Dill Buttermilk Dip with Winter Crudités

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This Dill Buttermilk Dip with Winter Crudités is an herby and fresh buttermilk dip with dill, perfect to serve alongside all your favorite veggies, like carrot or radishes.

overhead of buttermilk dill dip with veggies

You thought I was done for the year when I posted the most popular 2020 recipes yesterday, didn’t you? Nope – I’m sneaking in one last recipe this year so you have something to munch on while you ring in 2021! This buttermilk dill dip is beyond simple and can be whipped up a day before so you won’t have to fuss with it come ball drop time. Think of it as a fancier (because we use Crème fraîche instead of mayonnaise) but simpler version of homemade ranch dressing. It’s light but flavorful from all the dill and black pepper.

You can get as fancy as you want with it by buying all sorts of pretty produce to serve alongside the dip or keep it super simple by enjoying it with whatever you have in the fridge. Just make sure that whatever veggies you decide to serve the dip with, you cut them into bite size pieces so that you and your (very few – hopefully!) guests can easily enjoy.

close-up of buttermilk dip being made

close up of buttermilk dip

This recipe is from Martha Stewart’s Appetizers cookbook. I’m a huge Martha fan; she feels like the Betty Crocker of our generation but she does even more! I’m in complete awe of the empire she’s managed to build and the really wonderful content that has come out of it in the form of Living magazine and all of the gorgeously useful books. The book that this Dill Buttermilk Dip with Winter Crudités recipe came from is no exception. The book not only has spectacular photography but also practical content in the form of recipes and entertaining tips. There are a handful of recipes that aren’t vegetarian but most can be easily tweaked to fit any dietary preference.

Looking for other dip recipes? I’ve got you covered:

buttermilk dip in bowl with veggies and crackers around it

Dill Buttermilk Dip with Winter Crudités
An herby and fresh dip perfect to serve alongside all your favorite veggies.

Recipe From Martha Stewart’s Appetizers
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: Vegetarian
Servings: 6 to 8 servings
Author: Shelly Westerhausen
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 cup Crème fraîche
  • 1/2 cup coarsely chopped fresh dill
  • 1/4 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest
  • 1 Tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • Pinch of cayenne pepper
  • Coarse salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • Assortment of crudites (I used carrots, cherry tomatoes, snap peas, cucumbers, crackers, pita, radishes, and small peppers)
  1. In a small mixing bowl, whisk together buttermilk, Crème fraîche, dill, lemon zest, lemon juice, and cayenne. Season with salt and pepper.
  2. Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve or up to 24 hours.
  3. Stir before serving with crudites.

Make sure to tag Vegetarian ‘Ventures on Instagram and use #vegetarianventures when trying this dish out!



  • itadakimat
    December 30, 2015

    Yum! totally making this! I’m really craving all those veggies after stuffing myself with chocolate and cookies for the last weeks.

    • Shellywest
      January 5, 2016

      I feel that! Not that cookies and chocolate aren’t the best things ever…but sometimes you just need a break! 😉

  • Ksenia @ At the Immigrant's Table
    December 30, 2015

    I think reviewing a book you really enjoyed, no matter how seemingly pedestrian, is the entire point of a personal blog. It’s often hard to strike a balance between what we want to do, and what our readers want us to do… Glad you went for it!

    • Shellywest
      Ksenia @ At the Immigrant’s Table
      January 5, 2016

      Thanks for the support, Ksenia! It’s totally hard to find balance but in the end…it’s our blogs, right?

  • Caroline
    December 30, 2015

    This is one of those appetizers I like to park myself in front of and nosh on all night! So beautiful…like all of your work. I’m such a fan! Happy and healthy new year!

    • Shellywest
      January 5, 2016

      Awww, thanks for the kind words, Caroline! This dip is definitely worth noshing on all night!

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