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Yogurt Herb Dipping Sauce

yogurt herb dipping sauce recipe This Yogurt Herb Dipping Sauce is less for dipping and more for slathering all over my Grilled Chicken Skewers.  It is perfect as a stand alone dip but is also amazing as a sauce for sandwiches, grilled chicken or a salad dressing.  I use an English cucumber here but use any cucumber that you happen to have on hand.  The fresh mint is what I think makes this sauce so good.  It is like a tzatziki sauce, but a little thicker with the Greek yogurt.  You can also use regular yogurt, but strain it overnight.  I put a coffee filter inside of a fine meshed strainer and let it sit over a bowl in the fridge overnight.  The water will drain out and you will have a very thick yogurt perfect for making this sauce.

TIPThe best dinner parties that I have ever had are the ones that are the most casual.  Simple food, beers and wine that guests can serve themselves.  No fancy table settings.  Kids running around all over the place.  If someone asks what they can bring, I usually tell them to bring beer and wine.  I love the process of cooking and usually my meal is revolving around a theme.  But if someone insists on bringing something I usually ask them to bring a dessert.

yogurt herb dipping sauce recipe 1 cup plain Greek Yogurt
3 Tablespoons olive oil
2 Tablespoons lemon juice
1 garlic clove minced
1 Tablespoon minced fresh basil
1 Tablespoon minced fresh mint
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1 English cucumber peeled and grated (or you can just chop it very fine)

how to strain yogurtAdd your strained yogurt or your Greek yogurt to a bowl.

Yogurt Herb Dipping Sauce recipeIf you grate the cucumber (which I prefer over chopping it) you need to get the excess water out of the cucumber.  I wrap it in a kitchen towel and squeeze the water out until it is almost dry.  Add the remaining ingredients to the bowl and mix well.  I do make this dip a few hours before I am going to serve it.  You can make it ahead of time and it will taste delicious but the water will start to come out of the yogurt and cucumbers so you will need to mix until it comes back together.

Yogurt Herb Dipping Sauce recipeServe with pita chips or with my Grilled Chicken Skewers.  Check back tomorrow to see what else is on the menu for our Greek Feast dinner party.

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Yogurt Herb Dipping Sauce


Ingredients

  • 1 cup plain Greek Yogurt
  • 3 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 Tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 garlic clove minced
  • 1 Tablespoon minced fresh basil
  • 1 Tablespoon minced fresh mint
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 English cucumber peeled and grated (or you can just chop it very fine)

Instructions

  1. Add your strained yogurt or your Greek yogurt to a bowl.
  2. If you grate the cucumber (which I prefer over chopping it) you need to get the excess water out of the cucumber. I wrap it in a kitchen towel and squeeze the water out until it is almost dry. Add the remaining ingredients to the bowl and mix well. I do make this dip a few hours before I am going to serve it. You can make it ahead of time and it will taste delicious but the water will start to come out of the yogurt and cucumbers so you will need to mix until it comes back together.

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  1. Missy

    July 16th, 2010 at 9:23 pm

    Now I may actually eat some veggies if I had that to dip them in.

  2. bakedbree

    July 18th, 2010 at 9:11 pm

    lol… I am the same way.

  3. jennie

    July 1st, 2011 at 5:14 pm

    OMG! The best dipping sauce I have had in a long time. Thank you for a keeper!

  4. bakedbree

    July 3rd, 2011 at 10:24 pm

    you are welcome Jennie. I love this dip too, so fresh tasting.

  5. Katherine

    August 10th, 2011 at 8:20 am

    I can’t wait to try this with heirloom tomatos and artisan cheese!!!!

  6. bakedbree

    August 11th, 2011 at 7:15 pm

    that sounds perfect!

  7. Katherine

    August 11th, 2011 at 7:28 am

    Oh yeah!!!!! I made this last night with the Greek yogurt, Italian herbs, garlic and lime zest and served it with tomato and cuke slices and freshly grated parm!!!!! Can’t wait to try with other herb blends!!!!! This is perfect for folks who don’t like mayo or need a low fat/no fat alternative to other sauces and condiments 🙂

  8. bakedbree

    August 11th, 2011 at 7:05 pm

    That sounds delicious. So fresh and light.

  9. Theresa

    February 12th, 2012 at 7:22 pm

    This is so good, refreshing and quick to make! Thank you for sharing this!

  10. bakedbree

    February 18th, 2012 at 8:17 pm

    you are welcome Theresa!

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