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Low carb diet recipes seems to be the way to go these days, but we’re not a low carb house all the time so we always go back and forth. And obviously our kids are carb lovers of all kinds so we’re still surrounded by all the tasty things they love to eat.
Making low carb snacks or appetizers like this Low Carb Ricotta Vegetable Dip doesn’t really make it feel like you’re sticking to some sort of diet at all, in fact this is something I would eat all the time.
Also, it’s a great way to get more vegetables in your diet too! That works for both kids and adults…
Is Ricotta Cheese Low Carb?
Ricotta cheese is on the higher end of carbohydrates, but it still can be used in low carb recipes. Use vegetables instead of chips like we’re doing in this dip recipe and make your other ingredients as low carb as possible.
So as you can see in our nutritional information for this dip it’s only going to cost you about 2 carbs per serving. And that’s pretty low carb if you ask me, especially when compared to most other appetizer recipes!
You can definitely serve this dip up with crackers or pita chips too, I like to keep the options open for everyone since not all your family and friends might be low carb dieting.
Today we’re just using vegetable chips, thinly sliced on a mandoline or cut carefully by hand if you don’t have one. Slicing with a mandoline creates more of a chip feel, so if you’re using a knife the thinner the better.
What Ingredients Do I Need To Make This Ricotta Dip?
Ricotta Cheese: You can use full fat or low fat or fat free ricotta cheese in this recipe. Full fat will add the most flavor and is typically lowest in carbs.
Sour Cream: Nothing beats that tangy flavor that sour cream adds. Again you can use full fat or low fat here, we like the full fat flavor best.
Garlic: Fresh garlic is always best!
Lemon Zest: Lemon zest gives this creamy dip a citrus punch of flavor that we just love.
Fresh Basil: Again, fresh herbs add tons of flavor without hardly any added calories.
Can I Make This Dip Recipe Ahead Of Time?
Absolutely in fact it’s even better if you do! If you make this ricotta dip ahead of time and let the flavors blend together in the refrigerator for a few hours, it’ll taste even better. And why not do it ahead of time so it’s one less thing you have to do before a party?
Cover the dip with plastic wrap before you put in the refrigerator and then stir the dip again right before serving. This dip will keep in your refrigerator for up to 5 days so don’t let any leftovers go to waste!
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This delicious dip is an easy low carb recipe for parties or anytime snacking!
1 cup whole milk ricotta cheese
1/4 cup sour cream
1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
2 teaspoons lemon zest
1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning
3/4 teaspoon black pepper
3/4 teaspoon salt
2 cloves garlic, minced (or substitute 1 teaspoon garlic powder)
1 tablespoon fresh basil, chopped
2 yellow squash, thinly sliced
2 zucchini, thinly sliced
2 large radishes, sliced
Add all the ingredients to a bowl and mix well to combine.
Cover and refrigerate for at least 4 hours for the flavors to combine.
Serve with vegetables for dipping.
You can serve this dip with any vegetables that you like! Or serve with pita chips, crackers or toasted bread.
- Category: low carb recipe
- Method: stir
- Cuisine: American
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