Green Goddess Veggie Dip Cups

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Green Goddess Veggie Dip Cups ~ healthy snacks to keep in the refrigerator for when the munchies strike, or super cute portable appetizers for your next party — and let’s just say that the dreaded communal dip bowl is now a thing of the past.

Green Goddess Veggie Dip Cups --- a fun, healthy, portable appetizer --- keep them in the fridge for quick healthy snacks, too

I was put on appetizer duty for a friend’s barbecue today.  She wanted to solve the problem of the appetizer table that sits untouched while all her guests spread out around the yard talking and drinking.  She asked me to come with something more portable that people could take with them instead of being tethered to a table.

Homemade Green Goddess Dressing for Veggie Dip Cups

I came up with these little veggie dip cups.  I love them.  They’re colorful and healthy, and they completely avoid the whole communal dip in the sun issue.   I hate that.   Everybody gets their own personal, portable, appetizer which makes for happy guests who are free to mingle…your parties just got 100% better.

Use seasonal veggies for these cute and portable appetizer Veggie Dip Cups

I started with a dip version of my homemade GREEN GODDESS DRESSING.   I layered it at the bottom of each cup.

Veggie Dip Cups --- Everybody gets their own when you serve portable veggies and dip ready to go in individual cups.

Then I julienned the most colorful bunch of veggies I could find.  Rainbow carrots, peppers, jicama, thin asparagus, English cucumber…anything that was crunchy and long enough to stack in the cup.  For vegetables like asparagus and green beans I blanched them in boiling water for just about 30 seconds to take the raw ‘edge’ off, and then put them into ice water to stop the cooking and keep their bright color.   Pop cherry tomatoes on the end of long toothpicks.

Overhead shot of Veggie Dip Cups

TIP: Anchovy paste comes in a tube and lasts forever in the fridge. It doesn’t taste ‘fishy’, and gives the dip a wonderful flavor. The paste and the tarragon are key to the Green Goddess experience.

Veggie Dip Cups- A healthy and portable appetizer for a crowd

Tips for making Green Goddess Veggie Dip Cups ~

  • Use plastic cups with high sides so your veggies stay put.  The shape should flare out for easy noshing.
  • Make sure to layer enough of the dip at the bottom, you don’t want your cup to run dry before all the veggies are gone.
  • Make sure your veggies are fresh and cut thinly.
  • Pay attention to color, and use a variety.

Veggie Dip Cups with Green Goddess Dip
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Veggie Dip Cups with Green Goddess Dip


  • 1/3 cup parsley leaves
  • 1/3 cup fresh dill fronds
  • 1/3 cup tarragon leaves
  • 1/3 cup chives
  • juice of 1/2 lemon
  • 1 clove garlic, smashed
  • 2 Tbsp mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup Greek yogurt
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1/3 cup soft goat cheese
  • 1-2 tsp anchovy paste (optional but I recommend it)
  • salt and fresh cracked black pepper
    veggie cups
  • 8 oz clear plastic party tumblers (mine were about 3 1/2 inches high)
  • assorted colorful veggies:
  • asparagus
  • green beans
  • rainbow carrots
  • jicama
  • bell peppers
  • English (or Persian) cucumber
  • skinny green onions
  • sugar snap peas
  • cherry tomatoes to put on the end of long toothpicks
  • whatever else you like


  1. To make the dip --- rinse your herbs well and put them in the bowl of a small food processor. Run the machine until the herbs are finely mined, scraping down the sides as you go to get all the herbs completely processed. This is going to give your dip that lovely pale green color.
  2. Add the lemon juice, garlic, and mayonnaise and continue processing until everything is blended well and there are no larger pieces of herbs left. You will still have to scrape down the sides.
  3. Add the yogurt, sour cream, goat cheese and anchovy paste. Process until blended.
  4. Taste the dip, and add the salt and pepper. Add extra lemon if needed.
  5. To assemble the cups --- peel and slice the veggies into sticks. Cut them to a length where they will just peek out from the tops of your cups when stacked.
  6. For tough vegetables like the beans and asparagus, plunge them in a pot of boiling salted water for about 30 seconds to a minute after it comes back to a boil. Then put them directly into a bath of ice water to stop the cooking and retain their bright color.
  7. Layer a little dip on the bottom of each cup. Then arrange an grouping of vegetable sticks on top. Keep cold and covered with a damp paper towel until ready to serve.

Make it your own ~

  • Make it with your favorite dip.  Use your favorite salad dressing, hummus, or guacamole.
  • Make it ahead.  If you slice up your veggies ahead of time, wrap them in damp paper towels to keep them from drying out.


Don’t forget to pin these Green Goddess Veggie Dip Cups!

Green Goddess Veggie Dip Cups are super problem solvers --- keep a bunch of these in the fridge and you won't even think about that bag of chips...and let's just say that the dreaded communal dip bowl is now a thing of the past. #appetizers #healthy #crudites #fingerfood #portableappetizer #cuteappetizer #4thofJulyappetizer #summerappetizer #picnic #barbecue #carrotsticks #vegetables


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    August 23, 2018 at 9:45 am

    Where did you find your cups?

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      August 24, 2018 at 5:42 am

      I find mine in my regular grocery store, Renee, and if you have a party store near you they’re great sources for all shapes and sizes of plastic cups. Amazon will have them as well.

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    October 30, 2016 at 1:57 am

    Love the idea. Where did you get the tumblers. I have not been able to find this size.

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      October 30, 2016 at 5:43 am

      This is an old post, Dara, so I don’t recall exactly where I got them,but I’ve seen them in other large grocery stores a lot. Any medium, slightly flared cup should work.

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    May 10, 2016 at 9:03 am

    I would SO love to see these on a table at a party. I’d be grabbing 2 just for me!
    Something so cool about individual cups of deliciousness. Easy to get your veggies in when you make it looks so pretty!

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    May 10, 2016 at 8:56 am

    I’ve never seen this idea before and absolutely love it, a great way to get kids to eat healthy veggies:-)

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    Kelly @ Mostly Homemade Mom
    May 10, 2016 at 8:34 am

    I’ve seen the veggie cups like this before, but I’m LOVING the asparagus spears and green goddess dip you’ve used here! I’m thinking these would be perfect for my son’s birthday party in July!

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      May 10, 2016 at 8:40 am

      Thanks Kelly, they really do work well for parties, especially outdoors.

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    Sandi (@fearless_dining)
    May 10, 2016 at 8:25 am

    What a fun way to get kids to eat the rainbow :-)

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      May 10, 2016 at 8:30 am

      I think it’s ideal for kids — put some ranch dressing at the bottom!

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      I agree, just put some ranch dressing at the bottom!

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    Liz @ I heart vegetables
    May 10, 2016 at 8:23 am

    These are so cute! My mother in law did something like this for our wedding reception but it was with hummus! That dressing sounds AWESOME so this would be so yummy!

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      May 10, 2016 at 8:39 am

      I’m planning a hummus version next!

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    How many cups will this dressing recipe fill?

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    July 6, 2015 at 2:19 pm

    Absolutely LOVE this beautiful idea — perfect fresh summer party fare!

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    Lea Ann (Cooking On The Ranch)
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    What a great idea! And so pretty! Happy Holiday.

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    Linda Sepiol
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    I love it! Such a fabulous idea! It’s colorful and easy to handle!
    It would be fun to try with fruit & yogurt too!

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    Alisa Rhinehart
    July 28, 2013 at 5:28 am

    Love this idea! I’ll try this at our next family gathering or party! Thanks for sharing! :)

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    July 27, 2013 at 5:30 pm

    THIS IS ABSOLUTELY BRILLIANT! thanks very much.

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