Basil and Yoghurt Salad Dressing

I don’t know about you, but where I live, it’s been hot.  Days of over 40C (105F).  Yeah.  Hot.

Since my little house has one air-conditioning unit placed in the dumbest spot imaginable (actually it could be worse), I have spent very little time at home, and instead residing at my other half’s.  He has four air-conditioning units!  And a pool.  He’s lovely...

So what do you do when it’s uber hot – eat lots of fruit and salads.  What did I do?  I ate so much fruit that I gave myself an upset stomach.  Yeah not cool.  I learnt a lesson there...

A week or so ago I had a “I’m not going to eat carbs for a month” idea.  It lasted almost two weeks before I devoured a massive plate of pasta!  It had to be done.  While I was in my no carbs phase, I discovered quinoa.  I had tasted it before and knew about its health benefits, but never actually made it.  So simple and so yum.  What makes it even better is an awesome salad dressing.  I wanted something full of flavour and indulgent (seeing I was being so healthy) so decided on a creamy dressing.  But hey, if you’re making that much effort to be healthy the dressing can’t have cream!  Enter yoghurt.  This is nothing new.  I know this.  I looked around my house, grabbed some basil off my window sill, a clove of garlic, oil, salt etc, threw it in a blender, and out came this little masterpiece.

There’s enough here to make two big salads – the rest you can store in the fridge.

1 clove garlic
2 heaped tablespoons natural Greek yoghurt
Handful basil leaves
Juice ½ lemon
1 tablespoon apple cider or red wine vinegar
5 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 teaspoon sea salt
2 tablespoons water

Place all ingredients in a food processor and blend until combined.  Taste for seasoning - might need more oil, salt or lemon juice.

Store in an air tight container or jar for upto 2 weeks.

Enough for two large salads.


  1. Ow! That makes me realy jealous! Where I live (Belgium) it goes down to - 10 degrees celcius right now. Damned. But I'll put that fancy salad with dressing on my spring-priority list! As soon as the sun starts shining I'm making it a priority. Love your photos! Real styllish!

  2. What a fabulous sounding dressing! Freezing here in the UK at the moment, but I've bookmarked this for the summer :-)

  3. Love the sound of this dressing, definitely one I'll be trying in the summer months. Such great photos on your blog, so pleased I stumbled across your site today for the first time.

    Wine and Olives

  4. Thanks for the comments! I'm happy to say the weather is soo much nicer, cool breeze at night, bliss..

  5. I love homemade dressings. Yours looks and sounds delicious! I'll have to try this soon. Thanks for the recipe!

  6. Just used this dressing on a Quinoa salad with fresh Tomatoes & Rocket - yum!


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