Recipe for life: Herb yogurt dip

Preparing a healthy appetizer is a great strategy for avoiding unhealthy foods during holiday parties and other festive occasions.

A vegetable platter paired with a low-fat dip can help you fill up on nutritionally dense foods instead of typical appetizers that may be packed with sugar and/or fat.

Kim Fry, a health educator for ADC’s Weight Loss and Health Risk Management program, recently demonstrated how to turn plain Greek yogurt into a dip bursting with flavor. It also has fewer calories and grams of fat than many popular dips.

The amounts of the ingredients in this recipe depends on your personal taste. You can add as much or as little herbs and vegetables as you want.

You can also change up the flavors. What about red pepper instead of cucumber? Or curry powder instead of the herbs? Build upon the yogurt and create a dip to suite your taste.

Recipe: Herb Yogurt Dip

Herb yogurt dip close up

Herb yogurt dip with basil chiffonade


  • 1 cup fat free plain Greek yogurt
  • Fresh basil or thyme, minced
  • Fresh shallot, minced
  • Garlic, minced
  • Cucumber, chopped
  • Various herbs and spices


  1. Combine the yogurt with the herbs, vegetables and spices to taste.
  2. Serve with crackers or raw veggies.