Veggie Basket with Smokey Ranch Dip

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 35 min
  • Prep: 30 min
  • Cook: 5 min
  • Yield: 2 1/4 cups dip
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Smokey Ranch Dip:

1 cup sour cream

1 cup mayonnaise

1/4 cup heavy cream

1 teaspoon dried oregano

1 teaspoon dried basil

1 teaspoon garlic powder

1 teaspoon onion powder

2 1/2 teaspoons salt

1 teaspoon black pepper

2 teaspoons smoky paprika*

2 teaspoons honey

1 large bell pepper, hollowed out for presentation

Veggie Basket:

Green beans

Asparagus spears

Broccoli florets

Rainbow carrots

Baby yellow carrots

Baby heirloom tomatoes

Baby fennel, sliced

Icicle and big red radishes

Cucumbers, sliced

Jicama, peeled and cut into sticks

Yellow summer squash, cut into coins

Purple bell peppers, seeded and cut into strips


  1. Smokey Ranch Dip:
  2. Put all of the ingredients, except bell pepper, into a mixing bowl and whisk until well mixed. Refrigerate until ready to use. Scoop into a hollowed out bell pepper to serve.
  3. Veggie Basket:
  4. Bring a large pot of boiling salted water to a boil. Drop the green beans, asparagus spears, and broccoli florets, 1 vegetable at a time, into the boiling water and cook for 1 to 2 minutes or until tender. Immediately remove vegetables to a bowl of ice water to stop the cooking. When cool, drain completely.
  5. Arrange blanched vegetables and all other vegetables as desired on a platter. Serve with the dip.

Cook’s Note

*Substitute 1 teaspoon chipotle in adobo sauce if you can't find smoky paprika.