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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 store-bought, 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.
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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 the perfect thing 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.

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

This dip is nice and thick. The oniony flavour from the chives is fairly mild, and the added garlic and lemon juice help round it out.

This homemade dip is easy to make, requiring only 5 ingredients and a few minutes of time to prepare. It can be consumed immediately, but if you can wait an hour or so you will notice that the flavour deepens and becomes more balanced.

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.


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 and fat-free will work if you prefer to keep the calories slightly lower.

Mayonnaise – Choose your favourite brand of store-bought mayonnaise. You can use full-fat, low-fat or even fat-free 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 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.

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 flavour, but not overshadow the flavour of the chives.

Step by Step Instructions

Start by finely chopping the fresh chives.

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

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

Mix until well combined. Then cover and 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

Sour cream chive dip is delicious served with a big bowl of crispy 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 chips, or pita chips.

If you want something healthier, you can’t go wrong with a big platter of garden veggies; carrots, celery, 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 or a spread for burgers and sandwiches.

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


You can store this dip in an air tight 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 air tight 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

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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.


Calories: 102kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 0.02g | Cholesterol: 15mg | Sodium: 65mg | Potassium: 30mg | Fiber: 0.03g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 162IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 21mg | Iron: 0.1mg

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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