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Beyond the Chip: 6 Alternative Foods That Are Perfect for Dipping

We love a good chip, but there are plenty of other options to zip up your dipping experience. Here are our top six picks.

Your dip may be the star of the show, but it’s nothing without its supporting sides. Offer a mix of vegetables and carbs -- the crunchier, the better -- for a contrast in texture. We especially love crisp lettuce leaves and mini peppers because they have built-in scoops.

little dippers lettuce leaves
Photography by: Emily Kate Roemer

1. Gem Lettuce Leaves

This lettuce variety is sturdy enough for dipping and has a delicate flavor that pairs well with all kinds of dips. Try the leaves with our Spicy Shrimp Dip.

little dippers baguette slices
Photography by: Emily Kate Roemer

2. Baguette Slices

Don't be tempted by the store-bought version! Making your own baguette slices is a great way to use up the loaf. Just drizzle with olive oil and toast. They make a delicious vehicle for our Whipped Hearts of Palm and Feta Dip.

little dippers mini bell peppers
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3. Mini Bell Peppers

Halved and seeded, sweet bite-size bell peppers make a scrumptious foil for creamy, salty dips, like our Avocado Ranch Dip.

little dippers classic crackers
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4. Late July Classic Rich Crackers

Buttery and subtly sweet, thanks to cane juice, these flaky little numbers are uber-versatile. Use them to scoop up our Spanish-inspired Ham-and-Spinach Dip.

$3.75 for 6 oz., wholefoodsmarket.com

little dippers cucumber slices
Photography by: Emily Kate Roemer

5. Cucumber Slices

Cool cukes make an ideal counterpoint to hot dip, like our bold, creamy Romesco-and-Bucheron Dip.

little dippers baked crackers
Photography by: Emily Kate Roemer

6. Firehook Sea Salt Mediterranean Baked Crackers

These are our go-to when we don't have time to make our own crackers. The simple crisps only use five ingredients -- wheat flour, honey, olive oil, salt, and yeast -- and make a satisfying partner for all manner of dips, including our Labneh Dip with Caramelized Onions and Fennel.

$6 for 7 oz., vitacost.com

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