Mint Yogurt Sauce: the cool condiment you need for Mediterranean meals, appetizers, and snacks. Make it with just 5 ingredients, in minutes!
This mint yogurt sauce is an absolute joy. It’s healthy, delicious, and stupid easy to make with just 5 ingredients. The fresh mint plays off the tangy yogurt to make it extremely refreshing. It brightens up so many foods you’ll never want to be without it.
did you know?
In Middle Eastern and Mediterranean cuisines, mint yogurt sauce is often referred to as “mint tzatziki” or “yogurt dip.” It is used as a cooling and refreshing accompaniment to dishes like kofte, kebabs, falafel, shawarma, and salads. This sauce is typically made with yogurt, fresh mint, garlic, lemon juice, and sometimes a bit of olive oil.
mint yogurt sauce ingredients
- plain unsweetened yogurt
- I prefer to use creamy low fat milk yogurt, but you can certainly use whole milk or no-fat if you prefer. I’ve been loving Icelandic skyr lately. Siggi’s is also a great brand to try.
- For vegan use a non dairy yogurt, coconut yogurt would be particularly good.
- fresh mint
- it has to be fresh!
- lemon juice
a note about fresh mint
Look for spearmint rather than peppermint. Spearmint is one of the most commonly used mints in cooking. It has a bright and refreshing flavor with a slightly sweet undertone. Spearmint is often used in Mediterranean, Middle Eastern, and Asian cuisines to flavor dishes like lamb, salads, tabbouleh, and mint teas. Peppermint, on the other hand, has a stronger and more intense flavor compared to spearmint. It has a cool and slightly spicy taste with a menthol aroma. Peppermint is often used in desserts, such as chocolate dishes, ice cream, and candies.
how to make mint yogurt sauce (don’t blink!)
- Load fresh mint, garlic, yogurt, lemon juice and salt into a small food processor.
- Process until creamy and delicious!
- Taste it ~ you can adjust with more mint, garlic, lemon, or salt.
how to use your healthy mint yogurt sauce
- Serve alongside Lamb Kofte Skewers or on a Kofte Bowl.
- Use as a dip for Falafel
- As a spread on a Falafel Burger
- Or a dressing on a Falafel Salad Bowl
- Drizzle over Spiced Lamb Meatballs with Hummus
- Serve with Spiced Lamb and Couscous Stuffed Peppers
- Serve with Roast Beef Tenderloin as a healthier alternative to Creamy Homemade Horseradish Sauce.
- Use it to cool down spicy curries.
- On Grilled Baby Eggplant
- Use as a dip for Fried Olives or Fried Green Beans or Fried Mushrooms
- Use as a dip for raw veggies
- Use as a dip for pita chips
Mint Yogurt Sauce
- small food processor or immersion blender
- 2 cups plain yogurt, I used thick low fat yogurt
- 2 garlic cloves, peeled and smashed
- 1 cup mint leaves, loosely packed*
- 1 Tbsp fresh lemon juice, or more to taste
- pinch salt
- Load everything into your small food processor and process until smooth and creamy. Taste and adjust the salt or lemon juice if you like.
- Depending on the yogurt you use, you may want to thin your sauce a bit. You can add milk, water, olive oil, or more lemon juice as necessary to thin it to the consistency you'd like.
- Transfer to a jar and refrigerate for up to a week.