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Greek Yogurt “Ranch” 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?

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Greek Yogurt Vegetable Dip
 
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Serves: 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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22 Comments

  • Reply
    Jessica
    November 28, 2012 at 9:11 pm

    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
      November 28, 2012 at 9:24 pm

      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!

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    emmycooks
    November 28, 2012 at 11:59 pm

    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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      Sonja
      December 3, 2012 at 10:26 pm

      I love the idea of fruit leather! What type of fruit do you start from?

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    Laurel
    November 29, 2012 at 8:51 am

    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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      Sonja
      December 2, 2012 at 8:58 pm

      Oh, wonderful! That is so great to hear :) We actually don’t have any holiday treats using dates in our lineup this year, but we had some gingerbread dough bites last year that were yummy — http://www.acouplecooks.com/2011/12/gingerbread-dough-truffles/. Let us know if you try anything especially delicious with dates!

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    Meghan
    November 29, 2012 at 1:56 pm

    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
      December 3, 2012 at 10:23 pm

      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!

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    Loretta | A Finn In The Kitchen
    November 30, 2012 at 1:31 pm

    My favorite homemade basic is mayo! There is absolutely no comparison to the stuff from the store. Then, you can make dip from that, plus throw it in about every other thing as well.

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      Alex
      November 30, 2012 at 1:42 pm

      I haven’t made mayo in a while — thanks for the reminder!

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    Courtney Jones
    December 3, 2012 at 8:03 pm

    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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      Sonja
      December 3, 2012 at 10:11 pm

      Awesome! Thanks, Courtney. Let us know if people seem to enjoy the packet-less version :)

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    Madge
    January 25, 2013 at 9:48 pm

    love this recipe! usually buy a packet to add to my gy.
    can you add a PinIt button to your site?

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    Madge
    January 25, 2013 at 9:49 pm

    no found it thx

    • Reply
      Sonja
      January 27, 2013 at 8:05 pm

      Glad you found the button — it’s a little small so sometimes it’s hard to find!

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    Meg
    April 4, 2013 at 1:15 am

    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
      April 4, 2013 at 9:08 pm

      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?

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    Mara
    October 13, 2013 at 12:01 pm

    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
      October 13, 2013 at 2:54 pm

      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!

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    Karen
    February 22, 2014 at 3:40 pm

    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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    Laura
    January 31, 2016 at 6:59 pm

    So i just went to make this and I thought i had parsley but I don’t. help!! Leave it out? Substitute it with basil? I don’t know what to do!

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      Sonja
      January 31, 2016 at 8:31 pm

      Yes, you can leave it out! Maybe go 1 1/2 teaspoons on the dill to compensate. Good luck!

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