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

  • Emily: I just wanted to know, for counting calorie sakes, what’s the nutrition facts on this? If you happen to have an estimate! :) June 26, 2015 at 12:39pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Sorry unfortunately I don’t have nutritional info for my recipes. August 12, 2015 at 5:07pm Reply

  • Renee @ Awesome on $20: I’m needing to lose a lot of weight right now, so this sounds perfect. The creaminess will trick me into eating vegetables. Can’t wait to try it. June 13, 2014 at 10:24pm Reply

  • Gordana: I made it this afternoon, thanks to you! (and Pintrest ;) Kids ate most of it with broccoli and celery stalks. Mine was made without chives (had trouble finding them in the spice aisle) so i chopped in some fresh green onion greens… June 8, 2014 at 6:30pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: I’m so glad your family liked this recipe Gordana! Thanks for your feedback! June 8, 2014 at 7:28pm Reply

  • mimi: I love that didn’t use non-fat ingredients. There’s just no reasonable substitute for good mayo or yogurt without the full content. Great dip! June 7, 2014 at 6:04am Reply

    • Jaclyn: I agree, the little bit of fat can make such a difference. Low fat would work but it just wouldn’t be as rich and creamy. June 7, 2014 at 10:19am Reply

  • C.Allen: Just today I was trying to replicate ranch packets (for spinach dip) because I can’t pronounce half the ingredients in them. I think you’re on to something! I’m going back to add dill and parsley to my dip before the guests arrive tomorrow… June 6, 2014 at 8:02pm Reply

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