The easiest and best way to elevate a basic garden salad is with homemade salad dressing! My Creamy Dill Salad Dressing recipe is fresh, flavorful, herby, and has a hint of tang - thanks to Greek yogurt and lemon juice! This recipe is made in under 10 minutes with only a mixing bowl and a whisk!
If you're tired of the same old store-bought salad dressings, you need to start making your own homemade dressings! Homemade salad dressing does NOT need to be complicated - and if your recipe is complicated, then you need to find a new recipe!
The majority of my salad dressing recipes do not require a blender, immersion blender, or even much chopping and dicing. This recipe only requires a mixing bowl and a mixing spoon or a whisk!
Dried dill, Greek yogurt, mayo, lemon juice, and a few seasonings effortlessly mix together to make a smooth and creamy dill salad dressing and veggie dip!
This dressing is perfect for any fresh vegetable salad or crudité platter. I especially love it as an alternative dressing option for my Asparagus and Arugula Salad. Dill dressings and dips are also commonly served with fresh cod and salmon recipes - like my Air Fryer Salmon, Blackened Cod, and Baked Panko Cod.
Why you'll love this recipe
- Dill weed adds a bold, herby flavor that is balanced out with smooth and creamy Greek yogurt.
- You can use fresh dill or dried dill. I've written my recipe using dried dill because it's always available. If you have fresh though, you can definitely use it!
- Even though this dressing has strong flavors, it still pairs really well with light and mild veggies and proteins.
- No fancy equipment is required to make this recipe! You don't need to dirty your blender or your food processor. All you need is a mixing bowl and a whisk!
- Making your dressing from scratch allows you to control the ingredients. I don't add any unnecessary sweeteners, fats, or salt.
- This recipe is low-carb, gluten-free, and vegetarian.
Greek yogurt: You can make this recipe using full-fat or low-fat plain Greek yogurt. You don't need to purchase an entire tub of plain yogurt to make this recipe. 1-2 small single-size yogurt cups are all that you need!
Mayonnaise: Mayo cuts some of the tang from the yogurt and adds to the creamy texture.
Dried dill: This dressing is packed with dill - 2 full teaspoons! You can use fresh if you'd like, just increase the amount of fresh dill that you add. 1 teaspoon of dried dill is equal to about 1 tablespoon of fresh dill.
Lemon juice: I use freshly squeezed lemon juice.
Seasonings: You'll also need garlic powder, onion powder, kosher salt, and ground black pepper.
A full ingredients list with quantities is found in the recipe card at the bottom of this post.
This is a very low-maintenance recipe. All you need is a medium-sized mixing bowl, a large whisk, measuring cups, and measuring spoons.
These nested glass bowls are my favorite!
How to make Creamy Dill Salad Dressing
- Add all of the ingredients (except for the water) to a mixing bowl.
- Whisk until smooth.
- Optional: Add water to thin the dressing out to your taste.
Step 1: Add all of the ingredients (except for the water) to a mixing bowl.
Step 2: Whisk until the dressing is smooth and creamy and no lumps remain.
Step 3: Without any water added, the dressing will have a very thick, dip-like consistency. If you'd like a thinner, more pourable consistency, slowly add water, 1 tablespoon at a time.
Mix the water in after each addition. Continue adding water until you've reached your preferred consistency.
- Make sure you purchase plain Greek yogurt. The yogurt cannot contain any added sweeteners or flavors.
- You can use fresh or dried dill. I wrote the recipe for dried dill, but if you have a garden full of fresh dill, go ahead and use it up!
- Don't forget... if your dressing is too thick, just add some water! Add the water slowly though. You can always add more water, but you can't take it away!
- You can enjoy dill dressing and dip right away, however, letting it refrigerate for about 30 minutes before consuming will increase the intensity of the flavors as they blend together.
- Homemade creamy dressings usually stay fresh in the refrigerator for about one week.
Variations and substitutions
Creamy base: Greek yogurt and mayo form the creamy base for this dressing. Sour cream is a common creamy substitute for these two ingredients.
Herbs: In addition to dried (or fresh) dill, chopped green onions and fresh chives are also delicious additions.
Lemon juice: Lemon juice adds an acid component that helps to cut some of the sour tang from the yogurt. White vinegar would be an okay substitute for lemon juice.
How to store
Store leftover Creamy Dill Dressing in a glass, airtight jar in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.
What to serve with
Dill dressing is a versatile recipe that pairs with a variety of different flavor profiles. Don't be afraid to experiment and try this dressing out on some of your favorite dishes. Here are some creative ways to use this recipe!
- Salads: Drizzle Creamy Dill Salad Dressing on fresh garden salads, chopped salads, antipasto salads, chef salads, and romaine wedge salads.
- Fresh vegetables: Serve dill dip alongside your next veggie platter. My favorite dippable veggies are broccoli, cauliflower, sugar snap peas, and bell peppers.
- Roasted vegetables: Sweet, caramelized, roasted vegetables pair beautifully with dill dressing. Drizzle dill dressing on roasted onions, garlic, carrots, zucchini, and potatoes.
- Seafood dishes: Dill and seafood are a classic pairing! Serve dill dip with baked cod, salmon, haddock, or tilapia.
- Wraps and sandwiches: Add a creative kick to your next turkey, chicken, or tuna wrap! Use dill sauce in place of the mayonnaise on your next wrap or sandwich.
- Devilled eggs: Give traditional deviled eggs a twist by mixing dill dip into the egg filling.
Frequently asked questions
I think my recipe for dill dip is healthy because the base of the recipe is made with high-protein Greek yogurt.
My recipe for dill dip is gluten-free! Most dips and dressings are gluten-free as the most common ingredients used to make homemade dressings are naturally gluten-free.
Dill dressing is any dressing that contains dried dill or fresh dill as the main ingredient.
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