If you know anything about me, you know that I love to make simple dishes that are flavorful and dont need a ton of “fussing”. Here is a simple dish using yogurt that can really add a lovely touch to a summer bbq. If you dont have lemon extract, just use the zest of one lemon.

Thanks to Reem Rizvi for the gorgeous photo of the sauce.


Monica’s summer yogurt sauce

2 cups low fat yogurt (like Olympus Greek Strained Yogurt)

1 teaspoon cracked black pepper

2 tablespoons olive oil

1/2 teaspoon lemon extract (be careful it can be intense)

½ teaspoon ground cardamom

1 tablespoon chopped chives
Salt and pepper to taste

Toasted pine nuts for garnish

Place the yogurt in a small bowl and add a few tablespoons of water. Mix well to remove any lumps and thin out the yogurt.  Mix it until it is smooth and creamy in texture.

Add the remaining ingredients (except the pine nuts). Taste and season as needed.

Garnish with the pine nuts and enjoy.

I love to serve this simple dish as a side to grilled vegetables or grilled meats in the summer.

(Photo shows some of the olive oil and chives used as garnish as well)

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  1. As a SIDE?? This sounds delicious enough to slurp down by the bowlful by itself.. Love the idea of the toasted pine nuts!

    1. I hope you will try it. I love it and often add pomegranate arils to it as well.

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