Pesto Yogurt Dip

Veggie platters are one of my favorite snacks (and one of my favorite ways to survive late summer.) But I get kind of tired of the typical ranch or dill dips, so I was excited to see this Pesto dip in this month’s Cooking Light. It’s super easy and flavorful and a great way to use up all that basil in your garden (and I say your garden, because, if you don’t know, I kill plants. It’s one of my gifts.) Plus it gets better with time, so you can make this a day or two in advance and it only gets more delicious.

You’ll need garlic, lots of fresh basil, kosher salt, freshly ground black pepper, whole buttermilk, 2% Greek yogurt, and parmesan cheese.

 

Place the garlic and basil in a mini blender jar or mini food processor.

Process until finely chopped. Add yogurt, buttermilk, salt, and pepper

and process until combined. Add cheese and pulse until just combined. Transfer to a serving dish, cover, and refrigerate until ready to serve. Before serving, sprinkle with additional kosher salt, freshly ground black pepper, and chives or green onions. 

Pesto Yogurt Dip

Serves 2     adjust servings

This refreshing, addictive dip is the perfect way to use up all that summertime garden basil.

Ingredients

  • 1-2 cloves garlic
  • 2 cups loosely packed basil leaves
  • 1 1/3 cups plain 2% Greek yogurt
  • 1/2 cup whole buttermilk
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 ounces freshly grated Parmesan cheese (about 1/2 cup)
  • Thinly sliced chives or green onion tops

Instructions

  1. Place the garlic and basil in a mini blender jar or mini food processor. Process until finely chopped. Add yogurt, buttermilk, salt, and pepper and process until combined. Add cheese and pulse until just combined. Transfer to a serving dish, cover, and refrigerate until ready to serve. Before serving, sprinkle with additional kosher salt, freshly ground black pepper, and chives or green onions.

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8 comments

  1. Glad to know someone else kills plants! For some reason I keep planting a garden…not sure why. I saw this recipe in CL and thought it looked good. Now I’ll try it for sure! Thanks!

  2. I made this for Enrichment Night and people went CRAZY for it! At least 6 people asked for the recipe. Good Work!!

  3. I’ve made this twice now and it’s delicious, however, my dip is very thin. Should I add more yogurt to make it thicker?

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