Looking for a delicious, quick, and easy dip? Look no further! You can eat this Skinny Garlic and Herb Dip all day and not worry about your waistline!
In our home, dip is the King and Queen of any occasion for snacks and appetizers. In fact, if you’ve been reading Lord Byron’s Kitchen for a while, you will have read many dip recipe posts.
If you’re so inclined, you can read my 14 Delicious Delicious Dips and Spreads post to find some other great dip ideas.
This particular dip was one that I prepared on Christmas Eve and I had to share it with you. Not only is it very easy to make, but it’s also very healthy. It’s light and fresh and inexpensive too!
Let’s talk about variations!
When it comes to dip, people can become rather serious. There are those who like a dip that has a million ingredients, and then there’s those who like a minimalist style dip.
There are also those who prefer sour cream based dips. There are those who like cream cheese based dips. There are those who only go for mayonnaise based dips. And, of course, there are those who only eat yogurt based dips. Which one are you?
Personally, I like them all, but I tend to lean more toward sour cream. There’s just something about the tangy flavour of the sour cream that seems to just work well with almost any ingredient you throw at it.
Second to that, I go for cream cheese dips, but those are not always the healthiest choice now, are they? I’ve been using Greek yogurt more and more, because it’s very healthy, and it mimics the tangy flavour of sour cream quite well.
Any of them will work in this recipe. I would not, however, use a full two cups of mayonnaise! If you want to incorporate mayo, cut back the sour cream by 1/2 cup and use only 1/2 cup of the mayo as an add-in or substitute.
It is worth noting that if you’re on a Weight Watchers diet or supplement program, fat free Greek yogurt is zero smart points on the freestyle program. I believe all of the other ingredients in this dip are zero points too, making this a zero point dip!
Want to add something extra to your dip?
This dip is completely versatile! You can add so many things to it to make it your own and to add more flavour and flair. Just keep in mind that everything you add will change the nutritional value.
What would I add to this Skinny Garlic and Herb Dip? I would most certainly consider adding some heat or spice, but because I was making this for Christmas Eve, I had to keep it neutral so that John.e and McKenna could enjoy it too.
I’m thinking a bit of dried chili flakes or even a finely chopped Thai chili or jalapeno would do the trick! I would also consider adding either a dash of liquid smoke or a bit of paprika to give it that smokey flavour. In terms of smokiness, finely chopped roasted red peppers would work well too.
Let’s see – you could add finely chopped onion, although I would probably omit the chives if I were going to do that, because there would be way too much onion flavour! You could also add chopped dill pickles and a dash of the pickle juice if you wanted to leave out the fresh dill.
Possibilities are endless when it comes to a good dip – especially a sour cream or yogurt based dip. You can add just about anything to it! As you can see, I served our dip with veggies. This dip works very well with crackers, bread, and even chips. But we wanted to keep our snacking light, because we knew there would be a lot of calories consumed on Christmas day!
Skinny Garlic and Herb Dip
- 2 cups light sour cream (For a Zero Point WW version, use plain fat free Greek yogurt)
- 1 clove garlic, finely grated
- 1/4 cup chopped parsley
- 1/4 cup chopped chives
- 1/2 cup chopped dill (plus more for garnish – optional)
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
- Add all of the ingredients to a mixing bowl. Using a rubber whisk, blend all of the ingredients together until well incorporated.
- Transfer to a serving bowl. Cover with plastic wrap or lid. Refrigerate for a minimum of 1 hour.
- Garnish and serve with veggies, crackers, bread, etc.