One of my favorite things to do for meal prep is whipping up homemade Cava Inspired Greek Vinaigrette dressings that bring a fresh flavor to every salad bowl. And today, I’ve got something special for you. A copycat Cava inspired Greek vinaigrette that’s simple, flavorful, and adds a Mediterranean touch to your meals.
Celebrating Greek Flavor with Homemade Salad Dressings
We’ve all been there—trying to replicate that perfect dressing from our favorite Mediterranean food spot, only to fall short. Not this time! The key ingredient in our Greek dressing recipe? It’s the combination of fresh garlic cloves, lemon juice, and red wine vinegar. But that’s not all! We’re also adding Dijon mustard, one of my favorite things for vinaigrettes that adds a tangy kick. You don’t have to hunt down these ingredients in specialty grocery stores; they’re all pretty standard.
Now, let’s get down to the recipe. Here’s what you’ll need:
Supplies for making Cava Inspired Greek Vinaigrette
Jar with lid or dressing container
Our favorite Greek Seasoning blend makes whipping this dressing up even easier!
Greek vinaigrette ingredients
- Fresh garlic, peeled and roughly chopped
- Extra-virgin olive oil
- Dijon mustard
- Fresh lemon juice
- Red wine vinegar
- Spices: dried basil, dried oregano, salt and black pepper
How to Make the Cava Inspired Greek Vinaigrette:
- In a blender, add the garlic cloves, Dijon mustard, fresh lemon juice, red wine vinegar, dried basil, dried oregano, salt, and black pepper.
- Pulse several times to mix these ingredients well.
- With the blender running on high, slowly pour in the olive oil until the mixture becomes creamy.
- Transfer the Greek vinaigrette to a mason jar, cover it, and refrigerate. It’s good for up to 2 weeks!
Bringing Your Salad Bowl to Life
The best part about this Greek vinaigrette? It’s incredibly versatile! Drizzle it over a base of romaine lettuce for a traditional Greek salad, toss it with brown rice and black lentils for nutritious grain bowls, or add a Mediterranean twist to your pasta salads. Want a quick vegan option? Swap feta cheese with some marinated tofu, and you’ve got yourself a delicious, plant-powered bowl.
And for all the Kalamata olive fans out there, this dressing pairs perfectly with the salty, tangy bite of these Greek delicacies. Add some chopped red onion and Persian cucumbers for a burst of fresh ingredients, and you’ve got yourself a chopped Greek salad to die for.
Serving Suggestions & Final Tips for this Cava Inspired Greek Vinaigrette
This Greek dressing isn’t only for green salads. Dip your pita bread or pita chips into this garlic dressing for an irresistible snack. Or how about some red pepper hummus on the side? The possibilities are endless.
Remember, if you’re using garlic powder or onion powder instead of the fresh stuff, adjust the quantities for reference purposes.
And here’s a final tip: If you have leftover dressing, don’t let it languish in the fridge. Use it to marinate chicken or tofu for your next Mediterranean-inspired dinner.
It’s the best thing to have at room temperature when you’re ready to serve your salads.
So next time you’re missing the Mediterranean version of Chipotle, also known as Cava Grill, don’t despair. Just whip up this homemade version of Cava bowls, complete with this delicious Greek vinaigrette, and transport your taste buds straight to the Mediterranean! Don’t forget the easy baked cava style pita chips as well!
Keep this Greek vinaigrette recipe handy and bring a touch of Mediterranean magic to your table! Remember, fresh herbs and fresh ingredients always work the best, and homemade dressings are always a notch above the rest.
And remember, friends: good food is all the better when shared. Until next time, happy cooking!