Veggies are always better with dip. Unless they are yellow peppers, which are phenomenal on their own. I know that if I pack some dip with the veggies in my hubby’s lunch box, they are 99% more likely to get eaten. Or at snack time, veggies are much more welcomed by the kiddos if accompanied by dip.
Store bought or home made?
Store bought dips have never been my first choice. When reading ingredient labels at the grocery store, I was surprised by how much sugar and salt was added to them. Not to mention it costs like $3.49 CAD for a little container which is basicslly gone in one serving. I knew I could come up with an alternative.
After a little experimenting, my quick and easy dip recipe was born. You can throw it together faster than it would take for the kids to wash up for snack time. There are no crazy ingredients or added salts or sugars so you can feel good about it too. And this recipe makes 3 cups for a fraction of the price it would cost for 1 cup at the store.
This recipe is easy to modify to your specific tastes. If you enjoy a dip with a bit of a kick, add more hot sauce. If you love garlic, add more! I much prefer this dip without added sugar or salt, however, if you find yourself craving sweeter or saltier, feel free to add a dash of either. It substitutes we’ll also. You can replace yogurt for sour cream and even make your own mayo if that suits you.
I prefer to use a mortar and pestle when working with dried herbs. I find it releases the aromas and flavors of the herbs. If you don’t have one that’s fine, simply add your herbs to the mixture. This dip tastes great as soon as you make it, but if you’re patient enough, letting it chill in the refrigerator for a couple hours really makes it tasty!
- 2 cups plain yogurt (or sour cream)
- 1 cup mayonnaise (store bought or make your own sugar-free)
- Dash of hot sauce
- Dash of Worcestershire sauce
- 1.5 tbsp dill
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- 1/2 tsp onion powder
- 1/2 tsp paprika
- 1 tsp parsley
- 1 tsp chives
Note: This recipe uses dried herbs. For fresh herbs you may find you need less.
- Mix the yogurt and mayonnaise.
- Add a splash of hot sauce and Worcestershire sauce. Mix well.
- If using a mortar and pestle, add the herbs to the mortar and thoroughly blend using the pestle.
- Add herbs to yogurt mixture and mix.
- Chill in refrigerator in a covered container for two hours.
- Serve and enjoy!