Creamy Yogurt Dill Sauce (Easy 5-Minute Recipe!)

This delicious Yogurt Dill Sauce is a creamy yet light all-purpose sauce you’ll want to use on everything. Easy to make with Greek yogurt, lemon, garlic, and dill, just a scoop adds bright and vibrant flavors to salad bowls, veggies, grilled meats, and more!

As a sauce connoisseur, I find that I’m drawn to rich and creamy sauces the most, like Indian raita, restaurant-style ranch dressing, and Greek tzatziki. That said, it’s no surprise that this creamy Yogurt Dill Sauce recipe immediately won me over.

Picture velvety smooth, rich yet light Greek yogurt mixed with refreshing and tangy flavor boosters like fresh dill, garlic, and citrus. It’s a lot like my Greek Yogurt Ranch Dressing and Greek Yogurt Salad Dressing but with a zingy twist!

The best part is that this easy 5-ingredient sauce goes well with pretty much anything. Drizzle it over a salad or grain bowl, pair it with your favorite grilled meats or veggies, or put out a bowl with crudites and chips at parties. Anything goes!

Ingredients for yogurt dill sauce labeled on counter.

Ingredients 

  • Greek yogurt – Opt for full-fat Greek yogurt. With a luxuriously rich consistency, it gives the creamy dill yogurt sauce more body compared to low-fat yogurt. If you don’t have Greek yogurt on hand, swap it for regular plain yogurt or coconut yogurt.
  • Garlic cloves – Fresh garlic cloves are always best! Do your best not to substitute them for garlic powder.
  • Fresh dill – While dried dill can be used in a pinch, fresh dill makes a big difference in flavor.
  • Fresh lemon juice and zest – I recommend juicing the lemon yourself for the most vibrant, tangy flavor.
  • Olive oil – A drizzle of olive oil in the yogurt sauce adds a fatty richness and velvety smooth mouthfeel. You can omit the oil to keep the recipe oil free but the sauce would be missing its rich, almost addictive je ne sais quoi.
  • Salt and pepper – To help round out the rest of the flavors.

How to make Greek yogurt dill sauce

After prepping the ingredients, add everything to a medium bowl and stir to combine.

Give the sauce a taste and adjust the flavors as needed (add salt and pepper to balance everything, lemon juice/zest for tang, and/or extra herbs to make it more refreshing). Serve and enjoy!

Tips and tricks

  • Use a citrus zester to finely grate the garlic clove into the sauce. After all, no one likes biting into a big chunk of raw garlic.
  • Does your yogurt already contain salt? Then be mindful when adding extra! Always taste the sauce before adding extra salt and adjust accordingly.
  • If you have some extra time before serving, pop the lemon dill yogurt sauce in the refrigerator for 30 minutes. This gives the ingredients time to mingle, giving the sauce elevated layers of flavor.

Variations

  • Strain the yogurt – For a thicker, creamier, and richer sauce, consider straining the yogurt (called labneh) ahead of time. To do this, pour the yogurt into a few layers of cheesecloth, tie it to your kitchen faucet, and let the whey drain for 12 to 48 hours. Check out this labneh recipe from The Mediterranean Dish if you want to explore this option!
  • Dairy free yogurt sauce – To make a dairy free Greek yogurt dill dip, swap the Greek yogurt for a vegan alternative like coconut, almond, soy milk, cashew, or oat milk-based yogurt. 
  • Add a touch of heat – For a subtle kick of warmth and spice, add a pinch of ground cumin, smoked paprika, red pepper flakes, or cayenne pepper. A drizzle of chili oil on top would be delicious as well. 
  • More add-in ideas – To enhance the taste and texture of your yogurt dill sauce, consider mixing in diced cucumber, red onion, roasted red peppers, chopped sun-dried tomatoes, and other fresh herbs like mint or parsley. 
Salmon filet drizzled with creamy dill sauce.

Serving suggestions

Serving this sauce with Mediterranean-inspired meals that you’d typically pair with tzatziki sauce is a no-brainer. Try it with: 

This yogurt dill sauce is also one of the best sauces for salmon, whether the fish is grilled, oven-baked, pressure cooked, air fried, or cooked sous vide. It’s also great drizzled over cooked veggies like asparagus and broccoli.  

For parties, enjoy it as a creamy dip with fresh veggies, pretzels, pita chips, warm pita bread, and smashed potatoes for dipping.

FAQs 

Is this sauce the same as tzatziki sauce?

This dill sauce is similar to tzatziki sauce, in that they’re both creamy yogurt-based dips, but they aren’t the same. Tzatziki is a classic Greek dip made with grated cucumber and mint, while this yogurt dill sauce has a more savory and zesty flavor profile.

Why is my Greek yogurt dip watery?

This could mean that your yogurt isn’t thick or fatty enough, or that the other ingredients released some excess moisture. You can fix this by mixing in extra yogurt, using full-fat Greek yogurt, or straining the sauce through cheesecloth. 

How long does it last?

The leftover yogurt dill sauce can be stored for 3 to 4 days in the fridge. Keep it in an airtight container to keep it fresh.

Bowl of yogurt dill sauce with spoon and slices of lemon, drizzled with olive oil.

More creamy sauce recipes

​​​​Did you make this dill yogurt sauce?

If you loved this Greek yogurt dip recipe, I would appreciate it so much if you would leave a ⭐️star review⭐️! Also, be sure to snap a picture of your finished dish and share it with me on Instagram using the hashtag #platingsandpairings and tagging me @platingsandpairings.

For more great Platings & Pairings recipes, be sure to follow me on Pinterest, Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, and TikTok.

Bowl of yogurt dill sauce with spoon and slices of lemon, drizzled with olive oil.

Yogurt Dill Sauce

This delicious Yogurt Dill Sauce is a creamy yet light all-purpose sauce you’ll want to use on everything. Easy to make with Greek yogurt, lemon, garlic, and dill, just a scoop adds bright and vibrant flavors to salad bowls, veggies, grilled meats, and more!
No ratings yet
Print Pin
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 0 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 4 people

Ingredients

  • ½ cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 2 cloves garlic (minced or grated)
  • 2 Tablespoons fresh dill (or 1 TBSP dried dill)
  • 2 Tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  • Salt and pepper (to taste)

Instructions

  • Combine ingredients in a medium bowl and stir to combine. Season with salt and pepper, to taste. Enjoy.

Notes

The leftover yogurt dill sauce can be stored for 3 to 4 days in the fridge. Keep it in an airtight container to keep it fresh.
Did you make this recipe?Mention @platingsandpairings or tag #platingsandpairings!

Equipment

Small Bowl

Nutrition

Calories: 50kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 0.003g | Cholesterol: 1mg | Sodium: 10mg | Potassium: 51mg | Fiber: 0.1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 17IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 32mg | Iron: 0.1mg

Leave a Comment

Recipe Rating




This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.