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Broccoli Dip (Lemon White Sauce)


My kids love to dip their vegetables.  However, we always seem to revert back to ranch, and that’s only really that good when we have raw veggies.  This broccoli dip was different, and perfect for steamed broccoli.

. Broccoli dip {Lemon White Sauce}. Broccoli's new best friend!

Is broccoli good for you?


  • 245% of the daily value for Vitamin K
  • 135% DV for Vitamin C
  • Chromium
  • Folate (in it’s natural form!)
  • and fiber!

How to purchase broccoli:

When buying broccoli, look for a bright green color. Yellowing or blackening is a sign that the broccoli is going bad. The stalks should be firm and crispy, almost as if they’d snap in half if you bent them.  If they are flexible, rubbery, or pliable, again, the broccoli is going bad and over ripe.  Also, the flower buds should be tight and small, once they look like they’ve blossomed, they are over ripe.

Dipping Broccoli {Lemon White Sauce}. Broccoli's new best friend!

Broccoli is one of the first veggies many kids will try and accept.  While raw broccoli is great with some homemade ranch, cooked broccoli is delicious with a warm dipping sauce, like this one!

Dipping Broccoli {Lemon White Sauce}. Broccoli's new best friend!

Broccoli Dip {Lemon White Sauce}

Lemon White Sauce for Broccoli

  • 2 TBL butter
  • 2 TBL flour
  • 1/2 tsp. finely shredded lemon peel
  • 1/8 tsp. salt
  • 1 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/8 tsp. lemon juice

broccoli dip {Lemon White Sauce}. Broccoli's new best friend!


Let us know if you try this dip with your kids! We know it can help them eat more broccoli!


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Dipping Broccoli (Lemon White Sauce)

Even picky eaters will love this simple, healthier alternative to ranch dressing — the stuff that makes broccoli bearable.
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time0 minutes
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 121kcal



  • Melt butter in small saucepan.  Stir in flour, lemon peel and salt.  Continue to stir until it begins to thicken and be well mixed.  Stir milk and lemon juice in and stir over medium heat until bubbly and thick.  Serve poured over vegetables, or on the side for dipping.


Calories: 121kcal | Carbohydrates: 8g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 25mg | Sodium: 114mg | Sugar: 5g
Keyword : broccoli, cold dip, lemon white sauce, vegetarian


Natalie Monson

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I prepared a large plate of raw veggies at any birthday party of my daughter, In France few decades ago, kids love the raw veggies , specially with dip. I avoid butter in general for the kid specially because the pediatricians in France were mentioning scientific studies showing butter increasing the risk of obesity.