For our Registered Dietician Nutritionist, Sue Smith, LDN,  it’s all about the veggies during the holidays! In general, party food is heavy on the carbs and there aren’t enough vegetables. For a lighter option for a holiday appetizer, Sue likes to bring her Paleo Ranch Dip! This dip dairy-free, egg-free, and full of healthy fats!

To serve alongside of this dip, Sue recommends fresh veggies such as carrots, celery, English (seedless) cucumber sticks, cauliflower, bellow pepper sticks and broccoli. These fresh veggies are a great source of many direct vitamins and nutrients, they also will keep you hydrated!

Sue’s pro tip: “I blanch it for 30 seconds in boiling water then a cold-water bath, so it is not as harsh.”


  • 1 cup whole coconut milk
  • ¼ cup avocado oil
  • 1 small avocado, pitted
  • 1 tbsp white wine vinegar
  • 3 large green onions, chopped (use the green and white part!)
  • ¼ cup fresh dill
  • ¼ cup fresh chives
  • 2-3 tbsp fresh parsley
  • 3-4 basil leaves
  • 1 tsp garlic powder (1 garlic clove would be fine but might adds a bit of spice to the dressing)
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • ½ tsp pepper
  1. Drop everything into a quart mason jar
  2. Use an immersion blender to blend until smooth.
  3. Taste for salt/pepper to your taste.

This recipe was inspired by Raising Generation Nourished.


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About Sue Smith

Image of Susan Smith, LDNSue Smith, MS LDN, is a licensed dietitian nutritionist with a passion for healing through proper diet, nutrition and lifestyle. She earned a Master’s degree in Human Nutrition from the University of Bridgeport in Connecticut. Previously, she received a B.S. from Benedictine University in Lisle, IL with a major in biology and a minor in secondary education. She has worked at several clinics doing nutritional counseling throughout the western suburbs of Chicago.

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