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The possibilities are endless when you’re making a tasty homemade dip that’ll pair well with your favorite foods. A homemade blend using fresh and organic produce won’t just guarantee that it contains no artificial ingredients, but also allow you to control how much seasoning and spice goes into it.

This Guilt-Free, Good-for-You Green Dip by Doug Kaufmann of Know the Cause can set the benchmark for delicious and nutritious dips that will go well with different finger foods. It has everything you want in a dip: flavorful herbs, creamy cheddar cheese and tangy Greek yogurt and sour cream.

INGREDIENTS

  • 1/3 cup parsley leaves
  • 1/3 cup fresh dill fronds
  • 1/3 cup chives
  • Juice of half a lemon
  • 1 clove garlic (smashed)
  • 2 tablespoons mayonnaise*
  • 1/2 cup Organic Greek yogurt
  • 1/2 cup Organic sour cream
  • 1/3 cup organic goat cheesee
  • Salt and black pepper to taste

DIRECTIONS

    1. Rinse the herbs and dry in a salad spinner. Put in a food processor and pulse until minced.
    2. Add lemon juice, garlic, mayonnaise, yogurt, sour cream and goat cheese to processor and pulse until blended well, scraping down sides of processor bowl as you go.
    3. Add salt and pepper to taste.
    4. Serve in cups with dip on bottom and veggies on top.

*For mayonnaise: Combine 2 pastured egg yolks, 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice, 1/2 teaspoon dry mustard, a couple of pinches of sea salt and 1 cup of olive or avocado oil in a blender. Be sure to only add a couple of tablespoons of oil at a time and blend until thickened. Do not add 1 full cup of oil at once.

Why This Guilt-Free, Good-for-You Green Dip Recipe Is Absolutely Great

Lackluster flavor won’t be a problem with this Green Dip recipe. The dip’s main stars – parsley, chives and dill – are delicious herbs that not only livens up a meal, but can boost your health too. Plus, a combination of healthy homemade mayonnaise, sour cream, Greek yogurt and cheddar cheese make this dip extra creamy.

Whether you like pairing your dips with organically grown vegetables or bite-sized pieces of grass fed meats, this Green Dip may be your family’s new favorite in no time.

Chives Are a Clever Choice

There’s more to chives than their pleasantly subtle onion-garlic flavor. For starters, chives were proven to have anti-inflammatory, antibiotic, antibacterial, antiviral, antifungal and antimicrobial properties.

Did you know that chives are also highly abundant in vitamin K? This vitamin helps form and strengthen bones, and assist with limiting neuronal damage in the brain. You can also find vitamin A in chives, alongside carotenes like zeaxanthin and lutein, which are vital flavonoid antioxidants. It has vitamins B1, B2, B3, B5 and B6, too.

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