Our Best Dipping Sauces for Dunking Everything from Vegetables to Slices of Bread

David Malosh

Whether you're putting together a plate of chicken wings, a basket of freshly-baked pita bread, or a platter of fruits and vegetables, adding a good quality dipping sauce will transform any finger food in your repertoire. Often made with minimal ingredients, dipping sauces are typically the easiest and most delicious part of a dish, and that's certainly true of the ones in this collection. Here, we feature a wide-ranging selection of recipes that come together quickly, leaving you time to work on the other elements of your meal, whether that's slicing vegetables for crudités or making appetizers for dunking.

Dipping sauces are typically thinner in consistency than dips and can be made by whisking a few ingredients together in a bowl or quickly puréeing them in a blender. You won't need to turn on your oven to melt layers of cheese or brown ground beef on the stovetop for the recipes featured here. Many of them achieve their depth of flavor with a handful of ingredients—often vegetables and a few fresh herbs—that are chopped and blended into a thin, spreadable sauce. Our Green Goddess Dressing, pictured here, is the perfect example. The creamy concoction is made by puréeing sour cream, mayonnaise, anchovies, parsley, basil, and scallions in a food processor until smooth. It's best served with a selection of seasonal vegetables for dipping.

Of course, any dipping sauce needs a base that makes it possible to blend vegetables and herbs into a smooth mixture. While most of the offerings here use either Greek yogurt, sour cream, mayonnaise, or a mixture of all three, there are also dairy-free options. Ingredients like avocado, tahini, and miso will give your dip robust flavor while also providing enough liquid to make sure the other ingredients are blendable.

Get your choice of crackers, chips, or fresh crostini ready, and make sure you chop up an assortment of fruits and vegetables to complement our incredible dipping sauces.

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Vinegar-Garlic Dipping Sauce

Martyna Szczesna

Just three ingredients—minced garlic, white vinegar, and soy sauce—come together to make this irresistible savory sauce. Make it ahead of time and store it in the fridge or serve it immediately with a plate of crispy spring rolls.

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Zesty Tomato Dipping Sauce

zesty tomato dipping sauce
Lennart Weibull

With canned tomato sauce as its star ingredient, you'll save on prep when making this zesty sauce that's flavored with garlic and lemon. It's just right for Mozzarella Sticks.

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Vegan Green-Goddess Dip

vegan green goddess dip with winter grand aioli on platter
Justin Walker

This dairy-free dip gets its velvety smooth texture from avocado. It's puréed with tangy Dijon mustard, white wine vinegar, lemon juice, and cilantro.

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Curried-Sour-Cream Dipping Sauce

curried-sour-cream dipping sauce
Lennart Weibull

An instant crowd-pleaser thanks to its deep curry flavor and creamy texture, this dipping sauce will be a hero for any host as it complements everything from crudités to fried finger foods.

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Anchovy Dip

Anchovy Dip with bread

The strong, salty taste of anchovies is balanced out by garlic, fresh parsley, lemon juice, and milk, which are all simmered together and then blended until smooth. While it's a great spread on sandwiches, we love it served as a snack with sliced bread for dipping.

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Spicy Romesco Dipping Sauce

Grilled Buttermilk Chicken Tenders with Dipping Sauces
David Malosh

Set a spicy tone with our take on Romesco, an almond and tomato-based sauce that originated in the Catalonia region of Spain. Bell peppers and almonds give it a nutty, slightly sweet flavor that's offset by the addition of cayenne pepper and garlic.

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Spring Pesto Dip

spring pesto dip with veggies
Lennart Weibull

Elevate a simple plate of vegetables in just five minutes with our simple pesto dipping sauce. Its rich texture is achieved by mixing together sour cream and mayonnaise, a dollop of pesto adds a rich, herbaceous, taste.

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Miso-Tahini Dip

Miso-Tahini Dip recipe
Chris Simpson

Dairy isn't needed to achieve a creamy dip, especially when combining two ingredient powerhouses, like umami-rich miso and nutty tahini paste as this recipe does. Rounded out with sesame oil and garlic, it will enhance even the mildest of vegetables.

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Feta-and-Buttermilk Dip

Feta-and-Buttermilk Dip
Noe Dewitt

A great make-ahead dip, this creamy elixir is achieved by mixing sour cream and buttermilk with more potent ingredients, including salty feta cheese, sharp Dijon mustard, and fresh dill.

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Yogurt-Ranch Dipping Sauce

Yogurt-Ranch Dipping Sauce
Kate Sears

Skip store-bought ranch and opt for our low-maintenance take on the dip instead. Mayonnaise is mixed with Greek yogurt to keep it light and refreshing, while chives and fresh dill provide a sweet, onion-like bite.

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Tahini Fruit Dip

Mike Krautter

Tahini's rich sesame taste is the ideal base for a fruit dip. Here, it's rounded out with creamy Greek yogurt, honey, and slightly spicy cinnamon. Serve it with slices of apples, bananas, and strawberries for a healthy snack or an easy dessert option.

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