PKD-Friendly Recipe: 7 Layer Dip

Published on September 27, 2022 | The heat is fading and fall activities are popping up. Whether it’s for a football game, movie night, or fall potluck, we can all use another PKD-friendly snack option. This recipe for a seven-layer dip from our cookbook, Cooking Well, is low in sodium, low in protein, and reduces acid! The joy in this dish is how much you can personalize it to your taste.

Cooking Well cookbook cover


  • 1, 15-ounce can low-sodium refried black beans

  • 3 ripe avocados, peeled and pitted

  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice

  • 1 tablespoon light mayonnaise

  • 1/2 cup low-fat sour cream

  • 2 tablespoons fresh cilantro, chopped

  • 3 tablespoons low-sodium taco seasoning

  • 2 medium bell peppers, any color, diced

  • 1/2 cup of your favorite low-sodium cheese, shredded

  • 2-3 cups shredded lettuce

  • 1/2 cup diced plum tomato

  • 1/2 cup diced onion


Healthy Tips

Substitute the Homemade Salt-Free Mexican Spice Mix (on page 103 of Cooking Well) for the low-sodium taco seasoning, and make your own light mayonnaise with the recipe on page 104. For low-sodium cheese, we suggest Monterey jack or low-sodium versions of cheddar or pepper jack. You can also mix a blend for variety.

Cooking instructions

  1. Spread ingredients in 9” x 11” baking pan.
  2. Layer 1: refried black beans
  3. Layer 2: Mash together: 3 ripe avocados, lemon juice and mayonnaise
  4. Layer 3: Mix sour cream, cilantro and low-sodium taco seasoning
  5. Layer 4: bell peppers
  6. Layer 5: shredded cheese
  7. Layer 6: shredded lettuce
  8. Layer 7: diced plum tomato and onion


Nutritional Information (per serving)
Servings: 15 Serving size: About 4 bites

Calories: 305
Fat: 22.1 g
Carbohydrates: 24 g
Protein: 6 g
Dietary Fiber: 3.9 g
Calcium: 85 mg
Phosphorus: 123 mg
Sodium: 185 mg
Potassium: 457 mg

To finish this dish, serve with raw vegetables such as baby carrots, broccoli florets and cauliflower florets, salt-free tortilla chips, or tortillas cut into triangles. This recipe easy to mix and match to your palate.

Maintaining a healthy lifestyle is important to everyone living with PKD. Nutritional requirements can vary from person to person and change depending on kidney function. We hope you enjoy this recipe, but alter the ingredients to meet your specific dietary needs.

The PKD Foundation does not give medical advice. You should not rely on this information as a substitute for, nor does it replace, professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. If you have any concerns or questions about your health, you should always consult with your physician or other healthcare professionals.

We hope you enjoyed this PKD-friendly seven-layer dip recipe! For more PKD-friendly recipes, check out our cookbook, Cooking Well.


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