Monday, June 13, 2016

Healthy 7 Layered Dip

One of my favorite things about summer is nights spent grilling on our deck under the bistro lights. We spend many summer nights cooking outside, which always includes an appetizer to munch on while the grill is heating up and the wine is being poured. The problem with this is that appetizers aren't usually the healthiest way of eating - as many of them include cheesy dips and chips. With us grilling out two to three nights every week during the summer, I wanted to find a healthy appetizer we could snack on instead of racking up on unnecessary calories before dinner!

I've always loved the classic 7 Layered Dip, but wanted to lighten it up a bit by taking out the beans, sour cream, and cheese. I intially found this recipe to use as my guide, but I didn't add any chicken or beef like it called for - I have an intense love for cilantro, so I'm calling the cilantro my 7th ingredient instead of the protein.With only seven ingredients and no cooking time, you can have this healthy, delicious appetizer whipped up in no time! I served it with plantain chips instead of tortilla chips to stay on track with the Whole30 program (we aren't doing the complete program right now, but try to eat Whole30 approved foods as much as possible).

Healthy 7 Layered Dip:

2 cups guacamole (you can make your own or use pre-made)
1.5 cups salsa (I used fresh Pico de Gallo)
2 cups shredded lettuce
1 (4 ounce) can sliced black olives
1 cup sliced cherry tomatoes
1/4 red onion, diced
Handful of fresh cilantro

In your dish of choice, layer the ingredients in the order listed.

I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as we did - it's a great light, refreshing snack to munch on those hot summer nights! Happy Monday, friends, and thanks for stopping by!