Trader Joe’s Inspired Cilantro Chive Greek Yogurt Dip

Greek Yogurt Dip Recipe

Valentine’s day was full of love, laughs, sushi and nostalgia while catching up with my old friend TJ.

Yep, the day finally arrived that Trader Joe’s opened its doors to the outdoor adventurers that reside in Colorado.

I have no doubt that it’s because TJ missed me.  There must have been a noticeable drop in profits when I moved away and for this reason, the kind Coloradoans shall forever owe me a debt of gratitude for convincing him to move here with me.

You’re welcome ‘Rados.  You’re welcome.

Trader Joe's Colorado

There were grown women in tutus dancing down the aisles, police directing traffic as if it were Black Friday (Chicago-style Black Friday, not Denver style) and a check out line that wrapped around the entire perimeter of the store.

Trader Joe's Colorado Grand Opening

I overheard the woman in front of me tell her tale of suffering for 6 years TJ-less since her move here from California.  That story was interrupted by a very pregnant lady squeezing past us with both arms wrapped around 5 containers of cookie butter looking as if the last month will now get to be the only peaceful month of her whole pregnancy.

And amidst the giddy squeals of joy and games of dodge-cart down the packed aisles, it called to me.

As I passed by barren shelves whose contents were already adopted into hungry homes, it called to me.

My body jerked as if by reflex towards the refrigerated section.  I scanned the wall for signs of creaminess and found the summoning shelf – empty.

The Cilantro Chive Greek Yogurt Dip was sold out here just as it so often was at home.

But wait!

In the back, the little voice that had sung out for me was there waiting for me all along.  The last one!

Trader Joes Dip Recipe

It’s as if it knew I was going to be sharing with you the recipe that I used to get by so long without it.

Trader Joe's Yogurt Dip Recipe

Whether smeared on sandwiches or dipped into by thick corn tortilla chips, this is a flexible staple for all your snacking needs.  Don’t forget to chill it overnight before eating to get that creamy texture just like TJ’s.

chive and cilantro dip recipe

It’s definitely not the same, but a super simple way to satisfy the need for herb-y, creamy yogurt dip when away from Joe’s.

Full of garlic and fresh herb flavor, I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.  If you start to hear voices too, don’t worry.  It’s totally normal.

Just follow it…with a bag of chips in tow.

Easy Cream Cheese Dip Recipe


  • 12 oz 2% or whole milk greek yogurt, stirred and at room temperature
  • 4 oz cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1 T garlic powder
  • 1/8 – 1/4 tsp fine sea salt, to taste but I used 1/4 tsp
  • 1  1/2 tsp extra virgin olive oil, more if your greek yogurt is very thick
  • 1 tsp chopped fresh chives
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • pinch of ground white pepper, or to taste
  • 1 tsp finely chopped cilantro
  • 1/2 tsp dried chives

Blend together the yogurt and cream cheese until smooth.  Place this mixture with remaining ingredients in a food processor.  Blend until smooth and evenly combined, scraping down the sides a couple times between pulses.  Refrigerate in a sealed container overnight before serving.  This makes the flavors come together and really thickens up the dip.  Don’t skip that step.  Enjoy!

Suggestions:  This is a great base too for smearing on a sandwich or into a sauce.  Add mayo if a richer taste or dip is preferred or finely chopped jalapeno or cayenne for more heat.

** Note:  I took these pictures in the early morning when I made the dip (while I had sunlight), so what you see is the texture before I refrigerated for 8 hours for an evening snack.  The dip will be thicker after refrigeration, but total thickness will also depend on how thick your Greek Yogurt is.

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4 Responses to Trader Joe’s Inspired Cilantro Chive Greek Yogurt Dip

  1. DitkasHair says:

    Good start, I like it….I use between 1/3 and 1/2 a bunch of Cilantro for a half of a large container of 0 Fat Fage, 1/2 cup mayonnaise which nullifies the need for Olive Oil (prefer home made with lots of eggs or Costco brand which also has Eggs as the 2nd ingredient), California Pepper and dried Chives (Penzeys spices) as they have more flavor than fresh chives at least in the Winter months and finish it off with a few dashes of Cayenne.

    Truly the best part of this recipe is you really don’t need any measuring devices, and the ingredients are readily interchangeable depending on your taste buds and palette.

    Thanks for getting me started as I was tired of buying such a small amount and have it gone in just a few dips!!

    Hank A

  2. hungrygems says:

    Hi Hank with a hairstyle like Ditka’s,
    Good start with the Bear’s reference. Glad you weighed in on this recipe as you’re right, it can be completely customized to your taste. Trying to stay true to the original inspiration, I steered clear of any mayo in the recipe, but adding homemade mayo is a fantastic option and without a doubt could add some great richness and in a good way – heaviness. Just got into the Penzey’s world as Denver people are way more into it than Chicagoans and not sure what I used to do without their high fat dutch cocoa powder. Amazing. My boyfriend finishes the container of dip in one sitting as well so I’m glad this has contributed to your quest for a delicious, bottomless pit of TJ’s dip. Thanks for stopping by, and good luck!

  3. Grant says:

    Is it really a full tablespoon of garlic powder and only one teaspoon of chopped chives?

  4. hungrygems says:

    Hi Grant – Yes, I used a full tablespoon of garlic powder but we love garlic. Also, there’s both fresh and dried chives in this recipe so with dried herbs being much stronger than fresh it evens out. The great thing about being a no-bake dip is that you can taste as you go and start with a teaspoon or two of garlic powder to see what you think if you are not a huge fan of it. Also, please remember to chill this overnight ideally so the flavors marry. Thanks so much for stopping by. Good luck and happy holidays!

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