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Copycat Carrabba’s Herb Dip

Fresh herbs and crushed red pepper makes my favorite bread dip everrrrrrr. Copycat Carrabba’s Herb Dip is an easy, fresh, homemade replica of the fresh herbs, extra virgin olive oil, and warm bread served at the popular Italian food chain!

Copycat Carrabba's Herb Dip

Last week when I made two Thanksgiving turkeys I bought enough herbs for 14 turkeys. I would not have had to buy herbs at all, but my destructive fur babies had other plans for the potted plants.

I don’t know if you have ever bought the fresh herbs in the grocery store but dang, they are not cheap. So I have been reeeealllly focused on using them up before they go bad, or I forget about them, or they get buried underneath a bag of apples in my produce drawer.

So I made you something I’ve been wanting to share for forever!!!! Copycat Carrabba’s Herb Dip.

You know that happy little blend of delicious that comes with perfectly warm, freshly sliced Italian bread when you are dining out? The tiny plate of herbs that your server drizzles olive oil over for you to drag a whole basket of carbs through again and again?

Yeah. That stuff.

Sometimes I am so happy that I buy too many groceries.

Carrabba's Herb and Oil Recipe

Awhile ago I made this Goat Cheese, Sun Dried Tomato, and Basil Stuffed Chicken , reminiscent of Chicken Bryan from my long ago days as a server at good ‘ol Carrabba’s. I love making homemade versions of their food! If we are keeping it real though, I would totally just show up there for a glass of wine, some warm bread, and this herb dip with olive oil.

It’s all about the bread.

Herb and Olive Oil Dip Recipe

I’ll be sharing the recipe for these breadsticks on Thursday — let me start talking them up now. THEY ARE AMAZING.


I have this other bread recipe — this Classic Crusty Herbed Dinner Loaf — that is ready in just about an hour, and it is totally perfect for dipping.

We will just call herb dip + bread + wine dinner and check this day off as done, yes? Yes.

Copycat Carrabba's Herb Dip

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An addictive, fresh, homemade herb dip for breads. Copycat Carrabba's Herb Dip is a homemade replica of the delicious herbs placed on the table at the popular Italian chain restaurant.
Serves: 8 servings
  • 2 cloves garlic, very very finely minced
  • 1 tablespoon fresh oregano, very finely minced
  • 1 tablespoon fresh rosemary, very finely minced
  • 1 tablespoon fresh parsley, very finely minced
  • ½ tablespoon fresh basil, very finely minced
  • 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ¼ teaspoon coarse ground black pepper
  • ¼ cup olive oil for serving
  1. To make the herb dip combine everything EXCEPT the olive oil. Toss to thoroughly mix the herbs and combine.
  2. To serve place a teaspoon of the herb mixture on a plate and drizzle a little bit of the olive oil over it.

P.S. If you rub a chicken with this herb dip to roast it… it will be amazing. Seriously.
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Wednesday 26th of May 2021

It is colavita olive oil. The packets have the name on them that they give in their takeout orders! Looking forward to making this recipe!

Louie Sabarini

Sunday 1st of September 2019

Oh wow check out this amazing recipe.


Sunday 7th of April 2019

What type of oil does Carrabba’s use for this Herb dip?? Some say it’s (La Rambla Arbequina extra virgin olive oil)???

Thank you!

A wendel

Saturday 7th of September 2019

@Suzanne, colavita

Heather Tullos

Monday 8th of April 2019

HI Suzanne! I am actually not sure what the actual brand of oil is. It's definitely extra virgin olive oil. I'd just use your favorite. Quality matters here!


Sunday 27th of January 2019

This is probably a stupid question. Did you measure the herbs after they were finely minced or when they were in a more fluffy state. Thanks

Heather Tullos

Sunday 27th of January 2019

Not a stupid question at all! I measure after they are chopped.


Monday 3rd of July 2017

If I could print the recipe I would be so happy....

Heather Tullos

Tuesday 4th of July 2017

Hey there - I did some troubleshooting with the print function but haven't been able to replicate your issue. It's all working for me on all devices. Sorry you are experiencing trouble.