Veggies and Dip: So Happy Together

20140217-092748.jpg Veggies and dip seem like they are on every kid-friendly menu around. And then somewhere along the line, dip gets itself a bad rap, and it is left off the table. But I still like eating veggies with dip. Frankly, I can’t imagine crunching into a crisp broccoli floret, or stringy celery stick without it.

For a long time, the health industry had us believing that fat was bad (and therefore, dip was bad). It’s true that not all fats are created equally, (more on that later!), but fats are a necessary part of our diet because they enable our bodies to utilize fat-soluble vitamins, such as Vitamins A, D, E and K. That’s right, we can’t access many of the vitamins found in vegetables without a side of fat!

So I say, raise a carrot stick, smothered in creamy goodness, to a new-found appreciation for dip indulgence!

basic veggie dip

Basic Creamy Dip

(A Grow. Cook. Eat. Share. original recipe)

1 cup sour cream

1 cup mayonnaise (homemade or store bought)

1 tablespoon unpasteurized honey

1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar

1 1/2 teaspoons sea salt

1 teaspoon onion powder

1/2 teaspoon fresh ground pepper

1/2 teaspoon garlic powder

This dip is wonderful on its own, but there is no reason it couldn’t be enhanced with a few extra flavors. Here are some suggestions that take this dip from great to amazing!

Dip Add-Ins

Herbalicious: 2 tablespoons fresh parsley, basil, or baby dill, minced

Creamy Tartar: 1/4 cup finely chopped dill pickles

Roasted Pepper: 1/4 cup finely chopped roasted red pepper

Eastern Fusion: 1 teaspoon ground cumin, and a pinch of cayenne pepper

Caramelized Onion: 1/2 white or yellow onion, sautéed

Tex-Mex: 1/2 jalepeno (ribs and seeds removed), finely chopped, 1 tablespoon minced cilantro, and the juice of one lime (to replace the vinegar)

Do you have an inspired dip add-in? I would love to hear how you bring flavor and vibrancy to your veggie platter!

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2 thoughts on “Veggies and Dip: So Happy Together

  1. Sounds like an excellent dip. And you have covered all the flavours. The only thing I would suggest is, if your lazy, just add some condiment of whatever kind. Mustard, chutney, etc. Any of my home-made ketchups would work very well, so thanks for giving me that idea.

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