Kale Dip with Carrots

We started making homemade kale chips just a few weeks ago and already my kids have asked if there’s anything else we can “do” with this new favorite veggie.  I thought I was hearing them incorrectly at first.  Never have they requested a vegetable-based dish.  And, I certainly didn’t want my small window of opportunity to pass before I got a chance to create something new.

Last week I leaf-eared a very easy (and healthy) recipe for Kale Dip with Snap Peas in the April issue of Whole Living Magazine.  It appealed to me because it’s quite simple to make, requires very few ingredients (all of which I had stocked in the pantry) and, looked light and refreshing.  I welcome any dip recipe that doesn’t require extreme amounts of cheese.  I noticed that the Kale dip is based mainly from cottage cheese which rests a lot easier on my conscience than Mom’s famous Hot Crab Dip —- which, by the way,  is the BEST tasting dip but contains an entire package of regular cream cheese.

Within 8 minutes, 8 minutes  (still within my window of opportunity with the kids), I whipped up a fresh batch of Kale dip.

Fresh, creamy kale dip

I grabbed some mini carrots to accompany the dip and cautiously placed it on the table.

“Ew, what is this?”  my six-year old whined as he pointed (and leaned in to smell) the shredded pieces of kale in the dip.

“You asked me for more kale so I made a new kale dip!”  I barked, defensively.

“Well, I was thinking more like kale fries since you’ve already made kale chips,” my son responded, disappointed.

“Oh.”  I had no comeback.  How could a cottage cheese dip ever measure up to salted kale fries?

Sensing my defeat, my son slowly picked up the smallest mini carrot he could find and barely touched the dip in front of him

He tasted the tiny bit and said, “THIS IS GOOD!”

I was thrilled.

“It has a lot of CHEESE in here, right MOM?”

“Um, of course it does,” I responded, knowing I was sort of telling a half truth.  Well, it does contain a full cup of cottage cheese!

Both kids took my endorsement and gobbled up the remaining dip.

And everyone was happy.

Enjoy your dip.



  1. I would have never of thought to use kale for a dip! I love this…thanks so much for sharing at Mix it up Monday 🙂

  2. Sounds great! My only modification would be to use full-fat cottage cheese!

  3. I printed this one and I just happen to have some kale. I think I will make some just for me!

  4. Love it! Looks so good, and kale is one of my favorties1 I know too well that window of opportunity with kids…although I seem to rarely get one when it comes to vegetables! Got to keep trying at least….I’ve pinned this to try!

  5. I have fresh Kale in my garden and I can’t wait to give this a try. Thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday and come back soon!
    Miz Helen

  6. This looks delicious! I Would love to have you link up to my 2 carnivals today….http://www.aroundmyfamilytable.com/2012/04/feed-your-soul-5/ (anything food related) and http://everydaymomcakes.com/sugar-me-up-5/ (deserts only). Hope to see you around!

  7. I know this may seem simple…. but YUM!!! xo

  8. Do you think you could use tofu as a replacer for the cottage cheese? This sounds delicious!!!!


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