Creamy Dip

This tangy crowd-pleaser is the love child of ranch dressing and Greek tzatziki: creamy, cucumbery, and addictive. It's delicious with an array of cooked and raw veggies, and also, though they do nothing to further the vegetable cause, pita chips. Plus, it's versatile: skip the mint and add more dill, or experiment with other fresh herbs; omit the cucumber; or omit the cucumber and thin it with buttermilk to dress a salad.

Hands-On Time: 10 minutes
Ready In: 10 minutes
Yield: 1 1/2 cups

Ingredients

    1 (7-ounce) container unflavored Greek 2 percent yogurt (or roughly the same amount o any other plain yogurt)
    1/2 cup mayonnaise
    1 clove garlic, pressed
    3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
    1 tablespoon each fresh dill and mint, finely chopped
    1/4 teaspoon grated lemon zest and 1 teaspoon lemon juice
    1/2 a large cucumber

Directions

  1. Whisk together everything but the cucumber, which you should peel (a good job for a child who won't accidentally peel his own knuckles) and cut in half lengthwise before using a melon baller or small spoon to scrape out the seeds (another good job for a child).
  2. Grate the cuke on the large holes of a box grater, then squeeze it dry inside a dishcloth or a few layers of paper towel, stir it into the dip, and serve.

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