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Looking into a glass jar filled with yogurt sauce.

Cilantro Yogurt Sauce

  • Author: Jessie
  • Prep Time: 4 min
  • Cook Time: 1 min
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: Makes about 1.5 cups 1x
  • Category: Sauce
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Vegetarian


This easy, creamy cilantro yogurt sauce is perfect on tacos, salads, and more!


  • 3 heaping cups fresh cilantro (you can eyeball this – just use three generous handfuls!)
  • 1 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 clove garlic, peeled
  • 1 Tablespoon lemon juice
  • salt and pepper to taste


  1. Place all ingredients in the bowl of a food processor. Blend until sauce is relatively smooth, about 30 seconds. Scrape down the sides of the food processor bowl and pulse again to form a smooth sauce.
  2. Taste and add seasonings (salt, pepper, lemon juice) as necessary. Serve immediately or store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 days.


Additions and Substitutions. This recipe is very forgiving – mix it up however you’d like! Add an avocado for extra creaminess. Use lime juice instead of lemon if you like. Add a few slices of jalapeño or roasted poblano pepper for a bit of spice. Swap a handful of the cilantro for spinach or kale. Add a handful of walnuts or pistachios for a bit of depth and texture.

Serving suggestions. Use this dressing on salads, grain bowls, tacos, grilled veggies and more! It’s great on grilled fish (we love it with salmon), chicken, or steak, and it’s also excellent with homemade crab cakes.

Storing and freezing. Store sauce in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 days, or in the freezer for 3-4 months. Defrost frozen sauce overnight in the fridge before using. The texture can get a little bit grainy after freezing: we recommend blending sauce in a blender or food processor once defrosted to smooth it out again.

Keywords: greek yogurt, sauce, dressing