Yogurt Dressing

Method

Natural yogurt is a fantastically useful ingredient for salad dressings. It can simply be used on its own, seasoned to taste and freshly chopped herbs such as mint added, or you can mix it into a vinaigrette base with very little olive oil or into creamed smetana or soured cream. For a mousseline-style dressing, add some whipped double cream.

Use either low-fat natural yogurt, or the thick Greek yogurt for a richer, thicker dressing. Or, try fromage frais.

  1. Strain the juice of 2 small lemons into a bowl and mix in 300 ml (½ pint) natural yogurt with a wooden spoon. Season with salt and freshly ground black pepper and add finely chopped fresh mint or other herbs. A mintflavoured yogurt dressing is a good alternative to traditional mint sauce or jelly with roast lamb. It is also ideal for dressing potato salads.

  2. A classic vinaigrette is the ideal dressing for a simple salad of sliced tomatoes with sliced black olives and finely shredded leaves of fresh basil.

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