Garlic Yogurt Sauce

My history with yogurt has been extensive. It started in my childhood when I remember having those single serving Astro fruit-on-the-bottom yogurts in my packed lunches everyday. Truth be told I didn’t love them because they were always slightly warm by the time I ate them. I can only really blame myself though because I packed my own lunch starting at age 7 – I guess the thought of an ice pack never occurred to me.

This garlic yogurt sauce is an easy way to add flavour to your meals. Try it as a dip for pita or souvlaki!

I don’t remember eating much yogurt in my teen years until I hit university, when I jumped on that fat-free, artificially sweetened yogurt trend. I used to be obsessed with Yoplait Source lemon meringue dessert yogurt until I realized how artificial it was. But that was about the time that Greek yogurt started making its way into the market, and after trying it for the first time I became hooked!I used to buy 0% vanilla, but for the past few years I’ve been loving the plain 2% kind.

This garlic yogurt sauce is an easy way to add flavour to your meals. Try it as a dip for pita or souvlaki!

I just love its creamy texture and slightly tart flavour! Also, it’s versatility. For breakfast I’ll have it with a sliced banana, whole grain flakey cereal, and a bit of homemade granola – maybe with a teaspoon of honey if I need some more sweetness. I also love using it as a sour cream replacement for tacos and fajitas, or as a topper for pureed soups like butternut squash.

Or this garlic yogurt sauce. It’s so simple, but adds the most amazing flavour and creaminess to a dish! It’s fantastic with Greek flavours (like with pork souvlaki or as a dip for pitas) and Mexican too. I will also fully admit to just eating this by the spoonful, although I wouldn’t recommend it unless you are planning on brushing your teeth right after – talk about garlic breath!

This garlic yogurt sauce is an easy way to add flavour to your meals. Try it as a dip for pita or souvlaki!

Garlic Yogurt Sauce
 
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This garlic yogurt sauce is an easy way to add flavour to your meals. Try it as a dip for pita or souvlaki!
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Yield: Scant 1 cup
Ingredients
  • ⅔ cup plain 2% Greek yogurt
  • 1 heaping tbsp mayonnaise
  • 1 large clove minced garlic*
  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tbsp low fat milk
  • Scant ¼ tsp salt
  • ⅛ tsp pepper or more to taste
Instructions
  1. Combine Greek yogurt, minced garlic, olive oil, milk, salt, and pepper in a blender. Add more milk 1 tbsp at a time to thin if necessary.
Notes
*If your garlic clove is small, you may need to use 2. Add first one and taste, then add second if necessary.

Did you grow up eating yogurt? What’s your favourite kind right now?

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  1. If dairy wasn’t an issue for me, yogurt would be a staple for me- love love love it..especially mixed with raw oats, almonds & banana slices! The 2% Greek yogurt is SO much nicer- once I tried it, I couldn’t go back to eating the 0% stuff! This yogurt dip looks amazing- I used to make something similar to serve with falafels!

  2. Ooooh chelsea that sounds lovely, and yes, so versatile, I could think of so many things I could use this in. Garlic sauce is one of those flavors that anyone can love…..well unless you can’t have dairy….as I see above…..:( But to me it sounds wonderful! Will you join us for meatless monday with it please?

  3. 2% plain is the best…especially Fage or Fairway brand. I literally eat 1-3 yogurts per DAY (they’re so convenient for on-the-go eats)! This looks like a twist on tzatziki, meaning I’ll have to try it as a Greek salad dressing or dip for cucumbers and carrots.

  4. I used to love Yoplait too but also stopped eating it once I realized how much crap was in it. Now I’m like you and usually buy plain low-fat Greek yogurt. I especially love it for dressings and sauces so this sounds fantastic to me!

    • Chelsea

      Is it bad that I still sometimes crave the flavour of that Lemon Meringue Yoplait yogurt? Haha. If there was a natural, 2% Greek yogurt version of it, I would be ALL over it!

  5. you packed your lunch since 7 years old? Epic. I hang my head that mum did it for me all through to year 12.

    I love 2% Greek but wish we had the full fat one here- nothing beats it! This dressing looks like one I’d eat with a spoon.

    • Chelsea

      Haha yeah my parents made me do it from a young age because they wanted me to learn food skills. I think they were just lazy. :P

  6. a) These pictures are GORGEOUS!!! and b) I totally ate that lemon meringue dessert yogurt too and now it makes my stomach turn just thinking about it!

    We always have greek yogurt on hand for sweet or savory snacking. I like adding garlic and mustard and using it as a dip for veggies :) Looks super yummy babes!

    • Chelsea

      a) Thank you!! :) b) I wish there was a natural 2% Greek yogurt version of that yogurt – I would be all over it!

  7. I love anything with raw garlic. Sign me up please.

  8. I’ve been eating plain yogurt for years – adding your own flavourings is so much better. It took the rest of my family a long time to get on board, though. I remember getting a lecture from my mother for feeding something so “weird” to my nieces. With all the add ins, I thought I’d given them a treat!

    • Chelsea

      Haha that’s too funny that your mom lectured you about yogurt being “weird”! You were just ahead of the trends. ;)

  9. uh. more garlic = good. count me in Chelsea.

    also, I too have a sorted yogurt history. can you believe I’ve only tried Greek yogurt recently??? I’ve started eating it pretty much all the time now. I think I’m making up for the years I was sadly unaware of its existence.

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  11. This dip looks fantastic. I’m saving it for our next greek/mexican inspired dinner. I’ve always loved yoghurt – right now I’m loving plain 2% Greek. I can’t stand 0% yoghurt, it tastes like water!

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