Homemade Veggie Dip

There is nothing like a good veggie dip to really make you (and your kids) want to eat vegetables!  Years ago, I would always buy a popular brand of dip from the store. I realized that it probably was not the healthiest option, but hey, if it got us to eat our veggies it had to be okay, right? Well, once I started venturing more into whole foods, I stopped one day and actually read the ingredient list. WOW!  This is what I found

INGREDIENTS:  WATER, MALTODEXTRIN, NONFAT DRY MILK, MODIFIED CORN STARCH, SALT, DISTILLED VINEGAR, WHEY, SUGAR, CREAM (ADDS A TRIVIAL AMOUNT OF FAT), MONOSODIUM GLUTAMATE, ONION*, CORN SYRUP SOLIDS, CARROTS*, PECTIN, LACTIC ACID, GUAR GUM, BELL PEPPER*, SODIUM CITRATE, ARTIFICIAL COLOR, GELATIN, GARLIC*, POTASSIUM SORBATE AND SODIUM BENZOATE ADDED AS PRESERVATIVES, PARSLEY*, SPICES (INCLUDING MUSTARD SEED), XANTHAN GUM, PROPYLENE GLYCOL MONOESTER, CARRAGEENAN, LOCUST BEAN GUM, SODIUM PHOSPHATE, MONO AND DIGLYCERIDES, NATURAL AND ARTIFICIAL FLAVORS, CITRIC ACID. *DEHYDRATED

Mmmmm…...doesn’t that just sound delicious?  I mean really…don’t you love dipping your veggies in MSG, corn syrup solids, artificial color, propylene glycol monoester, and all of those other  delicious scary sounding ingredients? I know I don’t!!! So, I set out to find the perfect homemade dip.

Now let me assure you, I have tried a lot of different recipes and the one that I am going to share with you today is definitely our favorite. I originally got the recipe from Laura at Heavenly Homemakers, but have adapted it to make a larger amount.  This recipe makes a dry ranch mix which can be made ahead and stored in your pantry.  I store mine in a ball jar and always make sure I have some on hand.  This way I can whip up delicious, nutritious veggie dip quickly and easily, anytime!     It is way better than any store-bought dip I have ever had, with ingredients that I am happy to give to my family! Not to mention it will save you money to make your own dip – and it honestly could not be any simpler!  The key to this dip is to mix it up at least a couple of hours before serving to let all of the yummy flavors develop and blend together. Give it a try and let me know what you think!

[print_this]

Homemade Ranch Mix

Ingredients:

1 cup dried minced onions
7 tbsp parsley flakes
4 tbsp unrefined sea salt (if using refined salt use less)
1 tbsp garlic powder

Preparation:

Mix together and store in an air tight container.

Tip:  You can also try adding some dill to your mix.  I LOVE it with added dill, but my husband does not, so I leave it out.

To make the dip: Mix 1 Tablespoons dry mix per 1 cup sour cream.  Mix up a few hours before serving to blend flavors. (Sometimes, I also like to do half sour cream and half yogurt (or kefir).  This makes the dip a little runnier and gives it a really great flavor!)

Bonus!  You can also use this mix to make Ranch dressing: Mix 2 Tablespoons dry mix with 1 cup mayonnaise and 1 cup buttermilk, sour cream, kefir, or yogurt.

[/print_this]

This recipe has been shared with Fight Back Friday I’m Lovin’ It, Full Plate Thursday, Pennywise Platter Thursday, and Simple Lives Thursday.

Comments

  1. Barb J. says:

    Sounds great. I love to have dip with my veggies and everything in the store is so processed. I have to try this!

  2. amy says:

    sounds delicious!!

  3. Miz Helen says:

    Your Veggie Dip looks very fresh and healthy. Thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday and please come back!

  4. Liz says:

    Thanks for sharing! It’s great to have homemade REAL dip and dressings. Plus it’s a way to get more probotic sour cream, yogurt, buttermilk and kefir in.

  5. travis says:

    I love the new blog design! Keep up the good work. :-)

  6. Jodie says:

    This sounds good but no one who commented seems to have actually tried it. . . . has anyone out there tried it? I’d love more feedback before making it and then finding out it’s not that good after all. . . .

  7. Jodie says:

    Okay, I just went on the Heavenly Homemakers website and found the recipe in a much smaller size. Will give it a try and let everyone know how it tastes! :)

  8. Amy CArter says:

    Thank you so much I shared it on my blog but made sure to give you all the credit.

  9. Diana says:

    You are so right. Homemade is so much better. Beautiful pictures.

  10. Sharon Heritch says:

    I found that adding just 1/4 tsp plain white vinegar to my ranch dressing gives it that zingy flavor that I love. Try it in your next batch, and see what you think. :-)
    Sharon

  11. Heather says:

    I’ve tried several homemade ranch recipes that turn out to have a funky taste, so I’m anxious to try this! I’ll let ya know how it goes! :)

  12. Katie says:

    Wow! Is it really supposed to have 4 tbsp of salt?? I put just under 3 tbsp in and when I mixed it up with my sour cream, all you could taste was salt! Bleh! Otherwise it seems like a great recipe….

    • Mindy says:

      Katie, the 4 TBSP of salt is for the entire mix which makes many batches of veggie dip. Once all of the mix ingredients are combined you only use 1 TBSP of that per cup of sour cream or yogurt or whatever base you are using for the dip. Hope that makes sense :)

  13. Jane says:

    Thank you so MUCH for this! I have been using it for a week now and love it. I have used it in so many ways and my friends and family have been asking me to make more. So here are some of the things I have done: I added the seasonings listed to mayo and a bit of milk, added some minced onions, and black pepper for dressing. I took that same mix but added some sourcream and sweet relish for a tasty tarter sauce. Then lastly I used the last mix (minus sweet relish) for a spread on my chicken ciabatta sandwich :-)

Trackbacks

  1. [...] that it's fairly easy to find healthy snacks while we're at home (yogurt, fresh fruit, veggies and dip, smoothies, applesauce, etc.), it has been somewhat of a challenge for me to come up with healthy [...]

have something to say?

*

CommentLuv badge