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Herbed Bread Dip

Bring the Italian restaurant home to you with this herbed bread dip that’ll beat anything you get at your local ristorante. 

Herbed Bread Dip with olive oil, balsamic vinegar, and an awesome mix or herbs and spices.

I have a restaurant right down the road from me that makes the most amazing Italian food. I usually stick to my favorite – the spaghetti and meatballs, but if I’m being really honest? I’d go there just for their crusty bread, and their incredible bread dip.

Herbed Bread Dip

They do theirs really simply. Fresh herbs + great olive oil + fresh crusty bread. Now I can do the same right at home, even if I don’t have time to make a special trip to the store or my local farmer’s market for all my favorite fresh herbs.

Gourmet Garden stir-in pastes and lightly dried herbs are amazing for this dip! The lightly dried herbs are so delicate and slightly dried that they come back to fresh with the slightest hint of moisture.

Herbed Bread Dip

For this I used their Italian Herbs stir-in paste, and the lightly dried parsley, basil, and chili peppers. Since I’m also a garlic freak, I added a healthy dose of their chunky garlic stir-in paste as well, but that part is totally optional.

Herbed Bread Dip

I also love drizzling in some good balsamic to give it a little bite. This recipe is so flexible, you can really do any combination that suit your mood at the time.

Herbed Bread Dip

Don’t forget to pick up some high-quality crusty french bread, or baguettes!

Yield: 6 servings

Herbed Bread Dip

Herbed Bread Dip with olive oil, balsamic vinegar, and an awesome mix or herbs and spices.

Restaurant-style bread dip full of fresh herbs is just as good as anything you'll get when you are out to eat! Give me a big crusty loaf of bread and this dip and some good vinegar any day!

Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes


  • 1/2 cup high quality extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon chopped fresh basil
  • 1 teaspoon chopped fresh Parsley
  • 1 teaspoon chopped fresh Basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon red chili flakes
  • 1 close garlic, peeled and thinly sliced
  • drizzle balsamic if desired
  • crusty french bread


  1. Place in a bowl and mix together gently. Spoon onto bread. Love it.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 192Total Fat: 18gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 15gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 65mgCarbohydrates: 6gFiber: 0gSugar: 1gProtein: 1g

Nutrition data provided here is only an estimate. If you are tracking these things for medical purposes please consult an outside, trusted source. Thanks!

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My children always want to go out to Italian just for the bread! They are going to freak when I make it at home for them!

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