Garlicky Yogurt Dip with Herb Jam and Toasted Almonds

This garlicky yogurt dip with herb jam and toasted almonds is creamy and satisfying, without being weighed down with sour cream or mayonnaise. #greekyogurt #crudites #appetizer

my new goal is to treat my body like a temple during the week, and then i can mess around on the weekends. when i go out on adventures, i have no control. but i also don’t see the point in curbing those impulses (t-4 months til graduating ahhhhh), so balance is key.

on the menu recently in accordance with this initiative:

  • greek yogurt + peanut butter + defrosted berries + toasted oats + coconut
  • miso soup + napa cabbage sauteed in ginger + 2 eggs swirled in
  • couscous + kale + 88 cent blueberries (they were cheap for a reason sigh) + chickpeas + pumpkin seeds + olives + cinnamon (tagine vibes!) + olive oil + soy sauce
  • ridiculous amounts of tea (i have 5 kinds of tea in my house to make sure i don’t get bored)
  • blondies (but these were for a friend and i only ate 2 of them so not too bad???)
  • this garlicky yogurt dip with herb jam and toasted almonds

do you like spinach dip? (that’s redundant, of course you do). well, perfect, because this garlicky yogurt dip with herb jam and toasted almonds is its older, classier self. it’s creamy and yogurt-y and herb-y. it’s slightly spice-y from the cumin, crunchy from the almonds and fruity from the slight slick of oil drizzled on at the end. yas yas yas. even if your lemon is too much of an old man to extract any appreciable amount of zest, i can guarantee that this dip will still be delicious.

Serve this garlicky yogurt dip with whatever you'd like. Here, I've used carrots, cucumbers, celery, tomatoes, crostini and bacon (why not?!). #greekyogurt #crudites #appetizer

1 year ago: spicy pan-fried tofu rice bowl, banana cake with banana nutella swirl buttercream
2 years ago: squash carbonara with pancetta and sage, pecan chocolate espresso coffee cake
3 years ago: aunty m’s thai shrimp curry, procrastination thursday
4 years ago: banana granola, sakamoto namul (marinated bean sprouts)

Garlicky Yogurt Dip with Herb Jam and Toasted Almonds
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
Total Time
25 mins
This garlicky yogurt dip with herb jam and toasted almonds is the kind of appetizer that's both satisfying and not too rich (to the point where you no longer want dinner).
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Servings: 8 people
Calories: 150 kcal
  • 1/2 cup dried California apricots
  • 2 T skin-on almonds
  • 6 oz mixed tender greens and herbs about 10 cups, finely chopped
  • 1/2 tsp ground cumin
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • 2 cups plain whole-milk yogurt
  • 1 tsp finely grated lemon zest
  • 2 tsp lemon juice
  • extra virgin olive oil and crudités for serving
  1. Place the apricots in a small bowl and add hot water to cover. Let stand until soft, then finely chop the apricots.
  2. Toast the almonds in a dry large skillet over medium heat, tossing often, until slightly darkened and fragrant, about 3 minutes. Let cool, then coarsely chop.
  3. Over medium-low heat, heat some oil in the same skillet. Cook the greens, stirring often, until greens release most of their moisture and darken slightly, 5–7 minutes. Stir in the cumin and garlic. Cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds; season with salt. Remove from heat and let cool.
  4. Mix the yogurt, lemon zest and juice, and apricots in a medium bowl; season with salt. Swirl in the herb jam and top with almonds and a drizzle of olive oil. Serve with crudités.
Recipe Notes

Adapted slightly from Andy Baraghani from Bon Appetit, December 2016.

You can use whatever kind of greens you want (ie chard, spinach, kale, tarragon/celery/mint/parsley/cilantro/oregano leaves). I did beet greens, basil and green onions here.

Serve with whatever you'd like! I used carrots, cucumbers, celery, tomatoes, toasted bread and bacon (the bacon was spur of the moment, but delicious).

Calorie count is solely for the dip.

more appetizers

This herbed feta and mushroom confit crostini is perfect topped with a super runny egg yolk. #basil #feta #toast #mushroom

herbed feta and mushroom confit crostini

 You can also make mini caramelized onion and brie tarts by using a mini muffin pan. I personally like the big version better, since the topping to crust ratio is higher and better, but both ways are delicious. #caramelizedonions #brie #puffpastry #appetizer

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This garlicky yogurt dip with herb jam and toasted almonds is super satisfying, from the creamy yogurt, to the flavorful herbs, to the crunchy almonds. #greekyogurt #crudites #appetizer

41 Replies to “Garlicky Yogurt Dip with Herb Jam and Toasted Almonds”

  1. The dip sounds great but that herb jam has really caught my attention; it sounds so good!

  2. Herb jam. huh. Very interesting.

  3. I like that weekends are free eat days! Yay!! I totally think this dip is like the more sophisticated and high-class version of all the dips out there!!

  4. I would just dive into this with a spoon! Yum.

    1. haha i’d probably do that too (; i’m the kind of person to eat hummus and pb plain with a spoon too lol.

  5. This sounds so fresh-tasting! I love the fruit-nut-lemon-herb combo, it sounds like a winner for sure!

    1. thanks, laura! the yogurt adds to the freshness too- sour cream and mayo are tasty, but can be heavy some times (;

  6. I’ve loving your new goal! Treating your body like a temple is harder than it looks. I wish it was easier but man its hard. I always have the best plans to eat great then everything goes out the window once I get hungry. This Garlic Yogurt Dip looks amazing I especially like the bacon lol.

    1. UGH YES. my motivation fluctuates, and right now i’m not treating my body as temple like as i should oops.

  7. This herb jam is totally my jam!! I could eat a ton of veggies with that around!!

    1. haha thanks katherine! and yes, veggies are so much more exciting when there’s dip or sauce around (:

  8. Oh wow, what a yummy looking snack!!!! –

    1. thanks! it’s also a pretty good lunch (;

  9. This dip looks so good! I also have an abundance of teas at home. I need to start working my way through them.

    1. having an abundance of teas at home is the best!!! i had a sample of english breakfast tea at the grocery store today, and it was so tempting to pick up some, even though i still have a bunch of tea at home.

  10. Love me a good dip and this is one of the ones I struggle to find a really good vegan version of.
    Thanks for sharing and making me drool!
    And yeaaahhh to weekends then 😉

    1. you can find some vegan yogurt out there, and use one of those in this dip! there’s all sort with soy milk and almond milk and coconut milk. i tried a coconut milk once that was kind of weird, but it was also a flavored one, and i know there’s major differences brand to brand.

  11. Oh my goodness! How delicious! Love the apricots, sweetens it up a bit without a bunch of sugar.

    1. yes! and the apricots are more flavorful than just plain sugar (;

  12. I pretty much do the same thing… eat healthy during the week and go out and eat whatever I want during the weekend. haha. This dip sounds fantastic; great addition of dried apricots to it. I would have never thought to put it in.

    1. it’s a pretty good plan, right?! (except when you have a hard day at work/school, and then it’s a downhill spiral, whoops). yeah, the apricots are such a tasty addition (:

  13. Holy flipping cow, I’m craving this dip right now!! I’m with you, I’m doing a better job watching my diet/sugar/booze intake during the week then letting loose on the weekends. I feel like the balance is making me feel better and more energized. So, good for you! Back to this dip tho… I’m pinning this because I can’t wait to give it a go!

    1. some people can eat the same thing forever and not get bored (cough, my brother who only ate ham and cheese with crackers and apples for lunch growing up), but i think making new (healthy) things keeps me entertained enough to not eat all the junk in sight lol.

  14. Ohhhhhhh I’d DIP! I’d do a dip for that 😉

    1. haha have you seen joe king / candice accola’s instagrams? they do dips all the time. definitely thought of them when i read your comment (;

  15. I’m happy to hear that you’re trying to go for a better lifestyle over the week! Self-love will take you further. Your dip dish looks delicious! Love how there are so many healthy options! I love spinach dip ;).

    Thanks for sharing this recipe :)!

    1. plenty of healthy vegetables to pick from, but also some bacon just because (; and if you like spinach dip, you’ll have to try this one out!

  16. I love creating different dips with yogurt, so delicious and the perfect thing to snack on in front of the tv.

    1. yes! yogurt’s super versatile. not dip related, but i’ve been thinking a lot about yogurt soda recently and i can’t decide if i’m interested or scared.

  17. I can smell the exotic flavors of the recipe. I am sure that almonds just gives the unique nuttiness to the dip 🙂 this is a brilliant recipe.

    1. yeah, the almonds add such good flavor and crunch! (:

  18. I like to let go on the weekends as well! This dip is very sophisticated in flavor! Delicious

    1. eating fun things on the weekends are the perfect way to balance out healthy weekdays (:

  19. I like your responsible eating approach. This yogurt dip is healthy snacking without sacrificing flavor. I need to have it and crudités readily available so I don’t go for the Doritos and chips when a snack attack takes over.

    1. yeah, this dip isn’t bland at all! haha i have chip problems too. that’s why i try not to have any unhealthy munchies in my house (;

  20. You had me at Garlicky! Always great to have another healthy dip in the rotation. I love anything that uses greek yogurt instead of sour cream/mayo/etc. Thanks for sharing!

    1. haha i overuse the word garlicky because whenever i hear that word, it sucks me in, too.

  21. I’m all about the healthy right now and I’m a huge Greek yogurt fan! It looks so good Heather!!!!

    1. thanks, kim! and greek yogurt is the best (: i can’t remember the last time i bought any other yogurt besides greek.

  22. This has me thinking about warmer weather! Love a good dip.

    1. for whatever reason, southern california has had a much colder march than all of october – february put together! so i have to say that this dip is less on my radar than cooked vegetables and warm grains and such (;

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