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Tips for Healthy and Tasty Dips

Tips for Healthy and Tasty Dips

Dips are a favorite and somewhat addicting party appetizer, so much so in fact that people often find themselves spending more time with these snacks than they do socializing with friends. Unfortunately, these harmless starters often tend to be so heavy that you don't feel like mingling or eating much else after a few bites. But cookbook author Diane Morgan has found a solution so that people can eat their dips and still feel great.

In her book, Skinny Dips, she’s managed to preserve taste while cutting down on calories and fat to come up with unique and delicious recipes. We asked her a few questions to give home dip-makers some advice and quick tips for maximizing on flavor while cutting back on fat.

In some of your recipes, you use reduced-fat products, how does this affect the consistency and overall taste of the dip, and how do you make up for it?

Because I’m not a nutritionist or a dietician who has pre-conceived notions about what healthy should be, I’m coming at it from the chef side, so the bottom line for me is that they all have to taste really good and that you don’t miss the fat. That was my goal. Even though I’m using low-fat ingredients, I’m not using non-fat or fake cheese. I refuse to do that. So you find that balance for how much you use, and what other ingredients will make up for that lack of full fat.

For each dip that you make, you have to ask yourself, are you spicing it, or using free ingredients like fresh herbs, garlic, or onions that give power and punch to a dip without adding fat?

What are some other flavorful ingredients you can add to a dip?

Vegetables are great because they are natural. When you use something like tomatoes, eggplant or cauliflower, you get so many flavors from the ingredients themselves and then if you spice them appropriately, you get a ton of flavor. Using fresh fava beans, edamame and other beans are great to really flavor up a dip. You can also add flavor with lemon juice, fresh herbs, spices and chiles — if that’s the direction that you have in mind.

What are some healthy and creative dippers that you suggest instead of chips?

You’ve got all these crudités that are obvious choices even though we don’t think about it. One thing I did, and it was serendipity because it had never occurred to me before was to bake wonton wrappers. So I cut them on the diagonal making triangles, and dusted them with a little sesame oil and baked them. These taste really great and were a lot of fun.

Do some dippers go better with thicker dips versus thinner dips?

If you have a pretty sturdy dip, you need a thick chip so that it won’t break. So for salsas since you need something to a hold a lot of the dip, try baked tortilla chips, or slices of jicama. And depending on the dip, you can do a crostini. You can also do vegetable chips like a taro or baked potato chip, or others that are not high in fat. It’s just about pairing them.

What are some dip tips for people who don’t have a food processor?

Well, it some cases it honestly gets a little tricky, because it’s pretty hard to blend. There are tons of dips that you don’t need a processor for, but the minute you get into pureeing a bean dip, I don’t really have a lot of good options. It’s kind of what you need. But actually in some cases you can get away with a mini-chop, the smaller one, and most of the dips in the book would fit into that. Those aren’t anywhere near as expensive.

For the three recipes that we are featuring, can you suggest other ways to use these instead of just as dips?

For the green goddess, you can certainly use it as a salad dressing. I know the old style with the wedge of iceberg lettuce is kind of retro, so it could be fun on that or on romaine leaves. Spin that with a little bit of olive oil for a dressing.

For the tomatillo guacamole, this would be great with skewers of grilled chicken or pork.

And for the queso, I know this sounds weird, but you could have it at breakfast with a couple of eggs over easy.

Click here to see the Chorizo Chile Con Queso Lite recipe.


34 Healthy Dips to Bring to the Party (That Aren’t Guac or Hummus)

Dips are the stars of a party. We gather around them. They’re a communal affair. And while we enjoy hummus and guacamole, we’ve eaten gallons of them, and we like to change it up.

The next time there’s a party (and we’re even talking solo dance parties), try one of these recipes for healthy chip and veggie partners made with a variety of ingredients.

Most of these are vegetarian, and many are vegan. Some of the flavors are classic, others creative. They’re so good you and your guests will be tempted to skip the apple slices and celery sticks and go in with a spoon.

When you present these dips to the buffet table, there’s no chance of duplication. When you bring one to the party, it’s really something.

You might like

1. Simple mint pea dip

With its bright green color, this dip sings “Spring!” Fresh peas are at their sweetest in early spring, but even frozen peas will feel the love of blending with lemon zest, fresh mint, and a little tahini to make it creamy.

2. Moroccan-spiced roasted carrot dip

Instead of dipping a carrot, turn the carrot into a dip. That’s thinking outside the carrot!

Roasting carrots brings out a mellow sweetness, and blending them with harissa adds North African spicy flair. Who knew humble carrots could be so exciting?

3. Nutty Swiss chard and roasted garlic dip

Mild Swiss chard offers an easy way to get a dose of leafy greens. With loads of vitamins A and K, Swiss chard packs in the nutrition too.

Here, the wilted greens are pulsed into a blend of roasted cashews, sweet roasted garlic, and a bit of oil. Keep some texture to the greens — don’t purée them.

4. Roasted vegetable dip with tahini

Roast eggplants, red onion, and red bell pepper in a hot oven until tender. Then blend them up with some tahini and you’ve made a dip you can be proud to bring to the party.

5. Roast beetroot and walnut dip

Roasted beets bring an earthy sweetness to this scarlet dip. Tahini and omega-3-rich walnuts add creamy, nutty flavor. This is one of those “You gotta try it!” recipes.

6. Roasted red pepper dip

Roasted red peppers are easy to find in the grocery store, but they’re also easy to make at home — and they’ll taste fresher. Loaded with vitamin C, this naturally sweet dip will tempt you to eat it with a spoon.

7. Roasted garlic Parmesan white bean dip

Roasting garlic turns the cloves sweet and mellow. Here, they flavor canned cannellini beans, which are simple to blend up.

8. 5-minute black bean dip

We’ve all been there: Some friends decide to have a last-minute get-together and ask you to bring an appetizer. Who wants to run out to the store? Not us.

Instead, we grab a can of black beans from the pantry and dump it into the food processor. Add salsa, cumin, cilantro, and lots of fresh garlic and ta-da! You’re bringing something to the party.

9. Split yellow pea dip

This vegan dip, inspired by Greek fava beans, starts with a pot of split yellow peas simmering with scallions, thyme, and garlic.

When the peas are tender, mash them with a wooden spoon — no food processor or blender required. Full of protein and fiber, this dip can be served warm or at room temp.

10. Edamame hummus

Everyone’s favorite sushi starter gets a new look in a creamy dip. Keep a bag of frozen edamame in your freezer so you can purée this perfect crudité partner in minutes.

The vibrant green color is Instagram-worthy when paired with farmers market carrots in hues ranging from yellow to red.

11. Lemony white bean dip

Ever notice that homemade hummus isn’t as creamy as the stuff from the store? Well, this homemade dip is super creamy because it uses canned cannellini beans instead of chickpeas.

They whirl into an exceptionally smooth purée with olive oil, lemon, garlic, and a sprinkling of chili flakes.

12. Vegan Mexican layer dip

Seven-layer dip shouts out “We’re having a party, y’all!” It has to be one of the most delicious and festive dips on the planet. But sometimes we find all that cheese and sour cream hard to digest.

In this vegan version, a creamy “queso” crafted from potatoes and nutritional yeast covers a layer of refried black beans. Top with a traditional guacamole and garnish with salsa.

13. Creamy veggie lentil dip

Dip into Indian cuisine by cooking onions, tomato paste, and curry powder in olive oil (if you want to be more traditional, use ghee).

This brings out the sweetness in the onions, takes away the raw taste of tomato paste, and allows the curry powder to bloom, leading to deeper flavors in the lentil purée.

Toasted whole-wheat naan keeps the theme going. And colorful veggies are always welcome.

14. White bean and artichoke dip

Who doesn’t love artichoke dip? But most versions are loaded with mayo. A smart swap of white beans keeps things healthier. Fresh rosemary and a little pecorino Romano cheese contribute Italian flavors.

Even better, the jarred artichokes called for here are an easy way to add this fiber-rich vegetable to your diet.


34 Healthy Dips to Bring to the Party (That Aren’t Guac or Hummus)

Dips are the stars of a party. We gather around them. They’re a communal affair. And while we enjoy hummus and guacamole, we’ve eaten gallons of them, and we like to change it up.

The next time there’s a party (and we’re even talking solo dance parties), try one of these recipes for healthy chip and veggie partners made with a variety of ingredients.

Most of these are vegetarian, and many are vegan. Some of the flavors are classic, others creative. They’re so good you and your guests will be tempted to skip the apple slices and celery sticks and go in with a spoon.

When you present these dips to the buffet table, there’s no chance of duplication. When you bring one to the party, it’s really something.

You might like

1. Simple mint pea dip

With its bright green color, this dip sings “Spring!” Fresh peas are at their sweetest in early spring, but even frozen peas will feel the love of blending with lemon zest, fresh mint, and a little tahini to make it creamy.

2. Moroccan-spiced roasted carrot dip

Instead of dipping a carrot, turn the carrot into a dip. That’s thinking outside the carrot!

Roasting carrots brings out a mellow sweetness, and blending them with harissa adds North African spicy flair. Who knew humble carrots could be so exciting?

3. Nutty Swiss chard and roasted garlic dip

Mild Swiss chard offers an easy way to get a dose of leafy greens. With loads of vitamins A and K, Swiss chard packs in the nutrition too.

Here, the wilted greens are pulsed into a blend of roasted cashews, sweet roasted garlic, and a bit of oil. Keep some texture to the greens — don’t purée them.

4. Roasted vegetable dip with tahini

Roast eggplants, red onion, and red bell pepper in a hot oven until tender. Then blend them up with some tahini and you’ve made a dip you can be proud to bring to the party.

5. Roast beetroot and walnut dip

Roasted beets bring an earthy sweetness to this scarlet dip. Tahini and omega-3-rich walnuts add creamy, nutty flavor. This is one of those “You gotta try it!” recipes.

6. Roasted red pepper dip

Roasted red peppers are easy to find in the grocery store, but they’re also easy to make at home — and they’ll taste fresher. Loaded with vitamin C, this naturally sweet dip will tempt you to eat it with a spoon.

7. Roasted garlic Parmesan white bean dip

Roasting garlic turns the cloves sweet and mellow. Here, they flavor canned cannellini beans, which are simple to blend up.

8. 5-minute black bean dip

We’ve all been there: Some friends decide to have a last-minute get-together and ask you to bring an appetizer. Who wants to run out to the store? Not us.

Instead, we grab a can of black beans from the pantry and dump it into the food processor. Add salsa, cumin, cilantro, and lots of fresh garlic and ta-da! You’re bringing something to the party.

9. Split yellow pea dip

This vegan dip, inspired by Greek fava beans, starts with a pot of split yellow peas simmering with scallions, thyme, and garlic.

When the peas are tender, mash them with a wooden spoon — no food processor or blender required. Full of protein and fiber, this dip can be served warm or at room temp.

10. Edamame hummus

Everyone’s favorite sushi starter gets a new look in a creamy dip. Keep a bag of frozen edamame in your freezer so you can purée this perfect crudité partner in minutes.

The vibrant green color is Instagram-worthy when paired with farmers market carrots in hues ranging from yellow to red.

11. Lemony white bean dip

Ever notice that homemade hummus isn’t as creamy as the stuff from the store? Well, this homemade dip is super creamy because it uses canned cannellini beans instead of chickpeas.

They whirl into an exceptionally smooth purée with olive oil, lemon, garlic, and a sprinkling of chili flakes.

12. Vegan Mexican layer dip

Seven-layer dip shouts out “We’re having a party, y’all!” It has to be one of the most delicious and festive dips on the planet. But sometimes we find all that cheese and sour cream hard to digest.

In this vegan version, a creamy “queso” crafted from potatoes and nutritional yeast covers a layer of refried black beans. Top with a traditional guacamole and garnish with salsa.

13. Creamy veggie lentil dip

Dip into Indian cuisine by cooking onions, tomato paste, and curry powder in olive oil (if you want to be more traditional, use ghee).

This brings out the sweetness in the onions, takes away the raw taste of tomato paste, and allows the curry powder to bloom, leading to deeper flavors in the lentil purée.

Toasted whole-wheat naan keeps the theme going. And colorful veggies are always welcome.

14. White bean and artichoke dip

Who doesn’t love artichoke dip? But most versions are loaded with mayo. A smart swap of white beans keeps things healthier. Fresh rosemary and a little pecorino Romano cheese contribute Italian flavors.

Even better, the jarred artichokes called for here are an easy way to add this fiber-rich vegetable to your diet.


34 Healthy Dips to Bring to the Party (That Aren’t Guac or Hummus)

Dips are the stars of a party. We gather around them. They’re a communal affair. And while we enjoy hummus and guacamole, we’ve eaten gallons of them, and we like to change it up.

The next time there’s a party (and we’re even talking solo dance parties), try one of these recipes for healthy chip and veggie partners made with a variety of ingredients.

Most of these are vegetarian, and many are vegan. Some of the flavors are classic, others creative. They’re so good you and your guests will be tempted to skip the apple slices and celery sticks and go in with a spoon.

When you present these dips to the buffet table, there’s no chance of duplication. When you bring one to the party, it’s really something.

You might like

1. Simple mint pea dip

With its bright green color, this dip sings “Spring!” Fresh peas are at their sweetest in early spring, but even frozen peas will feel the love of blending with lemon zest, fresh mint, and a little tahini to make it creamy.

2. Moroccan-spiced roasted carrot dip

Instead of dipping a carrot, turn the carrot into a dip. That’s thinking outside the carrot!

Roasting carrots brings out a mellow sweetness, and blending them with harissa adds North African spicy flair. Who knew humble carrots could be so exciting?

3. Nutty Swiss chard and roasted garlic dip

Mild Swiss chard offers an easy way to get a dose of leafy greens. With loads of vitamins A and K, Swiss chard packs in the nutrition too.

Here, the wilted greens are pulsed into a blend of roasted cashews, sweet roasted garlic, and a bit of oil. Keep some texture to the greens — don’t purée them.

4. Roasted vegetable dip with tahini

Roast eggplants, red onion, and red bell pepper in a hot oven until tender. Then blend them up with some tahini and you’ve made a dip you can be proud to bring to the party.

5. Roast beetroot and walnut dip

Roasted beets bring an earthy sweetness to this scarlet dip. Tahini and omega-3-rich walnuts add creamy, nutty flavor. This is one of those “You gotta try it!” recipes.

6. Roasted red pepper dip

Roasted red peppers are easy to find in the grocery store, but they’re also easy to make at home — and they’ll taste fresher. Loaded with vitamin C, this naturally sweet dip will tempt you to eat it with a spoon.

7. Roasted garlic Parmesan white bean dip

Roasting garlic turns the cloves sweet and mellow. Here, they flavor canned cannellini beans, which are simple to blend up.

8. 5-minute black bean dip

We’ve all been there: Some friends decide to have a last-minute get-together and ask you to bring an appetizer. Who wants to run out to the store? Not us.

Instead, we grab a can of black beans from the pantry and dump it into the food processor. Add salsa, cumin, cilantro, and lots of fresh garlic and ta-da! You’re bringing something to the party.

9. Split yellow pea dip

This vegan dip, inspired by Greek fava beans, starts with a pot of split yellow peas simmering with scallions, thyme, and garlic.

When the peas are tender, mash them with a wooden spoon — no food processor or blender required. Full of protein and fiber, this dip can be served warm or at room temp.

10. Edamame hummus

Everyone’s favorite sushi starter gets a new look in a creamy dip. Keep a bag of frozen edamame in your freezer so you can purée this perfect crudité partner in minutes.

The vibrant green color is Instagram-worthy when paired with farmers market carrots in hues ranging from yellow to red.

11. Lemony white bean dip

Ever notice that homemade hummus isn’t as creamy as the stuff from the store? Well, this homemade dip is super creamy because it uses canned cannellini beans instead of chickpeas.

They whirl into an exceptionally smooth purée with olive oil, lemon, garlic, and a sprinkling of chili flakes.

12. Vegan Mexican layer dip

Seven-layer dip shouts out “We’re having a party, y’all!” It has to be one of the most delicious and festive dips on the planet. But sometimes we find all that cheese and sour cream hard to digest.

In this vegan version, a creamy “queso” crafted from potatoes and nutritional yeast covers a layer of refried black beans. Top with a traditional guacamole and garnish with salsa.

13. Creamy veggie lentil dip

Dip into Indian cuisine by cooking onions, tomato paste, and curry powder in olive oil (if you want to be more traditional, use ghee).

This brings out the sweetness in the onions, takes away the raw taste of tomato paste, and allows the curry powder to bloom, leading to deeper flavors in the lentil purée.

Toasted whole-wheat naan keeps the theme going. And colorful veggies are always welcome.

14. White bean and artichoke dip

Who doesn’t love artichoke dip? But most versions are loaded with mayo. A smart swap of white beans keeps things healthier. Fresh rosemary and a little pecorino Romano cheese contribute Italian flavors.

Even better, the jarred artichokes called for here are an easy way to add this fiber-rich vegetable to your diet.


34 Healthy Dips to Bring to the Party (That Aren’t Guac or Hummus)

Dips are the stars of a party. We gather around them. They’re a communal affair. And while we enjoy hummus and guacamole, we’ve eaten gallons of them, and we like to change it up.

The next time there’s a party (and we’re even talking solo dance parties), try one of these recipes for healthy chip and veggie partners made with a variety of ingredients.

Most of these are vegetarian, and many are vegan. Some of the flavors are classic, others creative. They’re so good you and your guests will be tempted to skip the apple slices and celery sticks and go in with a spoon.

When you present these dips to the buffet table, there’s no chance of duplication. When you bring one to the party, it’s really something.

You might like

1. Simple mint pea dip

With its bright green color, this dip sings “Spring!” Fresh peas are at their sweetest in early spring, but even frozen peas will feel the love of blending with lemon zest, fresh mint, and a little tahini to make it creamy.

2. Moroccan-spiced roasted carrot dip

Instead of dipping a carrot, turn the carrot into a dip. That’s thinking outside the carrot!

Roasting carrots brings out a mellow sweetness, and blending them with harissa adds North African spicy flair. Who knew humble carrots could be so exciting?

3. Nutty Swiss chard and roasted garlic dip

Mild Swiss chard offers an easy way to get a dose of leafy greens. With loads of vitamins A and K, Swiss chard packs in the nutrition too.

Here, the wilted greens are pulsed into a blend of roasted cashews, sweet roasted garlic, and a bit of oil. Keep some texture to the greens — don’t purée them.

4. Roasted vegetable dip with tahini

Roast eggplants, red onion, and red bell pepper in a hot oven until tender. Then blend them up with some tahini and you’ve made a dip you can be proud to bring to the party.

5. Roast beetroot and walnut dip

Roasted beets bring an earthy sweetness to this scarlet dip. Tahini and omega-3-rich walnuts add creamy, nutty flavor. This is one of those “You gotta try it!” recipes.

6. Roasted red pepper dip

Roasted red peppers are easy to find in the grocery store, but they’re also easy to make at home — and they’ll taste fresher. Loaded with vitamin C, this naturally sweet dip will tempt you to eat it with a spoon.

7. Roasted garlic Parmesan white bean dip

Roasting garlic turns the cloves sweet and mellow. Here, they flavor canned cannellini beans, which are simple to blend up.

8. 5-minute black bean dip

We’ve all been there: Some friends decide to have a last-minute get-together and ask you to bring an appetizer. Who wants to run out to the store? Not us.

Instead, we grab a can of black beans from the pantry and dump it into the food processor. Add salsa, cumin, cilantro, and lots of fresh garlic and ta-da! You’re bringing something to the party.

9. Split yellow pea dip

This vegan dip, inspired by Greek fava beans, starts with a pot of split yellow peas simmering with scallions, thyme, and garlic.

When the peas are tender, mash them with a wooden spoon — no food processor or blender required. Full of protein and fiber, this dip can be served warm or at room temp.

10. Edamame hummus

Everyone’s favorite sushi starter gets a new look in a creamy dip. Keep a bag of frozen edamame in your freezer so you can purée this perfect crudité partner in minutes.

The vibrant green color is Instagram-worthy when paired with farmers market carrots in hues ranging from yellow to red.

11. Lemony white bean dip

Ever notice that homemade hummus isn’t as creamy as the stuff from the store? Well, this homemade dip is super creamy because it uses canned cannellini beans instead of chickpeas.

They whirl into an exceptionally smooth purée with olive oil, lemon, garlic, and a sprinkling of chili flakes.

12. Vegan Mexican layer dip

Seven-layer dip shouts out “We’re having a party, y’all!” It has to be one of the most delicious and festive dips on the planet. But sometimes we find all that cheese and sour cream hard to digest.

In this vegan version, a creamy “queso” crafted from potatoes and nutritional yeast covers a layer of refried black beans. Top with a traditional guacamole and garnish with salsa.

13. Creamy veggie lentil dip

Dip into Indian cuisine by cooking onions, tomato paste, and curry powder in olive oil (if you want to be more traditional, use ghee).

This brings out the sweetness in the onions, takes away the raw taste of tomato paste, and allows the curry powder to bloom, leading to deeper flavors in the lentil purée.

Toasted whole-wheat naan keeps the theme going. And colorful veggies are always welcome.

14. White bean and artichoke dip

Who doesn’t love artichoke dip? But most versions are loaded with mayo. A smart swap of white beans keeps things healthier. Fresh rosemary and a little pecorino Romano cheese contribute Italian flavors.

Even better, the jarred artichokes called for here are an easy way to add this fiber-rich vegetable to your diet.


34 Healthy Dips to Bring to the Party (That Aren’t Guac or Hummus)

Dips are the stars of a party. We gather around them. They’re a communal affair. And while we enjoy hummus and guacamole, we’ve eaten gallons of them, and we like to change it up.

The next time there’s a party (and we’re even talking solo dance parties), try one of these recipes for healthy chip and veggie partners made with a variety of ingredients.

Most of these are vegetarian, and many are vegan. Some of the flavors are classic, others creative. They’re so good you and your guests will be tempted to skip the apple slices and celery sticks and go in with a spoon.

When you present these dips to the buffet table, there’s no chance of duplication. When you bring one to the party, it’s really something.

You might like

1. Simple mint pea dip

With its bright green color, this dip sings “Spring!” Fresh peas are at their sweetest in early spring, but even frozen peas will feel the love of blending with lemon zest, fresh mint, and a little tahini to make it creamy.

2. Moroccan-spiced roasted carrot dip

Instead of dipping a carrot, turn the carrot into a dip. That’s thinking outside the carrot!

Roasting carrots brings out a mellow sweetness, and blending them with harissa adds North African spicy flair. Who knew humble carrots could be so exciting?

3. Nutty Swiss chard and roasted garlic dip

Mild Swiss chard offers an easy way to get a dose of leafy greens. With loads of vitamins A and K, Swiss chard packs in the nutrition too.

Here, the wilted greens are pulsed into a blend of roasted cashews, sweet roasted garlic, and a bit of oil. Keep some texture to the greens — don’t purée them.

4. Roasted vegetable dip with tahini

Roast eggplants, red onion, and red bell pepper in a hot oven until tender. Then blend them up with some tahini and you’ve made a dip you can be proud to bring to the party.

5. Roast beetroot and walnut dip

Roasted beets bring an earthy sweetness to this scarlet dip. Tahini and omega-3-rich walnuts add creamy, nutty flavor. This is one of those “You gotta try it!” recipes.

6. Roasted red pepper dip

Roasted red peppers are easy to find in the grocery store, but they’re also easy to make at home — and they’ll taste fresher. Loaded with vitamin C, this naturally sweet dip will tempt you to eat it with a spoon.

7. Roasted garlic Parmesan white bean dip

Roasting garlic turns the cloves sweet and mellow. Here, they flavor canned cannellini beans, which are simple to blend up.

8. 5-minute black bean dip

We’ve all been there: Some friends decide to have a last-minute get-together and ask you to bring an appetizer. Who wants to run out to the store? Not us.

Instead, we grab a can of black beans from the pantry and dump it into the food processor. Add salsa, cumin, cilantro, and lots of fresh garlic and ta-da! You’re bringing something to the party.

9. Split yellow pea dip

This vegan dip, inspired by Greek fava beans, starts with a pot of split yellow peas simmering with scallions, thyme, and garlic.

When the peas are tender, mash them with a wooden spoon — no food processor or blender required. Full of protein and fiber, this dip can be served warm or at room temp.

10. Edamame hummus

Everyone’s favorite sushi starter gets a new look in a creamy dip. Keep a bag of frozen edamame in your freezer so you can purée this perfect crudité partner in minutes.

The vibrant green color is Instagram-worthy when paired with farmers market carrots in hues ranging from yellow to red.

11. Lemony white bean dip

Ever notice that homemade hummus isn’t as creamy as the stuff from the store? Well, this homemade dip is super creamy because it uses canned cannellini beans instead of chickpeas.

They whirl into an exceptionally smooth purée with olive oil, lemon, garlic, and a sprinkling of chili flakes.

12. Vegan Mexican layer dip

Seven-layer dip shouts out “We’re having a party, y’all!” It has to be one of the most delicious and festive dips on the planet. But sometimes we find all that cheese and sour cream hard to digest.

In this vegan version, a creamy “queso” crafted from potatoes and nutritional yeast covers a layer of refried black beans. Top with a traditional guacamole and garnish with salsa.

13. Creamy veggie lentil dip

Dip into Indian cuisine by cooking onions, tomato paste, and curry powder in olive oil (if you want to be more traditional, use ghee).

This brings out the sweetness in the onions, takes away the raw taste of tomato paste, and allows the curry powder to bloom, leading to deeper flavors in the lentil purée.

Toasted whole-wheat naan keeps the theme going. And colorful veggies are always welcome.

14. White bean and artichoke dip

Who doesn’t love artichoke dip? But most versions are loaded with mayo. A smart swap of white beans keeps things healthier. Fresh rosemary and a little pecorino Romano cheese contribute Italian flavors.

Even better, the jarred artichokes called for here are an easy way to add this fiber-rich vegetable to your diet.


34 Healthy Dips to Bring to the Party (That Aren’t Guac or Hummus)

Dips are the stars of a party. We gather around them. They’re a communal affair. And while we enjoy hummus and guacamole, we’ve eaten gallons of them, and we like to change it up.

The next time there’s a party (and we’re even talking solo dance parties), try one of these recipes for healthy chip and veggie partners made with a variety of ingredients.

Most of these are vegetarian, and many are vegan. Some of the flavors are classic, others creative. They’re so good you and your guests will be tempted to skip the apple slices and celery sticks and go in with a spoon.

When you present these dips to the buffet table, there’s no chance of duplication. When you bring one to the party, it’s really something.

You might like

1. Simple mint pea dip

With its bright green color, this dip sings “Spring!” Fresh peas are at their sweetest in early spring, but even frozen peas will feel the love of blending with lemon zest, fresh mint, and a little tahini to make it creamy.

2. Moroccan-spiced roasted carrot dip

Instead of dipping a carrot, turn the carrot into a dip. That’s thinking outside the carrot!

Roasting carrots brings out a mellow sweetness, and blending them with harissa adds North African spicy flair. Who knew humble carrots could be so exciting?

3. Nutty Swiss chard and roasted garlic dip

Mild Swiss chard offers an easy way to get a dose of leafy greens. With loads of vitamins A and K, Swiss chard packs in the nutrition too.

Here, the wilted greens are pulsed into a blend of roasted cashews, sweet roasted garlic, and a bit of oil. Keep some texture to the greens — don’t purée them.

4. Roasted vegetable dip with tahini

Roast eggplants, red onion, and red bell pepper in a hot oven until tender. Then blend them up with some tahini and you’ve made a dip you can be proud to bring to the party.

5. Roast beetroot and walnut dip

Roasted beets bring an earthy sweetness to this scarlet dip. Tahini and omega-3-rich walnuts add creamy, nutty flavor. This is one of those “You gotta try it!” recipes.

6. Roasted red pepper dip

Roasted red peppers are easy to find in the grocery store, but they’re also easy to make at home — and they’ll taste fresher. Loaded with vitamin C, this naturally sweet dip will tempt you to eat it with a spoon.

7. Roasted garlic Parmesan white bean dip

Roasting garlic turns the cloves sweet and mellow. Here, they flavor canned cannellini beans, which are simple to blend up.

8. 5-minute black bean dip

We’ve all been there: Some friends decide to have a last-minute get-together and ask you to bring an appetizer. Who wants to run out to the store? Not us.

Instead, we grab a can of black beans from the pantry and dump it into the food processor. Add salsa, cumin, cilantro, and lots of fresh garlic and ta-da! You’re bringing something to the party.

9. Split yellow pea dip

This vegan dip, inspired by Greek fava beans, starts with a pot of split yellow peas simmering with scallions, thyme, and garlic.

When the peas are tender, mash them with a wooden spoon — no food processor or blender required. Full of protein and fiber, this dip can be served warm or at room temp.

10. Edamame hummus

Everyone’s favorite sushi starter gets a new look in a creamy dip. Keep a bag of frozen edamame in your freezer so you can purée this perfect crudité partner in minutes.

The vibrant green color is Instagram-worthy when paired with farmers market carrots in hues ranging from yellow to red.

11. Lemony white bean dip

Ever notice that homemade hummus isn’t as creamy as the stuff from the store? Well, this homemade dip is super creamy because it uses canned cannellini beans instead of chickpeas.

They whirl into an exceptionally smooth purée with olive oil, lemon, garlic, and a sprinkling of chili flakes.

12. Vegan Mexican layer dip

Seven-layer dip shouts out “We’re having a party, y’all!” It has to be one of the most delicious and festive dips on the planet. But sometimes we find all that cheese and sour cream hard to digest.

In this vegan version, a creamy “queso” crafted from potatoes and nutritional yeast covers a layer of refried black beans. Top with a traditional guacamole and garnish with salsa.

13. Creamy veggie lentil dip

Dip into Indian cuisine by cooking onions, tomato paste, and curry powder in olive oil (if you want to be more traditional, use ghee).

This brings out the sweetness in the onions, takes away the raw taste of tomato paste, and allows the curry powder to bloom, leading to deeper flavors in the lentil purée.

Toasted whole-wheat naan keeps the theme going. And colorful veggies are always welcome.

14. White bean and artichoke dip

Who doesn’t love artichoke dip? But most versions are loaded with mayo. A smart swap of white beans keeps things healthier. Fresh rosemary and a little pecorino Romano cheese contribute Italian flavors.

Even better, the jarred artichokes called for here are an easy way to add this fiber-rich vegetable to your diet.


34 Healthy Dips to Bring to the Party (That Aren’t Guac or Hummus)

Dips are the stars of a party. We gather around them. They’re a communal affair. And while we enjoy hummus and guacamole, we’ve eaten gallons of them, and we like to change it up.

The next time there’s a party (and we’re even talking solo dance parties), try one of these recipes for healthy chip and veggie partners made with a variety of ingredients.

Most of these are vegetarian, and many are vegan. Some of the flavors are classic, others creative. They’re so good you and your guests will be tempted to skip the apple slices and celery sticks and go in with a spoon.

When you present these dips to the buffet table, there’s no chance of duplication. When you bring one to the party, it’s really something.

You might like

1. Simple mint pea dip

With its bright green color, this dip sings “Spring!” Fresh peas are at their sweetest in early spring, but even frozen peas will feel the love of blending with lemon zest, fresh mint, and a little tahini to make it creamy.

2. Moroccan-spiced roasted carrot dip

Instead of dipping a carrot, turn the carrot into a dip. That’s thinking outside the carrot!

Roasting carrots brings out a mellow sweetness, and blending them with harissa adds North African spicy flair. Who knew humble carrots could be so exciting?

3. Nutty Swiss chard and roasted garlic dip

Mild Swiss chard offers an easy way to get a dose of leafy greens. With loads of vitamins A and K, Swiss chard packs in the nutrition too.

Here, the wilted greens are pulsed into a blend of roasted cashews, sweet roasted garlic, and a bit of oil. Keep some texture to the greens — don’t purée them.

4. Roasted vegetable dip with tahini

Roast eggplants, red onion, and red bell pepper in a hot oven until tender. Then blend them up with some tahini and you’ve made a dip you can be proud to bring to the party.

5. Roast beetroot and walnut dip

Roasted beets bring an earthy sweetness to this scarlet dip. Tahini and omega-3-rich walnuts add creamy, nutty flavor. This is one of those “You gotta try it!” recipes.

6. Roasted red pepper dip

Roasted red peppers are easy to find in the grocery store, but they’re also easy to make at home — and they’ll taste fresher. Loaded with vitamin C, this naturally sweet dip will tempt you to eat it with a spoon.

7. Roasted garlic Parmesan white bean dip

Roasting garlic turns the cloves sweet and mellow. Here, they flavor canned cannellini beans, which are simple to blend up.

8. 5-minute black bean dip

We’ve all been there: Some friends decide to have a last-minute get-together and ask you to bring an appetizer. Who wants to run out to the store? Not us.

Instead, we grab a can of black beans from the pantry and dump it into the food processor. Add salsa, cumin, cilantro, and lots of fresh garlic and ta-da! You’re bringing something to the party.

9. Split yellow pea dip

This vegan dip, inspired by Greek fava beans, starts with a pot of split yellow peas simmering with scallions, thyme, and garlic.

When the peas are tender, mash them with a wooden spoon — no food processor or blender required. Full of protein and fiber, this dip can be served warm or at room temp.

10. Edamame hummus

Everyone’s favorite sushi starter gets a new look in a creamy dip. Keep a bag of frozen edamame in your freezer so you can purée this perfect crudité partner in minutes.

The vibrant green color is Instagram-worthy when paired with farmers market carrots in hues ranging from yellow to red.

11. Lemony white bean dip

Ever notice that homemade hummus isn’t as creamy as the stuff from the store? Well, this homemade dip is super creamy because it uses canned cannellini beans instead of chickpeas.

They whirl into an exceptionally smooth purée with olive oil, lemon, garlic, and a sprinkling of chili flakes.

12. Vegan Mexican layer dip

Seven-layer dip shouts out “We’re having a party, y’all!” It has to be one of the most delicious and festive dips on the planet. But sometimes we find all that cheese and sour cream hard to digest.

In this vegan version, a creamy “queso” crafted from potatoes and nutritional yeast covers a layer of refried black beans. Top with a traditional guacamole and garnish with salsa.

13. Creamy veggie lentil dip

Dip into Indian cuisine by cooking onions, tomato paste, and curry powder in olive oil (if you want to be more traditional, use ghee).

This brings out the sweetness in the onions, takes away the raw taste of tomato paste, and allows the curry powder to bloom, leading to deeper flavors in the lentil purée.

Toasted whole-wheat naan keeps the theme going. And colorful veggies are always welcome.

14. White bean and artichoke dip

Who doesn’t love artichoke dip? But most versions are loaded with mayo. A smart swap of white beans keeps things healthier. Fresh rosemary and a little pecorino Romano cheese contribute Italian flavors.

Even better, the jarred artichokes called for here are an easy way to add this fiber-rich vegetable to your diet.


34 Healthy Dips to Bring to the Party (That Aren’t Guac or Hummus)

Dips are the stars of a party. We gather around them. They’re a communal affair. And while we enjoy hummus and guacamole, we’ve eaten gallons of them, and we like to change it up.

The next time there’s a party (and we’re even talking solo dance parties), try one of these recipes for healthy chip and veggie partners made with a variety of ingredients.

Most of these are vegetarian, and many are vegan. Some of the flavors are classic, others creative. They’re so good you and your guests will be tempted to skip the apple slices and celery sticks and go in with a spoon.

When you present these dips to the buffet table, there’s no chance of duplication. When you bring one to the party, it’s really something.

You might like

1. Simple mint pea dip

With its bright green color, this dip sings “Spring!” Fresh peas are at their sweetest in early spring, but even frozen peas will feel the love of blending with lemon zest, fresh mint, and a little tahini to make it creamy.

2. Moroccan-spiced roasted carrot dip

Instead of dipping a carrot, turn the carrot into a dip. That’s thinking outside the carrot!

Roasting carrots brings out a mellow sweetness, and blending them with harissa adds North African spicy flair. Who knew humble carrots could be so exciting?

3. Nutty Swiss chard and roasted garlic dip

Mild Swiss chard offers an easy way to get a dose of leafy greens. With loads of vitamins A and K, Swiss chard packs in the nutrition too.

Here, the wilted greens are pulsed into a blend of roasted cashews, sweet roasted garlic, and a bit of oil. Keep some texture to the greens — don’t purée them.

4. Roasted vegetable dip with tahini

Roast eggplants, red onion, and red bell pepper in a hot oven until tender. Then blend them up with some tahini and you’ve made a dip you can be proud to bring to the party.

5. Roast beetroot and walnut dip

Roasted beets bring an earthy sweetness to this scarlet dip. Tahini and omega-3-rich walnuts add creamy, nutty flavor. This is one of those “You gotta try it!” recipes.

6. Roasted red pepper dip

Roasted red peppers are easy to find in the grocery store, but they’re also easy to make at home — and they’ll taste fresher. Loaded with vitamin C, this naturally sweet dip will tempt you to eat it with a spoon.

7. Roasted garlic Parmesan white bean dip

Roasting garlic turns the cloves sweet and mellow. Here, they flavor canned cannellini beans, which are simple to blend up.

8. 5-minute black bean dip

We’ve all been there: Some friends decide to have a last-minute get-together and ask you to bring an appetizer. Who wants to run out to the store? Not us.

Instead, we grab a can of black beans from the pantry and dump it into the food processor. Add salsa, cumin, cilantro, and lots of fresh garlic and ta-da! You’re bringing something to the party.

9. Split yellow pea dip

This vegan dip, inspired by Greek fava beans, starts with a pot of split yellow peas simmering with scallions, thyme, and garlic.

When the peas are tender, mash them with a wooden spoon — no food processor or blender required. Full of protein and fiber, this dip can be served warm or at room temp.

10. Edamame hummus

Everyone’s favorite sushi starter gets a new look in a creamy dip. Keep a bag of frozen edamame in your freezer so you can purée this perfect crudité partner in minutes.

The vibrant green color is Instagram-worthy when paired with farmers market carrots in hues ranging from yellow to red.

11. Lemony white bean dip

Ever notice that homemade hummus isn’t as creamy as the stuff from the store? Well, this homemade dip is super creamy because it uses canned cannellini beans instead of chickpeas.

They whirl into an exceptionally smooth purée with olive oil, lemon, garlic, and a sprinkling of chili flakes.

12. Vegan Mexican layer dip

Seven-layer dip shouts out “We’re having a party, y’all!” It has to be one of the most delicious and festive dips on the planet. But sometimes we find all that cheese and sour cream hard to digest.

In this vegan version, a creamy “queso” crafted from potatoes and nutritional yeast covers a layer of refried black beans. Top with a traditional guacamole and garnish with salsa.

13. Creamy veggie lentil dip

Dip into Indian cuisine by cooking onions, tomato paste, and curry powder in olive oil (if you want to be more traditional, use ghee).

This brings out the sweetness in the onions, takes away the raw taste of tomato paste, and allows the curry powder to bloom, leading to deeper flavors in the lentil purée.

Toasted whole-wheat naan keeps the theme going. And colorful veggies are always welcome.

14. White bean and artichoke dip

Who doesn’t love artichoke dip? But most versions are loaded with mayo. A smart swap of white beans keeps things healthier. Fresh rosemary and a little pecorino Romano cheese contribute Italian flavors.

Even better, the jarred artichokes called for here are an easy way to add this fiber-rich vegetable to your diet.


34 Healthy Dips to Bring to the Party (That Aren’t Guac or Hummus)

Dips are the stars of a party. We gather around them. They’re a communal affair. And while we enjoy hummus and guacamole, we’ve eaten gallons of them, and we like to change it up.

The next time there’s a party (and we’re even talking solo dance parties), try one of these recipes for healthy chip and veggie partners made with a variety of ingredients.

Most of these are vegetarian, and many are vegan. Some of the flavors are classic, others creative. They’re so good you and your guests will be tempted to skip the apple slices and celery sticks and go in with a spoon.

When you present these dips to the buffet table, there’s no chance of duplication. When you bring one to the party, it’s really something.

You might like

1. Simple mint pea dip

With its bright green color, this dip sings “Spring!” Fresh peas are at their sweetest in early spring, but even frozen peas will feel the love of blending with lemon zest, fresh mint, and a little tahini to make it creamy.

2. Moroccan-spiced roasted carrot dip

Instead of dipping a carrot, turn the carrot into a dip. That’s thinking outside the carrot!

Roasting carrots brings out a mellow sweetness, and blending them with harissa adds North African spicy flair. Who knew humble carrots could be so exciting?

3. Nutty Swiss chard and roasted garlic dip

Mild Swiss chard offers an easy way to get a dose of leafy greens. With loads of vitamins A and K, Swiss chard packs in the nutrition too.

Here, the wilted greens are pulsed into a blend of roasted cashews, sweet roasted garlic, and a bit of oil. Keep some texture to the greens — don’t purée them.

4. Roasted vegetable dip with tahini

Roast eggplants, red onion, and red bell pepper in a hot oven until tender. Then blend them up with some tahini and you’ve made a dip you can be proud to bring to the party.

5. Roast beetroot and walnut dip

Roasted beets bring an earthy sweetness to this scarlet dip. Tahini and omega-3-rich walnuts add creamy, nutty flavor. This is one of those “You gotta try it!” recipes.

6. Roasted red pepper dip

Roasted red peppers are easy to find in the grocery store, but they’re also easy to make at home — and they’ll taste fresher. Loaded with vitamin C, this naturally sweet dip will tempt you to eat it with a spoon.

7. Roasted garlic Parmesan white bean dip

Roasting garlic turns the cloves sweet and mellow. Here, they flavor canned cannellini beans, which are simple to blend up.

8. 5-minute black bean dip

We’ve all been there: Some friends decide to have a last-minute get-together and ask you to bring an appetizer. Who wants to run out to the store? Not us.

Instead, we grab a can of black beans from the pantry and dump it into the food processor. Add salsa, cumin, cilantro, and lots of fresh garlic and ta-da! You’re bringing something to the party.

9. Split yellow pea dip

This vegan dip, inspired by Greek fava beans, starts with a pot of split yellow peas simmering with scallions, thyme, and garlic.

When the peas are tender, mash them with a wooden spoon — no food processor or blender required. Full of protein and fiber, this dip can be served warm or at room temp.

10. Edamame hummus

Everyone’s favorite sushi starter gets a new look in a creamy dip. Keep a bag of frozen edamame in your freezer so you can purée this perfect crudité partner in minutes.

The vibrant green color is Instagram-worthy when paired with farmers market carrots in hues ranging from yellow to red.

11. Lemony white bean dip

Ever notice that homemade hummus isn’t as creamy as the stuff from the store? Well, this homemade dip is super creamy because it uses canned cannellini beans instead of chickpeas.

They whirl into an exceptionally smooth purée with olive oil, lemon, garlic, and a sprinkling of chili flakes.

12. Vegan Mexican layer dip

Seven-layer dip shouts out “We’re having a party, y’all!” It has to be one of the most delicious and festive dips on the planet. But sometimes we find all that cheese and sour cream hard to digest.

In this vegan version, a creamy “queso” crafted from potatoes and nutritional yeast covers a layer of refried black beans. Top with a traditional guacamole and garnish with salsa.

13. Creamy veggie lentil dip

Dip into Indian cuisine by cooking onions, tomato paste, and curry powder in olive oil (if you want to be more traditional, use ghee).

This brings out the sweetness in the onions, takes away the raw taste of tomato paste, and allows the curry powder to bloom, leading to deeper flavors in the lentil purée.

Toasted whole-wheat naan keeps the theme going. And colorful veggies are always welcome.

14. White bean and artichoke dip

Who doesn’t love artichoke dip? But most versions are loaded with mayo. A smart swap of white beans keeps things healthier. Fresh rosemary and a little pecorino Romano cheese contribute Italian flavors.

Even better, the jarred artichokes called for here are an easy way to add this fiber-rich vegetable to your diet.


34 Healthy Dips to Bring to the Party (That Aren’t Guac or Hummus)

Dips are the stars of a party. We gather around them. They’re a communal affair. And while we enjoy hummus and guacamole, we’ve eaten gallons of them, and we like to change it up.

The next time there’s a party (and we’re even talking solo dance parties), try one of these recipes for healthy chip and veggie partners made with a variety of ingredients.

Most of these are vegetarian, and many are vegan. Some of the flavors are classic, others creative. They’re so good you and your guests will be tempted to skip the apple slices and celery sticks and go in with a spoon.

When you present these dips to the buffet table, there’s no chance of duplication. When you bring one to the party, it’s really something.

You might like

1. Simple mint pea dip

With its bright green color, this dip sings “Spring!” Fresh peas are at their sweetest in early spring, but even frozen peas will feel the love of blending with lemon zest, fresh mint, and a little tahini to make it creamy.

2. Moroccan-spiced roasted carrot dip

Instead of dipping a carrot, turn the carrot into a dip. That’s thinking outside the carrot!

Roasting carrots brings out a mellow sweetness, and blending them with harissa adds North African spicy flair. Who knew humble carrots could be so exciting?

3. Nutty Swiss chard and roasted garlic dip

Mild Swiss chard offers an easy way to get a dose of leafy greens. With loads of vitamins A and K, Swiss chard packs in the nutrition too.

Here, the wilted greens are pulsed into a blend of roasted cashews, sweet roasted garlic, and a bit of oil. Keep some texture to the greens — don’t purée them.

4. Roasted vegetable dip with tahini

Roast eggplants, red onion, and red bell pepper in a hot oven until tender. Then blend them up with some tahini and you’ve made a dip you can be proud to bring to the party.

5. Roast beetroot and walnut dip

Roasted beets bring an earthy sweetness to this scarlet dip. Tahini and omega-3-rich walnuts add creamy, nutty flavor. This is one of those “You gotta try it!” recipes.

6. Roasted red pepper dip

Roasted red peppers are easy to find in the grocery store, but they’re also easy to make at home — and they’ll taste fresher. Loaded with vitamin C, this naturally sweet dip will tempt you to eat it with a spoon.

7. Roasted garlic Parmesan white bean dip

Roasting garlic turns the cloves sweet and mellow. Here, they flavor canned cannellini beans, which are simple to blend up.

8. 5-minute black bean dip

We’ve all been there: Some friends decide to have a last-minute get-together and ask you to bring an appetizer. Who wants to run out to the store? Not us.

Instead, we grab a can of black beans from the pantry and dump it into the food processor. Add salsa, cumin, cilantro, and lots of fresh garlic and ta-da! You’re bringing something to the party.

9. Split yellow pea dip

This vegan dip, inspired by Greek fava beans, starts with a pot of split yellow peas simmering with scallions, thyme, and garlic.

When the peas are tender, mash them with a wooden spoon — no food processor or blender required. Full of protein and fiber, this dip can be served warm or at room temp.

10. Edamame hummus

Everyone’s favorite sushi starter gets a new look in a creamy dip. Keep a bag of frozen edamame in your freezer so you can purée this perfect crudité partner in minutes.

The vibrant green color is Instagram-worthy when paired with farmers market carrots in hues ranging from yellow to red.

11. Lemony white bean dip

Ever notice that homemade hummus isn’t as creamy as the stuff from the store? Well, this homemade dip is super creamy because it uses canned cannellini beans instead of chickpeas.

They whirl into an exceptionally smooth purée with olive oil, lemon, garlic, and a sprinkling of chili flakes.

12. Vegan Mexican layer dip

Seven-layer dip shouts out “We’re having a party, y’all!” It has to be one of the most delicious and festive dips on the planet. But sometimes we find all that cheese and sour cream hard to digest.

In this vegan version, a creamy “queso” crafted from potatoes and nutritional yeast covers a layer of refried black beans. Top with a traditional guacamole and garnish with salsa.

13. Creamy veggie lentil dip

Dip into Indian cuisine by cooking onions, tomato paste, and curry powder in olive oil (if you want to be more traditional, use ghee).

This brings out the sweetness in the onions, takes away the raw taste of tomato paste, and allows the curry powder to bloom, leading to deeper flavors in the lentil purée.

Toasted whole-wheat naan keeps the theme going. And colorful veggies are always welcome.

14. White bean and artichoke dip

Who doesn’t love artichoke dip? But most versions are loaded with mayo. A smart swap of white beans keeps things healthier. Fresh rosemary and a little pecorino Romano cheese contribute Italian flavors.

Even better, the jarred artichokes called for here are an easy way to add this fiber-rich vegetable to your diet.