Cream Cheese Dill Dip is a delicious dip packed with fresh dill and herb flavor. We've taken the calories down from the traditional version for a guilt-free easy appetizer recipe made with simple ingredients.
Lower-calorie cream cheese dill dip is a perfect accompaniment to an array of snacks such as fresh vegetables, whole-grain crackers, or baked pita chips. It also works well as a spread for sandwiches or wraps, adding a burst of flavor without packing on excessive calories.
It's a great choice for game day gatherings, your next potluck, movie nights or noshing when you are in the mood for a great flavored creamy dip.
With this low-calorie version of cream cheese dill dip, you can enjoy a tasty and guilt-free dip that satisfies your cravings while keeping your calorie intake in check.
What makes it skinny?
Substituting reduced fat cream cheese and light sour cream. The cream cheese base swap reduced the calories by 30% and the fat by 50%. Light sour cream has 40% less fat and about ⅓ less calories.
NOTE: there are fat free versions of both cream cheese and sour cream however these products use stabilizers to achieve the consistency and flavors. We believe a few more calories are worth better quality ingredients.
Recipe Ingredient Notes
Light cream cheese. This is usually labelled as '⅓ less fat' or Neufchatel Cheese. You'll need an 8 ounce package. Be sure to start with the cream cheese at room temperature or softened so it blends well with the other ingredients.
Light sour cream. You'll use 1 cup.
Green onions (scallions). Two large scallions, rinsed, patted dry and finely chopped; use both the white and green portions (trim off the roots and top of the greens first). You'll need ⅓ cup chopped.
Fresh dill. This is the star flavor ingredient! Finely chop the fresh dill and use 2 tablespoons.
Garlic powder. This gives a mild garlic flavor that is more subtle than fresh garlic.
Onion powder. Another flavor builder that has a mild flavor to complement the green onions.
Dried parsley. The last flavor ingredient.
Kosher salt. This type of salt is less salty tasting.
How to make it
Making this cream cheese dip could not be easier! Combine all the ingredients in a large mixing bowl. Stir well to mix together all the ingredients.
NOTE: if the cream cheese is not fully softened it can be lumpy. If so you can use an electric mixer (a stand mixer or hand mixer both work) to make the dip smooth.
Chill for one hour before serving. This allows the dip to thicken and the flavors to blend. Give it a good stir before serving and garnish with fresh dill sprigs if desired.
Add more or different fresh herbs. This dip is very flexible in flavor and easy to change up. Fresh chopped basil, cilantro, thyme would all be delicious.
No fresh dill? To substitute dried dill week use 2 teaspoons. Dried herbs are stronger in flavor so the amount is reduced by about ⅓ of fresh herbs.
Add some fresh lemon juice. For some additional tang a squeeze of fresh lemon juice adds bright flavor.
Like some spice? A few splashes of hot sauce or some crushed red pepper flakes will spice up this easy dill dip.
Fresh garlic. For stronger garlic flavor add 1 clove minced fresh garlic.
How to Serve it
Here are some of our favorite dippers for a perfect appetizer:
- with cut fresh vegetables (crudités); bell pepper, carrots, celery, jicama, broccoli florets, cauliflower florets, cherry tomatoes, snap peas.
- crunchy crackers (like Nuthins)
- baked chips (because the dip is thick, traditional potato chips may break if dipping)
How to Store
Store leftover dip in an air tight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. It can also be made beforehand just plan for a total storage time of no more than 3 days.
Frequently Asked Questions
We haven't tried it but it definitely will work. Fat-free cream cheese is more difficult to find as well as to get the consistency of cream cheese it uses more artificial ingredients and stabilizers than Reduced Fat Cream Cheese. If you don't mind that using it will reduce the calories of the cream cheese by half.
Using non-fat Greek yogurt in place of the light sour cream will not have the same creaminess in the dip. It will also add a tangier flavor and more moisture so we would not recommend it if planning to keep the dip in the refrigerator for a few days. Full fat Greek yogurt is a better swap for texture but has a similar amount of calories as light sour cream.