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Creamy herb dip - this dip is perfect for the holidays and is so rich and full of flavor!

“As the Queens of the Stone Age say,” he concluded with a wearied, yet knowing sigh, “‘We get these pills to swallow.'”

In the sample text, ‘he’ refers to:

a.) Jeff Tweedy
b.) a bearded late-twentiesomething drinking a craft brew at a bar with, of course, a girl
c.) Dr. T. Colin Campbell
d.) My 8-year-old cousin

Creamy herb dip - this dip is perfect for the holidays and is so rich and full of flavor!

If you guessed d., you’re correct! Also, I have the weirdest slash hippest twin cousins of all time. When I babysat them when they were wee, they requested dal for lunch and that I throw on Surfer Rosa in the car. You can’t outdo that, so don’t even try!

This blog is all about them, because why? Because they understand the goodness that is this creamy herb dip, or, let’s be honest, anything borne of Ina Garten’s kitchen. I made a batch for Thanksgiving last year, thinking the coolness and herbaceous dip would offset the heavier feast to follow, and I was right! We ate it up, feeling indulgent in the richness without feeling at all heavy, simply primed and ready for the gorge-a-thon that loomed in the distance.

Creamy herb dip - this dip is perfect for the holidays and is so rich and full of flavor!

But it wasn’t until a week later, when my aunt called me up and asked for the recipe that I really understood the true and ultimate epicness of this recipe. One of my cousins, she said, had asked her to make it for their school Christmas party. For second grade. Considering it’s made from scallions and dill and cream cheese, served with romaine leaves and radishes, you have to assume it’s pretty everyone-ever-friendly with that sort of qualification, right?

This creamy herb dip is the perfect appetizer for the holidays: light enough to not spoil any appetites, yet rich enough to feel like you’re still referring to your diet as “Felicia” (for now, Felicia. For now). It’s packed full of flavor, thanks to the perfect balance of fresh herbs and just the right amount of salt and pepper, and it’s creamy without being too fluffy and rich without being too dense. Oh, and it’s best made ahead, which couldn’t be more convenient around Thanksgiving dinner and, for us this year, the Christmas Eve feast we’re putting on. It’s the dip recipe that will free you from all those other dip recipes you’ve got clogging up your Pinterest!

I serve it with full romaine leaves, as the watery crunch from the hearts perfectly balances the dip and doesn’t require too much lapine chewing, as well as trimmed carrot sticks–leaving the trimmed greens end for an elegant, organic touch, rounds of cucumber, and thinly sliced radishes. Delightful.

Make this for Thanksgiving! Make it for Christmas. Make double and hide half.. for later.. Chef’s treat.

Creamy herb dip - this dip is perfect for the holidays and is so rich and full of flavor!

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Recipe By: Inspired by Ina Garten

Creamy Herb Dip

Prep 10 minutes
Cook 0 minutes
Total 10 minutes
Cool yet rich, this creamy herb dip is the perfect holiday appetizer.
10 people


  • 8 ounces cream cheese at room temperature
  • ½ cup sour cream
  • ½ cup mayonnaise
  • 5 scallions white and green parts, minced
  • ¼ cup fresh parsley minced
  • 2 tablespoon fresh dill minced
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper


  • Place the cream cheese, sour cream, and mayonnaise in a medium bowl and beat with a hand mixer until completely smooth. Alternately, use a stand mixer to mix well.
  • Stir in scallions, parsley, dill, salt, and pepper until combined. Chill until ready to serve.
Serve at room temperature.

Approximate Information for One Serving

Serving Size: 1servingCalories: 181calProtein: 2gFat: 19gSaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 35mgSodium: 402mgPotassium: 41mgTotal Carbs: 2gFiber: 1gSugar: 1gNet Carbs: 1gVitamin A: 233IUVitamin C: 3mgCalcium: 36mgIron: 1mg
Nutrition Disclaimers
Number of total servings shown is approximate. Actual number of servings will depend on your preferred portion sizes.
Nutritional values shown are general guidelines and reflect information for 1 serving using the ingredients listed, not including any optional ingredients. Actual macros may vary slightly depending on specific brands and types of ingredients used.
To determine the weight of one serving, prepare the recipe as instructed. Weigh the finished recipe, then divide the weight of the finished recipe (not including the weight of the container the food is in) by the desired number of servings. Result will be the weight of one serving.

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    1. Avatar Cheryl Malik says:

      Thanks Manali! 🙂

  1. Kids are my favorite. I cannot wait to have my own and laugh at the ridiculous things they say.
    I feel like Felicia asks if butter is a carb and eats hamburgers with coke zero because, diet.

    1. Avatar Cheryl Malik says:

      YES, a million times yes, me too. My blog will basically become a running list of bizarre things my offspring has uttered. And the worst thing about this comment is that it prompted me to look off into the distance and mutter, “I definitely need a hamburger for lunch”. Point, missed.

  2. Hahaha! Your little cousins sound unbelievably cute. Little kids at that age I tell ya….you never know what they’re gonna say next. LOL.
    And this dip! Man, oh man am I a sucker for a SUPA-creamy veggie dip, but filled with lots of herby yum too?! I’m so in! Absolutely gorgeous photos, Cheryl! Pinning. 🙂

    1. Avatar Cheryl Malik says:

      Right?! They’re so hysterical, so precocious. I love me a creamy veggie dip, too, and I’m always so disappointed with the ranch dip still in the plastic tub at parties.. booo! This is so easy and so yummy. Thanks Sarah ! 😀

  3. Honestly you twin cousins sound amazing – requesting Dal for lunch? Haha, when I was a kid the coolest thing I’d request for lunch was Kraft Dinner lol! And this creamy herb dip looks sooo good, Cheryl! Nothing like a fresh and light did to dip your veggies in at a party 🙂 Love it! Pinned!

    And can you come take pictures of everything I cook/bake so my photos turn out like yours? K. thanks! 😉

    1. Avatar Cheryl Malik says:

      Dude, I know, right? I was like LUNCHABLES PUHLEEEEZE. I would love to come photograph your food, but you will have to let me live at your house….. deal?! 🙂

  4. I have to admit I’m always really lazy and store buy my dips but this is about to change! Definitely have to make your creamy herb dip, love how simple yet delicious it is!

    1. Avatar Cheryl Malik says:

      Oh yes, this dip destroys anything store-bought! And so simple – it’s like the difference between bottled ranch and homemade. Mmm!

    1. Avatar Cheryl Malik says:

      Thanks and thanks, Nicole! 🙂

    1. Avatar Cheryl Malik says:

      Thanks Katrina! Funny, though, right? They’re just slightly precocious!

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