Basic Yogurt Sauce

This creamy sauce recipe is wonderful dolloped on grilled vegetables or for dunking raw veggies. With yogurt at its base, it's a healthier dip recipe.

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  • Makes: 12 servings
  • Serving Size: 2 Tbsp. each
  • Makes: 1 1/2 cups
  • Start to Finish: 15 mins

Basic Yogurt Sauce

Directions

  1. Using the flat side of a chef's knife, mash garlic clove with the salt to make a smooth paste.
  2. In a small bowl combine garlic paste, yogurt, chives, and lemon zest. Season to taste with pepper. Cover and chill until ready to serve. If desired, top with additional chives.

From the Test Kitchen

Creamy Yogurt-Feta Dressing

In a food processor or blender combine 1/2 cup each Yogurt Sauce and fresh parsley leaves, 1/4 cup crumbled feta cheese (1 oz.), and 1 Tbsp. each fresh tarragon or mint leaves, lemon juice, and olive oil. Cover and process or blend until well mixed. Thin to desired consistency with 1/4 cup milk. Season to taste with salt and black pepper. Makes about 1 cup.

Per 2 Tbsp.: 29 calories, 2 g protein, 1 g carbohydrate, 2 g total fat (1 g sat. fat), 3 mg cholesterol, 0 g fiber, 1 g total sugar, 5% Vitamin A, 5% Vitamin C, 86 mg sodium, 3% calcium, 1% iron

Veggie Dip

Prepare Creamy Yogurt-Feta Dressing as directed, except omit thinning with milk. Makes about 3/4 cup.

Per 2 Tbsp.: 26 calories, 2 g protein, 1 g carbohydrate, 2 g total fat (1 g sat. fat), 3 mg cholesterol, 0 g fiber, 1 g total sugar, 5% Vitamin A, 5% Vitamin C, 83 mg sodium, 2% calcium, 1% iron

Marinade

Prepare Creamy Yogurt-Feta Dressing as directed, except increase olive oil to 3 Tbsp. To use, pour marinade over chicken; turn to coat. Marinate in refrigerator 30 minutes to 3 hours, turning occasionally. Drain chicken, discarding marinade. Roast or grill chicken. Makes about 1 1/4 cups.

Per 2 Tbsp.: 49 calories, 2 g protein, 1 g carbohydrate, 4 g total fat (1 g sat. fat), 3 gm cholesterol, 0 g fiber, 1 g total sugar, 5% Vitamin A, 5% Vitamin C, 86 mg sodium, 3% calcium, 1% iron

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Nutrition Facts (Basic Yogurt Sauce)

  • Per serving:
  • 24 kcal ,
  • 1 g fat
  • (0 g sat. fat ,
  • 0 g polyunsaturated fat ,
  • 0 g monounsaturated fat ),
  • 3 mg chol. ,
  • 107 mg sodium ,
  • 1 g carb. ,
  • 0 g fiber ,
  • 1 g sugar ,
  • 3 g pro.
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