Creamy Basil and Chive Yogurt Dressing

Basil & Chive Yogurt Dressing in a jar on counter with basil leaves and chives on top and on the counter. This dressing with Lemon and Honey is creamy, light, savory, and a little bit sweet. It takes only minutes to make this delicious homemade dressing.  Basil & Chive Yogurt Dressing is perfect for salads, for drizzling over roasted veggies, steak, chicken, or fish, and amazing for dipping fries into!!

This Creamy Basil & Chive Yogurt Dressing with Lemon and Honey is creamy, light, savory, and a little bit sweet. It’s super easy with all ingredients going into the blender, so in just a few minutes, you have a homemade dressing.  I kid you not, I have been putting this Yogurt Dressing on everything!  It’s delicious on any salad, great for drizzling over roasted veggies, delicious over steak, chicken, or fish, and amazing for dipping fries into!!

Basil & Chive Yogurt Dressing on Kale Salad with chickpeas on top on white plate on counter with basil leaves and dressing jar in back. This dressing with Lemon and Honey is creamy, light, savory, and a little bit sweet. It takes only minutes to make this delicious homemade dressing.  Basil & Chive Yogurt Dressing is perfect for salads, for drizzling over roasted veggies, steak, chicken, or fish, and amazing for dipping fries into!!

I think my very first homemade salad dressing was a Thousand Island variation with mayo, ketchup, and pickle relish.  That one recipe held me over for years.  But, then my palate – and my growing butt – asked for something a little different, a little healthier.  From there, I started making various vinaigrettes and still make these really simple dressings all the time today.  But I still crave CREAMY dressings, so this Yogurt Dressing is a delicious alternative to mayo-based dressings.  It’s also such a great way to use up herbs from your garden or leftover after a recipe.

Basil & Chive Yogurt Dressing dripping into a jar sitting on a gray napkin. This dressing with Lemon and Honey is creamy, light, savory, and a little bit sweet. It takes only minutes to make this delicious homemade dressing.  Basil & Chive Yogurt Dressing is perfect for salads, for drizzling over roasted veggies, steak, chicken, or fish, and amazing for dipping fries into!!

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MAKE THIS YOGURT DRESSING IN MINUTES & MAKE AHEAD!

You are busy!  This dressing is super easy and done in minutes so you can feel good that you know exactly what went into your dressing AND you can make it AHEAD and keep it in the fridge.

This recipe must use fresh herbs.  I love to grow fresh basil all year so I love indoor grow kits.  They also make awesome gifts!  Check out this kit: Herb Garden Planter by Planter’s Pro as a gift for yourself or someone else!  It includes Grow Cooking Herbs Basil, Chives, Oregano, Parsley & More – plus Cedar Wood Planters.

STEP 1 – Pick the basil leaves and rinse them.  Rinse and rough chop the Chives.  Zest the lemon and squeeze the juice.

STEP 2 – Add all ingredients to the blender starting with the Yogurt, Olive Oil, Water, Dijon Mustard, and Honey.  Then adding in the Basil, Chive, Lemon Zest, Lemon Juice, salt and pepper.

Lemon zest & juice, basil, chives, yogurt, oil all in blender before blending. This Basil & Chive Yogurt Dressing with Lemon and Honey is creamy, light, savory, and a little bit sweet. It takes only minutes to make this delicious homemade dressing.  Basil & Chive Yogurt Dressing is perfect for salads, for drizzling over roasted veggies, steak, chicken, or fish, and amazing for dipping fries into!!

STEP 3 – BLEND

Basil & Chive Yogurt Dressing blended in blender. This dressing with Lemon and Honey is creamy, light, savory, and a little bit sweet. It takes only minutes to make this delicious homemade dressing.  Basil & Chive Yogurt Dressing is perfect for salads, for drizzling over roasted veggies, steak, chicken, or fish, and amazing for dipping fries into!!

STEP 4 – ENJOY 🙂

That’s it, my friends!

😍 Carrie

Basil & Chive Yogurt Dressing in a jar on counter with basil leaves and chives on top and on the counter. This dressing with Lemon and Honey is creamy, light, savory, and a little bit sweet. It takes only minutes to make this delicious homemade dressing.  Basil & Chive Yogurt Dressing is perfect for salads, for drizzling over roasted veggies, steak, chicken, or fish, and amazing for dipping fries into!!

 

 

Basil & Chive Yogurt Dressing in a jar on counter with basil leaves and chives on top and on the counter. This dressing with Lemon and Honey is creamy, light, savory, and a little bit sweet. It takes only minutes to make this delicious homemade dressing.  Basil & Chive Yogurt Dressing is perfect for salads, for drizzling over roasted veggies, steak, chicken, or fish, and amazing for dipping fries into!!
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Basil & Chive Yogurt Dressing

This Basil & Chive Yogurt Dressing with Lemon and Honey is creamy, light, savory, and a little bit sweet. It takes only minutes to make this delicious homemade dressing.  Basil & Chive Yogurt Dressing is perfect for salads, for drizzling over roasted veggies, steak, chicken, or fish, and amazing for dipping fries into!!
Course Condiment
Cuisine American
Keyword basil, chives, dressing, salad, yogurt
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 1 Cup Dressing
Author Carrie Tyler

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup Plain Greek Yogurt
  • 2 Tbls Cold water
  • 2 Tbls Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 2 tbls Chives, chopped
  • 3 Tbls Basil, chopped
  • 1 Lemon
  • 2 tsp Dijon
  • 1/2 tsp Honey
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 1/4 tsp Fresh Ground Pepper

Instructions

  1. Pick the basil leaves, rinse them, and rough chop. Rinse and rough chop the Chives.  Zest the lemon and juice it.

  2. Put all ingredients in the blender starting with the yogurt, water, and oil first, then adding the remaining ingredients.

    Lemon zest & juice, basil, chives, yogurt, oil all in blender before blending. This Basil & Chive Yogurt Dressing with Lemon and Honey is creamy, light, savory, and a little bit sweet. It takes only minutes to make this delicious homemade dressing.  Basil & Chive Yogurt Dressing is perfect for salads, for drizzling over roasted veggies, steak, chicken, or fish, and amazing for dipping fries into!!
  3. Pulse and then blended until smooth.  

    Basil & Chive Yogurt Dressing blended in blender. This dressing with Lemon and Honey is creamy, light, savory, and a little bit sweet. It takes only minutes to make this delicious homemade dressing.  Basil & Chive Yogurt Dressing is perfect for salads, for drizzling over roasted veggies, steak, chicken, or fish, and amazing for dipping fries into!!
  4. Pour over salad, roasted veggies, meat, or fish.  Or use as a dip for veggies, bread, or even french fries.  Enjoy!

    Basil & Chive Yogurt Dressing in a jar on counter with basil leaves and chives on top and on the counter. This dressing with Lemon and Honey is creamy, light, savory, and a little bit sweet. It takes only minutes to make this delicious homemade dressing.  Basil & Chive Yogurt Dressing is perfect for salads, for drizzling over roasted veggies, steak, chicken, or fish, and amazing for dipping fries into!!

Veggie Quinoa Salad with Creamy Lemon Dressing

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Veggie Quinoa Salad with Creamy Lemon Dressing is loaded with flavor, texture, color and is both delicious and nutritious! This Quinoa Veggie Salad has cucumber, sweet peppers, radicchio, scallions, and parsley. The dressing is a bright Creamy Lemon Dressing with Lemon, honey, mustard, and sour cream.

Veggie Quinoa Salad with Creamy Lemon Dressing is loaded with flavor, texture, color and is both delicious and nutritious!  This Veggie Quinoa Salad has so many fresh and flavorful vegetables including cucumber, sweet peppers, radicchio, scallions, and parsley.  The dressing is a bright Creamy Lemon Dressing with Lemon, honey, mustard, and sour cream.  It is seriously my go-to breakfast, lunch, dinner, & snack dish that I love keep on hand all the time!

Veggie Quinoa Salad is also a great meal prep dish that you can pack into several lunch containers for the family for the week!

Get on the Quinoa bandwagon!  

Quinoa is often referred to as a Superfood because it has so many health benefits.

  • First, it is high in protein with 1 Cup of cooked quinoa containing 8g of complete protein.  To give you an idea of what that means, 1 egg has 6g of protein, so you can see that this is a great addition to any vegetarian meal or diet!
  • It contains almost twice as much fiber as most other grains.
  • Quinoa also has Iron, the antioxidant Manganese,  Lysine for tissue growth and repair, as well as magnesium, which promotes healthy blood sugar control, energy production, and the formation of healthy bones and teeth.
  • Last, but not least, Quinoa is high in Riboflavin (B2), which improves energy metabolism.

It is seriously a Superfood!  Check out my Quinoa Weekly Meal Plan HERE!

Veggie Quinoa Salad with Creamy Lemon Dressing is loaded with flavor, texture, color and is both delicious and nutritious! This Quinoa Veggie Salad has cucumber, sweet peppers, radicchio, scallions, and parsley. The dressing is a bright Creamy Lemon Dressing with Lemon, honey, mustard, and sour cream.

PREP-AHEAD TO MAKE YOUR ‘KIT’:  Veggie Quinoa Salad with Creamy Lemon Dressing

We are all extremely busy and making dinner during the week can be overwhelming.  Here is my recommendation for making dinner easier: make your own kits!  On Sunday, prep all of the ingredients and store them in the fridge on meal-specific pans or bowls.  Then on the night you cook, everything is ready to go!  

Bonus!!  This entire recipe can be made in advance and stored in the fridge for up to 5 days.

Start by rinsing the quinoa thoroughly in a strainer and then cooking it according to package directions.  Let cool in the fridge.

Next, wash and dice the cucumber, slice the radicchio, dice the pepper, chop the parsley, and finely slice the scallion, using only the greens for this salad, but save the whites for another recipe.  Mix the cool quinoa and the veggies together in a large bowl

For the Creamy Lemon Dressing, I love the flavor that yellow mustard brings.  It is tangier than dijon and works incredibly well with lemon, sour cream, and honey.

First, zest the Lemon and then cut in half and add the juice from only Half of the lemon to a small bowl.  Also to the bowl, add the sour cream, lemon zest, honey, yellow mustard, parsley.

Whisk the ingredients together. Add a dash of salt and fresh ground pepper. Taste for seasoning and add more salt & pepper if needed.

In a small bowl, add the sour cream, lemon zest, juice from half of the lemon, honey, yellow mustard, parsley.

Add the Creamy Lemon Dressing to the Quinoa Salad and mix with a large fork.  Taste for seasoning and add more salt & pepper if needed.  Enjoy!!

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Veggie Quinoa Salad with Creamy Lemon Dressing

Veggie Quinoa Salad with Creamy Lemon Dressing is loaded with flavor, texture, color and is both delicious and nutritious! This Quinoa Veggie Salad has cucumber, sweet peppers, radicchio, scallions, and parsley. The dressing is a bright Creamy Lemon Dressing with Lemon, honey, mustard, and sour cream.  

Course Main Course
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Author Carrie Tyler

Ingredients

Quinoa Salad

  • 1 cup Quinoa, uncooked
  • 1/2 cup English Cucumber, diced
  • 1/2 cup Radicchio, sliced
  • 1/2 cup Red Pepper use orange or yellow too for more color!
  • 2 tbls Scallion Greens, finely sliced
  • 1 tbls Italian Parsley, chopped

Creamy Lemon Dressing

  • 1 Lemon
  • 1 tbls Sour Cream
  • 1/2 tsp Honey
  • 1 tsp Yellow Mustard
  • 1 tsp Italian Parsley, finely chopped
  • Salt, to taste
  • Fresh Ground Pepper, to taste

Instructions

Quinoa Salad

  1. Rinse the quinoa in a strainer

  2. Cook the quinoa according to package instructions.  Let cool in the fridge.

  3. Wash and dice the cucumber.  Note: If you have an English cucumber, keep the skin on.  If a regular cucumber, then peel and discard the waxy tough skin.  Slice the Radicchio.  Dice the pepper.  Chop the parsley.  Finely slice the scallion, using only the greens for this salad, but save the whites for another recipe.  

  4. Mix the cool quinoa and the veggies together in a large bowl

Creamy Lemon Dressing

  1. Zest the Lemon and then cut in half.

  2. In a small bowl, add the sour cream, lemon zest, juice from half of the lemon, honey, yellow mustard, parsley.  
  3. Whisk ingredients together.  Add a dash of salt and fresh ground pepper.  Taste for seasoning and add more salt & pepper if needed.

    In a small bowl, add the sour cream, lemon zest, juice from half of the lemon, honey, yellow mustard, parsley.

Mix the Salad together

  1. Add the Creamy Lemon Dressing to the Quinoa Salad and mix with a large fork.  Taste for seasoning and add more salt & pepper if needed.  Enjoy!!

    This Veggie Quinoa Salad with Lemon Dressing is a cool, refreshing, but filling and delicious salad that can stand alone or be a great side dish. It has so many fresh and flavorful vegetables including cucumber, sweet peppers, radicchio, scallions, and parsley. The dressing is a bright Creamy Lemon Dressing with Lemon, honey, mustard, and sour cream.