This creamy Yogurt-Dill Sauce goes together in just minutes, and is delicious as a dip, dressing, or sauce. Light and fresh, it pairs well with many Greek, Middle Eastern, and Mediterranean foods.
Why You Will Love this Recipe
Over the years, we’ve made a conscious effort to move away from store-bought sauces. Not only are homemade dressings and dips healthier, but they taste so much better, too!
The thing we love most about making our own dressings and dips is that it allows us to use the freshest ingredients, free of preservatives, added sugars, and artificial flavorings.
This fresh feta-dill sauce - a close cousin to Greek tzatziki sauce - is economical and easy to make. It pairs well with many Greek, Middle Eastern, and Indian foods, and is so versatile that we try to keep on hand whenever fresh dill is available.
What Goes into this Recipe
Ingredient Notes & Substitutions
For this sauce, the most important thing you can do is use fresh herbs and a good Greek yogurt. They make all to the difference in the final product!
• Plain Greek yogurt - Use a good, whole milk plain Greek-style yogurt. You can substitute any plain yogurt, but there will be a trade-off, flavor-wise.
• Feta cheese crumbles - You can substitute in any mild, crumbly cheese, but once again, it may significantly impact the overall flavor. Greek halloumi, queso fresco, goat cheese, and ricotta are all good options. If you use a cheese that you love, chances are you will love the dip just as much.
• Fresh dill - The useable parts of a dill stem can be separated into two distinct parts: the fronds and the heads.
- A sprig or frond of dill refers to the delicate, fern-like, leafy part of the dill plant.
- A head of dill refers to the umbrella-shaped, flowering seed head. (Dill seeds are a product of the flowering dill head.)
For this Dill Sauce recipe, you want to use dill sprigs, or fronds. We sometimes throw in a small dill head or two, but the more delicate flavor of the fronds is better suited to this sauce.
You can use dried dill for this recipe, but the dill flavor isn't as fresh or pronounced.
• Fresh mint - Did you know that mint is one of the easiest herbs to grow at home year-round? There are a ton of reasons why keeping a mint plant around is well worth the effort, this dill sauce being only one of them.
If you can't find fresh mint, you can use dried mint.
• Garlic - The recipe says "1 clove" for a reason: because I know that some of us can't help ourselves from doubling the garlic! Seriously, don't use too much, or you'll end up with Creamy Garlic Dill Sauce. (Which probably isn't a bad thing, right?)
You can substitute in granulated garlic for fresh if you must.
• Lemon juice - As always, use fresh if you can. Bottled lemon juice also works.
• Kosher salt - If you use table or sea salt, be very careful not to over-salt. Also, take the salt level of the cheese you use into consideration. If you sub in a very salty cheese, you may not need any additional salt.
• Freshly ground pepper - When it comes to black pepper, fresh is almost always best.
How to Make this Recipe
Once you gather your ingredients and prep them, put them into a blender jar or quart jar, and blend until almost smooth.
We usually like our dill sauce thick - more like a dill & feta dip - so we prefer to make it by putting all the ingredients into a quart jar, and blending it using a hand-held immersion blender. However, if you want your sauce to be smooth like a salad dressing, add just a little extra water or milk.
If you use a regular blender and a thicker greek yogurt, you may need to add a little water or milk to loosen it all up a bit.
FAQs & Expert Tips
One of our favorite ways to serve this sauce is with Stuffed Grape Leaves. We also love to sub it in for tzadiki sauce on Greek Turkey Burgers, and on the side with roasted vegetables. It’s also delicious with grilled salmon, and as a dip for crudité and breadsticks, too!
More Creamy Sauce & Dip Recipes
- Fresh Homemade Buttermilk Ranch Dressing
- Authentic Thousand Island Dressing
- Cool Buffalo Blue Cheese Dip
- Greek Tzadiki Sauce
Creamy Yogurt-Dill Sauce with Feta
- 1 Immersion Blender or smoothie blender
- Once you gather your ingredients and prep them, put them together into a blender jar or quart jar. Blend until almost smooth.
We make this sauce in quart jar, blending it using a hand-held immersion blender. If you want your sauce to be smooth like a salad dressing, add just a little extra water. If you use a regular blender and a very thick greek yogurt, you may need to add a little water or milk to loosen it all up a bit.
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Originally published November 12, 2012. Post has been updated with new images, content, and instructions to improve reader experience.