Lighter Greek Yogurt Ranch Dip

06.05.2014

I learned something the hard way yesterday. I made this spinach artichoke hummus (took all the step by step photos), only to learn after all said and done that apparently it’s not my thing. It’s true that you just never know until you try it. I think my heart was just set on something that tasted similar to a cheesy spinach artichoke dip (and even though I added a little bit of parmesan) it just ended up tasting like an oddly textured, slightly off flavored hummus. So, I tossed that out and started with this. This, it’s definitely my thing! I ate nearly half of it in one sitting. My kids loved it too, which made my life easier because they ate plenty of veggies. I even found myself coming back for a midnight snack. With that I can only imagine how much of my veggie intake I got for the day, and I wasn’t even intending to eat all those veggies. A great dip can make you do crazy things I guess.

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The best part about this dip (along with it’s irresistible taste and incredibly creamy texture) is that I don’t have to feel guilty about eating so much of the dip. It’s so much lighter than a traditional ranch, it only contains 3 Tbsp mayo total. The rest is made up of Greek yogurt and some fresh and dried herbs. Another great part about it, no MSG here. I haven’t sworn off the ranch seasoning packets entirely yet but I’m trying to slowly wean myself off of them because of the MSG they contain. Really I haven’t researched all the harmful effects of MSG, I’ve just heard over and over that it’s no good. This dip however, is very good. I love knowing exactly what’s in it and that it’s fresh, sans preservatives.

It’s a summer must have recipe. Try it ASAP! You wouldn’t believe how easy it is so easy to make. And you might just find that you’ll nearly reach your recommended daily veggie intake in one sitting when you have this dip to coat them.

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Lighter Greek Yogurt Ranch Dip

Yield: About 5 servings

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 1/3 cups plain Greek Yogurt (I used regular fat)
  • 3 Tbsp full fat mayonnaise
  • 1 clove garlic , finely minced
  • 2 1/2 Tbsp chopped parsley , plus more for garnish
  • 2 tsp freeze dried chives (or 1 tsp regular dried)
  • 1 1/4 tsp dried dill
  • 3/4 tsp onion powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt , then more to taste (I did 1/4 + 1/8 tsp)
  • 1/4 tsp freshly ground black pepper

Instructions

  1. Whisk together all ingredients in a bowl. Preferably chill 30 minutes (you can serve it right away I just like to let it rest and let the flavors meld a bit). Store in refrigerator in an airtight container. Serve with veggies.
  2. Recipe Source: Cooking Classy

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16 comments

  • Jessica @ A Kitchen Addiction: Love this! I need to bring it to my next bbq! June 6, 2014 at 1:57pm Reply

  • Tracy | Peanut Butter and Onion: People over look a good dip. this one looks great, and will be making an appearance at my next BBQ June 6, 2014 at 10:17am Reply

  • Chloe @ foodlikecake: This dip looks so good!! June 6, 2014 at 3:12am Reply

  • Nicole: I love swapping Greek yogurt for anything I possibly can! I don’t even look at mayo or sour cream anymore. This dip looks delicious! June 5, 2014 at 10:23pm Reply

  • Elizabeth @ Confessions of a Baking Queen: Lightened up is probably a good way to go with ranch, since I tend to drench some of my foods in the dip!! LOL June 5, 2014 at 7:19pm Reply

  • How to Philosophize with Cake: I’ve tried spinach artichoke hummus from the store, and I agree, it’s kind of a weird mashup. But this looks awesome! Love how healthy it is. Will have to try ASAP. :) June 5, 2014 at 3:01pm Reply

  • Laura (Tutti Dolci): I love this lightened up dip with Greek yogurt, this is such a great snack idea! June 5, 2014 at 2:16pm Reply

  • Averie @ Averie Cooks: Reading about doing step shots for a recipe that you don’t even really like, then trying to doctor it up with the cheese, only to have that not really work, then only to have to make something else so your whole day hasn’t been for nothing…GIRL. You had a DAY. And we have all been there. I have actually done that with yeast rolls. The step shots. Only to taste them at the very end and be like, well, they’re fine but not good enough to write about. Yeah. I digress but I feel for you!

    What I love about this dip is that there’s very little salt. Those packets have like 40% of your daily salt intake in 2 tbsp!! I seriously cannot process or tolerate much sodium, at all, and most premade dips are all salt. Yours looks perfect for me! June 5, 2014 at 1:41pm Reply

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