My Basic, Go-To Yogurt Dressing

May 2, 2017

Test Kitchen-Approved

Author Notes: This yogurt dressing takes 5 minutes to make, can be assembled, shaken, and stored in a jar, and easily made thicker or thinner by adding more yogurt, or more oil. It can also be jazzed up in countless ways: fresh herbs, spices, roasted garlic, tahini, you name it!EmilyC

Makes: about 3/4 cup


  • 2 tablespoons minced shallots
  • grated zest of one lemon
  • 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon white wine vinegar
  • kosher salt + freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 1/2 cup plain yogurt (150g)
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
In This Recipe


  1. In a small bowl or jar, combine the shallots, lemon zest, lemon juice, white wine vinegar, and a pinch of salt and pepper. Let the shallots macerate in the acid for about 5 minutes to relax their pungency. Add the yogurt and extra-virgin olive oil, and whisk to combine (or put a lid on your jar and shake). Adjust seasoning and acidity, to taste. Dressing keeps well (tightly covered in the fridge) for one week.

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Reviews (8) Questions (1)

8 Reviews

Author Comment
EmilyC May 20, 2017
Yes, Greek yogurt works well here!
FS May 19, 2017
Sounds delicious! How about Greek Yoghurt instead of plain?
Author Comment
EmilyC May 20, 2017
Sorry, I meant to reply to you directly...Greek yogurt works well in the dressing!
FS May 20, 2017
Thanks! I'm all set with nice organic lettuce and tomatoes!
Penny May 15, 2017
Shallots: green long thin ones, or small brown French ones, please? The word means different vegetables depending on your country.
Author Comment
EmilyC May 16, 2017
The small, brownish ones!
Lost_in_NYC May 15, 2017
This is very similar to 'raita' in Indian cuisine.
Author Comment
EmilyC May 16, 2017
Yes, this dressing and yogurt sauces are all closely related! This dressing is thinner than raita and other yogurt sauces, but it could easily be transformed by omitting the olive oil and adding cucumber and the other herbs/spices of your favorite raita!