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Greek Yogurt “Ranch” Vegetable Dip

Greek Yogurt Vegetable Dip

Here’s a recipe that’s good for any time of the year, but especially with upcoming holiday gatherings. When we made the change in our diet to eating mostly natural and whole ingredients, we said goodbye to conveniences like pre-made dips and dressings. I grew up on ranch powder packets mixed with sour cream to create veggie dip, which unfortunately don’t match our current desire to avoid overly processed items with mystery ingredients.

Fortunately, it only takes a few minutes more to make a dip with “real” ingredients — and it’s also healthier to boot! Take some Greek yogurt, dice up a shallot, add some spices, and voila — dip for your veggie trays, lunch, or a snack. We adapted this recipe from a few concepts we saw around the web, and substituted Greek yogurt for a healthier spin.

We love making homemade versions of our favorite treats. Have you made any homemade versions of processed / store-bought food? Any favorites?

More Natural / Homemade Recipes
Garlic Croutons
Salad Dressing
Homemade Natural Hot Chocolate
Mashed Potatoes (hey, they come in a box)
Chocolate Pudding
Ice Cream (Chocolate or Mint)

Greek Yogurt Vegetable Dip
 
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Makes: 12 servings
What You Need
  • 18-ounce container 2% Greek yogurt
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 large shallot (2 tablespoons chopped)
  • 1 teaspoon dried parsley
  • 1 teaspoon dried dill
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • Fresh ground black pepper
What To Do
  1. Finely mince a shallot.
  2. Measure 2 tablespoons of the minced shallot, and mix together with all remaining ingredients. Store refrigerated.
 

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  1. Jessica

    I was just wondering how strong the dill is in this recipe as it’s definitely not one of my favorite spices. Would there be a suitable substitute?

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      Sonja

      Hi Jessica! I didn’t find the dill overly strong here; it’s more like a traditional “ranch” type. But, I looove dill, so I might be biased. I would say you could probably go with just parsley, or maybe add some basil? It would have a bit different taste, but would still be tasty!

  2. emmycooks

    This sounds good–I think I had forgotten I used to like those dip powder packets! :) I make a lot of the things that I used to buy, but my favorite current hack is fruit leather–I bake sheets of it then cut and roll it in parchment and tie each piece with cute string so my kids don’t mind that it’s homemade. :)

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  3. Laurel

    I can’t wait to try this. What a great alternative to the norm. I love your recipes and I have to tell you (though unrelated to this dip) that you have inspired me to love using medjool dates for “baking.” I regularly keep them in my fridge and am looking forward to making holiday goodies with them this year. Thanks for the great tips and delicious food

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  4. Meghan

    That’s honestly EASIER than a ranch packet! I already have all of those things in my pantry! It’s kind of like (the healthy version of) how I feel about boxed brownies… I’ve always found it easier to just make the real thing (I swear it’s only like one extra step).

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      Sonja

      It is almost easier than a packet — especially when you have all the ingredients on hand! And, what is your healthy version of brownies? — I’m intrigued!

  5. Courtney Jones

    I agree with Meghan – this is easier than a packet of ranch and SO much healthier and delicious. I think I’ll make it this weekend for a games night I’m hosting. I know everyone will love it. :)

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  6. Meg

    Thank you so much for this recipe! For school we had to find a healthy alternative for something you like to eat, and I chose ranch dressing (did you know typically 100% of the calories in most ranch dressings are from fat!). Needless to say, when I brought it in for the class they loved it ! I can’t wait to make it again. Thanks for sharing!

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      Sonja

      Oh, wonderful! I’m so glad everyone liked it – and what a fun challenge for your class! What other foods were brought in to the class?

  7. Mara

    I was asked to bring appetizer dips to this year’s thanksgiving dinner and saw this one on Pintrest :) thank you for sharing, it looks and tastes delicious! I just hope everybody else can appreciate a good yogurt dip! I added a splash of lime juice to compliment that plain yogurt taste.

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      Sonja

      So glad you enjoyed it! This is one of our favorite easy and healthy appetizers to whip up for a celebration. Thanks for trying it out!

  8. Karen

    Just made this and it definitely was easier than a pre mix packet! I think I got a super strong shallot though, the flavor is very strong-and I used less than called for. Oh well just can’t talk too close too people :)

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