Organic Sense

A Taste of Culture: Dips, Dressings, Sauces and Spreads

By Terese Allen, Organic Valley Food Editor

Put some culture in your menus! These recipes from around the world and nation feature Organic Valley yogurt, sour cream and other cultured dairy products.


Tsatsiki—The legendary Greek combination of yogurt, cucumbers, garlic and herbs that’s a cross between a condiment, a dip, a dressing and a sauce.

Sour Cream, Apple and Horseradish Cold Sauce—A simple, spunky Polish-style sauce to pair with ham, sausage, smoked fish or chicken, or with diced cooked beets or hard-boiled eggs.

Triple Herb Fresh Cheese Dip—This zingy, healthy, all-organic dip was inspired by three Southeast Asian herbs: mint, basil and cilantro. Just the thing to go with a multi-colored platter of farmers’ market veggies.

Pimento Cheese—A southern staple gets a delicious tweak or two from chef Robert Stehling of the Hominy Grill in Charleston, South Carolina. Great with Organic Valley Cheddar, mild, medium or sharp—you choose.

Kheera Raita (Cucumber in Yogurt)—Soothing raita is to Indian cooking as tsatsiki is to Greek cuisine—a widely popular sauce or side dish of yogurt and cucumbers, seasoned in this case with cumin and cayenne.

Hot Bacon and Blue Cheese Dip—This molten party dip was contributed by dairyland Organic Valley farmer Patti Brunner of upstate New York.

Russian Vegetable Salad with Sour Cream Caraway Dressing—From Russia with love: A hearty, Moscow-worthy dressing that’s the perfect foil to root vegetables, ham, eggs and pickles—or all of the above, if you’re so inclined.

Lowfat Buttermilk Ranch Dressing—A classic dressing transformed into an organic salad blessing. Just add vegetables. It’s so creamy and refreshing, even picky eaters will get into the graze craze.

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