Ultimate Dip Recipes Perfect for Any Gathering
There are almost too many occasions where a bowl of dip can be a host's hero, from casual happy hours on the fly to holidays and celebrations that have been planned for months. Dips are often some of the easiest recipes that a home cook can incorporate into their repertoire—and yet there are endless ways to create a crowd-friendly dip for the ultimate snack bar. The best dips are made with a handful of ingredients and can be made well before your guests arrive, giving you extra bandwidth to put together an otherwise full menu and execute decor details like a tablescape.
Often, people assume that dips must be savory and heavy in the dairy department—but dips can be sweet, and can be vegan-friendly as well as healthy and light. We've incorporated the freshest hauls from your garden (think: spinach, peppers, broccoli, and fresh herbs) into the most robust flavors found at local markets—olives, avocado, even labneh and hearts of palm. Any of these dips can be made vegetarian-friendly, too, by omitting the ingredient or simply replacing them with meaty veggies like mushrooms, eggplant, or fresh zucchini.
More often than not, classic dip recipes star the freshest of vegetables, in fact. From artichokes to radishes and everything in between, chopped and pureéd vegetables make for a versatile dip base. Salsa and hummus are among the best examples of this, and yet adding even more vegetables can turn these classic recipes on their head. Our tomato and corn salsa is a veggie-forward alternative, and guacamole hummus takes two delicious concepts to exciting new heights.
Serve up a bowl with your choice of crackers, chips, or freshly made crostini. Or, better yet, add layers of textural complexity by dunking sliced bell peppers, cucumbers, zucchini, celery, cherry tomatoes, or any of a multitude of other veggies to bring your dip full circle.
Vegan Green-Goddess Dip
Loaded Baked-Potato Dip
Greek Layer Dip
Hot Crab-and-Oyster Dip
Creamy Broccoli-Spinach Dip
Not a big fan of artichokes? This is a no-bake alternative to a classic combination that everyone loves; swap in broccoli florets for canned artichokes. Serve at room temperature.
Spicy Shrimp Dip
Turn up the heat by keeping the seeds in the chiles used in this deliciously hot yet creamy creation. A quick shortcut to make this recipe even easier is to use precooked shrimp, which you can toss into the mix alongside other ingredients.
Aged-Cheddar and Beer Dip
Warm Fennel-and-Parmesan Dip
Avocado Ranch Dip
Spicy Three-Cheese Dip
Spinach, Bacon, and Onion Dip
Can't decide between the two classics? Opt for both with this hearty spread. You don't have to make both dips seperately—simply toss your ingredients into a food processor and go.
Artichoke Dip with Fontina
Fontina's subtle bite makes this classic dip a total winner. The unbaked dip can be frozen, up to one month. Thaw completely before baking.
Easy Red-Pepper Dip
A boldly flavored, Middle Eastern-inspired blend of red peppers, walnuts, and pomegranate juice.
White Bean Dip
Deceptively simple, cannellini beans, and olive oil create a creamy concoction. It's made with four ingredients and blitzed to perfection in a food processor.
Each layer offers a new surprise in this classic crunchy dip.
Take store-bought hummus to the next level with fresh herbs. You'll need chopped mixed fresh herbs, including parsley, chives, cilantro, and dill.
Hot Spinach Dip
This hot, creamy dip will disappear in no time. Worcestershire sauce gives it an extra zing alongside your choice of hot sauce.
Classic Roasted Salsa
Roasted vegetables give this salsa a little extra depth.
Creamy Artichoke Dip
The surprise? No cream necessary for this super-creamy classic.
Sweet Onion Dip
This oniony dip tends to quickly become a party staple.
Quick, easy, and the perfect go-to appetizer.
Herbed Shrimp Dip
A surprisingly inexpensive, lighter version of seafood dip.
Fresh, crisp radishes take feta and sour cream to new heights.
Smoked Salmon Dip with Bagel Chips
Take bagels and lox to the next level with this brunch-perfect dip.
Creamy Zucchini and Ricotta Spread
Lemon and thyme give this spread lovely depth and zest.
Tangy Pepperoncini Dip
An irresistible, tangy dip with only three ingredients.
Homemade salsa runs circles around the store-bought variety.
Fresh Tomatillo Salsa
The light, citrusy flavor of tomatillos can brighten any meal.
Our foolproof recipe for the smoothest, creamiest hummus.
Chunky Avocado and Feta Dip
An ideal Mediterranean-inspired light starter.
Cauliflower–White Bean Dip
Cannellini beans and roasted cauliflower create texture and depth of flavor.
A little anchovy goes a long way in this perennial family favorite.
Fava Bean and Goat Cheese Dip with Radishes
Goat cheese and lemon zest are the perfect foil to fresh radishes.
Give traditional salsa a fresh twist with mango and avocado.
Lemony White-Bean Hummus
The creaminess of a white bean dip meets the tangy zip of hummus.