If you love pickles, this creamy Dill Pickle Dip with ham will have your mouth watering for more! Not only is it a great game day appetizer, but it’s a good snack during the warmer months that’s cool and refreshing!
There are some foods that people love and there are some that people REALLY love. I have found that pickles are one of those foods. You know the dill pickle fans who like to drink the pickle juice, or were the first to try dill pickle popsicles? I like pickles, but maybe not that much!
Nonetheless, one of my favorite things about this dip is that you can eat it cold. My other favorite dip recipes like Buffalo Chicken Dip or Spinach Artichoke Dip, I prefer those warm. So this is a great option for summer parties or a delicious appetizer idea that doesn’t require heat or much prep time.
Ham and Pickle Dip Ingredients:
- sour cream – adds tang and creaminess, it also thins out the cream cheese. You can also swap for Greek yogurt.
- cream cheese – make sure you take the time to soften the cream cheese. The softer it is, the easier the dip comes together and the texture is better.
- Ranch seasoning – you can use a ranch seasoning packet or make homemade with this ranch seasoning packet recipe
- deli-sliced ham – I like using honey ham. I feel like the sweetness balances out the other tangy flavors, you can also use leftover ham, or cut larger cubes of ham
- green onions – only use the green part! If you don’t have these you can slice up some red onion, just be sure it is finely chopped and you don’t use a ton or it will overpower the dip. Chives would also work great.
- jar of dill pickles – chips or spears, you choose! You could also use a dill pickle relish if you want to skip the chopping time, though the chunks of pickles will be much smaller than we’ve used here.
For a full list of ingredients and their measurements, 📋 please view my printable recipe card at the bottom of the post.
Substitutions and Variations
- Another kind of pickles – try bread and butter pickles or a hot pickle variety
- More Flavor – Use garlic powder, onion powder or diced onions for a flavor boost. If you like spice, dice some jalapeños or add a dash of cayenne pepper. You could also add some fresh dill weed in. If you use the ranch packets, know that there is dill weed in there as well, and if you use too much it can quickly change the overall flavor. Other fresh herbs like chopped parsley can be mixed in or sprinkled over the top for garnish.
- Too Thick – if the creamy dip is too thick for your liking, you can thin it out with a little pickle juice or milk.
- Dill Pickle Pinwheels – spread the dill pickle dip over flour tortillas, roll up, then slice into 1″ sections to make dill pickle roll-ups.
Step 1: Beat together the room temperature cream cheese, sour cream, and ranch seasoning in a medium bowl using an electric mixer or stand mixer.
Step 2: Chop the ham, green onions, and dill pickles into small pieces. Add to the bowl with the cream cheese base.
If you use whole pickles or baby dill pickles, you can chop the pieces into the size you prefer. I like to match the size to the chopped ham so that the flavors are even in each bite.
Step 3: Use a spatula to mix the ingredients evenly into the dip base.
Step 4: Transfer the dip to a serving bowl and place on a larger platter. Spread crackers or other items to dip on the serving dish around the bowl. Garnish the top of the dip with a few pieces of green onion and chopped pickle.
Storing Leftover Dip
This easy dip recipe keeps best when stored in the refrigerator in an airtight container or covered with plastic wrap and will stay fresh for up to 3 days.
- The cream cheese should be softened to room temperature so that it beats into the sour cream smoothly. You can use pre-packaged ham or purchase ham by the pound from the deli.
- This is the perfect appetizer to use up your holiday brown-sugar glazed ham.
- You can vary the amount of ham and pickles. The amounts listed here were a good balance, but there is plenty of cream cheese mixture that you can add even more ham and chopped pickles.
- 2 green onions equates to approximately 2 heaping tablespoons – chopped chives are a great substitute.
Not only does pickling vegetables enhance their taste, but it also boosts their nutritional value and aids in digestion. As bacteria digest the vegetable matter during fermentation, they generate essential vitamins.- Kold
Butter crackers (Ritz)
Carrots, celery, bell peppers or other fresh veggies
Lightly salted potato chips, tortilla chips, or pita chips
Serve on tea sandwiches or as dill pickle wraps
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Dill Pickle Dip with Ham
- 16 ounces sour cream
- 8 oz. cream cheese softened
- Ranch seasoning or 1 packet of ranch seasoning mix
- 9 oz. package of deli-sliced honey ham chopped
- 2 green onions sliced
- 2 cups chopped dill pickles about 20 oz. jar
- In a large bowl, beat together the cream cheese, sour cream, and ranch seasoning until smooth.
- Use a rubber spatula to stir in the chopped ham, sliced green onions, and chopped pickles.
- Transfer to a serving bowl and top with a few chopped pickles and green onion slices.
- Serve with butter crackers (Ritz) or Triscuits