Dec 20, 2012

Veggie Shooters (Crudites with Skinny Ranch Dip)



Fresh cut vegetables served in individual shot glasses with your favorite dressing makes for an easy, healthy, elegant appetizer. No double dipping!

Think color and use your favorite vegetables; raw zucchini or celery would also be great. These are also kid friendly, my daughter loves bell peppers, carrots and cucumbers.

Of course, you can buy store bought dressing to save time, but whipping up a batch of your own is easy. You can make the dip and cut the vegetables ahead of time, then assemble when you are ready to serve it. If you are serving vegans or dairy free diets, swap the ranch dip for hummus!

If you're heading to a Holiday party and are worried about over-eating, bring these veggie shooters and skip the chips!



Veggie Shooters (Crudites with Skinny Ranch Dip)
Skinnytaste.com
Servings: 11 • Size: 1/4 cup dip with vegetables • Old Points: 2 pts • Points+: 2 pts
Calories: 73 • Fat: 2 g • Carb: 10 g • Fiber: 1 g • Protein: 4 g • Sugar: 4 g
Sodium: 331 mg  

Ingredients:

For the skinny ranch dip:
  • 3/4 cup fat free sour cream
  • 3/4 cup fat free Greek yogurt
  • 1/3 cup Hellman's light mayonnaise
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tbsp chopped fresh chives or dill
  • 1 tbsp chopped fresh parsley
  • 1 tsp salt
  • freshly ground pepper
  • 1-2 tbsp white balsamic vinegar
  • 1 cup 1% low fat buttermilk
For the crudites:
  • 1 yellow bell pepper, cut into strips
  • 1 red bell pepper, cut into strips
  • 1 large English cucumber, cut into strips
  • 3 medium carrots, peeled and cut into strips 
  • 11 baby arugula leaves for garnish
  • 11 shot glasses

Directions:

To make the dip: In a small bowl combine the sour cream, yogurt, mayonnaise, garlic, powder, onion powder, parsley, chives, salt, and cracked pepper. Mix well.

Stir in the white balsamic vinegar; then buttermilk. Adjust the seasonings to taste, adjusting the vinegar as needed, the flavors will become bolder over time.



To assemble the shooters: Place 1/4 cup of dip in each glass. Place the strips of vegetables in each glass and serve cold.

25 comments :

  1. ah, I LOVE this. I may do this for a holiday party I have coming up, where did you get the glasses???

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  2. I got them at Bed Bath and Beyond, but I would check a dollar store or just buy a set of shot glasses. Makes a great hostess gift too.

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  3. oh i've done these for dinner parties - BIG hit!

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  4. Very beautiful and I'm guessing very delicious. Thanks.

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  6. My daughter is having her Junior girl scout friends over on Friday for a little Christmas party. I'll whip this up for them -- along with cookies and holiday treats of course. Nice to have a healthy option for them. I'll see how it goes and let you know! I've always made ranch from the package, although tried to make it with Low Fat Hellmann's and Greek yogurt, so now I'm glad to have a homemade version.

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  7. What is a Crudite? Never heard the term before. How is that word pronounced? Thanks!

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  8. pronounced: Crew de tay

    just a fancy word for cut raw veggies.

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  9. a great idea to make veggie look so appetizing :)

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  10. Oh yes, this is what I'm craving after an overload of sweets...veggies, veggies, veggies. What a fun way to present veggies to kids (and adults).

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    1. I am so with you there! It's not even Christmas, and I am completely burned out on sweets.

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  11. Great recipe and a wonderful way of portion control!!!

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  12. These are adorable!

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  13. i made some of these for my holidays party-- perfect portions!

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  14. Skinny ranch dip...love this, Gina! Hope you have a nice holiday with your family! :)

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  15. These are perfect! They would be great for a potluck. Thanks for sharing!

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  16. It is so nice , thank you so much for sharing all your great and tasty recipes :)
    Misty from Belgium

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  17. Thank you, Gina. I had planned to have some cheese, crackers, salami, etc. for the family to snack on Christmas Day (after brunch and gift opening) and wanted to do some veggies but couldn't think of a way to make them easy and appealing enough that everyone would actually eat some of them.

    I've got those same little glasses from B,B&B, so I'll make these up and everyone can put one on their plate next to the less-than-skinny options. The prospect of lessening the chance of spreading the traditional Christmas colds of some family members is the cherry on top!

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    1. Yes, good point!! You can use any dip or dressing you like.

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    2. On Christmas Day, after opening gifts, I brought out these little glasses with ranch dressing and bright veggies. I placed the glasses on small plates, with more veggies on each plate for additional dipping. They were such a hit, every single person (including the 3-year-old) cleaned up every shred of all those crunchy, colorful vitamins.

      Thank you for such a great idea.

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  18. Very cool idea! I will try this for a party someday.

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  19. Such a cute idea. Love this for entertaining.

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  20. We do a recipe close to your veggie shooters but substitute the chives and yellow bell pepper but the taste remains the same - crispy.

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  21. Thanks for a great recipe!! I have added it to my Mouth Watering Mondays for New Years Eve. Come on over to see it at www.noshingwiththenolands.com Happy New Year, Cheers Tara

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  22. I'm going to make this for my daughter's 1st birthday party next month. I've found plastic shot glasses at PartyCity.com and will use those to hold it. Should be fun!! Thanks for the inspiration!

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