Cool Sour Cream & Ramp Dip

By Amanda Paa – Updated May 19, 2023
This cool and creamy dip is made with sauteed wild ramps, olive oil, and lemon zest. Ramps are available in early Spring, and have the most delicious garlicky, onion flavor. This is an elevated, Spring version of sour cream and onion dip that's so easy to make with just a few simple ingredients! Can be prepared 2 days ahead, which makes it a great appetizer.
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sour cream and ramp dip in a pink bowl

Salty, crunchy potato chips with sour cream and onion dip is my kryptonite.

It’s what I’ll go for first on the appetizer table, whether it be a tub of Top the Tater (a Midwest thing) or the kind made with Lipton Onion Soup Mix. It’s just the best combination. I love to make different homemade versions for elevated snacking and with Spring in full bloom, wild ramps, with their garlicky, onion-y flavor were begging to join the dip party.

How to Make Sour Cream and Ramp Dip

This Sour Cream and Ramp Dip is inspired by an Alison Roman recipe in her cookbook, Nothing Fancy. She sautes green onions and red chili flakes in olive oil, then adds it to the top of labneh, which is a strained, thick yogurt.

I took that same concept with chopped ramps and lemon zest, sizzled in olive oil to bring out their wonderful garlic flavor. When cool, I stirred 2/3 of that into smooth, rich sour cream which is brightened with fresh lemon juice, then topped it with the remaining ramp mixture. It’s so good!

Ingredients for Sour Cream and Ramp Dip:

  • Full fat sour cream
  • Ramps (or could sub green onions)
  • Olive oil
  • Lemon juice and zest
  • Salt
whole wild ramps on a black plate
sauteed wild ramps in olive oil

What do ramps look and taste like?

I discovered ramps, also known as wild leeks, shortly after seeing them at the farmers market many years ago. Part of what makes them so special is that they are foraged and wild, which makes their short season a draw. So don’t sleep on all the recipes for ramps!

  • Their leaves are shaped much like that of tulips, soft and delicate to the touch.
  • Their bulb (which grows from the root) as a gorgeous light pink, turning to white as they stretched to the leaves, a natural ombre effect.
  • And the aromatics…. they smell like sweet, pungent garlic that you just began to sauté in a hot pan.

Ramps have a fresh perfume that lingers when you cut into them, and a gentle garlic/onion flavor when softly cooked. They bring freshness and beautiful color to any dish, subtly sweeter than their spring onion and leek cousins.

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5-Ingredient Sour Cream & Ramp Dip

This cool and creamy dip is made with sauteed wild ramps, olive oil, and lemon zest. An elevated version of sour cream and onion dip that's so easy to make! Can be prepared 2 days ahead.
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Prep Time :5 minutes
Cook Time :5 minutes
Fridge Time :30 minutes
Yield: 8 servings
Author: Amanda Paa



  • 1/4 cup good quality olive oil
  • 4 ramps, cleaned and finely chopped, both bulbs and stems
  • zest of one lemon
  • 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt, divided
  • 8 cracks black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 1/2 cups full fat sour cream


  • Heat the olive oil, ramps, lemon zest and 1/2 teaspoon salt, in a small pot over medium-low heat. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the ramps are lightly bubbling and turning softer. This takes about 3-4 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in the black pepper. Let cool for about 15 minutes.
  • Combine the sour cream, 1/4 teaspoon salt, and lemon juice in a medium bowl. Stir in 2/3 of the ramp mixture.
  • Spoon into a bowl for serving, and top with the remaining ramp mixture. Refrigerate for 30 minutes, ideally, for flavors to marinate.

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May 19, 2023


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  1. Nikki

    Hi! I just wanted to point out that it is never recommended to harvest the bulb of ramps as they take an extremely long time to grow ( 7 years from seed, 3 from bulb ) and are threatened by over harvesting. I love all your recipes though and enjoy getting them and your weekend updates in my email.

    • Amanda Paa

      Hi Nikki! Yes, I get these from the coop; they have a grower who specifically plants ramps each year in a plot. The organic farm they come from is Harmony Valley in Viroqua, Wisconsin.

      • Nikki

        Oh, that is so awesome! I’m in NE and I’m not aware of any local groups doing that. I am part of a non-profit where we do plant walks and encourage people not to pull the bulbs, It’s always a little tough this time of year seeing foragers out and posting pictures of ramps pulled up with the bulbs intact. Thank you for sharing that info!!