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Garlic Herb Dip starts with a cream cheese base and then is filled with fresh herbs. Pair this super easy dip recipe with crackers, chips, or veggies to make the perfect quick snack for your next party or game day.

garlic herb dip topped with chives.

Creamy Herb and Garlic Dip

Whether you want a game-day dip that will please a crowd or you’re craving something zesty and creamy as a movie snack, this garlic herb dip hits all the right notes. It’s incredibly easy, too, which makes it a great appetizer to throw together last minute.

All you need are some veggies and crackers to serve it with, and you’re golden.

There are just six simple ingredients, and what makes it stand out are the fresh herbs. It will quickly become one of your favorite homemade snacks.

Dips are one of the best things to serve at a party! When you have an assortment of dippers, and even other dips like queso blanco and Instant Pot hummus, people just can’t get enough.

garlic herb dip in square bowl surrounded by chips

Why you’ll love Garlic Herb Dip

Fresh Ingredients  – The fresh herbs add color and incredible aromas to the creamy dip. It’s served cold, so it’s got a cooling element which is great when you’ve got some spicy items on the menu. 

Make-Ahead  – Make the dip up to two days ahead of time and then just stir it and serve it to your guests.

Easy –  You don’t have to do any cooking. Just mix everything and serve it! 

garlic herb dip spread on a cracker.

Equipment you’ll need

  • Medium mixing bowl – I love this one with the grippy bottom.
  • Hand mixer – A hand mixer is important to get the dip smooth. Unless you want to give it some elbow grease with a whisk!
  • Chip & Dip serving set – I like that this serving set has two dip cups. One for garlic herb dip, one for salsa!


Below is a list of the ingredients you’ll need to gather to make this recipe, why you need them, and possible substitutions. Scroll all the way down for the full recipe card with measurements.

  • Cream CheeseYou’ll use a full brick (8oz) of cream cheese as the base of this dip. I like to use the original, full-fat version, but I’m sure the lightened version would work as well. Just make sure it’s a brick, not a tub of spreadable stuff.
  • MilkYou need a bit of milk to thin the dip. I used 2%.
  • BasilFresh, finely chopped basil. Bail has a slight peppery flavor that turns slightly sweet and smells amazing.
  • ParsleyFresh, finely chopped parsley. It has a mildly bitter taste that brightens other flavors.
  • ChivesFresh, finely chopped chives. Chives are in the onion/garlic/scallions family with chives having the most delicate flavor.
  • GarlicFinely minced garlic. I keep garlic packed in olive oil on hand in the fridge because it’s easy, but fresh will work as well.
overhead shot of labeled ingredients to make garlic herb dip.

How to make Garlic Herb Dip

Making garlic herb dip is SO easy!

This section shows you how to make this recipe, with process photos showing the steps to help you visualize it. For full instructions, including amounts and temperatures, see the recipe card below.

  1. Step One: In a medium bowl, add the softened cream cheese and milk and use a hand mixer to beat until combined and smooth.
  2. Step Two: Next, add in your chopped herbs (saving a bit for garnishing) and mix on low until distributed. 
overhead shot of cream cheese and herbs in a mixing bowl.
  1. Step Three: Finally, refrigerate until ready to serve, letting the flavors come together. When ready to serve, top with additional chopped herbs and some crunchy dippers like crackers, chips, bread, and veggies.
garlic herb dip in a mixing bowl.

What to serve with Garlic Herb Dip

This thick and zesty dip is the perfect party appetizer. Just place it in a serving bowl and serve it with your favorite chips or some sliced raw vegetables. When you garnish it with fresh herbs, it will look as delicious as it tastes. 

Some other party-ready appetizers that will taste great with the dip include air fryer Buffalo chicken wings and baked green bean fries. Both of them are crispy and have complementary flavors. 

But also, what’s a party without homemade snacks, like crescent roll pizza roll ups and homemade Chex mix?!

creamy garlic herb dip surrounded by carrots & celery sticks.

Tips & Suggestions

  • Use fresh herbs, including fresh garlic. The powdered versions won’t have the same color or full flavor. 
  • Let the cream cheese soften at room temperature before mixing it. Bring it out about 30 minutes ahead of time.
  • Instead of milk, you can use sour cream, or Greek yogurt. 

How to store Garlic Herb Dip

How to store leftovers

Store the leftover dip in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

How long will garlic herb dip last in the fridge?

This easy cream cheese dip recipe will stay fresh in the refrigerator for about four days.

Can I freeze it?

No, I don’t recommend freezing the garlic herb dip. It will change the texture too much as it thaws.

knife spreading cream cheese dip on crackers.


Can I Use Boursin instead of cream cheese? 

Yes, you can use Boursin instead of cream cheese in this dip. It’s zesty and savory and has a very similar flavor profile and texture.

How do I make the dip thinner?

If you think the dip is too thick, add a bit more milk. You can also replace the milk with a combination of sour cream and mayonnaise.

Can I use this dip as a spread?

If you want to use this dip as an herb cream cheese spread for bagels (try my Greek yogurt bagels!) or toast, I suggest using less milk. This should help prevent it from being too thin, which can then be used to spread on anything!

Need more dip recipes? Try these:

Buffalo Chicken Dip – Highly requested every time someone knows I’m coming to a party.

Creamy Salsa Dip – Only two ingredients in this easy dip!

On the Border Copycat Salsa – It’s about to be your new favorite salsa recipe!

Loaded Baked Potato Dip – Perfect for chips or potato wedges!

Rotel Dip – only three ingredients!

Hoagie Dip – everything you love about an Italian hoagie in dip form!

Click here for my entire collection of dip recipes.

knife lifting garlic dip from a bowl.


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garlic herb dip topped with chives.
4.67 from 24 votes

Garlic Herb Dip

Servings: 1 cup
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Garlic Herb Dip starts with a cream cheese base and then is filled with fresh herbs. Pair this super easy dip recipe with crackers, chips, or veggies to make the perfect quick snack for your next party or game day.


  • 8 ounces cream cheese softened to room temp
  • 3 Tablespoons milk I used 2%
  • 3 Tablespoons fresh basil finely chopped
  • 3 Tablespoons fresh parsley finely chopped
  • 2 Tablespoons fresh chives finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon garlic minced


  • In a medium bowl, add the cream cheese and milk and mix with an electric mixer on medium until smooth.
    8 ounces cream cheese, 3 Tablespoons milk
  • Add in the chopped herbs and garlic and mix on low until distributed.
    3 Tablespoons fresh basil, 3 Tablespoons fresh parsley, 2 Tablespoons fresh chives, 1 teaspoon garlic
  • Refrigerate until ready to serve then top with additional herbs.


  • Store leftovers covered in the fridge for up to 3 days.
  • Sour cream or Greek yogurt can be used in place of milk.
  • Use fresh herbs for the best results.


Serving: 1g | Calories: 37kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 4mg | Sodium: 32mg | Potassium: 129mg | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 1590IU | Vitamin C: 21.5mg | Calcium: 81mg | Iron: 0.9mg

Nutritional information is an estimate and provided to you as a courtesy. You should calculate the nutritional information with the actual ingredients used in your recipe using your preferred nutrition calculator.

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Originally published June 16, 2016

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chips & dip on a white platter
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  1. 5 stars
    This is DELISH! I made sandwiches (cut the crusts off) for a luncheon! Doubled the recipe the used a whole loaf of soft white bread! AWESOME!

  2. I do not have cream cheese and milk, I was going to substitute a combo of mayo and Greek yogurt. Do you think this would work?

  3. the recipe for the Garlic Herb dip doesn’t show all of the ingredients measurements because of an ad . the amount of onion and scallons are not shown.

  4. Since it’s winter I don’t have any of the ingredients fresh can I used dry herbs if I make a day before planning to serve?

    This sounds wonderful.

  5. I made the Garlic Herb Dip for New Year’s Eve. I used dried herbs (less amount) and added a few hot pepper flakes for heat. If was delicious.