I lived for 10 years in Colorado, where a strong influence of flavors from Mexico is passed up through the southwest states.  It’s a flavor combination that I both crave and miss living in Europe.  So I make my own, easy-peasy!  Plain yogurt takes the place of sour cream as you get more bang for your ingredient buck in terms of fresh, zingy taste, lower in saturated fat, and with gut-busting bacteria that keeps your digestive health on track (ahem)!

PREP TIME:  10 min

MAKES:  1 ½ cups  (360 ml) dressing

KEEPS:  10-14 days in refrigerator*

  • ½ cup (120 ml) olive oil

  • ½ cup (110g/120ml) Greek or plain yogurt

  • ½ cup, packed (20 g) cilantro (coriander) 

  • 2 Tbsp (15 g) diced red onion

  • 1 clove garlic, minced

  • 1 tsp lime juice

  • ½ tsp salt

  • ¼ tsp black pepper

  • ¼ tsp red pepper flakes


Wiz all of the ingredients in a blender or food processor until smooth.


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Recipe & Photo Credit:  Cathy Menees




Plain yogurt in Europe is more runny and smooth than the plain yogurt sold in most US grocery stores.  So if using Greek yogurt or a thick yogurt that nearly stands on it's own, expirament with thinning it out with a bit of milk or water.

STORING:  Our refigerator is set to 3 Celsius, which is about 37 Fahrenheit.  At that temperature, and stored in a caraffe with a tight-fitting lid, this dressing lasts easily 2 weeks.


*Refrigerators and storage containers vary, so just observe your own to get a feel for how long it will last.  You will know by the smell (or growning mold) when something is not right!

KITCHEN BUDDIES:  A good food processor, blender or nutribullet is neccesary to get the smoothness you want from a salad dressing made with fresh (vs dried) herbs and aromatics.  If you don't have one, then better have a sharp knife and don't be afraid to be happy with a slightly lumpy will still taste great!

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