5-Minute Vegan Yogurt Sauce

I wasn’t mean to publish this recipe because it was simply a add-on to our vegan lentil salad. But the thing is… it turned out pretty good so I had to share it with someone other than lentil lovers. 😋

With a strong zesty and garlicky taste, it’s a wonderful addition to most salads, and it only takes 3 minutes to make.

📝 Ingredient Spotlight

Whip up this dreamy vegan yogurt sauce with a handful of ingredients that pack a punch in both flavor and freshness.

Here’s what you’ll need to create this sauce (it’s not a whole lot, so don’t be afraid, eh):

Dairy-Free Yogurt: Start with a big scoop of your favorite non-dairy yogurt to make a smooth, rich sauce.

Garlic: Add a small garlic clove for a light taste or two for a strong garlic flavor.

Lime Juice: Mix in a tablespoon of lime juice for a subtle citrus touch, or double it for a sharp, tangy kick.

Olive Oil: Stir in a tablespoon of olive oil to get a silky texture.

Cilantro: Chop and toss in 2-3 sprigs of cilantro for freshness.

Salt and Black Pepper: Season with salt and pepper to make it just right for you.

🍯 How To Make This Vegan Yogurt Sauce

Ok, this is as simple as it gets, in other words, there’s no way you’ll mess it up! 😝

In your food processor, combine the garlic, cilantro, olive oil, and lime juice. Whizz them until finely chopped and well blended.

Transfer the fragrant mixture to a bowl and smoothly blend in the non-dairy yogurt.

A quick tip: drain any excess liquid from the yogurt and whisk it well before adding. This little step ensures a richer, creamier final texture.

Season with salt and freshly ground black pepper to your liking.

Take a spoon or spatula and stir the sauce until smooth and fully combined. And there you have it, a stunning vegan yogurt sauce that’s sure to impress.

💬 Frequently Asked Questions

Can I make this sauce without a food processor?

You can finely chop the garlic and cilantro and then whisk everything together in a bowl. The texture might be less smooth, but it’ll still be tasty.

Can I use any type of non-dairy yogurt for this sauce?

Any non-dairy yogurt should work, but for best results, opt for plain, unsweetened varieties to keep the flavors balanced.

How long can I store this vegan yogurt sauce in the fridge?

This sauce should stay fresh for up to a week in the fridge. Just make sure it’s in a sealed container.

My sauce turned out too tangy, what can I do to fix it?

If it’s too tangy, balance it out with a bit more yogurt or a drizzle of olive oil. You could also add a pinch of sugar to cut through the acidity.

I’m not a fan of cilantro; is there another herb I could use?

Cilantro has a unique flavor, but if it’s not your thing, try parsley or dill for a different yet delicious twist.

The sauce is too thick, how can I thin it?

A little water or additional lime juice can help thin out the sauce. Add gradually and stir until you reach the desired consistency.

Is this sauce suitable for people with nut allergies?

Yes, as long as the non-dairy yogurt you choose doesn’t contain nuts or isn’t produced in a facility with nuts, you’re good to go!

Can this vegan yogurt sauce be frozen for later use?

Freezing might change the texture, so it’s best enjoyed fresh. However, if you need to, freeze in small portions and thaw in the fridge overnight.

What are some dishes this sauce pairs well with besides salads?

This sauce is super versatile! Drizzle it over grilled veggies, use it as a dip for pita bread, or dollop on vegan tacos for extra zest.

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5-Minute Vegan Yogurt Sauce

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  • Author: Alexandre Valente
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 1 bowl 1x
  • Diet: Vegan


A quick and zesty vegan yogurt sauce that’s perfect for dressing up salads or serving as a tangy dip. Made with dairy-free yogurt, fresh cilantro, lime juice, and a kick of garlic, this sauce is a deliciously fresh addition to any meal.


Units Scale
  • 1 cup dairy-free yogurt ((plain, unsweetened))
  • 12 garlic cloves ((adjust to taste))
  • 12 tbsps lime juice ((adjust to taste))
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 23 cilantro sprigs
  • salt ((to taste))
  • black pepper ((to taste))


  1. In a food processor, combine the garlic, cilantro, olive oil, and lime juice. Pulse until the ingredients are finely chopped and well blended. Pour the mixture into a bowl.
  2. Add the non-dairy yogurt to the bowl with the herb and garlic mixture.
  3. Season with salt and black pepper to taste.
  4. Stir the sauce until smooth and fully combined.
  5. Serve immediately or store in the fridge in a sealed container for up to a week.


For a smoother sauce: Ensure the yogurt is well whisked before blending with other ingredients.

Flavor consideration: Adjust the amount of garlic and lime juice based on how zesty or garlicky you prefer your sauce.

Get creative: The sauce can be personalized by adding other herbs or spices according to your preference.

  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Category: Sauces
  • Cuisine: Greek

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