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Dip ideas for vegetable tray other than ranch?

sooner_designer Apr 23, 2013 12:39 PM

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. juliejulez RE: sooner_designer Apr 23, 2013 12:40 PM

    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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      sweetTooth RE: juliejulez Apr 23, 2013 04:53 PM

      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.

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        HillJ RE: sweetTooth Apr 23, 2013 04:56 PM

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

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        helen_m RE: juliejulez Apr 23, 2013 05:23 PM

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

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          HillJ RE: helen_m Apr 23, 2013 05:31 PM

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

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        Rick RE: sooner_designer Apr 23, 2013 12:40 PM

        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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          c oliver RE: Rick Apr 23, 2013 07:36 PM

          I've had blue cheese in a vinaigrette.

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          Coribdx RE: sooner_designer Apr 23, 2013 12:41 PM

          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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            macca RE: Coribdx Apr 24, 2013 11:11 AM

            Add a bit of horseradish, too!

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            youareabunny RE: sooner_designer Apr 23, 2013 12:55 PM

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

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              susan1353 RE: sooner_designer Apr 23, 2013 12:58 PM

              I like this roasted red pepper and walnut dip.


              1. eLizard RE: sooner_designer Apr 23, 2013 12:59 PM

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

                1. MGZ RE: sooner_designer Apr 23, 2013 01:02 PM

                  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.

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                    jlhinwa RE: sooner_designer Apr 23, 2013 01:03 PM

                    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.

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                      Ladycale RE: sooner_designer Apr 23, 2013 01:03 PM

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


                      1. kbjesq RE: sooner_designer Apr 23, 2013 01:12 PM

                        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...

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                          AdamD RE: sooner_designer Apr 23, 2013 01:17 PM

                          curry flavored dip using curry powder and yogurt

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                            eLizard RE: AdamD Apr 23, 2013 01:17 PM

                            oh yes! epicurious has a great healthy one.

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                              MGZ RE: eLizard Apr 23, 2013 01:19 PM

                              What's "healthy"?

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                                eLizard RE: MGZ Apr 23, 2013 01:33 PM

                                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.

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                                  MGZ RE: eLizard Apr 23, 2013 01:37 PM

                                  So, low fat is what makes something healthy?

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                                    eLizard RE: MGZ Apr 23, 2013 01:47 PM

                                    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?


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                                      MGZ RE: eLizard Apr 23, 2013 01:51 PM

                                      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.

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                                        eLizard RE: MGZ Apr 23, 2013 01:59 PM

                                        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

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                                    AdamD RE: eLizard Apr 24, 2013 06:17 AM

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

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                                      eLizard RE: AdamD Apr 24, 2013 06:28 AM

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

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                                        c oliver RE: eLizard Apr 24, 2013 07:38 AM

                                        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.

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                                          AdamD RE: c oliver Apr 24, 2013 10:43 AM

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

                            2. pinehurst RE: sooner_designer Apr 23, 2013 01:20 PM

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

                              1. TXMandy RE: sooner_designer Apr 23, 2013 01:23 PM

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

                                1. Antilope RE: sooner_designer Apr 23, 2013 01:35 PM

                                  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. Antilope RE: sooner_designer Apr 23, 2013 01:37 PM

                                    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. DuchessNukem RE: sooner_designer Apr 23, 2013 02:41 PM

                                      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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                                        goodhealthgourmet RE: DuchessNukem Apr 24, 2013 11:19 AM

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

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                                        HillJ RE: sooner_designer Apr 23, 2013 02:50 PM

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

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                                          Gail RE: sooner_designer Apr 23, 2013 03:52 PM

                                          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. helen_m RE: sooner_designer Apr 23, 2013 04:45 PM

                                            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)

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                                              jbsiegel RE: sooner_designer Apr 23, 2013 05:46 PM

                                              I love to use salsa.

                                              1. EM23 RE: sooner_designer Apr 23, 2013 05:47 PM

                                                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. Will Owen RE: sooner_designer Apr 23, 2013 05:49 PM

                                                  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.

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                                                    tastesgoodwhatisit RE: sooner_designer Apr 23, 2013 06:31 PM

                                                    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. MidwesternerTT RE: sooner_designer Apr 23, 2013 07:29 PM

                                                      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. ipsedixit RE: sooner_designer Apr 23, 2013 07:29 PM

                                                        Go au naturel.

                                                        Vegetables, like beautiful women, need no makeup.

                                                        1. prima RE: sooner_designer Apr 23, 2013 07:38 PM

                                                          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...

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                                                            FriedClamFanatic RE: sooner_designer Apr 23, 2013 07:54 PM

                                                            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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                                                              c oliver RE: FriedClamFanatic Apr 23, 2013 08:46 PM

                                                              OP is hoping for "healthy." ?

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                                                              wyogal RE: sooner_designer Apr 24, 2013 06:33 AM

                                                              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."

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                                                                valerie RE: sooner_designer Apr 24, 2013 06:39 AM

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


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                                                                  sooner_designer RE: sooner_designer Apr 24, 2013 06:44 AM

                                                                  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.

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                                                                    rasputina RE: sooner_designer Apr 24, 2013 06:58 AM

                                                                    green goddess

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                                                                      Terrie H. RE: rasputina Apr 24, 2013 10:59 AM

                                                                      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.

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                                                                        kcshigekawa RE: Terrie H. Apr 24, 2013 11:05 AM

                                                                        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. tcamp RE: sooner_designer Apr 24, 2013 07:05 AM

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


                                                                      1. melpy RE: sooner_designer Apr 24, 2013 09:34 AM

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

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                                                                          HillJ RE: melpy Apr 24, 2013 09:38 AM

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

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                                                                            kcshigekawa RE: HillJ Apr 24, 2013 11:08 AM

                                                                            "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...

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                                                                              HillJ RE: kcshigekawa Apr 24, 2013 11:41 AM

                                                                              thanks kcsh, I appreciate it!

                                                                        2. goodhealthgourmet RE: sooner_designer Apr 24, 2013 11:25 AM

                                                                          This is a great dairy-free option:

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                                                                            Sharuf RE: sooner_designer Apr 24, 2013 03:01 PM

                                                                            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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                                                                              MGZ RE: Sharuf Apr 25, 2013 06:00 AM

                                                                              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. KaimukiMan RE: sooner_designer Apr 24, 2013 03:20 PM

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

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