This homemade dill dip is deliciously tangy and flavorful, with lots of fresh dill, garlic, extra virgin olive oil, and lemon. It goes great with fresh veggies, chips, or bread. You can also thin it out to use as a dill dressing for roasted veggies, salmon, or potatoes. This easy Greek yogurt dill dip can be made ahead of time, in only 10 minutes!
Note: this post was originally published in 2020 and updated in 2023 with improved instructions.
I absolutely love the flavor of dill; it has such a distinct flavor that's fresh, grassy, pungent, and anise-like, all at the same time! This creamy Greek yogurt dill dip puts this interesting and aromatic flavor front-and-center, complemented with fresh lemon juice, garlic, and extra virgin olive oil.
You only need a handful of ingredients and ten minutes (or less!) to prep this flavorful yogurt dill dip. And, you can even customize the recipe for a variety of uses! First, you can leave it super thick and creamy, for a delicious dip you can serve with fresh veggies, chips, or bread.
Or, you can thin it out to that perfect drizzle or dollop consistency to use as a dill dressing for salads, or yogurt dill sauce for fish, roasted veggies, or roasted potatoes. (It would taste excellent with my recipe for air fryer fingerling potatoes!)
- Greek yogurt: I prefer using full-fat Greek yogurt for this dip, it gives a wonderfully thick consistency and creamy texture. You can sub low-fat Greek yogurt if you want, or even regular yogurt. See the FAQ section below for more discussion on using regular yogurt.
- Olive oil: I like to use extra virgin olive oil because it has the most flavor, but if you don't have it, regular olive oil would also work ok.
- Mayonnaise: this is optional, and only if you want your dip to have a bit of extra creamy richness.
Step by step photos
Here is a step by step breakdown on how to make this homemade Greek yogurt dill dip. If you would like to see a brief slideshow of these steps, you can check out my homemade dill dip web story here!
1. First, finely chop the dill.
2. Then, crush or mince the clove of garlic.
3. Next, add the remaining ingredients to the bowl (minus the optional water): dill, garlic, Greek yogurt, olive oil, lemon juice, and salt and pepper.
4. Now, mix the dip together until smooth.
5. And, here are a couple optional steps: If you want to thin the dip out to make a yogurt dill sauce or dill dressing, add a little bit of water at a time until you're happy with the consistency.
You can also add a tablespoon or two of mayo, with or without the added water, for an extra creamy dill dip or dill dressing! (Feel free to mix the mayo in with the earlier ingredients, I just put it here as a separate step to show it is optional.)
6. For the finishing touch, taste the yogurt dill dip (or yogurt dill sauce!) and add more salt, black pepper, and/or lemon juice as needed, to adjust the dish to your tastes.
Tips and tricks
- In the step by step photos section above, I discussed how you can thin the dip to make a dill dressing or yogurt dill sauce. Below you can see the texture of the dip: (1) as-is, with no water added; (2) with one tablespoon of water (a good sauce thickness); and (3) with two tablespoons of water added (a good dressing thickness).
- If you have the time, I recommend making the yogurt dill dip a few hours ahead or even the night before. The flavor of the dill and garlic really intensifies as it sits in the fridge!
- And, I recommend using a small garlic clove, because the flavor of raw garlic can become quite strong (unless you really like garlic!).
- Also, make sure to mince the garlic finely so as not to get a big chunk of raw garlic in your mouth. A garlic press is useful here if you have one.
There are so many things you can do with this Greek yogurt dill dip! Here are some serving suggestions for you to try:
- Serve the dip with raw veggies, potato chips, and/or cubes of bread or triangles of pita or flat bread.
- This dill dip would also be great as a spread for a grilled chicken sandwich or turkey burger!
- If using it as a sauce, try it dolloped on top of salmon, shrimp, or chicken, roasted potatoes, or roasted veggies.
- You can also thin the dip out even further to use as a dill dressing, drizzled over a green salad, grain salad, or grain bowl!
I think Greek yogurt works best, but I've also made this dip with regular yogurt before and it's still delicious. It will be thinner and maybe even a little bit tangier in flavor.
The texture is similar to the third picture of the thinned out sauce above.
Fresh dill is preferred, since the dill flavor is so front-and-center. But, if all you have is dried and you want to make the dip, substitute the fresh dill with 1 tablespoon of dried dill. And, I highly recommend letting the dip sit the fridge for at least an hour or two to allow the dried dill to start to reconstitute in the yogurt, and for the flavor to begin to incorporate throughout the sauce.
Yes you can! In fact, it tastes even better when made a day ahead because the flavors become more pronounced as the dip sits in the fridge.
To make the sauce ahead of time, just tightly cover it and store it in the fridge. It will keep for 3 - 4 days. But, for the freshest flavor, I like to eat it within 1 - 2 days. Freezing isn't recommended, but I doubt you will have any leftovers!
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Greek Yogurt Dill Dip
This is an easy and quick homemade dill dip that you can make in only 10 minutes! It's full of robust flavor, with lots of fresh dill, plus garlic, lemon, and extra virgin olive oil.
You can also thin out the dip to turn it into a dill dressing or yogurt dill sauce - the perfect topping for roasted veggies, potatoes, or fish!
- Prep Time: 10 minutes
- Total Time: 10 minutes
- Yield: 4 servings 1x
- Category: appetizer, condiment
- Method: mix
- Cuisine: American
- Diet: Gluten Free
- 1 cup plain Greek yogurt (preferably full-fat)
- ¼ cup finely chopped fresh dill
- 1 small garlic clove, minced
- 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
- 1 teaspoon lemon juice, or to taste
- ½ teaspoon kosher salt, or to taste
- ¼ teaspoon black pepper, or to taste
- 1 - 2 tablespoons water (optional)
- 1 - 2 tablespoons mayonnaise (optional)
- Add the Greek yogurt, finely chopped dill, minced garlic, extra-virgin olive oil, lemon juice, kosher salt and black pepper to a medium bowl.
- Stir ingredients together until evenly combined.
- Optional step: if you want to thin out the dip to use it as a sauce or dressing, stir in 1 tablespoon of water at a time until the desired consistency is reached.
- Optional step: if you want to make the dip (or sauce/dressing) even more creamy, stir in 1 - 2 tablespoons of mayonnaise.
- Taste the dip and stir in additional kosher salt, black pepper, or lemon juice if needed. Serve the dip immediately, or, for more intense dill flavor, cover and store in the fridge for several hours or overnight before serving.
This recipe will yield about 1 cup.
The dip will keep in the fridge for 3 - 4 days tightly covered; freezing is not recommended.
I prefer fresh dill for this recipe, but if you don't have fresh dill you can substitute 1 tablespoon dried dill for the fresh dill. If using dried dill, keep the dip in the fridge for several hours or overnight to give the dill time to reconstitute and better permeate the dip.
The nutrition information below is an estimate only, using full-fat Greek yogurt and no mayo. The nutrition counts of your dish will vary based on the brands and exact amounts of ingredients used. This information was provided by an online nutrition calculator, and should not be considered a substitute for professional medical, health, or nutritional advice. See our full nutrition disclosure policy.
- Serving Size: ¼ recipe
- Calories: 83
- Sugar: 1.5 g
- Sodium: 87 mg
- Fat: 5.8 g
- Saturated Fat: 2 g
- Carbohydrates: 3 g
- Fiber: 0.1 g
- Protein: 5.2 g
- Cholesterol: 11 mg
Keywords: Greek yogurt dill dip, yogurt dill sauce, dill dressing
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