Monster Mash Ranch Dip!
Do you need a spooktacular but healthy snack or appetizer for an upcoming Halloween party or gathering? I’ve gotcha! Today I am teaching you how to make my monster mash dip, which I made with a vegetable candy corn plate (yes, you read that right!), over on my live cooking show, Lunch With Leslie. This dip is actually an avocado based ranch dip and I’ve been making it for years! I use a food processor to create this tasty treat, but if you don’t have one you can always use a blender.
When choosing your avocados, first make sure the skin is dark in color. You want your avocado to be almost black on the outside, that is a sign that it’s nice and ripe and ready to go! You also want it to have just a little bit of give when you press it, but not too much. Avocados are full of healthy fats for your brain, hair, skin, and nails and provides your body with vitamin C, vitamin B5, vitamin B6, vitamin E, vitamin K, folate, vitamin E, and more potassium than a banana! They are loaded with fiber and give your recipes a beautiful, creamy consistency and mouthfeel! Avocados have definitely been rock stars in the foodie world for the last few years and I don’t see them going anywhere anytime soon.
The other main ingredient in this dip is a cashew yogurt, which gives it a tangy, ranch like flavor. I am not a vegan or vegetarian but I do like to keep my animal protein intake as low as possible, so I use plant based options like cashew yogurt when I can. When you are adding the cashew yogurt to the avocado mixture, make sure you add it one teaspoon at a time, blending in the food processor as you go. You don’t want your dip to get too liquidy or runny, so you have to take your time on this step to make sure you get the consistency you want. Trust me, going slow with this process is important and will be worth it in the end!
I serve this dip with vegetables cut and presented in the shape of candy corn, but you could definitely serve this with anything you want. You could use this as a hummus replacement, as a spread for sandwiches, or as a spread over a fish or chicken dish. I want to see you use your imagination with this dip and see your monsters, so make sure to send me photos and thoughts on all social media platforms! You can find me at Go2Kitchens on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook and I love interacting with you and finding out how you like my recipes! Also, don’t forget you can check me and my sidekick Robin out every Saturday morning on Fork it Over Radio, where we teach how to live a healthier, happier life and have a lot of fun doing it! Happy monster mash dip making!
I don't have any tricks for you today, only treats with this delicious monster mash dip! I like to serve this at Halloween gatherings but this dip is so tasty, you could definitely make it and use it for a variety of things all year long. It's an avocado based ranch style dip so you know the Texan in me is addicted to it! We love all things ranch in Texas! Enjoy this as a vegetable dip, spread it on some sprouted bread, or eat it with anything you want!
- 2 ripe avocados
- 1/2 lemon juiced
- 1/2 tsp black pepper
- 1/2 tsp onion powder
- 1/8 cup dried dill
- 2 tbsp fresh parsley chopped
- 2 tbsp fresh chives chopped
- 1 tbsp cashew yogurt unsweetened
Cut open avocados and scrape into the bowl of a food processor, making sure you get as much flesh as you can, especially from the sides of the avocado.
Add lemon juice, black pepper, onion powder, dill, parsley, chives. Blend until smooth.
Add cashew yogurt one teaspoon at a time and blending it, making sure it doesn't get too runny. Once you have the consistency you need blend to mix all the flavors together.
Pour the dip into a serving bowl. Top with a tomato cut into teeth for his mouth and two radishes and olive slices as the eyes. Use a small tomato triangle for his nose and chive pieces for his hair. Get creative with your monster's face!
Place your dip in the refrigerator for at least an hour before serving.