarse ground black pepper (or less)
- best quality extra virgin olive oil
What is Ground Sumac?
Ground Sumac (affiliate link) maybe be an ingredient you haven’t used but it’s a dried spice from the middle east that’s well worth adding to your spice cabinet, and Sumac is essential to making this Mediterranean Salad Dressing sing with flavor. It has a slightly lemony flavor, and You can read more about Sumac here if you want to see the plant it grows on and a great list of dishes that use Sumac.
Does this Mediterranean Dressing keep in the fridge?
This Mediterranean Dressing is simple to make and keeps in the fridge for at least a few weeks (or probably longer, but it doesn’t last longer than that at my house.)
What salad veggies taste good with this Mediterranean Salad Dressing?
This dressing tastes great on all types of lettuce and on milder leafy greens like spinach. It’s delicious on tomatoes, bell peppers, eggplant, cauliflower, mushrooms or zucchini. And if you’re someone who eats dried bean salads occasionally, this is a delicious dressing for something like that.
Salads to drizzle with this Mediterranean Dressing:
- Marinated Cauliflower Antipasto Salad
- Mediterranean Spinach Salad
- Avocado Tomato Salad
- Grilled Halloumi Salad
- Tomato Cucumber Avocado Salad
How to Make Mediterranean Salad Dressing:
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- I like the idea of dressing made in a shaker jar, because there’s no bowl to wash! I have several types of dressing shaker jars, and either one would work for this, but if you don’t have a special shaker jar, just shake up the dressing in any jar with a tight-fitting lid.
- Here’s the Sumac I bought years ago when I was visiting Lydia in Boston. I’ve bought many jars or tins of Sumac since then, but this photo does show off the color.
- Start by combining the red wine vinegar, lemon juice, Sumac (affiliate link), Greek Seasoning (affiliate link), Greek Oregano (affiliate link), and black pepper in a jar.
- Then add the olive oil and shake like crazy. Taste and see if you want a little more oil. That’s it!
More Recipes I love that use Sumac:
- Fattoush Lebanese Salad
- Whipped Feta Dip with Sumac
- Chicken Shawarma Wrap
- Mediterranean Salad with Purslane and Mint.
- Salmon Roasted in Olive Oil.
- 3 T red wine vinegar
- 2 T fresh-squeezed lemon juice (see notes)
- 1 T ground Sumac
- 2 tsp. Greek Seasoning
- 1/2 tsp. Greek oregano
- 1/2 tsp. coarse ground black pepper (or less)
- 1/2 cup best quality extra virgin olive oil
- Combine the red wine vinegar, lemon juice, Sumac (affiliate link), Greek Seasoning (affiliate link), Greek Oregano (affiliate link) and black pepper in a shaker jar or any jar with a tight-fitting lid.
- Add the olive oil and shake for about 30 seconds, or until the ingredients are well-combined.
- Taste and see if you want a little more oil.
- Shake well every time you use it.
I use my fresh-frozen lemon juice for this recipe. This dressing will keep at least a week in the fridge, probably longer. If your fridge is quite cold, you may need to let the bottle sit on the counter for a few minutes to warm up before you serve it.
Recipe created by Kalyn.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 167Total Fat: 18gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 15gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 546mgCarbohydrates: 1gFiber: 1gSugar: 0gProtein: 0g
Nutrition information is automatically calculated by the Recipe Plug-In I am using. I am not a nutritionist and cannot guarantee 100% accuracy, since many variables affect those calculations.
Low-Carb Diet / Low-Glycemic Diet / South Beach Diet Suggestions:
This Mediterranean Salad Dressing would be a good choice to get you to eat your greens for any phase of the original South Beach Diet or any low-carb eating plan.
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Historical Notes for this Recipe
This recipe was posted in 2013. It was last updated with more information in 2023.