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Nutty Carrot Dip

Bright and cheery, this easy, creamy carrot dip recipe gets a savory supercharge from a secret store-bought ingredient.


homemade nutty carrot dip in a bowl on top of a platter surrounded with raw peas, cucumbers, radishes and crackers
Photography by Gayle McLeod

A Creamy, Nutty Carrot Dip to Brighten Up Snacktime

Cream cheese and mayo make this carrot dip recipe ultra creamy—and not entirely healthy, but maybe not entirely unhealthy, either—while a super secret ingredient ensures that it positively bursts with flavor. What’s our secret? The powder from a store-bought packet of ranch dip! Oh yes, we are not ashamed to admit that these little packets of tangy, herby, salty powder are just the punch that our nutty carrot dip needed. Carrots have such a bright, fresh sweetness, but they’re pretty one-note, so we tossed pecans in the mix to give the carrot dip a lovely richness and, slightly toasty, warm nuttiness that we adore, not to mention a little textural boost. Carrot dip! Try it, love it, surprise your friends with it!

Carrots, Pecans, Cream cheese, Mayo, Ranch seasoning packet, Garlic powder and Cayenne in bowls on the counter to make dip

Simple Carrot Dip in Just 6 Ingredients

Sunset-hued and richly delicious with a subtle sweet-herby kick, our carrot dip recipe is a real sneaker hit. It’s got a great sturdiness that means it pairs well with seedy crackers and fresh veggies—it’s the kind of dip you can (and just might) eat with a spoon. And with just a few ingredients, it’s super easy to make, too. Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Carrots

  • Pecans

  • Cream cheese

  • Mayo

  • Ranch seasoning packet

  • Garlic powder

  • Cayenne

pecans roughly chopped in the base of a food processor for nutty carrot dip
Carrots, Pecans, Cream cheese, Mayo, Ranch seasoning, Garlic powder and Cayenne in a food processor for nutty carrot dip

How To Make Carrot Dip

This dip happens entirely in a food processor, which means it’s super quick! Also pretty darn fool proof. Here’s how to make it:

  1. Grate your carrots. Use the food processor’s grating attachment to make this step speedy and super fun. If you have kids in the house, enlist their help! If they’re anything like our kids, they’ll think that grating stuff in the food processor feels like magic. Which it does!

  2. Chop the pecans in the food processor. Swap the grater for the regular old blade and pulse the pecans until they’re finely chopped (but not paste-y).

  3. Dump everything into the food processor and blend until the carrot dip has a texture that you like! Try a few pulses first, taste it and see if you’re happy with it. If you want it smoother, you can always pulse it a few more times.

Homemade nutty carrot dip in a food processor on the counter. Made with  Carrots, Pecans, Cream cheese, Mayo and seasonings
homemade nutty carrot dip in a bowl on top of a platter surrounded with raw peas, cucumbers, radishes and crackers

What To Serve With This Nutty Carrot Dip

Sweet, nutty, creamy and savory all at the same time, carrot dip is surprisingly versatile. Anything you like to dip in hummus will work with it, but you can really get creative here. As you can see, we like to lean into the brilliant orange color of this dip and surround it with equally colorful dippable nibbles! There’s really no wrong way to serve it—you can even spread it on sandwiches to make them extra yummy—but here are a few of our very favorite springtime pairings:

  • Radicchio or endive leaves

  • Seedy crackers

  • Radishes

  • Snap peas

  • Carrots (is it weird to dip carrots in carrots? We think not!)

  • Cucumber spears

  • Blanched asparagus

  • Boiled new potatoes

A bowl of homemade nutty carrot dip on the counter made with Carrots, Pecans, Cream cheese, Mayo, and seasonings
homemade nutty carrot dip in a bowl on top of a platter surrounded with raw peas, cucumbers, radishes and crackers

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Dip Dip Dip It Up!

When in doubt—dip! Surrounded by hearty dippables like seedy crackers, blanched veggies and potatoes, this carrot dip recipe can make a light dinner for two, or it can simply be a healthy and inviting spring appetizer to enjoy before a big feast. Either way, it’s an easy breezy breath of fresh air! When you make it, we’d love to hear about it! If you make it, let us know how you like it! Share a photo and tag us on Instagram using @themodernproper and #themodernproper so that we can see your stuff! Happy eating!

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Nutty Carrot Dip

  • Serves: 10
  • Prep Time:  10 min
  • Cook Time:  0 min
  • Calories: 205


  • 1 cup pecans
  • 3 cups grated carrots, about 4 medium
  • 1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese
  • ¼ cup mayonnaise
  • 1 Tbsp ranch seasoning powder (from ranch seasoning packet)
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper


  1. In the base of a food processor add the pecans and pulse 6 times until roughly chopped.
  2. Add the grated carrots (you can also use your food processor for this step), cream cheese, mayonnaise, ranch seasoning, garlic powder and cayenne. Pulse or blend until completely combined but not fully smooth, about 45 seconds.
  3. Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve, alongside vegetables or crackers.

Nutrition Info

  • Per Serving
  • Amount
  • Calories205
  • Protein3 g
  • Carbohydrates5 g
  • Total Fat20 g
  • Dietary Fiber1 g
  • Cholesterol25 mg
  • sodium207 mg
  • Total Sugars2 g

Nutty Carrot Dip

Questions & Reviews

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  • ST

    Does this freeze well?

    Probably not a good one to freeze.

  • Jessica

    Hi, I can’t have pecans (or walnuts). Would almonds still work taste wise?

    We've never tried it with almonds. If you do we recommend blanching the almonds first since they aren't as soft as pecans or walnuts. We'd love to hear how it turns out, good luck Jessica!

  • Andi

    This is sooooo delicious! It’s legitimately better than I thought it would be… I only say that because I had a lot of carrots that needed to be used and I’m not a huge fan of carrots - they’re just ok. This would be a great way to get kids to eat carrots. I plan to use this in my veggie wraps this week. Thanks for another great recipe!

    Thanks Andi, so glad you love it!

  • Liz

    I made this yesterday and I’m mixed on it - my husband thinks it’s perfect (high praise from him) whereas I think it’s a bit bland and hard to balance the sweetness of the carrots. I had to add a fair bit of salt, lemon juice, and extra ranch powder and it still tastes like it’s missing something.
    I might try this again but will toast the pecans first, and maybe a different brand of ranch powder.

    Thanks for trying this out Liz! We are big fans of this dip, a different brand of ranch powder might help out if you thought it was lacking a certain oomph.

  • Laura

    I was skeptical, but this was really great (I shall never doubt Holly and Natalie again).We especially like it dipped in wedges of bell pepper and cucumber! This is now THE DIP in our home.

    HAHA! Love to hear we have your confidence but it's alright to be skeptical about something new but we are glad you tried it anyway and LOVED IT! Thanks or letting us know Laura.

  • Jenn

    Incredible! I've never had anything like this, it was so good!

    Thanks Jenn!