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Yogurt Salad Dressing


There are several yogurt salad dressing recipes here, but please don’t feel like you have to stick to a recipe. It’s easy to experiment and invent your own homemade dressings.

If you have a favorite commercial dressing that you are used to buying like ranch or blue cheese, try re-creating it with healthy ingredients.

Yogurt salad dressings will keep about 1-2 weeks if refrigerated. That is much shorter than store-bought so you may want to make your dressing in very small quantities.
The recipes below make about 2 cups and can be halved if you won’t be using that much dressing.

Basic Yogurt Salad Dressing

Ingredients:
8 oz plain yogurt
1/4 cup unrefined extra virgin olive oil
2 tablespoon chives, dried
2 tablespoon dill, dried
2 tablespoon lemon juice

Directions:
Mix it up and refrigerate.

Italian Style Yogurt Dressing

Ingredients:
1 cup plain yogurt
1 tablespoons raw apple cider vinegar
1 teaspoon honey
1 tablespoon dried minced onion
1 1/2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
3/4 teaspoon dill weed
3/4 teaspoon Italian seasoning
3/4 teaspoon prepared mustard
1/4 teaspoon seasoned salt
1/8 teaspoon pepper

Directions:
In a small bowl, whisk the yogurt, vinegars and honey. Stir in the remaining ingredients. Cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour before serving.

Creamy Orange Yogurt Dressing

Ingredients:
2 (8 ounce) cartons orange flavored yoplait yogurt
1/2 cup mayonnaise
1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
1/8 teaspoon sea salt
Grated orange rind

Directions:
Mix all ingredients together and serve on a green salad or fruit salad.

Anchovy Yogurt Salad Dressing

Ingredients:
1/2 c plain yogurt
2 tablespoon olive oil
2 tablespoon white vinegar
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon pepper
1 clove minced garlic
2 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley
1 tablespoon anchovy paste
dash cayenne pepper

Directions:
Place all ingedients in a blender and process until smooth. Refrigerate to blend flavors; adjust seasoning before serving. Makes about 3/4 cup.

Lemon Yogurt Dressing

Ingredients:
8 oz. plain yogurt
2 tablespoon lemon juice
2 tablespoon honey
Poppy seeds (optional)
Directions:

Combine and chill for several hours.

Creamy Avocado Yogurt Dressing

Ingredients:
1 cup plain yogurt
1 ripe avocado
2 tablespoon lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon toasted cumin
3 tablespoon chopped cilantro
1 jalapeno pepper, split and seeded (substitute several dashes of hot sauce)
Dash salt

Directions:
Combine all ingredients in a blender and process until smooth.

Yogurt Cucumber Dressing

Ingredients:
1 large cucumber
1 cup plain yogurt
2 tablespoons finely chopped
fresh mint
1/2 teaspoon salt

Directions: Pare cucumber; quarter lengthwise. Cut each quarter crosswise into thin slices. In medium bowl, combine yogurt, cucumber, mint and salt; mix well. Refrigerate, covered 1 hour, to blend flavors. Serve over mixed salad greens. Makes 1 cup.

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