Unlike some other diet-damaging dips, hummus is nutritious, delicious, and satisfying. It's also quick, easy, and economical to make. You'll find a new favorite or two in our irresisitble selection, from the chickpea-tahini classic beloved across the Middle East (every country has its own spin) to our brightly colored versions with avocado, beets, sweet potato, and other good things; plus recipes for hummus-like dips made with other beans.
The best appetizers for a July 4th celebration are the make-ahead kind. Get them ready long before you turn on the grill -- and go for starters that can take the heat, not delicate dishes that will wilt or melt if you set them out in the sun. Go for vegetable-based dishes, after all, there are plenty of hot dogs, hamburgers, and steaks to come.