German Yogurt Salad Dressing Recipe

Yogurt salad dressing
Yogurt salad dressing. Steve Brown Photography/Photolibrary/Getty Images
  • 5 mins
  • Prep: 5 mins,
  • Cook: 0 mins
  • Yield: 3/4 cup (6 servings)
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Health-conscious Germans are fond of joghurt (yogurt) in everything from drinks to desserts. Try this popular German yogurt salad dressing, jogurtsalatsauce mit zwiebeln (literally, "German yogurt salad dressing with onion") on your next lettuce-and-tomato salad or use it to dress a noodle, rice or Waldorf-type salad, or as a dip for German meat fondue. Onions, dill, garlic and chives give this dressing some zip.

In Germany, sour cream and yogurt, sometimes with a bit of mayonnaise, are often used to make quick, cold sauces to complement meat or eggs. These sauces are great for meat fondue parties and cold klops (German meatball) or frikadellen (German meat patties), too. Use this recipe for yogurt salad dressing to jump start your imagination. Here are more sauce recipes for German meat dishes, fondues, and hot-stone cooking.

What You'll Need

  • 1/2 cup yogurt (plain)
  • 2 teaspoons sugar (or sweetener to taste)
  • 2 teaspoons white balsamic vinegar (or white-wine vinegar)
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil (or walnut oil)
  • Optional: 1 teaspoon medium-hot German mustard
  • 1 tablespoon chives (chopped)
  • 1 tablespoon onion (minced)
  • 1 tablespoon dill (chopped)
  • 1 teaspoon garlic (minced)

How to Make It

  1. In a small bowl, whisk together the 1/2 cup plain yogurt, 2 teaspoons or to taste of sugar or other sweetener, 2 teaspoons white-balsamic vinegar or white-wine vinegar and 1 tablespoon canola oil or walnut oil. Add the optional mustard. The mustard taste comes through a lot, so only use it if you are a true mustard fan. You can experiment by starting with a little and going from there.
  2. Stir in the 1 tablespoon chopped chives, 1 tablespoon minced onion, 1 tablespoon chopped dill and 1 teaspoon minced garlic.
  1. Let the dressing sit for a few minutes or up to a few hours in the refrigerator for the flavors to marry. Serve at room temperature or chilled.

More About Salads and Lettuce:

Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
Calories 37
Total Fat 3 g
Saturated Fat 1 g
Unsaturated Fat 2 g
Cholesterol 3 mg
Sodium 20 mg
Carbohydrates 2 g
Dietary Fiber 0 g
Protein 1 g
(The nutrition information on our recipes is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate. Individual results may vary.)