This delicious lemon dill sauce is the perfect addition to any dish. It's simple to make and can be used as a dip, dressing, or even a condiment. With only 5 ingredients required, it is super easy and lightning fast to whip up.
🌟 Why this recipe works
This lemon dill sauce recipe is the perfect balance of tangy and creamy with a bright flavor from the lemon juice and dill.
The mayonnaise and Greek yogurt provide a smooth and creamy base, while the lemon juice adds a tart and acidic edge. The dill brings a fresh and herby flavor that ties everything together.
This sauce is incredibly versatile and can be used in so many different ways. It makes an excellent dip for vegetables or breadsticks, a flavorful dressing for salads or grain bowls, and a delicious condiment for sandwiches or grilled fish.
It's also great for meal prep and can be made ahead of time and refrigerated for a while to use throughout the week. This recipe is super easy to make with just 5 ingredients that you probably already have in your kitchen.
It comes together in minutes and doesn't require any fancy equipment. The resulting sauce is smooth, creamy, and full of flavor. It's perfect for jazzing up any dish and can be made sweeter with a touch of honey or spicier with cayenne pepper. So why not give it a try?
🍽 Key Ingredients
All you need for this easy dill sauce recipe are 5 ingredients to make the base sauce.
Mayonnaise - Mayo is the base for this sauce that provides a creamy texture and mild flavor. Be sure to use a high quality mayo for the best results.
Greek yogurt - This adds a bit of tanginess and helps to lighten up the sauce.
Lemon Juice - The fresh lemon juice brightens up the sauce and adds a tart and acidic flavor. You could also add lemon zest to enhance the flavor.
Fresh dill - The dill weed gives the sauce a fresh and herby flavor. You can also use dried dill if you don't have fresh on hand.
Salt and pepper - Just a pinch of salt and pepper is all you need to season the sauce to perfection.
Greek yogurt - You can use sour cream in place of Greek yogurt.
Lemon juice - If you don't have fresh lemons, you can use bottled lemon juice.
🔪 How to make
Learn how to make this lemon dill sauce! This is one of the quickest sauces you will ever make in less than 5 minutes using a whisk and a medium bowl. It's completely foolproof for any home cook to make and is perfect for when you need a quick sauce condiment to accompany grilled salmon.
Finely chop the fresh dill.
Add the Greek yogurt, mayo, lemon juice, and fresh dill into a bowl. Stir well. Season with salt and pepper to taste and serve!
💭 Cooking tips
The thickness of the sauce
The consistency of Greek yogurt can vary depending on the brand you buy. If the consistency is too thick, you can add a tablespoon or two of water to make it thinner.
Fresh Herbs vs Dried Herbs
Fresh herbs work the best, and the flavor stands out instantly. While dried herbs work well, they'll require time (overnight) to open up and release their herby flavor.
📖 Recipe Variations
This lemon dill sauce recipe is one of the easiest variations around with 5 ingredients and no cooking involved. Although you can add a few ingredients to it for a different taste as shown below.
Honey Lemon Dill Sauce
To give the lemon dill sauce some sweetness, add a tablespoon of runny honey to the mixture. Microwave the honey for 10 seconds if using thick honey.
Lemon Dill Sauce with Dijon Mustard
The Dijon mustard variation adds a nice kick to the sauce along with a few extra spices to go with it. Add cayenne pepper (¼ teaspoon), garlic powder (½ teaspoon), onion powder (⅕ teaspoon), and mustard (½ teaspoon). Whisk it thoroughly with the other sauce ingredients and serve.
Cucumber Lemon Dill Sauce
This variation has a similar flavor to Tzatziki sauce, which is a traditional Greek sauce with yogurt and cucumber. Peel, deseed, and smash 1 pickling cucumber and mix it into the lemon dill sauce recipe for a fresh twist.
🥗 What to serve with
This versatile lemon dill sauce can be used in so many different ways and served in a variety of tasty recipes. Here are some serving suggestions:
Shredded Chicken Tacos
Top your chicken tacos with this delicious lemon dill sauce to give your tacos a creamy fresh flavor. The recipe for these tacos is easy and takes just 30 minutes to prepare. The tacos taste great topped with salsa, guacamole, cilantro, shredded chicken, and lemon dill sauce.
Roast Beef Sandwich
For this tender roast beef sandwich, I love to make lemon dill sauce with mustard variation as the sandwich ingredients marry perfectly together. The sandwich ingredients use mayo and mustard, but if you make the mustard lemon dill sauce, there's no need to add them.
Just spread the delicious sauce on the bottom and top bun and fill it with tender beef, arugula, caramelized onions, and cheddar cheese. It's a crowd-pleaser!
🙋 Frequently Asked Questions
What does lemon dill sauce taste like?
Lemon dill sauce has a unique, subtle sweetness that makes it perfect for pairing with salmon, or alongside chicken or pork. Dill also offers some fresh citrus notes which work really well when combined together!
Can you freeze this homemade lemon dill sauce recipe?
No! Because the recipe uses mayonnaise, it is not advised to freeze it after being used as it will change the consistency upon thawing.
The easy dill sauce recipe is so good to serve with your favorite foods for something fresh, and the great thing is that it stores well refrigerated for ages.
Fridge - To store this amazing sauce in the fridge, simply transfer the contents to an airtight container and store it on the top shelf for 1 week.
🍳 More Sauces to Try
If you like this lemon dill sauce recipe, you must try one of these easy recipes in your next meal. Including my homemade jalapeno sauce recipe.
👪 Serving size
This lemon dill sauce will provide roughly 1 cup, which is enough to use for 3 to 4 servings. Although the recipe can easily be doubled or tripled if you have many dishes to use with this amazing sauce.
Lemon Dill Sauce
- ½ cup Whole-milk Greek yogurt
- ¼ cup Hellmann's mayonnaise
- 2 tablespoons Fresh lemon juice
- 1 tablespoon chopped fresh dill
- Salt and pepper - to taste
- Finely chop the fresh dill.
- Add the Greek yogurt, mayo, lemon juice, and fresh dill into a bowl. Stir well. Season with salt and pepper to taste and serve!