Summer has officially begun and that means the season for picnics, pool parties, holiday gatherings, and general get-togethers is in full force. It’s the best time of the year as we get to enjoy good weather, good company and good food all at once! Whether you’re the host or a guest at the next family party, you should be on top of the chips and dips situation. Store-bought dips are generally filled with unhealthy ingredients and preservatives so providing homemade dips and spreads for everyone is a great idea. Not to mention, you will save money and you get to pick which ingredients go into it.
Wonder how to make your favorite dips healthier and dairy-free? Check out How to Make Clean Eating Dips and Spreads That Eliminate Oil and Dairy and 10 Ways to Make Awesome Vegan Dips and Spreads. There’s no reason to avoid spending a little extra time in the kitchen to make amazing dips like these 15 Double-Dip Worthy Vegan Dips. If cooking is not your thing, you can try these 10 Flippin’ Awesome Raw Sauces or see How to Use Salsa to Make 5 Different Spreads, Dips and Dressings.
Source: Loaded Queso Dip
Who doesn’t need an awesome cheese dip at one point or another in their lives? In this Loaded Queso Dip by Kirsten Kaminski, potato, onions, vegetable broth, and spices are joined together to create the perfect creamy base which you can then top with anything you want! Stick to these traditional queso toppings or go for a fusion dip, up to you!
Source: Kimchi Hummus
This Kimchi Hummus by Kimchi Hummus is a very simple recipe that’s definitely worth a try, especially if you’re a kimchi lover! In case you’re not familiar with it, kimchi is an awesome Korean food staple made from fermenting cabbage. The tangy flavor of kimchi coupled with the creaminess of chickpeas makes an amazing dip you will find yourself using for all sorts of things from perking up sandwiches to dipping veggies and chips.
Source: Green Pea Avocado Spread
This vibrant green spread has the sweet, refreshing taste of green peas combined with creamy avocado. Not only is it super-healthy, it’s also super-versatile! Use this Green Pea Avocado Spread by Julie Van den Kerchove as a dip for your favorite veggies, add a scoop to your salads, or add it to a wrap.
Source: Cheesy 7-Layer Nacho Dip
Making the perfect party appetizer doesn’t need to be time-consuming and pricey — just make this fantastic Cheesy 7-Layer Nacho Dip by Molly Patrick. It combines refried beans, olives cilantro, tomatoes, and everything else you could want into one seriously awesome snack. As if seven layers of nacho-dipping goodness aren’t enough, this dip is covered with a creamy and dairy-free cheesy sauce made from carrots and potatoes. Serve with your favorite tortilla chips.
Looking for an appetizer that’ll blow everyone away? Sweet and savory caramelized onions and smoky Shiitake bacon top this amazing, gooey cheese dip. Serve with crispy toast to add crunch factor and you’ve got everything you need for the perfect party snack. This Caramelized Onion Cheese Dip With Shiitake Bacon by Gabrielle St. Claire would also be a great option for backyard barbecues and game day parties.
Have you tried borani? This yummy yogurt dip is popular in Azerbaijan and Iran, where it’s typically served as part of a meze spread. Creamy, dairy-free Greek yogurt is served with tender, earthy beets that have been mixed with fresh dill and oregano and toasted pecans for crunch. Serve this Beet Borani: Azerbaijan Yogurt Dip With Beets and Herbs from Vegan: The Cookbook with naan and other meze sides like roasted vegetables and falafel.
Source: Roasted Vegetable Rainbow Hummus
We’ve all been seeing rainbow desserts popping everywhere this spring, but how about a savory dish with all the colors of the rainbow? Meet this Roasted Vegetable Rainbow Hummus by Adam Merrin and Ryan Alvarez. Not only does this creamy hummus contain all the colors of the rainbow, this recipe gives you six different flavors of hummus and each one is more delicious than the last. From a smoky purple chipotle to the yellow turmeric hummus, these dips are guaranteed to impress whoever tastes (or sees) them.
Source: Hot Spinach Artichoke Dip
This Hot Spinach Artichoke Dip by Rachel Hanawalt is a classic. The almond milk and cashews make it creamy and rich while the artichoke and spices give it tang and texture. Once you heat everything up your guaranteed to have the perfect party snack.
Need a dip for the weekend game day get-together that doesn’t break the calorie bank? This Healthier Roast Garlic and Onion Dip by Karen Sheer is a real crowd pleaser — there won’t be any leftovers. Start by caramelizing two whole heads of garlic. Then, you toast some dehydrated onions and add them to flavorful seasonings: parsley, celery seeds, roasted scallions, and nutritional yeast. Blend it all up with some silken tofu and it’s good to go!
Need a last minute appetizer to serve to company? This dip infused with Egyptian flavors is quick and simple to make, but it’s bursting with flavor. Red bell peppers and almonds are puréed with caraway seeds, cumin, coriander, and chili flakes to make it spicy. Serve this Roasted Red Pepper Almond and Harissa Dip by Jodi Kay with crackers and crisp veggies.
Source: Miso Cauliflower Dip
Miso is one of those ingredients that has a way of completely enveloping dishes with a deep, pungent umami flavor. Additionally, miso pairs very well with the mild, creamy, nutty flavor of the cauliflower. Use this Miso Cauliflower Dip by Maya Sozer recipe as a warm, crowd-pleasing dip, a nutritious pasta sauce, or as a topping for open-faced sandwiches.
If you’ve been lacking dill in your life, then this is the dip for you! Chickpeas and white beans are a fantastic neutral-tasting base for roasted garlic, chive, and the distinct taste of dill. This recipe is packed with flavor, and it is a protein powerhouse! This Roasted Garlic, Dill, and Chive Bean Dip by Jasmine Briones is perfect for crusty breads like sourdough or French baguettes.
Source: Sriracha Mango Dip
Any snack enthusiast knows, dips are a make-or-break food. After all, what good is a beautiful spread of veggies and crackers paired with a flavorless dip? Well, you definitely won’t into that problem with this amazing Sriracha Mango Dip by Gunjan Dudani! Packed with fresh mango chunks, spicy Sriracha powder, and maple syrup, this dip is sweet, tangy, zesty, and delicious!
Get your pitas warm and ready because you’re going to want to make this delicious white bean dip ASAP. The vegan goat cheese, pistachio, and thyme pair together beautifully. Creamy, flavorful, and unique, this Thyme and Pistachio White Bean Dip by Stephanie McKinnie is sure to be a party favorite.
Source: Chocolate Cookie Dough Dip
Decadent, extra rich, and insanely chocolatey, this Chocolate Cookie Dough Dip is a perfect snack or party food. No one will believe this dip is actually healthy and the secret ingredient will knock everyone’s socks off.
Want more dips and spreads recipes? Check out these 15 Cheesy Snacks and Dips That Will Wow Your Guests, these 6 Unique and Delicious Dips and Spreads, these 10 Nachos and Dips That Will Be the Centerpiece of Your Game Day, or these 15 Vegan Dips.
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