Creamy Garlic Dill Dressing

I’m going on week two of a diet and I can honestly say that one of the things that is making it easier on me is finding a creamy dressing that I can eat with my salad at night.  I’m a ranch dressing fanatic (I think all Montanans are) but I also like creamy garlic and blue cheese dressings as well.  Even low-fat versions are so calorie laden that you can only use the tiniest amount on the salad which just leaves me craving more.

Through experimentation and label reading I came up with the following salad dressing.  It uses fat-free plain yogurt (1 cup = 130 calories) as its creamy base.

Creamy Garlic Dill Dressing
Recipe Type: Salad Dressing
Author: Sean D. Francis
Prep time: 5 mins
Cook time: 5 mins
Total time: 10 mins
Serves: 4
A ‘creamy’ garlic dill recipe
  • 1/4 cup of fat-free plain yogurt (plain, not vanilla)
  • 6 Tbsp of rice vinegar
  • 3 tsps of dill
  • 1 small clove of garlic
  • pinch of salt
  • Black pepper
  1. Chop garlic into small pieces and add to yogurt and rice vinegar.
  2. Using a stick blender, give it a whirl for a few minutes to further smash-up the garlic and get the yogurt and vinegar fully integrated.
  3. Add the dill, salt, and pepper and give the dressing another quick buzz.

The main calorie carrying ingredient is the yogurt.  A half cup of fat-free plain yogurt is 65 calories.  The clove of garlic adds a negligible 4 calories to the mix and for sake of overestimating, we can add an additional calorie for the dill.  So the entire batch is 70 calories and covers four medium-sized salads.  That is roughly 5 calories per tablespoon compared to the 24 calories per tablespoon for fat-free ranch dressing.

Now, I do concede you have to like vinegar to like this dressing.  Rice vinegar really is a pleasant taste.  Adjust the amount of garlic to suit your taste. Just remember that if you add more garlic, the calorie content also increases.

Published by Sean D. Francis

Sean D. Francis is a technologist, writer, and geek. He podcasts, makes video, and dabbles in all the geeky genres including horror, sci-fi, and fantasy.