This is a light, refreshing Middle Eastern salad dressing that has been served at family functions since I was a baby.

Prep Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
20 mins
8 to 10 servings


  • 3 cloves garlic, peeled and sliced

  • teaspoon ground black pepper

  • salt to taste

  • 2 ½ cups lemon juice

  • 1 cup canola oil

  • 1 large head romaine lettuce - rinsed, dried, and torn into bite-size pieces

  • 1 pint cherry tomatoes, halved

  • 1 red onion, sliced

  • 4 ounces feta cheese, crumbled


  1. In a mortar and pestle, crush the garlic. Add the pepper and salt and continue mashing until mixture becomes a thick paste. Transfer to a jar along with the lemon juice and canola oil. Shake well.

  2. In a large bowl, toss together the lettuce, tomatoes and onion. Just before serving, add the cheese and just enough dressing to coat. (There will be extra dressing, but it keeps well.) Toss well.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

291 Calories
28g Fat
11g Carbs
3g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 9
Calories 291
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 28g 36%
Saturated Fat 4g 19%
Cholesterol 11mg 4%
Sodium 148mg 6%
Total Carbohydrate 11g 4%
Dietary Fiber 2g 6%
Total Sugars 3g
Protein 3g
Vitamin C 49mg 243%
Calcium 87mg 7%
Iron 1mg 4%
Potassium 289mg 6%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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