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Super Bowl recipes 2013: Ranch dip doesn't have to suck

Improve your ranch dip with this recipe for red peppered herb dip with fresh vegetables.

"Ranch Dip" is ubiquitous, expected, and so often horrible. What started as buttermilk and herbs thickened with fresh mayonnaise turned into a generic name applicable to any thick white sauce flecked with green. Forget the processed versions available in plastic bottles. This easy to make, healthier version of ranch starts with greek yogurt enhanced with extra virgin olive oil, then spiced with crushed red pepper flakes for a sophisticated kick.

Step 1 - Gather Ingredients

1 qt greek yogurt
2 T. herb seasoning featuring dill
3-4 T. extra virgin olive oil
2 t. crushed red pepper flakes
Sea salt to taste
Raw vegetables of choice

Step 2 - Make the Dip

Fold first four ingredients together. Taste for seasoning, adding more salt and crushed red pepper flakes if needed. Set aside and refrigerate for at least one hour for flavor development.

Step 3 - Prepare Veggies

Wash and cut raw vegetables of choice.

Step 4 - Arrange for Presentation

Place dip in a bowl, garnish with a drizzle of oil and a pinch of pepper flakes. Arrange veggies in bowl, or on a separate platter.