Creamy Herby Summer Dressing

Creamy Herby Summer Dressing -

Summer and salads go hand and hand in my world. Salads make for lighter meals when the temperature rises, plus they allow for the addition of all the wonderful fresh seasonal produce. Being a girl who believes that variety is the spice of life, I’m constantly looking for new ways to eat an interesting bowl of greens. I refuse to waste my time on a boring salad!

Give me some tasty greens…crisp romaine and iceberg, tender butter lettuce, peppery arugula and watercress…I pretty much like it all. And the toppings and mix-ins are endless, from juicy berries and crisp veggies, to crunchy salty nuts and freshly snipped herbs. It’s all good to me!

But the one thing I’m trying to teach our girls about topping a salad is…“eat dressing with your salad, not salad with your dressing”. 

It’s so easy to pour on some of those thick and creamy dressings, and believe that the salad is still a healthy one. Because it’s salad, right?!

Creamy Herby Summer Dressing -

(salad shown with Pickled Curry Cauliflower)

Well, this Creamy Herby Summer Dressing is one salad topper that I won’t tell my girls to skimp on. Its base is made from Greek yogurt, and is sweetened only by a touch of pure maple syrup. Lemon juice lends some fresh tang. Mustard gives a little bite. And a bunch of fresh cut herbs round it all out very nicely. The dressing is super flavorful and can easily double as a dip for your fresh veggie platter, too. It’s just the perfect creamy (and guilt-free!) yum for your salads and veggies this summer!

Creamy Herby Summer Dressing

Yield: 1 cup


  • 1 c. plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 T. pure maple syrup
  • 1 tsp. freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 tsp. dry mustard
  • 1/4 tsp. onion powder
  • 1/4 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1/4 c. minced fresh dill
  • 1/4 c. minced fresh chives
  • 1/4 c. minced fresh cilantro (or substitute parsley)


In a medium bowl, combine yogurt, maple syrup, and lemon juice. Add dry mustard, onion powder, and garlic powder, and stir. Fold in the fresh herbs. Serve over fresh greens in a salad, or use as a dip for fresh veggies.

Note: The consistency of the dressing will depend on the yogurt you use. If the dressing is thicker than you desire, thin it out with a bit of water.


from a farmgirl's dabbles

Creamy Herby Summer Dressing -

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26 Responses to “Creamy Herby Summer Dressing”

  1. #
    JulieD — July 22, 2013 at 8:17 am

    Looks fantastic, Brenda!! Thanks for sharing my ranch recipe too. :)

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    Cathy Pollak ~ Noble Pig — July 22, 2013 at 8:39 am

    I have so many fresh herbs in the garden right now, need to make this!

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    Tieghan — July 22, 2013 at 8:49 am

    This sounds perfect. I love creamy greek yogurt based dressings!

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    Mique — July 22, 2013 at 9:40 am

    I agree! Summer and salads go hand in hand. This dressing looks delicious! Can’t wait to try it. Mmmm.

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    Kristen — July 22, 2013 at 10:21 am

    I’m assuming that any herbs can be used for this? I have basil and parsley coming out my ears! lol Also, how long would a dressing like this last in the fridge? Thanks. :)

    • Brenda replied on July 23rd, 2013 at 9:36 am

      Yes, of course! Use what you have and what you love. I used a few of my own favorites for this. I used mine up within about 3 days, was still good.

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    Robyn Stone | Add a Pinch — July 22, 2013 at 10:31 am

    How yummy and creamy – just perfect!!!

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    Wendy — July 22, 2013 at 11:35 am

    The uses for this dressing are endless. I love that! The fact it’s made with greek yogurt and a little maple syrup and lots of fresh ingredients is right up my alley. Love dill. I don’t see it used allot but I just love it in dishes. Thanks for this recipe Brenda. We can all use a recipe for something fresh that doesn’t require an oven right now!

    • Brenda replied on July 23rd, 2013 at 9:35 am

      Mmmm…I love dill more and more and more, so good!

  8. #
    Paula - bell'alimento — July 22, 2013 at 11:37 am

    With our herb garden in overdrive this is perfect timing!

  9. #
    Lauren @ Climbing Grier Mountain — July 22, 2013 at 11:41 am

    Love the flavors in this dressing! My garden is practically begging me to make this:)

  10. #
    Angie — July 22, 2013 at 11:54 am

    What a beautiful dressing recipe, love it!

  11. #
    Laura (Tutti Dolci) — July 22, 2013 at 1:24 pm

    I love summery salads, what a great dressing!

  12. #
    Mom — July 22, 2013 at 1:29 pm

    This looks so yummy, but simple to make. Want to try it soon.

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    Sommer @ ASpicyPerspective — July 22, 2013 at 2:40 pm

    Perfect use for my overabundance of herbs!

  14. #
    Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking — July 22, 2013 at 4:15 pm

    I love the creamy yogurt base for this gorgeous herb dressing! It looks so delicious!

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    DessertForTwo — July 22, 2013 at 7:23 pm

    Is that pickled cauliflower?! I think that’s my version of heaven in a jar. I love cauliflower! Why have I not made this and topped my salads with it? So good!

    This dressing looks great, too! :)

  16. #
    Jess — July 22, 2013 at 9:08 pm

    Mmm, I love that tang of Greek yogurt – this looks amazing!

  17. #
    maria — July 22, 2013 at 10:33 pm

    Perfect summer salad!

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    Ashely Brown — July 23, 2013 at 2:06 am

    I just loved it. I always used to have yogurt in my meal and always seeks for new recipe. I liked herb dressing ! It looks so delicious. Thanks for sharing it with us!! :)

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    Aggie — July 23, 2013 at 6:38 am

    You know how I feel about salads :)

    I have everything to make this!! It sounds perfect, and just what I need to get myself out of a semi-salad rut. I love all the freshness from the herbs, yum Brenda!

    (ps, thanks for the link love!)

  20. #
    Sheila — July 23, 2013 at 8:15 am

    I’m with you I could eat salad everyday in the summer! This dressing looks perfect!

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    nest of posies — July 23, 2013 at 8:33 am

    yes, i could eat a salad everyday – as long as someone else made it! LOL – i always think salads are better when someone else makes it. and sandwiches too for that matter. ;) – your dressing looks amazing!

  22. #
    Miss @ Miss in the Kitchen — July 24, 2013 at 9:42 am

    My guys love sandwiches and I get so tired of eating sandwiches, but salad I could eat every day. Love this and your photos are wonderful!

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    Tara @ Unsophisticook — July 24, 2013 at 1:52 pm

    I’m intrigued by the maple syrup in this — sounds lovely!

  24. #
    Paula — July 31, 2013 at 6:51 pm

    Love finding new salad dressing recipes. This one is a keeper.

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