Sunday, November 20, 2011

Rocket Ranch Dip

WP loves ranch dressing!  He will eat veggies dipped in ranch that he wouldn't touch otherwise. I created this recipe to give the tasty dip more nutritional value.  Now we dip our veggies in veggie dip (with 4 cups of greens!) that tastes just as good as plain old ranch.  

Rocket Ranch Dip
2 cups greek yogurt OR 2 cups sour cream 
1 packet ranch dip seasoning mix (or 1 Tablespoon homemade mix)
2 cups fresh rocket/arugula leaves, washed and ready to eat
2 cups fresh spinach leaves, washed and ready to eat
2 teaspoons white wine vinegar
1 teaspoon salt
3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
Mix the yogurt and ranch dip seasoning in a medium bowl until well combined. Set aside.
For the 'pesto', add the rocket/arugula, spinach, white wine vinegar and salt to the bowl of a food processor, fitted with blade. Pulse the leafy mixture until the leaves are finely chopped. This won’t take more than a few seconds. With the food processor on, slowly add the extra virgin olive oil and pulse until well combined. You may have to stop and scrape down the sides a few times. 
Stir the pesto mixture into the prepared ranch dip. 4 cups of greens sounds like so much, but once they are pureed down, they are in good proportion to the ranch dip. The picture below is a halved recipe.

Serve with crackers, plantain chips, or.... MORE VEGGIES for dipping! I love it with sugar snap peas and those little yellow 'snacking' tomatoes.

Step 1: Mix Sour Cream (or Greek Yogurt) and Ranch Dip Mix

Step 2: Blend the arugula and spinach pesto
Step 3: Add pesto to dip & stir
Step 4: Call it Dinosaur Dip, Rocket Ranch, or Monster Slime if your kid needs some persuasion to try a green dip. 


  1. Can't wait to try this recipe. Sadie loooves Ranch Dressing. Such a great alternative!

  2. Celani, I hope you and Sadie like this as much as we do!