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Hummus and 9 Other Healthy Party Dips

Hummus and 9 Other Healthy Party Dips

The sun is shining, the pool is open, and it’s time to start planning your summer get-together. You’ve got your Tiki candles, the luau decorations are set, and now you’re trying to plan the menu. While your entrée will most likely include an array of barbecued meat and vegetables, you’re thinking more about the appetizers. You don’t want anything too hot, or difficult to prepare, so you decide to go with fun, summery party dips. Everything from orange avocado salsa to a homemade eggplant caponata — fresh, healthy ingredients combined with tantalizing flavor — talk about winning.

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The best part of your dip extravaganza? All of the dips we’ve suggested for your backyard party are made using fresh produce, herbs, and spices. No processed additives. Low fat. Low Calorie. Sweet. When creating your dips, think of eccentric takes on classic dishes such as a grilled corn salsa instead of your regular jarred salsa. Or a caramelized onion dip instead of that packaged sour cream mess you’re so familiar with. Instead of sour cream, try Greek yogurt. You’ll not only cut calories, but pump up the nutritional value of the dip by increasing protein and probiotic counts.

Another healthy dip tip: forget the packaged spice packets. Onion soup mix packets are loaded with salt and processed ingredients. Instead, head to the produce department and choose fresh herbs to flavor your favorite dips. Homemade guacamole? Pick up some fresh cilantro and tomatoes. Grilled corn salsa? Throw some jalapeños in your shopping cart. Simple, fresh ingredients that naturally flavor your favorite dishes, without the added salt and processed additives.

We’ve compiled a list of the 10 healthiest summer dips for your next gathering. They’re all under 150 calories per serving (most fewer than 100!), and include everything from your typical hummus to a sweet yogurt fruit dip. The only thing you’ll need to worry about this summer is entertaining your guests and enjoying yourself. We’ve got the menu covered.

Spinach and Artichoke Dip

Coming in with the highest calorie content (only about 150 calories per serving), artichoke dip can be recreated with Greek yogurt or low-fat sour cream to cut calories and up protein content.

Caramelized Onion Dip

Fresh onions and low-fat mayonnaise help this dip remain under 100 calories. Sweet caramelized onions are combined with fresh herbs and spices, then baked to create an unforgettable cheesy texture — this dip is definitely worth the calories.

Click here for the Caramelized Onion Dip Recipe

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9 Healthy Hummus Dips Worth Making Yourself

Yasmin Fahr is a food writer with a strong love for avocados, feta and tomatoes. After a Master’s in Food Studies at New York University, she began a career in food writing at Food & Wine magazine and then as a founding cook editor at The Daily Meal. Her writing has appeared in Yahoo! Travel, LA Times, Serious Eats, TasteBook and Whole Foods Market publications.

Creamy and spreadable, this Middle Eastern dish is a favorite tableside dip for good reason: It's one of the few that both tastes good and is healthy. Typically made with chickpeas, lemon juice, garlic, olive oil and tahini, hummus offers a host of health benefits in addition to being delicious. Chickpeas (aka garbanzo beans) are a good source of fiber, healthy fats, protein and vitamins A and C. Mix in tahini (a creamy paste made from sesame seeds) for antioxidants as well as vitamin E to round out this healthful, addictive dip. Sure, you can buy packaged hummus, but once you have the classic hummus recipe down, you can mix up a batch in a snap that's seasoned precisely to your liking. Whether scooped up with crunchy veggies and pita chips or used as a sandwich spread, try these hummus variations to spice up your next dinner party.

Creamy and spreadable, this Middle Eastern dish is a favorite tableside dip for good reason: It's one of the few that both tastes good and is healthy. Typically made with chickpeas, lemon juice, garlic, olive oil and tahini, hummus offers a host of health benefits in addition to being delicious. Chickpeas (aka garbanzo beans) are a good source of fiber, healthy fats, protein and vitamins A and C. Mix in tahini (a creamy paste made from sesame seeds) for antioxidants as well as vitamin E to round out this healthful, addictive dip. Sure, you can buy packaged hummus, but once you have the classic hummus recipe down, you can mix up a batch in a snap that's seasoned precisely to your liking. Whether scooped up with crunchy veggies and pita chips or used as a sandwich spread, try these hummus variations to spice up your next dinner party.


Folding fruit like mango and pomegranate into guacamole adds a welcome hit of sweetness.

Make your own hummus for an easy after-school snack that's super-healthy.

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5-Star Party Dips Paired With Their Perfect Dipping Companions

Showing up with the perfect party dip only gets you so far if your dipping implement isn&apost up to the task. A fragile chip that goes to pieces mid-dunk? That&aposs a dud of a dipper.

Yes, dipper-duty is a mighty responsibility. That&aposs why we&aposve taken top-rated dips and paired them up with the very best dippers for dunking, dipping, scooping, and shoveling up all the yummy goodness.

Chunky Dips

Hearty dips call for sturdy dippers. You need a solid platform to support all that good stuff. Tortilla chips, thicker potato chips, crackers, toasts and bagel crisps, bread sticks and pretzels, slices apples and pears, and raw veggies work best with these dips.

Warm Dips

For hot dips, you need a substantial dipper that stands up to the heat and can handle the heavy lifting. Chunks of fresh bread, pita, or toast are terrific choices.

Smooth Dips

For creamy-smooth dips like hummus, baba ganoush, and onion dips, reach for crispy pita chips or bagel chips, potato chips and other veggie chips (like zucchini or kale).

VIDEO: See How to Make Delicious Artichoke Dip "This hot artichoke dip is the life of any party," says Tiffany Rhine. "Serve hot with celery, toasted bread or crackers."

Here&aposs your cheat sheet of delicious dips and the dippers that love &aposem:


3. The Staples: Bread & Chips

These are the staples of the dipping instruments. These foods to dip in hummus are tried and true – popular for a reason. Sometimes, you just need to go back to the basics in life. Here are some of our favorite standbys (they’re always in our pantries).

  • Pita Chips: These are our favorite vehicles for dip. They’re the perfect combination of savory flavor, with the crunch of a chip.
  • Bread: Mmm, who doesn’t love bread that is soft on the outside, with a crunchy exterior? We love it dipped in our savory or sweet flavors.
  • Sun Chips: These crinkly, tasty treats add a great crunch to each bite, and you can mix and match flavors for great combinations.
  • Rice Crackers: When you want to really taste our flavored varieties, rice crackers are the best option – they let the dip be the star of the show.
  • Bagel Chips: Bagel chips are a much heartier dipping item – perfect for our bold flavors, like our Jalapeno Cilantro.

The BEST Instant Pot Party Dips

This collection of The BEST Instant Pot Party Dips is a great place to find amazing dips to make for Super Bowl Sunday or any kind of party! Or just whip one of these Instant Pot Dips any time the family is watching television together!

There’s a popular collection of Slow Cooker Dip Recipes on this site, and that post always gets some attention when it’s Super Bowl time. But now people love to use the Instant Pot to make quick food, so we thought it might be fun to some of the tasty dips food bloggers are making in the Instant Pot. And we’re sharing 18 tasty-sounding dip ideas for this collection of The BEST Instant Pot Party Dips! If you’re making food for the Super Bowl, hope you enjoy one of these yummy dips!

There are classics like spinach artichoke dip, hummus, and cheesy bean dip, as well as maybe new-to-you ideas like cheesy corn and bacon dip, eggplant dip (Baba Ghanoush), bacon cheeseburger dip, buffalo ranch chicken dip, and even a sweet caramel dip. There are dips here with chicken, bacon, ground beef, and cheese and even a vegan version of queso for those who don’t want meat. Be sure to scroll past the photos to see all your options!

As always, photos are copyrighted to the blogger that posted the recipe. Just click the recipe name under any photo to see the full recipe on the original site.

More Super Bowl Food Round-Ups:

Instant Pot Mississippi Sin Dip from 365 Days of Slow + Pressure Cooking
(Also slow cooker and oven directions.)


Guiltless French Onion Dip

French onion dip — normally packed with high-fat sour cream and mayonnaise — is always a party favorite, especially when paired with wavy potato chips. This homemade version is a healthy upgrade from The Kitchen Girl. You’ll combine dried onion flakes, garlic powder, Worcestershire sauce, mayonnaise (optional), and Greek yogurt.

Yogurt sneaks extra protein and calcium into the dip: One cup of plain nonfat Greek yogurt provides 25 grams (g) of protein, along with 272 milligrams (mg) of calcium (an excellent source) according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). Bonus: This healthy dip takes only five minutes to whip up. A ¼ cup serving provides 89 calories, 5 g fat, 4 g carbohydrates, and 6 g protein. The same serving size (about 4 tablespoons [tbsp]) of store-bought French onion dip contains about 100 calories, 4 g carbs, and yet only 2 g of protein, according to the USDA.

No matter which way you go, enjoy this in moderation: This homemade version is healthier, but it’s still high calorie. Trade high-fat potato chips for healthy veggie sticks to up the health profile of this snack even more.


10+ Hummus Recipes to Liven Up Your Next Party Spread

New to hummus? Start off with this simple, straight-up hummus recipe, and familiarize yourself with the garlicky, tahini-based mixture.

Tomato & Herb Salad Hummus Bowls

Photography by Kate Mathis

If you&aposve got a thing for fresh veggies and herbs, you&aposre gonna love this recipe! For the ultimate app, blend together a basic hummus, and top with cherry tomatoes, cilantro, parsley, Fresno chile, and celery.

Golden Hummus with Paprika Oil

Photography by Christopher Testani

If you&aposve been there, done that when it comes to hummus, give your dip a golden touch! This stuff calls for ground turmeric and cumin, and you&aposll top the finished product with chopped pistachios, red onion, and parsley leaves.

Hummus with Toasted Coriander & Feta

Photography by Sarah Anne Ward

If you really want your hummus to burst with flavor, try adding crushed coriander seeds, tangy feta crumbles, and fresh mint leaves to the mix. We swear, you&aposve never had hummus quite like this!

Mint & Pea Hummus with Radish Salad

Photography by Christopher Testani

Experiment with different types of legumes for this healthy hummus. In addition to garbanzo beans, use a helping of peas to create the texture and taste you crave. Top it off with radishes, lemon zest, feta, and mint.

Black Bean Hummus with Beef Taco Topping

Photography by Christopher Testani

This just may be the heartiest hummus you ever have. Once you puree your black bean-tahini mixture, scoop some seasoned ground beef, pickled jalapeños, and sliced red onion on top. Try to resist the temptation to eat it with a spoon!

Zesty Sweet Potato Hummus

Photography by Peter Ardito

Sweeten up your party spread a bit with this zesty appetizer! Mixing in sweet potatoes brightens the taste of this hummus, while a little lime zest and ground coriander provide a touch of umami.

Beet & Walnut Hummus

Photography by Christopher Testani

This deep red dip is truly for the adventurous eater. Add nutrient-rich roast beets to a basic hummus recipe for something that&aposll be a standout on the hors d&aposoeuvres table. Top with toasted nuts and seeds, and sweet pomegranate molasses.

Carrot-Cumin Hummus with Yogurt & Smoked Almonds

Photography by Christopher Testani

Carrots give this hummus a whole new taste and texture! Greek yogurt and chopped almonds offer up a contrasting crunchy-and-creamy finish, while cilantro provides some yum-o flavor and aroma.

Edamame Hummus

You&aposll flip over this easy hummus – and it only calls for five ingredients! Switch out chickpeas for super-healthy edamame before serving with veggies, pita, and crackers.

White Bean Hummus with Tomatoes & Pesto

Photography by Christopher Testani

Making hummus with white cannellini beans makes for an ultra-creamy texture. Give this app an Italian spin by throwing some cherry tomatoes, pesto, and basil on top.

Black Bean Hummus

Don&apost let this dip&aposs lack of fancy toppings fool you – it packs a powerful punch. With secret ingredients like chili powder and lime juice in the mix, it&aposs hard to stop eating once you&aposve started!

Basic Hummus

Bring things back to basics with this easy hummus recipe. But if you want to give it a slight flair, sprinkle some chopped toasted pistachios on top – trust us on this one!


24 Incredibly Easy Dip Recipes Your Party Guests Will Obsess Over

Have your guests dip chips, crackers, or breadsticks into this caramelized onion and cheese appetizer.

In a hummus rut? Try this amazing spread instead.

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When dinner guests begin to arrive, put out this warm and gooey pimiento cheese dip to tide them over until dinner is ready.

You can make this dip up to 3 days ahead and refrigerate.

All you need is 10 minutes to whip up this easy dip in 3 simple steps.

Smooth, rich, and fresh-tasting all at once, this easy dip is ready in minutes and complements a huge variety of veggies and other dippers, so you can serve whatever you have on hand.

You'll want to keep this tasty recipe&mdashfeaturing a creamy blend of cannellini beans, rosemary, garlic and lemon juice&mdashon hand year-round serve it as a dip for casual get-togethers or spread on crostini for a fancier affair.

When preparing this dish, opt for canned artichokes&mdashtheir soft texture makes them ideal for this bubbling, cheesy dip. In a time crunch? Prep and store the dip for up to three days in the fridge, then bake when you're ready.

Love buffalo chicken but hate the calories? This dip recipe has your number.

Get the recipe at Gimme Some Oven.

This ooey, gooey dip comes with its own delicious dippers.

Get the recipe at Season & Suppers.

Blue cheese and a hint of tabasco give this creamy yogurt dip some kick.

Butternut squash is fantastic in all sorts of dips. Here, it's roasted with citrus and sweet spices to concentrate the flavor, then pureed and seasoned with minced fresh sage.

This chunky dip is a specialty in the Gilan province of Northern Iran. Chef Serge Madikians makes his version with pomegranate in two forms: seeds and molasses.

Impress your guests without spending hours in the kitchen with this rich, zesty dip that takes only seconds to prepare.

Lox lovers will keep coming back for more of this quick and easy appetizer.

Guacamole is always an easy, delicious hit as a part of any party spread. This version gives the classic Mexican dip an Asian twist, and calls for savory sesame, soy sauce, and chili-garlic paste to give it a real punch.

With homemade refried beans and garden-fresh salsa and guacamole, our hearty appetizer delivers less sodium and more flavor, with only one-sixth the saturated fat and one-third fewer calories.

Having a healthy, flavorful appetizer on hand is a way to please all your dinner guests.

You can never go wrong with this go-to recipe.

Enjoy all your favorite Mexican flavors in one bite by layering refried beans mixed with cilantro and lime juice with guacamole, sour cream and shredded Cheddar cheese.

"The oozy, gooey deliciousness of queso flameado is as Texan as Friday night football. This dish is traditionally served flambé &mdash but the idea of pouring tequila on top and setting it on fire is a little scary, so we added the liquor to the mixture to get the flavor without the flames."


This dip is so light and healthy. It has just one tablespoon of oil, and the rest of the texture, flavor and creaminess comes from carrots, cannellini beans, lemon juice, honey and a variety of spices. It tastes great with anything hummus would taste good with, from carrot sticks to pita chips.

Ricotta is perfect for a summer cheese dip because it’s a little lighter than hard cheeses, and it’s slightly sweet so it tastes great on grainy, seedy breads and wholegrain chips. This dip is totally addictive with delicious artichoke, fresh thyme, grated Parmesan, chili flakes and lemon juice.


Watch the video: Cheesy Spinach Hummus Dip. Healthy Appetizer (September 2021).