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.
Is it a dressing or a dip? Who cares? Green goddess dressing, the beloved California creation, doubles as a dip for a summertime crudite platter. The creamy concoction is studded with chopped fresh herbs and scallions, and it pairs particularly well with the season's bounty -- here, baby carrots and yellow squash, tender peas and beans, and little tomatoes -- but let the greenmarket (or your own garden) be your guide.This recipe originally appeared in Martha Stewart's Appetizers (Clarkson Potter).
While the holiday season is a time to indulge in treats we look forward to all year long, there's no rule that says every bite we take between November and January must be soaked in butter and covered in cheese. We've gathered some of our favorite recipes for lighter appetizers that ease up on the fat and have plenty of colorful vegetables and bright, refreshing flavors. Intersperse some lighter appetizers amongst the rich dips and Christmas cookies, and your guests will thank you for it.