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From-Scratch Diet-Friendly Ranch Dip with Greek Yogurt and Dill

From-Scratch Diet-Friendly Ranch Dip with Greek Yogurt and Dill is easy-to-make and delicious! And this tasty dip for veggies can be low-carb, Keto, low-glycemic, or South Beach Diet friendly, and it can be red and green if you’re looking for a holiday appetizer.

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From-Scratch Diet-Friendly Ranch Dip with Greek Yogurt and Dill found on KalynsKitchen.com

When I shared My Favorite Low-Carb Red and Green Holiday Recipes, I included Sheila’s Low-Carb Shrimp Dip, but I completely forgot about this favorite From-Scratch Diet-Friendly Ranch Dip that I’ve been making for years. It’s a more diet friendly version of my Grandma’s Denny’s Vegetable Dip that we used to have as an appetizer for every family party when I was a kid, and everyone simply called it “vegetable dip” back in those days. This was long before Hidden Valley Ranch Buttermilk Dressing had burst upon the American culinary scene to become the salad dressing of choice for so many American families, but my grandma’s dip did taste a lot like the ranch dressing or dip you can make with the Hidden Valley Ranch packaged mix.

I don’t mind the flavor of the dressing and dip made with the mix, but sometimes I want a lighter dip, made without mayo and not using a package mix. This From-Scratch Diet-Friendly Ranch Dip with Greek Yogurt and Dill uses cottage cheese for extra protein and my favorite Greek Yogurt to make a dip that’s delightfully creamy but healthy. And when I call this diet “diet-friendly” that means you can use full-fat or reduced-fat cottage cheese and Greek yogurt, depending on which you consider to be diet friendly; either option will be delicious. This recipe has more dill flavor than regular Ranch Dip, so if you’re not crazy about dill, use a smaller amount. I really like the flavor of this diet-friendly dip and if you’re seriously dieting and need something to take to a holiday party, this dip with an assortment of crisp low-carb veggies could help you stay on track.

And there are only six more days before I go to Mexico for the holidays, so I am still frantically trying to get some new recipes ready for January 1, when I know so many people get back on track with their carb-conscious eating plans. So thanks for understanding if there isn’t as much new stuff as usual around here for the rest of the month!

From-Scratch Diet-Friendly Ranch Style Dip with Dill found on KalynsKitchen.com

The base of this From-Scratch Diet-Friendly Ranch Dip is Greek yogurt combined with cottage cheese that’s been blended in the food processor.  If you’d like a slightly creamier dip, replace a little bit of the yogurt with a couple of tablespoons of mayo and this will still be a very diet-friendly dip. Process the cottage cheese with the steel blade in the food processor until it’s fairly smooth, about 1 minute.

From-Scratch Diet-Friendly Ranch Style Dip with Dill found on KalynsKitchen.com

Then add the Greek yogurt and seasonings and process until the dip is blended.  That’s it!

From-Scratch Diet-Friendly Ranch Dip with Greek Yogurt and Dill found on KalynsKitchen.com

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Buffalo Bacon Blue Cheese Dip ~ Cupcakes and Kale Chips
Greek Yogurt and Tahini Dip for Tomatoes and Cucumbers ~ Kalyn’s Kitchen
Holiday Cilantro Chive Greek Yogurt Dip ~ Reluctant Entertainer
Ultra Easy Avocado Sauce or Dip ~ Kalyn’s Kitchen
Yogurt and Feta Dip ~ A Family Feast

From-Scratch Diet-Friendly Ranch-Style Dip with Greek Yogurt and Dill

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup cottage cheese (use full-fat or reduced-fat cottage cheese; whichever you prefer)
  • 1 cup Greek Yogurt (use full-fat or low-fat yogurt, whichever you prefer)
  • 1-2 tsp. dried dill weed (depending on how much you like dill)
  • 2 tsp. Bon Appetit Replacement or Beau Monde Seasoning (see below for more information on these)
  • 1-2 tsp. onion powder (can also use finely grated onion if you don’t have onion powder)

Directions:

  1. Put cottage cheese in food processor with steel blade and process about one minute, until cottage cheese is well blended. (It will not be completely smooth.)
  2. Add yogurt, dill weed, onion powder, and Bon Appetit or Beau Monde seasoning.
  3. Blend about 30 seconds more, until all ingredients are well combined.
  4. Chill several hours before using.

Variations:

  1. Obviously, you can use the Hidden Valley Ranch packaged mix with my mixture of cottage cheese and yogurt to make a dip that’s more nutritious.
  2. You can make a variation of this recipe with a little chopped red onion, finely diced cucumber, and finely diced red pepper if you’d like a chunkier dip. I would use about 2 T of each.

About Bon Appetit and Beau Monde Seasoning:

  1. When my Grandma created her Vegetable Dip and when I first made this recipe, there was a purchased seasoning mix called Bon Appetit. When it was discontinued, the company posted a replacement recipe.
  2. Beau Monde Seasoning is made by Spice Islands and the flavor is very similar to the original Bon Appetit. Don’t be confused by “recipes” claiming to be Beau Monde Seasoning with a long list of ingredients.)
  3. For a less sweet version of the McCormick Bon Appetit recipe, I would use 2/3 2/3 celery salt, 1/3 onion powder, and a tiny pinch of sweetener of your choice.

This recipe created by Kalyn as a healthier variation of Grandma’s Vegetable Dip.

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From-Scratch Diet-Friendly Ranch Style Dip with Dill found on KalynsKitchen.com

Low-Carb Diet Low-Glycemic Diet / South Beach Diet Suggestions:
With full-fat cottage cheese and Greek yogurt, this diet is perfect for low-carb or Keto diet plans. With low-fat cottage cheese and Greek yogurt, this  would be great for any phase of the South Beach Diet. Whichevery kind of dairy product you choose, I would use low-carb and low-glycemic vegetables such as celery, cucumbers, tomatoes, broccoli, cauliflower, jicama, sugar snap peas, raw mushrooms, and bell pepper strips.

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34 comments on “From-Scratch Diet-Friendly Ranch Dip with Greek Yogurt and Dill”

  1. This looks really good. I have a carton of that in my fridge right now. I am starting the diet tomorrow. I don’t know if I will be able to do phase one and may end up right in phase two. But I also don’t have that much weight to loose. I am already eating gluten free so I just have some modifications to make. I’m sure I will be checking your site a lot for ideas.

  2. For those of us in New England who have to celebrate the Super Bowl in a big way next week, this dip is a perfect addition to the game-time menu.

  3. I love Fage yogurt and cutting it with cottage cheese for a dip is brilliant! Great protein treat!

  4. I like the tiny specks of green in the big sea of white. A great combination of flavors too.

  5. Thank you so much, Kalyn. This recipe is perfect because I was going to make the Hidden Valley recipe, and looked at a packet of the mix and the first ingredient is MSG. NO THANKS!! This will work beautifully!!!

  6. Hi, i’m here again… your vegetable dip looks really healthy with the dressing mixture!
    This is a great appetizer!!!

  7. Wow, a diet friendly salad dip 🙂 It is healthy and tasty nice, and looks good too! n_n

  8. Hubby is so excited about the Patriots!

    I love dill and have a wonderful dill dip too, but it is less diet friendly so I am going to try this for sure.

  9. Hi Everyone,

    I just love to munch on veggies and with dip even more so! I am in Port Angeles and have never seen Greek yogurt in our local stores. I know there is a way to strain regular yogurt so it becomes more like Greek…anyone know how to do this? Specifically I don’t know how long to let it strain or what consistency it should be. I hope this makes sense..I am coffee deprived this early in the morning!

    Libby

  10. I love eating my veggies, this will be a nice treat to go with them!
    Also, I love your new header! Looks great!

  11. veggies with dip – that’s perfect for watching superbowl! And the baked chicken is fabulous too, I am inspired to try it now…

  12. I’ve long been a fan of HVR dip. I bet this would be even better with fresh dill since I’m a dill freak. I love the blend of cottage cheese idea but I wouldn’t mind just using small curd cottage cheese.

  13. Thanks everyone for the comments about this recipe. If anyone knows just how to make strained “Greek Style” yogurt from regular yogurt for mama2eandj, please leave it in the comments here. I haven’t done it myself, but I think you can just let the yogurt drain through cheesecloth (or a purchased strainer) overnight in the fridge. You could probably google it and get better instructions.

  14. Kalyn, this looks yummy and healthy! There is nothing I enjoy more than this duo.

  15. Kalyn: sounds good, I will give it a try; I am always looking for non-ranch-veggie-dip alternatives.

  16. Kalyn, this totally cracks me up that you have this here today. I was JONESING for a ranch dip this weekend (and that is not a normal craving for me), and ended up whipping one up with Greek yogurt, grated garlic, dill and low-fat sour cream. Very similar. Although next time I’m trying yours!

    PS . . . I made tuna salad with the leftovers, just for fun, and it turned out pretty darned good.

  17. yogurt and cottage cheese dippp sounds deleciousssss

  18. Greek yogurt is my new favorite food–so thick and luscious! I haven’t made any dip yet with it and cottage cheese (though I reckon this weekend is a good time to start!), but I did make a macaroni and cheese with Fage and cottage cheese blended together for the cream sauce, and it was so rich I didn’t miss the extra fat at all.

  19. I love the Fage yogurts. I think that what’s great about the product is how true it is to the original varieties found in Greece. Almost worldwide you can now find this brand and its really wonderful. Rich and creamy and the taste is so clean and light.

    Thanks for the great post!

    Ore

  20. Fage is goooood. Love it with just some honey and lavender.

  21. This sounds great! I love cottage cheese, but usually reserve it for baked potatoes, but what a good idea! Ranch dressing isn’t big here in Scotland, but I would try this one! I always make the same french dressing, so I could do with a change!

  22. Thank you for this wonderful recipe! I tried the fresh onion variation and it’s delicious, the texture is great too — I don’t feel guilty eating this at all!

  23. Jade, glad you liked it. I learned that trick of grating fresh onion from my Grandmother Denny!

  24. I just made the ranch dressing with 16oz Greek Yogurt, 16oz Cottage Cheese blended with 1/2 cup 2%milk and a package of Hidden Valley Ranch Mix. Its AWESOME! It has 1200 calories per 34 ounces compared to 3600 calories per 24 ounces of a bottle of Hidden valley Original Ranch and tastes better! I'm so excited to eat it up!

  25. Colie so glad you like it, and that calorie comparison is pretty impressive!

  26. looks like yummy and crispy.. thanks kalyn..i will try this at my birthday recipes..

  27. I love Fage and Ranch! Thanks, I will have to make this.

    I was wondering – can you substitute the cottage cheese for regular milk to thin out the yogurt? I usually make homemade ranch with sour cream, mayo, and all the herbs with milk.

  28. I think if you replaced the cottage cheese with milk it would be more the consistency of a dressing instead of a dip, but I'm sure it would still taste okay.

  29. So good! I used a lot of dried minced onion instead of the powder, celery salt instead of the seasoning you had mentioned…and it tastes just like the wicked onion dip I no longer indulge in.
    Thanks so much for the recipe!

  30. Mmm-m-m, love everything about this! And dill? So good!

  31. I think adding the spices you underline to suggest are not necessary. I think the ranch powdered package is fine and easier.. I will make it with that. Merry Christmas!!

    • Your choice of course. The “underline” is a link to get more information or to take you to a place to buy it for those who might not be able to find it where they live. Hope you enjoy!

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