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Sour Cream and Chive Dip

This sour cream and chive dip, made with fresh chives, is creamy, tangy and full of flavour. A blend of sour cream and mayonnaise makes the base of this dip, which is blended with chives, garlic, and a squeeze of lemon. Better than dip from the grocery store, this dip is perfect for serving with a big bowl of chips or fresh garden veggies.

A dish of sour cream chive dip with a platter of ripple chips.

This chive dip recipe, with fresh chives, lemon, and garlic, has a creamy texture and tangy flavor. It’s a popular dip to serve with chips or veggie sticks. Perfect for a snack, appetizer night, or game day.

If you enjoy this easy dip, you may also like our 5-ingredient blue cheese dip!

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What you’ll love about this recipe:

  • Quick – This dip comes together in about 5 minutes. The most time-consuming part is chopping a few chives.
  • Simple Ingredients – Other than fresh chives, all ingredients are common to the household refrigerator or pantry.
  • Inexpensive – With just five ingredients, this easy dip recipe costs less than a store-bought dip. And it tastes so much better!

What is Sour Cream and Chive Dip?

Sour cream and chive dip is a wonderfully creamy and tangy dip with the savoury flavours of fresh garden chives.

This dip is perfect to accompany a big bowl of salty potato chips. If you prefer a slightly healthier snack, then a platter of fresh, crunchy veggies is a great option, or you can try making a batch of crispy Air Fryer Zucchini Chips.

It is a great choice for an appetizer platter for game days or parties, as it pairs well with wings, onion rings, french fries, and potato wedges.

This dip is nice and thick. The oniony flavour from the fresh chives is fairly mild, and the added garlic and lemon juice help round it out. If you have a garden of fresh herbs, this is a great way to use some of them as it tastes even better when freshly picked.

This homemade dip is easy to make, requiring only five ingredients and a few minutes to prepare. It can be consumed immediately, but for best results, wait and let it rest for about an hour if you can. You will notice that the flavour deepens and becomes more balanced after it has time to rest.

If you want to lighten it up, you can use Greek yogurt or low-fat plain yogurt instead of sour cream, and low-fat or light mayo can be used in place of full fat.

This makes about one and a half cups of dip, and will keep in the refrigerator for up to five days.

A bowl of sour cream dip with fresh chives with a small spoon.

Ingredients & Substitutions

For a full list of ingredients and measurements, see the printable recipe card at the bottom of this post.

This easy recipe comes together with just five ingredients.

Sour Cream – Sour cream makes the base of this creamy dip. I highly recommend using full-fat sour cream as it is thicker and creamier; low-fat sour cream or fat-free will work if you prefer to keep the calories slightly lower. You can also replace all or part of the sour cream with Greek yogurt.

Mayonnaise – Choose your favourite brand of store-bought mayonnaise. You can use full-fat, fat-free or light mayonnaise. If you have a favourite recipe for homemade mayonnaise, you could also use that.

Garlic – This recipe uses a small, fresh garlic clove, which adds to the flavour but doesn’t overpower the flavour of the chives. If you don’t have fresh garlic, use half a teaspoon of granulated garlic or garlic powder instead.

Chives – Fresh chives give this dip its savoury, oniony flavour. You will need a large bunch of finely chopped chives to equal about ¼ cup. If you don’t have fresh chives available, you can use dried. However, the dip won’t have quite as strong of a flavour.

Lemon juice – The lemon adds a bit of acidity and extra tang and brings all the flavours together. I highly recommend fresh lemon juice, but you can use bottled if that is all you have. You can add a bit of lemon zest if you like, too.

Ingredients for sour cream chive dip on a wooden tray.

Pro-Tip: Choose a small garlic clove for this recipe. You want the garlic to add to the flavor, but not overshadow the flavour of the chives.

Step by Step Instructions

Start by finely chopping the fresh chives using a small, sharp knife.

Next, place the sour cream, mayonnaise, chives, pressed garlic, and lemon juice in a small mixing bowl.

A small bowl with mayonnaise, sour cream, and chopped chives and a small cutting board with fresh chives and lemon wedges.

Stir until well combined. Then, cover and let the finished dip refrigerate until ready to use.

A small glass bowl with mixed sour cream chive dip.

Pro-Tip: This sour cream dip can be served immediately, but the flavours will blend more if it has time to rest for at least an hour before serving. You will also notice the flavour becomes more robust after a day or more in the refrigerator.

Serving Suggestions for Chives Dip

Sour cream chive dip is delicious with a big bowl of crispy potato chips. Plain, ripple potato chips are a favourite, and the wavy ripples will allow you to scoop more of the delicious dip.

But this dip can be served with any potato or corn chip you like. It is also great with pretzels, bagel, pita, or corn tortilla chips.

If you want something healthier, you can’t go wrong with a big platter of garden veggies; carrots, celery sticks, peppers, broccoli, and cauliflower are all great choices.

This dip could also work alongside your favourite appetizers, such as chicken wings or bites.

It also makes a delicious topping for baked potatoes, baby potatoes, or as a spread for burgers and sandwiches.

A ripple potato chip dipped in a dish of sour cream chive dip.


You can store this dip covered with plastic wrap or in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to one week.

Top Tips & FAQS

  • You can make this recipe with full-fat or light sour cream and mayonnaise.
  • Fresh lemon juice will lend better flavour, but you can substitute it with bottled if necessary.
  • This dip can be enjoyed immediately but will develop better flavour if allowed to rest for a few hours or overnight.
How long will sour cream chive dip keep?

Sour cream chive dip will keep for about one week in the refrigerator in an airtight container.

Can you make sour cream chive dip with dried chives?

If you don’t have fresh chives, you can substitute them with an equal measure of dried chives.

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A dish of sour cream chive dip with a platter of ripple chips.

Sour Cream & Chive Dip

This sour cream and chive dip, made with fresh chives, is creamy, tangy and full of flavour. Better than store-bought, this dip is perfect for serving with a big bowl of chips or fresh garden veggies.
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Course: Appetizer, Sauces and Spreads
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 12 2-tablespoon servings
Calories: 102kcal
Author: Deanna


  • 1 cup sour cream
  • ½ cup mayonnaise
  • ¼ cup chopped, fresh chives
  • 1 clove garlic pressed
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice fresh


  • Using a sharp knife, or a pair of kitchen scissors, finely chop the chives.
  • Place all of the ingredients in a small bowl and stir to combine.
  • Cover and refrigerate until ready to use. This dip can be enjoyed immediately, but will develop better flavour if allowed to rest for at least one hour.


Full-fat sour cream and mayonnaise are best, but you can use fat-free or light.
This dip will keep for about five days in an airtight container in the refrigerator.


Estimated Nutrition Facts
Sour Cream & Chive Dip
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* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Nutritional information is based on third-party calculations and should be considered estimates. Actual nutritional content will vary with brands used, measuring methods, portion sizes and more.

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