Spicy garlic and refreshing herbs come together in this creamy garlic herb dressing. Try it as a veggie dip, salad dressing, sandwich spread, or marinade.
One of my favorite parts about summer is the abundance of fresh fruits and vegetables. Whether you are shopping at the farmer’s market, a roadside stand, or even your favorite grocery store, summer is the best time of year to find most of your favorites at the peak of their season.
These peak summer veggies are especially delicious when served raw, which makes this creamy garlic herb dressing the perfect addition to your summer table.
Try it as a dip for a veggie tray, a spread for your favorite summer sandwich, a marinade for grilled pork or chicken, or a simple salad dressing. However you use it, this homemade dressing is sure to please.
When it comes to the question of buying pre-made or making salad dressings yourself at home, in my opinion homemade always wins. They not only taste better, but you can tailor them just how you like. Furthermore, they are typically much easier to make than you would think.
This dressing, like most that I make, comes together quickly using a canning jar. Seriously. You don’t need a mixer, a blender, or even a bowl and whisk.
Using your measuring cups and spoons, measure all of the ingredients into a pint sized canning jar and firmly screw on the top. Cover the top of the jar with a kitchen towel, hold the lid in place, and shake until it’s completely combined. It should take about a minute.
Trust me on the extra precautions of the kitchen towel AND holding the lid in place. It is so much easier than cleaning dressing off of your cabinets, walls, floors, and ceiling and it really only takes one time to learn not to make that mistake again.
As you read through the recipe, you’ll notice that it calls for 1/4 – 1/2 cups of milk. Adjust the amount of milk to make this dressing just the right consistency for how you want to use it. You can omit it all together to make a thick, creamy dip, add 1/4 cup for a sandwich spread, or add the full 1/2 cup for a thinner, pourable salad dressing that’s perfect for tossing with your veggies.
When it comes to storing your homemade dressing, keep them refrigerated in an airtight container, like the canning jar you mixed it in. Most homemade dressings will keep only as long as their ingredients. Meaning if you use a milk that will be bad in a day, so will your dressing.
In this dressing the vinegar acts as a preservative while also adding that zingy tang. While it might make the dressing keep a little longer, the garlic flavor will intensify as this dressing sits. Once you’ve had it in the fridge for a few days, make sure you taste it before dumping it all over your salad.
If you have never had the pleasure of homemade dressings, I hope you try this one out. Before summer is out, I’ll be back to share a few other recipes showing how I use this dressing in my own kitchen. In the meantime, check out this roundup of 12 Easy Homemade Salad Dressings from some of my favorite food blogger friends.
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- 5/8 cup plain greek yogurt, 1/2 cup plus 2 TBSP
- 1/2 cup fat milk*
- 1/2 tsp golden balsamic vinegar**
- 1/2 tsp kosher salt
- 1/4 tsp dried parsley
- 1/4 tsp dried dill
- 1/8 tsp garlic powder
- 1/8 tsp onion powder
- 1/8 tsp paprika
- 1/8 tsp ground black pepper
- Measure all ingredients into a pint sized canning jar.
- Secure the lid tightly, cover with a kitchen towel, and shake until thoroughly combined. 1 - 2 minutes.
- Open the jar & scrape down the sides. If needed, re-secure the lid and shake to finish mixing.
- Store in the fridge for up to 7 days, or as long as your ingredients are fresh.
- The intensity of the garlic will increase the longer it sits, so be sure to taste it before use. If it gets too strong, try adding in additional yogurt or milk to lessen the garlic's flavor.
*Recipe calls for up to 1/2 cup of milk for a dressing. For a thick, creamy dip, omit the milk. Use 1/4 cup for the consistency of a sandwich spread. Use 1/2 cup for a thinner, pourable dressing. Adjust to taste.
**If you have trouble finding golden balsamic vinegar, apple cider vinegar makes a great substitute.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 8 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 19 Total Fat: 0g Saturated Fat: 0g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 0g Cholesterol: 2mg Sodium: 160mg Carbohydrates: 2g Fiber: 0g Sugar: 1g Protein: 2g