Mandarin Orange Fruit Dip Recipe

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"I created this creamy dip to serve to guests at my daughter's first birthday party," relates Nancy LeBano of Stratford, New Jersey. "It's deliciously different and was a hit with kids and adults. I sometimes layer it with fruit in parfait glasses for a change of pace."
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min.
MAKES:12 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min.
MAKES: 12 servings


  • 1 package (8 ounces) reduced-fat cream cheese, cubed
  • 2 cups (16 ounces) vanilla yogurt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 can (11 ounces) mandarin oranges, drained
  • Assorted fresh fruit

Nutritional Facts

One serving (1/4 cup dip calculated without fruit) equals 95 calories, 5 g fat (3 g saturated fat), 16 mg cholesterol, 102 mg sodium, 9 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, 4 g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1 fat, 1/2 reduced-fat milk.


  1. In a large bowl, beat cream cheese until fluffy. Beat in yogurt and vanilla until smooth.
  2. Set aside tree orange segments for garnish. In a small bowl, mash remaining oranges with a fork; drain. Stir into cream cheese mixture.
  3. Transfer to a serving bowl; garnish with reserved oranges. Refrigerate until serving; serve with fruit. Yield: 12 servings.
Originally published as Mandarin Orange Fruit Dip in Light & Tasty June/July 2002, p16

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Reviewed Nov. 20, 2010

"We serve this Mandarin Orange Fruit Dip for Thanksgiving, Christmas and all special occasions.

Tangy, sweet and refreshing!!!"

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