Garlic Yogurt Salad Dressing

Garlic yogurt salad dressing

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  • Total: 5 mins
  • Prep: 5 mins
  • Cook: 0 mins
  • Yield: About 1/2 cup (4 servings)
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
70 Calories
1g Fat
13g Carbs
3g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: About 1/2 cup (4 servings)
Amount per serving
Calories 70
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 1g 2%
Saturated Fat 1g 3%
Cholesterol 4mg 1%
Sodium 59mg 3%
Total Carbohydrate 13g 5%
Dietary Fiber 1g 3%
Protein 3g
Calcium 99mg 8%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

Garlic, lemon, and salt turn plain yogurt into a simple and delicious salad dressing. A bit creamy, obviously, but with a nice bright tang that let you know it's salad dressing. Try it on heartier salad greens, like romaine, on chopped vegetable salads, or even as simple a dip for crudités.

It's tasty as is, but if you like to experiment in the kitchen, this dressing is also a great base from which to create other dressings. The easiest thing to do is to stir in some freshly chopped herbs. Mint, chervil, and dill are my favorites here, but a tiny bit of rosemary or even some humble parsley are excellent choices, too.

Mix things up by adding spices. A bit of freshly ground cumin is particularly tasty, but so too are curry powder or garam masala. Experiment with your favorites spices by mixing in 1/4 teaspoon to start, tasting, and adding from there.


  • 1/2 cup yogurt*
  • 1 to 2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 1 to 2 cloves garlic
  • Dash sea salt (to taste)
  • Optional: dash black pepper (to taste)

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

  2. Combine the yogurt and the lemon juice and a small bowl and whisk together until completely smooth. Alternatively, you can put them in a pint-sized jar with a lid and shake them into smoothness.

  3. Peel and mince the garlic, sprinkling a bit of salt on it as you do so to help the mincing action. Add to the bowl or jar and whisk or shake, respectively, to combine with the lemony yogurt.

  4. Add salt to taste. Add pepper, if you like.

  5. Serve and enjoy!


  • The dressing will store, covered and chilled, for several days. Note that if you do want to store it, you may want to pull back on how much garlic you add, since its flavor will intensify as it sits.
  • Use Whole Milk Yogurt: We highly recommend using whole milk yogurt here and in similar recipes. Yes, there is more fat in it, but it's also easier to find whole milk yogurt without stabilizers, artificial thickeners, and other things that aren't yogurt. That said, as long as it's unsweetened yogurt, it will work, but non-fat yogurt will yield a more watery, less luscious dressing.