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Greek Yogurt and Tahini Dip for Tomatoes and Cucumbers

This healthy Greek Yogurt and Tahini Dip for Tomatoes and Cucumbers will be welcome on a holiday party or Superbowl buffet table loaded with rich foods and this is a delicious veggie dip option that I’d eat any time of year! And this tasty dip is low-carb, gluten-free, and South Beach Diet friendly! Use Meatless Recipes for more tasty recipes like this one.

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Greek Yogurt and Tahini Dip for Tomatoes and Cucumbers [found on KalynsKitchen.com]

Everyone who’s trying to make it through December without gaining ten pounds, raise your hand.  (Kalyn has both hands raised.)  Every year I think about the dilemma of joining in holiday celebrations without overdoing it on sweets and other rich holiday foods.  There’s no easy answer,  but having something healthy to nibble on among the more indulgent choices can really help, and that’s where this Greek Yogurt and Tahini Dip for Tomatoes and Cucumbers comes in.

When I spotted a recipe for Tahini Dip in The South Beach Diet Parties and Holidays Cookbook I remembered how tomatoes and cucumbers are amazing paired with Greek yogurt and tahini, and when Jake and I tried out this combination we both loved it.  And it’s festive-looking as well as delicious, hope you enjoy!

I usually try to do a meatless main dish for my Meatless Monday post, but this time of year I think a dip recipe that’s really appealing might be even more useful!  (You can see lots of meatless main dishes by clicking the link forMeatless Recipes, or check my Meatless Monday Board on Pinterest.)

Greek Yogurt and Tahini Dip for Tomatoes and Cucumbers [found on KalynsKitchen.com]

If you have an extra-thick Greek yogurt you can probably skip this step, but I like to strain it for about 15 minutes to remove any extra liquid. You can use any type of fine-mesh strainer.  You can see by the photo that even with good quality Greek yogurt some liquid will drain out. While the yogurt strains, finely chop the green onions.

Whisk together the tahini paste, sesame oil, Vege-Sal (or salt) and sour cream. Then mix in the strained green yogurt and finely chopped green onions.

You can cut the cucumbers in sticks if you prefer, but I made thick diagonal slices.  (European cucumbers are much better than regular ones during the winter.) I buy these grape tomatoes from Costco all year long, and they were great with the dip.

Greek Yogurt and Tahini Dip for Tomatoes and Cucumbers [found on KalynsKitchen.com]

Serve the Greek Yogurt and Tahini Dip on a platter with the veggies arranged around it, and I promise it will disappear quickly among all those rich holiday foods!

More Tasty and Healthful Dips for Vegetables:

Herbed Ricotta Dip with Vegetables ~ Leite’s Culinaria
Diet Friendly Ranch-Style Greek Yogurt and Cottage Cheese Dip ~ Kalyn’s Kitchen
Garlic Feta Cheese Dip ~ Aggie’s Kitchen
Heart-Healthy Shrimp dip Served with Veggie Dippers ~ Kalyn’s Kitchen
Red Pepper, Kale, and Walnut Dip ~ The Perfect Pantry

Greek Yogurt and Tahini Dip

This healthy Greek Yogurt and Tahini Dip for Tomatoes and Cucumbers will be welcome on a holiday party or Superbowl buffet table loaded with rich foods!

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cup plain Greek Yogurt (I love Fage Total 0% Greek Yogurt, but use full-fat yogurt if you prefer.)
  • 1/3 cup finely chopped green onion (mostly green parts)
  • 1/2 cup sour cream (use light or full fat, whichever you prefer)
  • 2 T tahini paste (at room temperature)
  • 2 tsp. sesame oil (I used Asian Sesame Seed Oil)
  • 1 tsp. Vege-Sal (or 1/2 tsp. salt)
  • tomatoes and cucumbers (or other veggies of your choice) for serving

Directions:

  1. If needed, put the Greek yogurt into a fine-mesh strainer and let it drain for 15 minutes or so.  Finely chop the green onion.
  2. Whisk together the low-fat sour cream, tahini paste, sesame oil, and Vege-Sal (or salt).  Mix in the strained Greek yogurt and finely chopped green onion.
  3. The dip can be served immediately or chilled a few hours or overnight.
  4. Serve with grape tomatoes and diagonally sliced cucumbers.  Other vegetables that would taste good with this include sugar-snap peas, red or green bell pepper strips, broccoli, cauliflower, and celery.

Notes:

This recipe was adapted slightly from The South Beach Diet Parties and Holidays Cookbook.

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Low-Carb Diet / Low Glycemic Diet / South Beach Diet Suggestions:
As long as you stick with the low-glycemic vegetable choices mentioned in the recipe and use reduced fat dairy products, this Greek Yogurt and Tahini Dip and the vegetable dippers would be great for any phase of the South Beach Diet. It would also be good for other low-carb and low-glycemic diets, many of which will prefer full-fat dairy. Tomatoes are much higher in carbs than cucumbers, so if you’re limiting carbs you should eat mostly cucumbers (or other low-carb veggie dippers.)

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Greek Yogurt and Tahini Dip for Tomatoes and Cucumbers [found on KalynsKitchen.com]

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8 comments on “Greek Yogurt and Tahini Dip for Tomatoes and Cucumbers”

  1. I used Asian Sesame Seed Oil. Definitely not clear, but the label doesn't say toasted either. I will edit to make that more clear, thanks!

  2. When making the greek Yogurt and Tahini dip , do you add the toasted sesame oil or the plain clear one?
    Looks fantastic but want to use the correct ingredients.
    Thanks you,
    Casey

  3. Thanks Pam, Jake and I loved it!

  4. I love the sound of this dip!

  5. Joanne, so glad you like it! I am trying hard to avoid cookies, but I've still had a few.

  6. We can definitely use a few more healthy recipes around here! There has been an inordinate amount of cookies consumed so far this year. Loving this dip inspiration!

  7. Lydia, my pleasure! And I hope the healthy dips are helpful.

  8. Thanks for including the link to one of my dips, and for sharing so many other great ideas for those of us who are trying hard to keep the eating under control during the holidays.

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