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Dip ideas for vegetable tray other than ranch?

Does anyone have any recipes for a vegetable dip that isn't ranch? I'm hoping for something healthy, but I'm having a hard time finding anything. Thanks!

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  1. Hummus! Store-bought or make your own. I personally like the spicy ones but you might just want to do plain or a garlicky one depending on the crowd.

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    1. re: juliejulez

      There's a black bean hummus on epicurious that is always a hit. Make sure to use less tahini than what the recipe calls for and then add more if you like.

      1. re: sweetTooth

        Another hummus that has been a recent hit uses edamame instead of chickpeas. Really refreshing substitute.

      2. re: juliejulez

        Broad bean (fava) hummus is really good too and seasonal right now!

        1. re: helen_m

          Fava is one I haven't tried yet and I'm really looking forward to it.

      3. Hummus or guacamole for healthy. Blue Cheese dressing for something other than ranch. To be a little healthier you can make your own dip using low fat sour cream and stir in a pack of ranch seasoning. Might not be super chow worthy, but it works.

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        1. re: Rick

          I've had blue cheese in a vinaigrette.

        2. Try making your own dip using fat free greek yogurt, then mix in some differrent herbs- chives, dill, basil, parsley, etc, and perhaps some dried onions or vegetable mix.

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          1. Cream cheese, chives, some mayo. Although I don't think that's much healthier than ranch ;)

              1. i was served crudites with what appeared to be cocktail sauce spiked with sriracha. it was delicious.

                1. I don't know what's healthy or not in your mind, but blue cheese blended with either yogurt or olive oil and fresh garlic chunks seem to make folks happy.

                  1. Are you adverse to having any mayo or sour cream? I make a dip that is a combination of a chipotle-pomegranate sauce mixed with sour cream/mayo. The sauce is very tangy with a bit of heat and sweetness and is a good marinade or sub for bbq sauce. For a dip, I mix it with light mayo and/or sour cream to make it less strong tasting. If you are interested, I can post the recipe. It's not as healthy as a hummus, but better than a ranch type dressing.

                    1. I like the hummus and guacamole ideas. I am also fond of Ina Garten's Roasted Eggplant dip.


                      1. The peanut sauce for Gado-Gado is wonderful for all sorts of vegetables. Easy, delicious, keeps well in the fridge. http://rasamalaysia.com/gado-gado-rec...

                        1. curry flavored dip using curry powder and yogurt

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                          1. re: AdamD

                            oh yes! epicurious has a great healthy one.

                              1. re: MGZ

                                i use this one with reduced fat ingredients. i guess i'm the one that reduced the fat and calories.

                                i also add a ton more curry than stated.

                                1. re: eLizard

                                  So, low fat is what makes something healthy?

                                  1. re: MGZ

                                    with the red fat ingredients, it seems low in saturated fats and calories and higher in fiber with the addition of the cukes and celery..... there also doesn't seem to be a tremendous amount of sodium. do you think it unhealthy? did i add the link to the recipe?


                                    1. re: eLizard

                                      No, from the start, I was tryin' to figure out what the idea of "healthy" was in this context. I know some 'hounds who think fat is irrelevant, so long as there are no sugars. Others seem to think low fat is the key. Since the science is so unsettled, I was simply curious.

                                      I should have asked the OP and not you. Sorry. I had no interest in presenting' a challenge. Nonetheless, I sincerely respect your responses.

                                      1. re: MGZ

                                        it probably would have helped if i had actually included the link from the recipe from the beginning......

                                        but "what is your idea of healthy" would make a great new thread...... mine tends toward a balance between less processing, lower sodium, higher fiber and protein, reasonable carbs, and a low percentage of cals coming from fat. and those fats being mostly unsaturated. i like weight watchers. and i think exercise goes a long way.....

                                        eta: and everything in moderation. including moderation

                                  2. re: eLizard

                                    Good point-the recipes never add enough curry, plus it depends on how much curry flavor you like.

                                    1. re: AdamD

                                      if you like ANY curry flavor, i'd suggest doubling.

                                      1. re: eLizard

                                        But there are people who don't like any or much curry. I was recently at a shop and sampled a pickled apricot 'relish' with curry. I though it was perfect. Another customer was exclaiming but not in a good way. Too much curry for him.

                                        1. re: c oliver

                                          Precisely, many people don't care for a strong curry flavor. I am not one of them. :)

                            1. If you'd like do a throwback, try green goddess dressing.

                              1. Here is a recipe for "Broccomole". And only 20 calories a serving.

                                1. Burger King Ken's Creamy Apple Cider Vinaigrette Copycat

                                  1/2 tsp Spiced Cider Apple Flavor Drink Mix powder (sugar-free like Alpine or Mott's)
                                  1/3 cup Vanilla Yogurt (like Dannon)
                                  1/2 cup Mayonnaise
                                  2 tsp Cider Vinegar

                                  Add ingredients to a small mixing bowl. Mix well.
                                  Use on Chicken, Apple & Cranberry Garden Fresh Salad, etc.

                                  Makes about 1 cup.

                                  1. Yogurt Fruit Salad Dressing

                                    I also use this dressing on fruit salad, on carrot and celery sticks and on packaged broccoli slaw.

                                    3/4 cup Vanilla flavored Yogurt (like Dannon)
                                    1/4 cup mayonnaise (or to taste)

                                    Mix well. Use as dressing. It's that simple

                                    1. As a variant on hummus, google 'white bean dip' or 'cannellini bean dip'. Just as easy but different flavor. Cannellini seems the favorite but I've used navy beans with success too.

                                      Oh, and zucchini hummus -- surprisingly similar to regular hummus, and I think about half the calories of it (been a while since I looked it up).


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                                      1. re: DuchessNukem

                                        I add sun-dried tomatoes fresh herbs and a little balsamic to my white bean dip. Tons of flavor.

                                      2. Tuna mousse
                                        Cocktail sauce
                                        Spiked Tzatziki sauce
                                        Almond butter sauce
                                        Chili Greek yogurt dip
                                        Russian dressing

                                        1. Mix crumbled bleu cheese with sour cream. Use a bit of mayo if you think it needs thining. Sprinkle a whisper of dry dill weed on top.

                                          1. Bagna cauda would be my number one choice for veggies.

                                            I also like feta dip - just crumbled feta stirred into greek yoghurt with a drizzle of olive oil, squeeze of lemon, smashed garlic and green herb (mint/thyme/parsley/oregano/marjoram all work)

                                            Tahini dip is lovely too (ottolenghi is your man for this - I like his yoghurt version and his green herb version)

                                              1. Made this delicious Green Lentil Dip for Easter and it was a big hit http://www.bonappetit.com/recipes/201...

                                                My other favorite is cannellini bean dip with roasted garlic, lemon juice, olive oil, s&p, and some water to thin to dip consistency.

                                                1. I had some arugula that was getting a little stout one year, and I made pesto with it - no cheese or nuts, just olive oil and garlic and some salt in the processor. Then I had to bring a crudités tray to a friend's club opening. That pesto in a mixture of sour cream and cream cheese made a really good veggie dip. It's a little early for arugula yet, so if I wanted to make that I'd get a bag of it from Whole Foods or Trader Joe's. You could use Greek yogurt for the dairy part - cheaper and healthier, and a little lighter on the palate too.

                                                  1. One of my favourite dips - yoghurt plus Indian lime pickle (Patak's works well). Chop/mash up the chunks of lime a bit, and mix with the yoghurt to taste (I'd use about a tablespoon for a cup of yoghurt). It's easy and has wonderful flavour.

                                                    1. Not low-fat, but flavorful -- Pesto.

                                                      Simple balsamic vinegar might be good as a topping if you spread it on a large flat plate for drizzle-like quantity on each item. I think a "dip" of just balsamic would be too potent.

                                                      1. Go au naturel.

                                                        Vegetables, like beautiful women, need no makeup.

                                                        1. Tzatziki, raita, melitzanasalata, bagna cauda, green goddess dressing, Grie Soβ.

                                                          Yogurt mixed with garam masala also makes a good quick dip, as does mayo mixed with fresh lemon juice, basil chiffonade and a little pepper.

                                                          I recently had a delicious Georgian eggplant walnut dip at a party, that I'm hoping to replicate. This is similar to what I had at the party: http://jeanetteshealthyliving.com/201...

                                                          1. half mayo half softened cream cheese. Add any of the following as to what you like

                                                            lemon juice
                                                            green onion sliced and diced
                                                            hot sauce
                                                            something like Penzey's Sate mix

                                                            And if you use fruit instead of veggies
                                                            Maple syrup
                                                            brown sugar
                                                            lemon peel

                                                            I find combos work best

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                                                            1. Do you just not want the taste of ranch? What is your definition of "healthy?"
                                                              I often use Fage 2% yogurt mixed with seasonings for dips when I want something "healthy."

                                                              1. I swear that Knorr's spinach dip is still the biggest hit when I serve it.


                                                                1. Thanks for all the great ideas! I was looking for something that had nothing to do with ranch. Not imitating the flavor, no mayonnaise, nothing like it. I will definitely be making some of these suggestions.

                                                                    1. re: rasputina

                                                                      My sister makes a green goddess dip (I think from Epicurious) that is one of the best dips for crudite. Even the picky children love it.

                                                                      1. re: Terrie H.

                                                                        I make a Green Goddess dip from a Sunset cookbook that gets finished every time I bring it to family gatherings. It's definitely no low fat (I use mayo and full fat sour cream), but I bet it would work with low fat mayo and yogurt.

                                                                    2. Spinach and artichoke dip is always irresistable to me. This recipe is a bit complicated but really good:


                                                                      1. Morrocan carrot dip
                                                                        Roasted red pepper dip
                                                                        Dog team horseradish cottage cheese dip

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                                                                        1. re: melpy

                                                                          Dog team horseradish cottage cheese dip
                                                                          dog team? pls, details!

                                                                          1. re: HillJ

                                                                            "The Dog Team Tavern was a restaurant that was listed on the National Register of Historic Places and was located on Dog Team Road, off U.S. Route 7, roughly 4 miles north of the town of Middlebury, Vermont. The restaurant burned down in early September 2006, destroying artifacts[2] of the Sir Wilfred Grenfell Mission and Labrador handicrafts. The building was originally a mission house that was started by Sir Wilfred Grenfell and his wife in 1931. In the 1940s the building became the Dog Team Tavern.
                                                                            The rustic restaurant was a local landmark known for its sizable portions (most notably the prime rib) and the "relish wheel," which (typically) contained corn relish, apple butter, horseradish cottage cheese, beets, and sauerkraut. Also, the restaurant's famous sticky buns were always served at the beginning of each meal. The restaurant was very popular among students from the nearby Middlebury College, who often flocked there with family during the college's fall family weekends. "

                                                                            here's the link I found (with recipe): http://www.justapinch.com/recipes/sau...

                                                                          1. Ricotta - the soft, spoonable version - makes a nice carrier for various flavors. I was in a large delicatessen store where they showed off samples of their mustards, chutneys, and other condiments by mixing them into ricotta and serving with crackers and other dippers.

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                                                                            1. re: Sharuf

                                                                              Good thought. Even just ricotta, salt, pepper, and fresh herbs. I like it blended. Though, admittedly, I prefer that dip with good potato chips.

                                                                            2. Had one that was a mix of greek yogurt, lowfat cream cheese and good old onion soup mix. Surprisingly tasty.