Dill-Flecked Yogurt Sauce Recipe

This light, versatile sauce pairs well with many seasonal vegetarian recipes, from cooked lentils to steamed carrots and beyond.

From "Vegetable Literacy"
May/June 2016

  • Fresh dill
    Fresh dill is great to have on hand for this easy-to-make yogurt-based sauce.
    Photo by Fotolia/Mikhail Malyugin
  • Fresh dill

Total Hands-On Time: 10 minutes

Yield: Makes about 1 cup

This sauce matches up with countless edibles: beets; lentils; steamed and cooled carrots; potatoes, hot or cold; braised leeks; grains. It’s worth having a mass of dill in your garden for this go-everywhere sauce.


• 1 small clove garlic
• Sea salt
• 1⁄2 cup yogurt
• 1⁄4 cup sour cream
• 1⁄2 cup finely chopped dill


1. Pound garlic in mortar with 1⁄4 teaspoon salt until smooth.

2. Stir in yogurt, sour cream and dill. Taste for salt. You’re done unless you prefer to puree the sauce. Then it will come out pale green with occasional flecks of dill.

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