Healthy Yogurt Dipping Sauce (or Dressing!) Recipe with Dill, Garlic & Lemon
I’m going to let you all in on a little secret… and that is the recipe for our favorite “secret sauce”! As an alternative to sour cream, this plain yogurt-based sauce is zero-guilt, far from plain, and 100% delicious. Like really, really good. Whenever we bring it to a party or potluck, everyone raves about it!
Furthermore, this creamy yogurt dipping sauce is awesomely versatile! Sort of like ranch dressing. We enjoy it in SO many ways. It will shine as the star dip in a veggie platter, or can be drizzled on top of homemade veggie burgers, zucchini fritters, sandwiches, wraps, potato dishes, or falafel. It is also a great creamy salad dressing. Hell, I even dip cold pizza in this stuff! We don’t eat meat around here, but this dill yogurt sauce would compliment salmon or battered fish nicely too – like tartar sauce.
Did I mention that it is also crazy-easy to make?
The final “secret” about this yogurt sauce is this: it gets better with time! No no, not weeks old of course. Gross. But if you can, plan in advance and make the yogurt dip a day before you want to enjoy it. If that isn’t possible, at least several hours beforehand. Over the first couple of days in the fridge it becomes a bit thicker, and all of the wonderful dill, garlic, and lemon flavors exponentially shine through!
- 2 cups of plain yogurt. Whole-fat yogurt is best for a thicker sauce! We usually buy this organic plain yogurt from Stonyfield. For a vegan variation, plain coconut yogurt would be a great substitute!
- 1/3 packed cup of chopped dill, or about 1 standard clam shell herb package
- 2 large cloves of garlic, minced
- 2 tablespoons of fresh-squeezed lemon juice
- 1/2 teaspoon of sea salt
- 1/4 teaspoon of coarse black pepper (or to taste)
- A sprinkle of lemon zest, to top. Snag Meyer lemons if possible! Their skin is phenomenally soft and sweet.
- Optional: 1 teaspoon of onion powder. We use our homegrown sweet onion powder for this recipe. If you want to learn how to make your own onion powder, check out this article!
In a mixing bowl, combine the called-for yogurt, finely chopped dill, minced garlic, salt, pepper, and lemon juice. Mix well. Top the bowl with a sprinkle of lemon zest now, or before serving. When you’re zesting the lemon peels, make sure to do so shallowly and avoid the white pith. Feel free to scale the recipe up or down as needed! We typically make a double batch if we’re making this for a crowd – so we can stash a little away for ourselves too!
Refrigerate for several hours or overnight before serving, to allow the flavors to get happy in there! Serve cold with your meal of choice. The yogurt dill sauce/dressing will be good for one week in the refrigerator.
The provided recipe is intentionally simple, and plenty flavorful on its own. Let it be your base, but if you feel like changing it up a little, by all means… Go for it! We have played with many variations of this yogurt sauce over the years, especially if we have excess garden goodies to use.
Try adding a handful of chopped chives for nice savory pop of flavor. Or, especially during summer garden time, throw in half a cup of finely grated cucumber for a tzatziki-like spin! It is recommended to wring out the cucumber after grating, to avoid adding too much liquid to the sauce. Diced bell peppers, sweet onions, spinach, or even massaged and chopped kale would be divine too!
There you have it. The secret it out!
If you enjoy this recipe, you may also love our other favorite go-to sauce: “The Besto Pesto”! We spend the summer months making many batches of our popular lemon, walnut and parmesan pesto with garden basil – stocking the freezer for the entire year. It too goes well with more meals than you’d imagine!
I hope you love this dill yogurt sauce recipe as much as we do. If so, please let us know in the comments, and feel free to let your friends in on the secret too!
Healthy Yogurt Dipping Sauce (or Dressing) w/ Dill, Garlic & Lemon
- 2 cups plain yogurt whole-fat or greek yogurt, substitute plain coconut yogurt for a vegan twist
- 1/3 cup fresh dill chopped
- 2 cloves garlic minced
- 2 tbsp lemon juice fresh-squeezed, if possible
- 1/2 tsp sea salt
- 1/4 tsp coarse black pepper (or to taste)
- sprinkle lemon zest to top
- 1 tsp onion powder optional
- Combine yogurt, chopped dill, minced garlic, lemon juice, salt and pepper in a bowl.
- Once thoroughly combined, add lemon zest to top of sauce for garnish.
- Refrigerate at least a few hours to overnight before serving to let the flavors meld.
- Enjoy! Use within one week.
Holy cow is this delicious! I made it tonight because I’m planning to make the black bean quinoa burgers tomorrow. But we ended up eating it with the grilled chicken, asparagus and roasted cauliflower I made for dinner tonight. It paired so well with everything! It’s a good thing this recipe makes a good amount. My super picky husband even loved it! And he hates yogurt and any time I put lemon juice in anything. You won’t be disappointed!
This dip is fantastic! Bright and creamy!
I made this the other night and it will probably be a staple in our home! Even my picky husband loved it! We’ve used it on so many dishes! And by itself lol So fresh and awesome. (Bonus: I was able to use the lemons from my very own Meyer Lemon tree!! <3 )
I’ve made this dip multiple times and it’s delicious. It’s so bright, fresh and oniony. It’s been a hit at group gatherings too. My favorite time to make this is in the summer when you have all those fresh veggies from the garden to dip!
So fresh! Busted this out at like 11 o’clock last night to take camping with us this week but we’ll see if it even makes it that far.. it’s soooo good! Definitely a new go to dressing and way healthier than my usually dressings and dips. It reminds me of tzaziki without the cucumbers, So dang delicious!
Yassss to healthy camping food! Love it! Thank you for the review!
Let me tell you something about this yogurt sauce….WOW!!! My entire family absolutely loved it including my 3 kids! It was so simple yet so incredibly delicious . We had a couple friends hop in as I was making it and they helped taste test. Needless to say, they stayed for dinner! I will be making this to pair with so many other things. It’s going to be a new staple in our house
Oooh goodness, thank you SO much for the raving review! I am so happy to hear it was such a hit in your home. Thanks again!
I’ve made this a few times and love it! I like dipping Hilary’s veggie bean burger bites in it as a snack and have used it as a salad dressing a few times as well. For meat eaters, it’s also fantastic mixed with shredded chicken on bread for a chicken salad sandwich.
YUM!!! Made this to serve along side her black bean quinoa veggie burgers and it was so good! I used plain Greek yogurt instead of regular yogurt, and it still turned out amazing. Such an interesting flavor combo but I highly recommend it! Will be using the leftovers to dip some of my artichoke in 😋
So yumm!! 😋
I made this last night using the plain coconut yogurt option, and it turned out great! Next time I may try with Kite Hill plain almond yogurt which has a slightly thicker texture.
We used this as a dipping sauce for some delish homemade fresh veggie fritters (broccoli, kale, carrot, potato, corn, onion, & Myokos vegan mozz). A definite make-again very soon!
Oh, and using remaining sauce as a salad dressing for today’s lunch.
Thanks for the recipe and inspiration 🤗
This was so easy to make! It’s super creamy and has amazing flavor. It went perfectly with my root vegetable latkes this evening.
Oooh, root veggie latkes?! Yum! Thanks for the feedback! I am glad you enjoyed it!