Try this yogurt-based, creamy Dill Dip full of tangy lemon! Dill is one of my favorite herbs because of its unique licorice-like taste and feathery green looks. In just a few minutes you can turn a bowl of Greek yogurt into a dazzling dip! It pairs well with all types of vegetables, pita and as a condiment for sandwiches and wraps.
Dill has long been used in traditional Asian herbal medicine for control and management of cardiovascular, digestive and diabetes disorders. Dill is known for its high antioxidant activity thanks to the compound monoterpenes, which protect the body against damaging free radicals. Flavonoids in dill have anti-cancer and diabetes preventative effects.1 To receive these dill-icious benefits you most likely will need to consume a higher concentration of dill than can be found in my Dill Dip. However, in this dip, dill will provide vitamin A, potassium, manganese and vitamin C. 2
Dill is part of a large plant family, Apiaceae along with many aromatics like fennel, parsley, cumin, dill and even celery and carrots! Dill is loved not only for its use in my Dill Dip, but also as the host plant of Swallowtail Butterflies!3 Butterflies also think dill is delicious and the females commonly lay their eggs on the dill plant.
Dill is also known as “dill weed” for its prolific growth and ability to spread it’s seed. If you grow dill in your garden it will most likely self-seed and grow in your garden the following year! Dill comes from the Norwegian word “dilla,” which means “to soothe” for its medicinal ability to settle an upset stomach.
Fresh vs Dried Dill
You can find dried dill, which is also sold as “dill weed” at your grocery store, but it is a mediocre substitute for fresh dill. When using dried dill you will lose the bright grassiness and feathery good looks of fresh dill. Dried dill has a dull green-gray color that will lead to a less verdant Dill Dip.4
After you make my Dill Dip, properly storing the half bunch of leftovers will increase the dill’s shelf life by about a week! If you would just place the dill in your crisper, it will turn it to mush in about 2 days. To properly store, first make sure the dill is dry. Next, wrap it in a dry paper towel and place it into a resealable bag then into the crisper drawer it goes.
What else can you make with dill? Dill goes well in any creamy dressing, so it is great in a potato, chicken or egg salad. Dill can also bring to life a boring leafy green salad with an herby aromatic pick-me-up. Its feathery aesthetics also make it a great garnish for poultry and grain dishes.
The juice of citrus fruit is widely known to provide a tart, acidic flavor to any dish, while the outer rind is often just thrown away! In my Dill Dip we “zest” the outside of the lemon to provide a deeply lemony flavor without the bitterness of lemon juice. Make sure to zest the lemon before cutting and juicing it!
To zest a lemon and any citrus I recommend using a microplane, which is a mini-grater with small, razor sharp teeth. A microplane is designed to cut just into the surface of the lemon taking the flavorful zest and leaving the flavorless rind behind. You can also use a microplane on hard cheeses like parmesan and to grate spices like nutmeg! Be careful the teeth of the microplane are very sharp and we do not want to zest our fingers.
A Healthy Dip
My Dill Dip avoids use of any preservatives, sugar or oil found in most store bought dips. It is also a great source of probiotics, calcium, and potassium! The use of fat-free Greek yogurt makes it light and will really highlight the flavor of whatever you are dipping. If you need a dip with more heft you can use whole milk Greek yogurt. You can also add a dollop of sour cream or mayonnaise to add creaminess.
Let’s Get Dippin’
Dill is for more than just pickles and deviled eggs! My Dill Dip is a light dip that you can make in minutes and serve it with vegetables and pita. It also goes well with seafood like salmon, crab cakes and shrimp.
- Goodarzi MT, Khodadadi I, Tavilani H, Abbasi Oshaghi E. The Role of Anethum graveolens L. (Dill) in the Management of Diabetes. J Trop Med. 2016;2016. doi:10.1155/2016/1098916
- FoodData Central. https://fdc.nal.usda.gov/fdc-app.html#/food-details/172233/nutrients. Accessed March 29, 2020.
- Apiaceae: Parsley or Carrot Family. Identify herbs, plants, and flowers. https://www.wildflowers-and-weeds.com/Plant_Families/Apiaceae.htm. Accessed March 29, 2020.
- Fresh Dill Vs. Dried Dill: SPICEography Showdown. SPICEography. November 2019. https://www.spiceography.com/fresh-dill-vs-dried-dill/. Accessed March 29, 2020.
- 1 cup plain non-fat Greek yogurt
- Zest from 1 lemon
- Juice from ½ lemon
- ¾ teaspoon kosher salt
- ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
- 1 tablespoon dill chopped
- ¼ teaspoon onion powder
- In a bowl, add all ingredients and mix together well.
- Serve with cut up vegetables and pita bread.