Garlic Yogurt Sauce

This homemade garlic yogurt sauce is creamy, tangy, and SO easy to make! Stir it together in minutes to jazz up wraps, roasted vegetables, and more.

Garlic yogurt sauce

This garlic yogurt sauce is the simplest sauce you’ll ever make. In fact, it’s so simple that I wondered if I should even share it. Does a 5-ingredient, 5-minute recipe really deserve its own blog post?

But here’s the thing: I’ve been making this garlic yogurt sauce for years. It’s the perfect “emergency sauce.” When you’re putting together a meal—tacos, wraps, quinoa bowls—and you realize you need something creamy and tangy to drizzle on top, this garlic yogurt sauce is there for you. You always have the ingredients in your pantry. You can make it in minutes (no food processor or blender required!).

So I hope you enjoy this recipe—a creamy sauce that you can stir together in a snap. It’s super simple, and that’s a good thing.

Yogurt sauce recipe ingredients

Garlic Yogurt Sauce Recipe Ingredients

You need 5 ingredients to make this recipe:

  • Plain Greek yogurt – Full-fat yogurt gives this recipe the best creamy texture and richest flavor. I recommend using it, but feel free to sub nonfat or low-fat Greek plain yogurt if you prefer!
  • Extra-virgin olive oil – It thins the yogurt and adds fruity depth of flavor.
  • Fresh lemon juice – It makes the sauce bright and tangy.
  • Garlic – It adds savory bite.
  • And sea salt – To make all the flavors pop!

Add these ingredients to a medium bowl, and stir to combine. I generally add 1 tablespoon water to thin the sauce slightly, but you may need to add more (or none at all) depending on the consistency of your yogurt. Season to taste, and enjoy!

Find the complete recipe with measurements below.

VARIATIONS

  • Add fresh herbs. Stir 2 tablespoons of chopped leafy herbs into this sauce for a refreshing kick. Fresh dill, cilantro, parsley, basil, and mint would all be lovely here.
  • Use roasted garlic. For a mellower garlic flavor, swap out the fresh garlic for mashed roasted garlic. Start with 1 clove and add more to taste!
  • Give it a stronger garlic flavor by adding 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder.
  • Switch the citrus. Use lime juice instead of lemon for a different flavor profile. I love this variation on tacos. If you like, add a little lime zest for a stronger lime flavor.

Yogurt, lemon juice, and olive oil in a bowl with a spoon

How to Use Garlic Yogurt Sauce

This garlic yogurt sauce goes well on almost any dish! It pairs especially nicely with Middle Eastern-inspired fare like this falafel or these chickpea shawarma wraps, as it’s reminiscent of many of the yogurt sauces in that cuisine.

Here are a few other ways to use it:

Store leftover sauce in an airtight container in the fridge. It keeps well for up to 5 days. I like to make it on the weekend so that I have it on hand to jazz up meals all week!

Garlic yogurt sauce recipe

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Garlic Yogurt Sauce

rate this recipe:
5 from 15 votes
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Serves 4
This garlic yogurt sauce is creamy, tangy, and so easy to make! We love to drizzle it over roasted vegetables, add it to chickpea shawarma wraps, or use it as a dipping sauce. Find more serving suggestions in the blog post above.

Ingredients

Instructions

  • In a medium bowl, stir together the yogurt, olive oil, lemon juice, garlic, and salt.
  • Stir in the water. If the sauce is too thick, add more water, 1 tablespoon at a time, to thin it to your desired consistency. Season to taste.
  • Store the sauce for up to 5 days in an airtight container in the fridge.

Notes

Yield: about 1¼ cups

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  1. Kat
    06.18.2024

    5 stars
    Delicious as written. After tasting, i did add 1/2 teaspoon hone, 1 teaspoon dried dill and a few grinds of black pepper. Not saying that’s better than the recipe, just the flavor profile I desired. I did not add any water as the yogurt I had on hand was whole milk European style.

  2. Cece
    04.20.2024

    5 stars
    Love this, super simple and delicious. Had all the ingredients on hand which was perfect.

    • Jeanine Donofrio
      04.20.2024

      I’m so glad you loved it!

  3. Cal
    02.19.2024

    5 stars
    I just made a batch and have been dreaming about it since i gobbled up the last batch.. it’s addictive. I think its very best to let the flavours mingle overnight and longer.. but if you are in a rush, its quick dip and still excellent..yummm..its gotta be healthy..

  4. Paula
    12.31.2023

    What is the nutritional info for this recipe?

  5. Erin M
    09.06.2023

    Thanks for the recipe, this looks delicious! I’m kinda stuck on the Greek yogurt part though. If we’re adding lemon to increase the acidity, and water to make it runnier, then wouldn’t it make more sense to start with regular yogurt? As you probably know, the whey, which gives regular yogurt it’s tangy and watery consistency, is removed to make it Greek yogurt.

    • Jeanine Donofrio
      09.06.2023

      Hi Erin, I keep Greek yogurt on hand so that’s what we developed the recipe with. I’m sure plain yogurt would be fine too.

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