The BEST Creamy Vegetable and Chip Dip
Have you ever begged someone to share a recipe? I have ( a lot) and this recipe is one of those!
At a Christmas party that I was a guest at year’s ago . . . way back when I could eat anything and still stay skinny, I tasted this delicious Creamy Vegetable and Chip Dip.
It was simply yummy upon first bite!
I could have devoured the entire bowl and knew that I just had to get my hands on the recipe!
And I did!
Today whenever I serve a vegetable and dip platter (usually for our last fattening-hurrah-indulgence party on New Year’s Eve), I always get the same reaction from my guests: “Wow, this is really good! How do you make this? Can I please have the recipe?”
This vegetable and chip dip is so easy, it’s nearly stupid to make . . . and isn’t that just dandy at this busy time of year? Save the stress of making Beef Wellington for Valentine’s Day or some other special occasion. Prepare this dip in a snap and enjoy the extra freed up time with your family and friends.
Now I have to warn you . . . this isn’t a skinny recipe! I suppose you can substitute lower calorie or reduced fat versions of the dairy ingredients, but I know the taste just won’t be the same.
And after all the veggies make us feel better, don’t they . . . at least a little bit!
The great thing about veggie platters is not only because they are so fresh and delicious, but vegetable dips leave you with that good feeling of “I made better choices at the get-together” in a yummy way!
What event doesn’t have a veggie and dip platter? They’re simply expected at any occasion!
What are the best vegetables to serve with vegetable dips?
- Carrots – Baby carrots can be served as-is and raw. Full-sized carrots can be cut into sticks and also served raw.
- Celery – cut into sticks
- Caulifllower – separated into separated bite-sized florets and served raw.
- Broccoli – same as above
- Broccoli rabe and broccolini – should be blanched in boiling water and then shocked in ice water.
- Cherry or grape tomatoes – should be served as-is, uncut. For a pretty presentation, leave them on the vine.
- Snow peas and snap peas – served either raw or blanched.
- Green beans – served raw if thin, and blanched if thicker.
- Red, Green, Yellow and Orange peppers – which should cut into strips, baby peppers are perfect for dipping too!
- Radishes – served raw with a few leaves still attached as a handle. Extra large radishes should be cut in half.
- Green onions – serve raw with roots trimmed off and half of the long green stems cut off.
- Mushroom caps and stems – served raw and unsliced.
- Artichoke hearts – served raw.
- Cucumbers – sliced with skin remaining on.
- Asparagus – serve all colors, raw. Blanch thicker stalks of asparagus.
- Zucchini and squash – sliced or cut into sticks
- Jicama – cut into sticks.
- Baby romaine leaves – separated into individual leaves as close as possible to serving time
- Endive – same as above
- Radicchio – same as above
Tips to Making a Vegetable and Chip Dip Platter:
- Grazing, small plates, tapas, and finger foods have been a favorite way of offering foods when entertaining. So that means that a good vegetable platter is expected on any finger-food spread.
- With a healthy focus today on serving foods at their freshest, raw veggies, chips, and crackers perfectly compliment a fresh dip.
- The main base for a dip can be mayonnaise, sour cream, cream cheese, other softened or melted cheeses (such as queso), pureed vegetables (such as salsa, guacamole), pureed beans (such as hummus).
- For flavor and color, dips have a variety of herbs and spices blended in.
- Allow dips to set and marry so that all of the flavors can come together.
- Shop the day of your get-together or no earlier than the day before to make sure that your veggies are at their freshest! Like any food ingredient, vegetables lose their flavor, texture and quality as time ticks away. So make sure they are as fresh as possible.
- Shop the day before your event, to make sure you have fresh produce so that way you can throw everything together the day of the event.
- When shopping for the vegetables, purchase the following amounts: 1/4 lb. per person is a good average amount of vegetables.
- Use your eyes and buy what looks the best and freshest.
- Lots of variety is best. The most beautiful and memorable veggie platters offer as many different items that can fit in an orderly presentation.
- Offer as many different colors, textures, and shapes of vegetables as possibleas.
- Seasonal vegetables are best since they are the freshest, crispiest, and at the peak flavor.
- Keep the veggie fresh by washing with cold water and patting dry with paper towel.
- Arrange the veggies so the same colors are not next to each other (ex: carrots and orange bell pepper) to create an eye pleasing display.
- Group the same color veggies together and alternate the colors so that lighter colored vegetables are next to darker colored veggies. This makes a more striking presentation!
- Go for the overflow effect: Place every vegetable of your choice as possible plus the dip as onto the platter.
- Mix things up and use whatever veggies are in season or based on your budget.
- Serve the veggies with a tasty dip.
I recommend some great items to help you prep and serve a veggie and dip platter:
For serving cut vegetables, you want to use a shallow platter; this dish has a center ‘bowl’ for the dip too! Kooks Vegetable and Dip Serving Dish
This handcrafted acacia wood chip and dip platter is GORGEOUS!
What’s your favorite vegetable and chip dip for entertaining?
Creamy and Yummy Veggie Dip
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I was given this recipe in 1979 by a friend in St. Louis at a holiday party. I’ve been serving it at almost every party I’ve given ever since. It never fails to receive rave reviews and requests for this super easy recipe!
- 16 ounces Hellman’s Mayonnaise
- 1 small 8 oz. container sour cream (not low-fat or reduced fat — use the real deal!)
- 24 ounces small curd cottage cheese (regular, not low-fat, etc.)
- 1 package Hidden Valley Ranch Dressing
- all of your favorite raw vegetables, cut up to serve with the dip
Blend all ingredients together and chill for several hours or overnight.
Serve with fresh vegetables.
This makes A LOT of dip and will be enough for a large group.
This post was originally posted in November 2014 and updated and reposted in December 2019.
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I never tried cottage cheese in dip. Sounds delicious!
Hi Cindy, yes the cottage cheese is what makes it! Hope you have a great SS!
I bet the cottage cheese gives the dip an interesting texture. Sound good.
The cottage cheese is what makes it so good. Thanks for stopping by Renee!
That looks like a great dip, Roz.
Happy New Year!
Thank you Angie! I hope you make it and enjoy it!
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Your presentation of the dip is beautiful!
It was fun, especially since the veggies were so beautiful!
Happy New Year!
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I am SUCH a sucker for vegetables and dip – I could eat the entire batch in lieu of dinner! 😉
You’re too funny Katie . . . but what a great idea to just have veggies and dip for dinner! 🙂 Roz
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Mmmm…that looks yummy!!!
Thank you so much Constance! I’ll be right by to see what you’ve been making on your blog!
Wow! Your veggie tray and dip looks amazing! So perfect for New Years!
Thanks Jennifer; I’ll be right over to see what you’ve been making!
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Roz – your dip looks beautiful and delicious. I remember carving out purple cabbages like that for dip presentations years ago. It takes me back, but the recipe is a new one to me. Great for New Year’s Eve. Buon anno.
Yes, Linda, there s something about having a pretty presentation of foods! Buon Anno e tu!
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YUM! I love veggies and dip for all shindigs!
I agree Nichole . . . even if it’s just a little nibble here and there! Happy New Year, Roz
Gorgeous photos! I want to reach through the screen and take a bit of the veggies and dip.
I remember those days fondly of eating anything and staying a size 6, those were the days!
Happy New Year!
Hi Christy, thank you so much for your visit and sweet comment! Hope your new year has had a great beginning!
Very, very cool to use cottage cheese in the dip!!!! This is exactly what I’m craving this time of year!
The cottage cheese adds a great soft texture to the dip. Thanks for stopping by and I wish you a wonderful 2015!
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This looks so good and so easy! Both of those are important at this time of year. 🙂
Thanks Betty! I always appreciate you stopping by!
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Thank you Isabelle, I love Sunday Supper!
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Dip is something I crave veerrrry often. You can’t go wrong with a good party dip!
Thanks Shaina, I have to say that I love it with potato chips too, but oh so bad for me!
Happy New Year,
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What a rainbow of delicious eating!
Thank you MealDiva . . . wish there were some leftovers to nosh on for the rest of the week!
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oh roz! Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! This dip is unbelievable. It looks amazing and perfect for parties bc although the flavors are complex it is quite simple and I love simple:)))) I hope you are doing well:)
All is well in my neck of the woods, thanks for stopping by at such a busy time of year! I’ll be right by!
Sometimes the simplest recipes are the best! Love the cottage cheese in this dip. What a great way to get your veggies 🙂 Happy New Year, Roz!
You got that right Susan . . . veggies are more inviting with a little dip!
I love a good veggie tray and yours is beautiful. The dip sounds heavenly.
Thank you Mindy! Hope you’re having a great start to the new year!
This would be great for holiday parties!
It sure is and was great for parties Sarah! Thanks! Happy New Year, Roz
Love creamy dips like this!
Thank you Julie, this one is a keeper (since 1978).
Happy New Year,
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I love vegetable platters, and make them often, but mine have never looked this beautiful! Also, this dip sounds way better than the store bought dressing I usually use. Especially like that it has both mayo and sour cream! Thanks for an easy recipe which is so great for busy times of the year.
Thank you Shari. It’s a dip recipe from a dear friend and not my own. So good that I want to share it with everyone!
Have a lovely day!
Your presentation is beautiful.
Thank you Mindy, this is a super fun and super easy appetizer to be creative in presentation!
my wishes for you are to have the healthiest year to come ever and enjoy your holiday season, its always a pleasure coming to a blog that has the best of the best recipes all year long! all the best to you and your family
Buon Natale a te, bella amica Claudia! I wish you every blessing for Christmas and the new year, my friend! It’s been a pleasure to know you through all of years blogging!
My friend makes this dip. I can honestly say it is so good and so addicting.
May your 2021 be filled with many blessing’s and joy.
Thank you Lauri,
You’re so right . . . this is addicting! I make it every year and never tire of this recipe!
Beautiful arrangement and a delicious recipe for any time of the year.
Yes, that’s very true Jovina!