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Carrot Salad with Creamy Lemon, Yogurt, and Chive Dressing Recipe

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  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 3/4 cup plain whole-milk yogurt (preferably Greek-style)
  • 3 cups coarsely grated peeled carrots (about 15 ounces)
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh chives
  • 1/4 cup sliced almonds, toasted

Recipe Preparation

  • Whisk lemon juice and honey in medium bowl. Gradually whisk in oil, then yogurt. Mix in carrots and chives. Season with salt and pepper. DO AHEAD Can be made 6 hours ahead. Cover and chill. Stir before serving.

  • Sprinkle almonds over salad; serve.

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Lemony Fruit Salad

1. In medium saucepan, combine pudding mix, sugar and 1/4 cup water. Stir in egg yolks. Add 2 cups water mix well. Cook over medium heat until mixture comes to a full boil, stirring constantly. Cool about 45 minutes or until completely cooled, stirring occasionally.

2. Fold in whipped cream. Gently fold in drained fruits. Serve immediately, or cover and refrigerate several hours or overnight.

Nutrition Information Per Serving: Serving Size: 1/2 Cup * Calories: 120 * Calories from Fat: 45 * % Daily Value: Total Fat: 5 g 8% * Saturated Fat: 3 g 15% * Cholesterol: 40 mg 13% * Sodium: 30 mg 1% * Total Carbohydrate: 18 g 6% * Dietary Fiber: 1 g 4% * Sugars: 16 g * Protein: 1 g * Vitamin A: 10% * Vitamin C: 15% * Calcium: 0% * Iron: 2% * Dietary Exchanges: 1 Fruit, 1 Fat or 1 Carbohydrate, 1 Fat

Nutritional Facts:

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Lemon Chive Yogurt Cheese

This Lemon Chive Yogurt Cheese has a luscious cream cheese like texture beautifully flavored with lemon and fresh chives. Made by straining yogurt, it is a healthy low fat cheese like spread or dip.

Course Appetizer, Side Dish

Keyword Yogurt Cheese, Healthy Sandwich Spread

Prep Time 1 day 2 hours 30 minutes


  • 1 750gram Yogurt I like 1%
  • 1/4 cup fresh chives
  • 1 lemon
  • pepper
  • salt


Set up a sieve over a medium size bowl and empty container of yogurt into sieve. Cover and put in the fridge for about 24 hours. During this time, the liquid will drain from the yogurt leaving a cheese-like thick yogurt.

Empty drained yogurt into a small bowl.

Finely chop chives and add to yogurt

Zest lemon and add to yogurt and stir.

Add salt and pepper, tasting to adjust the seasonings. Cover and place in refridgerator for flavours to blend for 1 hour.

Yogurt Sauce Versatility

Here are some optional additions to make the sauce fit your craving

Add some Heat:

1 tsp chopped green chilies, 1 tsp chopped roasted jalapeno or 1 tsp chopped chipotle pepper with a few drops of adobo sauce

More Savor & Tang:

Add 1 tsp of chopped roasted garlic or a tsp of lemon rind

Get creative with your sauces and keep it real! Stay away from the store bought preservative and additive laden sauces. Making a sauce like this truly can take all of 5 minutes and it’s so much better for your health.


This recipe makes about 1/2 cup of sauce. Can store in fridge for 1 week unless the yogurt you use says otherwise. It's great with my Zucchini & Carrot Fritters or other veggies or seafood needing a lemony sauce.

  • 1/3 cup plain yogurt
  • 2 Tbsp real mayonnaise
  • 1/2 Tbsp lemon juice or juice of half a lemon
  • 1 Tbsp chopped chives or green onion
  • 1 tsp dried parsley
  • 1/8 tsp sea salt
  • 1/8 tsp black pepper
  • 1/8 tsp granulated or powdered garlic
  • Put all ingredients in the cup attachment of a hand blender or simply stir in a small bowl (If simply stirring, just make sure to chop the chives very fine)





About Katia

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Yogurt Dressing

Nothing could be more simple to assemble than this cool and creamy yogurt dressing. Cooks in Greece, Turkey, Iran and the Arab nations find many uses for this versatile dressing. It is served on beet salads, carrot salads, and cucumber salads as well as those with cooked eggplant and zucchini. In Greece and Turkey, it is used to dress a salad of pursiane. In Iran, it is mixed with cooked spinach, beets, mushrooms, eggplant, carrots, and cucumbers. The most common additions to the basic yogurt dressing are chopped fresh mint or dill and minced garlic. To make this creamy dressing, you need thick yogurt. The imported Fage brand of Greek yogurt does not require any draining, but most commercial yogurts need to be drained of excess water. To get 2 cups of thick yogurt, spoon 4 cups of yogurt into a strainer lined with cheesecloth, set it over a bowl, and let the water drain away for a few hours in the refrigerator.

Dietary Consideration egg-free, gluten-free, halal, high-calcium, kosher, peanut free, soy free, tree nut free, vegetarian

Five Ingredients or Less Yes

Taste and Texture creamy, garlicky, herby, tangy, tart

Type of Dish dip/spread, dressing


  • 2 cups thick yogurt
  • 1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • ¼ cup fresh lemon juice
  • Sea salt
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons minced garlic (optional)
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh mint or dill (optional)


In a bowl, whisk the yogurt with the olive oil and lemon juice. Season to taste with salt. Fold in the garlic or herbs if desired.

This greek yogurt ranch dressing is the PERFECT substitute. I promise you. It’s just as delicious, but it has a fraction of the calories.

My homemade greek yogurt ranch dressing has 12 calories, 0 grams of fat, and 1 gram of protein. Yep. You read that right – 12 calories. Soooo drink up! If you’d like to up the fat and protein, feel free to use a high fat greek yogurt!

If that’s not a win-win, I’m not sure what is!

Now that I enjoy eating salads and vegetables, I don’t NEED Ranch dressing, but sometimes I really miss the taste of it!

I’ve seen healthy Ranch dressing recipes around the web for years now, and finally decided to make my own Homemade Greek Yogurt Ranch Dressing.

I’ve missed you old friend.

Because I missed Ranch so much, I went to go buy some, but the calorie count and mystery contents in the bottle made me choose otherwise.

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In my personal 3x5 recipe box, the section titled "Extras" sits right at the front, its rightful spot given the frequency with which I reach in for reminders. They're the "little extras" which make it easy to pull together a meal at the last-minute, or give a supper dish a special touch – even a jar to press into the hands of departing guests.

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