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Sun-dried tomato dip garnished with cucumbers

Ina’s Sun-dried Tomato Dip

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This stellar Sun-dried Tomato Dip got rave reviews from every group of my friends! When I took this to a PTO board meeting while Nick was in elementary school and everyone demanded the recipe!

It was the first Barefoot Contessa cookbook. It was referenced on the Food Network way, way before Ina Garten had her own show. This Easy Dip Recipe will make you the hostess with the mostess at any gathering!

Sun-dried tomato dip in a white bowl

Ina’s Sun-dried Tomato Dip

I continued to dazzle everyone with her winning recipes…and got puzzled looks when I mentioned the name of the cookbook. But slowly my friends caught on…and soon they all had their own collection of Ina’s cookbooks. I brought this sun-dried tomato dip with a crudite platter for our New Year’s soup party…and it was no surprise that I was again asked for the recipe.

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Sun-dried Tomato Dip with garnish of green onions and cucumbers

How to Make This Easy Dip Recipe

  • This sun-dried tomato dip completely made in the food processor, it’s a cinch to whip up. Sun-dried tomatoes, Tabasco (or your favorite hot sauce) and some scallions supply sensational flavors while the combo of cream cheese, mayo and sour cream provide the creamy base.
  • The Tabasco adds a gentle hit of heat, but if you like spicy, add more to your taste.
  • Serve this easy dip recipe with chips, crackers or, my favorite, a slew of colorful veggies.
  • PRO-Tip: Add some of the key elements to garnish the dip. A few sliced green onions or finely diced sun-dried tomatoes will add a pop of color. I also like to add a couple dippers, like sliced cucumbers or red bell pepper slices. You’ll look like a seasoned party giver!
  • Definitely add this easy, irresistible to your next party menu whether for game day or a dinner party. Be prepared to hand out the recipe. I guarantee you’ll be asked for it.
Sun-Dried Tomato Dip in a white bowl with a tray of fresh vegetables

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Sun-dried tomato dip garnished with cucumbers

Sun-dried Tomato Dip

An easy, irresistible dip made your food processor!

  • Author: Liz Berg
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 12 servings 1x
  • Category: Appetizer
  • Method: Mixing
  • Cuisine: American


  • 1/4 cup sun-dried tomatoes, in oil, drained and chopped
  • 8 ounces cream cheese, at room temp
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 10 dashes Tabasco sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 2 scallions, thinly sliced


  1. Puree the tomatoes, cream cheese, sour cream, mayo, Tabasco, salt and pepper in food processor. Add the scallions and pulse twice.
  2. Garnish with sliced scallions
  3. Serve with fresh vegetables or chips.


Adapted from The Barefoot Contessa Cookbook.

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41 comments on “Ina’s Sun-dried Tomato Dip”

  1. That dip looks fantastic! I love sun dried tomatoes!
    I like making hummus for the appetizer.

  2. Easy to make and very tasty! Love those sugar peas!

  3. Anything Ina Garten is foolproof. I love your photos too! How do you do it? You are amazingly talented.

  4. I make this dip quite often and I can’t keep my grubby paws off it. 🙂 Yours is prettier.

  5. We ‘re gonna have to try this ASAP:) We’ll try some Greek yogurt instead of sour cream since it’s easily available and cheap here:) Once again, thank you for a wonderful post Liz!

  6. My signature appetizer dip might be French Onion Dip…But I sure like the idea of making a dip with sun dried tomatoes =)

  7. I love this dip and I’ve already printed it to make it during the weekend! Thanks Liz!

  8. Ina Garten books are some of my favorite. Love the simplicity and style. THis dip sounds delicious and what a perfect appetizer. You’ve made it look so good with all the veggies.

  9. Looks so good.. I love sun dried tomatoes, don’t use them enough unfortunately. Need to change that ASAP! 🙂

  10. I love sun dried tomatoes and I love Ina. And you! What a great dip, Liz. Keep ’em coming!

  11. I am known for my deviled eggs

  12. I am known for my deviled eggs

  13. I always like to make some kind of spinach dip, or anything bite-size is fun too!

  14. Nothing fancy, but always yummy…Spinach Dip.

  15. This is a great dip to get people eating more veggies. I think it would do the trick with my kids. 🙂

  16. I have only used sun-dried tomatoes a few times and I see from this dip, it’s time to have them in my stash.

  17. can’t wait to make this!

  18. So glad I tried this because it’s amazing!

  19. We made this for Sunday night football and it was a hit! Thanks for the recipe!

  20. Ina’s recipes never disappoint and this one is no exception.
    And your tips were super helpful when making it. Thanks!

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