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Updated: Sep 4, 2022

Do you consider sour cream a "healthy" & nutritious condiment?

This recipe is! Unlike some store-bought commercial sour cream, this recipe is all-natural. It contains no additives, preservatives or thickeners, instead it is made from sour whole yogurt, spices, sea salt and unpasteurized apple cider vinegar.

Your gut will love it!

This type of recipe works well as a sour cream garnish, alternatively sweet or savory.

We like to use this sour cream on the side of a savory dish, such as a dip for chips, tacos, pizza, etc., a way to bring some sort of gut healthiness to an otherwise indulgent but delicious meal! Once you get the hang of your favourite flavours you can adjust the recipe to suit your taste buds depending on your meal goals.

I eye ball this recipe every time. Quickly I can mix plain yogurt with a dash of ACV + sprinkles of sea salt & pepper for a quick sour cream to have in the fridge. When I have more time to get creative I use the ingredients and ideas below:


  • 1.5 cups plain whole yogurt- I use our homemade yogurt recipe here. Other great options are brands that produce small-batch and sell from jars, or learn more here.

  • 1.5 tbsp unpasteurized apple cider vinegar- if you want it more sour, then just add a little more! If you are making a sweet version of this recipe I would use less or even use lemon/lime juice instead.

  • Sea salt and black pepper to taste.

  • 1-2 pinches red pepper flakes- depending on how hot you like things...

  • 1 tbsp onion of choice. I usually use white onion because we always have some of that on hand, green onion work too!

  • Optional sprinkle of herbs. In the summertime I like to chop and fold-in fresh herb, however that doesn't keep fresh if you are storing long-term. In that case use dry herb- some of my favourite choices are thyme, oregano, parsley, dill, mint.. or depending on the dish you garnish, you can choose a spice that will change the colour too such as turmeric, paprika, sumac, cinnamon, etc.

  • Other ideas? Try adding cucumber + mint for an Indian style meal? A little honey + and lots of white onion for a sweet onion dip? Cocoa + maple syrup for a fruit or pancake dip?

1 plain yogurt, 2 adding spices, 3 all mixed up!


  • Combine all the ingredients in a bowl and stir well.

  • You could also use a blender or mixer.. but that will both: create dishes and result in a more frothy / airy consistency, perhaps you want that though? Maybe omit the spices, add cane sugar or icing sugar, cinnamon and cardamom and voila! A sour cream icing!

  • As I mentioned above this recipe can be made in a pinch, however it has more flavour when made ahead of time. Since the yogurt is active it really brings an explosion of flavour if you give it a chance.

  • Store in a jar for 1-2 weeks, if needed.




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