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March 12, 2015

49 Healthy Dip Recipes

I love dips.  They are so deliciously delightful and easy to put together.  The process is usually just to throw a few ingredients in the food processor and voila, you’re done. With this scrumptious collection of hot and cold spreads perfect for any occasion, dipping into a healthy snack just got a whole lot easier. Low in calories, but high in flavor, many of these low fat dip recipes are filling and healthy too. Because fresh herbs are ever more available, make these tangy, peppery dips year-round. The next time you throw a party, try one of these recipes. From cold dip recipes to healthy dip recipes, whether it’s a backyard barbecue, super bowl party, or holiday celebration, we’ve got a delicious dip/spread waiting!

1.      Avocado Feta Dip

This avocado feta dip is the case in point of easy and tasty.  It has creamy avocado, salty feta, lemon juice and the bright fresh taste of parsley and scallions. This creamy spread adds salty feta for just enough bite while lemon juice, scallions, and parsley keep things light. Just put them all in the food processor, give it a whirl and that’s it.

2.      Mango Guacamole

In this recipe, juicy mango livens up a bowl of traditional guacamole. This simple dip is perfect for spring and summer. It goes perfectly with fish, enchiladas, grilled chicken, tostadas, or any Mexican meal. All of this guacamole fixings can be prepared in advance. Combine all of the ingredients (leave the avocado out) in an airtight container then refrigerate until ready to serve. Then, mash up your avocados and fold the fixings in. As easy as that.

3.      Avocado Herb Dip

This Avocado Herb Dip is super yummy! The dip capitalizes on the natural creaminess of a ripe avocado. It’s made with a mix of avocado, mayo, plain Greek yogurt, herbs, and lemon juice. This super-simple dip is perfect to throw together for unexpected guests or hungry kids after school. It’s healthy and sustaining enough to take for lunch. This dip goes great with tortilla chips, but raw veggies offer a satisfying crunch for even fewer calories.

4.      Citrus Avocado Dip

This recipe features a creamy blend of avocado, lemon, lime, and orange is a zesty option that won’t leave your mouth feeling like it’s on fire as with regular dips containing pepper. Rich avocado is blended with scallion, cilantro, shallot, and a vibrant mix of lemon, orange, and lime juice.  To use this as a salad dressing, thin it out a bit with addition citrus juice or water.

5.      Creamy Avocado Salsa Verde

A quick roast of tomatillos, garlic, onions, and jalapeños heads to the blender with the avocado for a dip that’s refreshing and creamy at the same time. This dip is a total winner for those who can’t make up their minds between guacamole and salsa. This salsa verde recipe is unique as it comprises avocados as well as tomatillos. The creamy consistency of the avocados combined with the zippy tomatillos is sublimely addictive

6.      Basil Avocado Dip

The Basil avocado dip is great in so many ways. Use it as a vegetable or pita bread dip, as a raw sauce to go over pasta or rice, or… as a wicked salad dressing. It might seem like a curious flavor mishmash, however, one taste leave’s you wondering why you’ve never tried it before. It’s super creamy making it a great salad dressing or sauce

7.      Vegan Avocado Ranch Dressing

Ranch dressing tastes good on just about anything. This super-powered ranch is dairy-free and offers healthy fats and potassium that may help control blood pressure. In addition, this rranch dressing stores for up to a week when refrigerated in an airtight container – the lemon juice prevents browning!


8.      Roasted Garlic Parmesan White Bean Dip

This dip tastes so luxurious, you might even want seconds. The roasted garlic is incredibly flavorful, the cheese is nutty, and the beans are super creamy. All it requires is a handful of ingredients – white beans, parmesan cheese, garlic, and a bit of parsley, olive oil and lemon juice – and a food processor, making this the perfect dip with pita chips or veggies. Just be sure to pop a breath mint after!

9.      5-Minute Black Bean Dip

This awesome and easy black bean dip takes only 5 minutes to throw together. And there are only 80 calories and 2 Weight Watcher Plus points per serving. Made from canned black beans, salsa, and a few spices, even someone with minimal kitchen skills will look like a pro. Throw everything in the food processor, puree until smooth and serve up the dip with baked tortilla chips (or otherwise), multigrain crackers or raw veggies.

10.  Split Yellow Pea Dip(fava)

Fava is a filling snack, side dish or meal. Serve this dip at room temperature or warm from the stove, this dish is extremely versatile. The ingredients and preparation are very simple. The cooking time is about an hour and you can easily scale this recipe to fit your serving needs. be sure to use scallions/spring onions and not yellow or red onions. The scallions are lighter and sweeter and melt right into the yellow peas perfectly.

11.  Edamame Hummus

Though the vibrant green color screams spring, this crudité partner is good any time of the year. Edamame are packed with protein and fiber, a nutrient duo that gives this dip real staying power. This is a twist on classic hummus that uses edamame (young, green soybeans) in place of chickpeas.

12.  Lemony White Bean Dip

This white bean dip is loaded with calcium and works as a snack or as a sandwich spread.  It does not need to be refrigerated, so it would be a great appetizer to serve at an outdoor party (plus, our skin produces Vitamin D based on exposure to sunlight!). Try it paired with kale chips, which like all dark leafy greens, contain calcium too!

13.  Healthy Mexican Layer Dip

This dip was extremely easy to make. You really need just 1 bowl to make this dip. And no cooking required. Use any large serving platter if you don’t have clear glass baking dish. It is also OK to use cumin instead of taco seasoning mix.

14.  Black-Eyed Pea Dip

Full of protein, fiber, and even a decent amount of calcium for healthy bones, black eyed peas do the body good. Mixing them with corn, tomatoes, and avocado makes a dip that can double as a salad for tomorrow’s lunch. Whether you eat this as a salad or serve it as a dip with some baked chips, the zesty flavors in this salad is sure to turn you into a fan of black-eyed peas.

15.  Creamy Veggie Lentil Dip

This dip goes great with veggies or crackers, but a little bit of toasted naan keeps the theme going. Not to mention, it takes only 20 minutes to prepare this gorgeous little lentil dip. Serve it for lunch with a slice of toast or as a dipping sauce on your next party together with some bread sticks.

16.  White Bean and Artichoke Dip

Loaded with cheese and mayo, most artichoke dips are heavy and not super healthy. A shrewd swap of white beans keeps things lighter and healthier; rosemary and a little pecorino pump up the flavor. This dip is the sort of thing I can quickly become addicted to, happily eating it morning, noon, and night. Fortunately the recipe doubles easily. It’s one of the tastiest ways to work antioxidant-rich artichokes into your diet.


17.  Dukkah Spiced Yogurt Dip

This outlandish spice and nut blend is brought together in a mortar and pestle or a food processor, which makes it easy and fun to prepare. It’s a super delicious snack, not to mention a great make-ahead throw-together appetizer.

18.  Greek Yogurt Snack Dip

This Greek Yogurt Snack Dip is seriously flavorsome. The walnuts congeal the mixture and give it a really nice zest. It’s somewhat similar to ranch dip, perfect for dipping fresh cut veggies, chips, or crackers. This recipe is even better when it has time to chill and thicken up, so it’s the perfect make-ahead snack.

19.  Lightened Up Sour Cream and Onion Dip

It’s incredibly easy to make and always a hit at whatever party comes your way. Add Greek yogurt, sour cream, and as much garlic salt as you like, then grab the ridged chips! Sour cream and onion dip tastes amazing!

20.  Sriracha Greek Yogurt Dipping Sauce

Take your dipping sauce to a new level with this creamy sriracha-lime yogurt sauce. As a bonus, this dip only has 45 calories (and 0 grams of fat!) per serving.

21.  Cucumber Yogurt Dip With Dill and Lemon

Tzatziki sauce is a Greek condiment commonly served with gyro or kabobs. The yogurt based sauce has the perfect balance of tang from the yogurt and lemon and crunchy freshness from the diced cucumber. Be sure to strain the yogurt to ensure the dip isn’t too runny. This dip is guilt free and is surprisingly filling because of the high protein in the yogurt.

22.  Spinach and Kale Greek Yogurt Dip

This dip, packed with kale, spinach, water chestnuts, red peppers, carrots, green onions, garlic and other seasonings; gets a hefty dose of vitamins and fiber. The Spinach and Kale Greek Yogurt Dip is a downright delicious, low fat, low calorie dip made with low fat Greek yogurt. It incorporates mayo for extra smoothness and just a touch of agave nectar to boost the sweetness a bit.

23.  Healthy Honey Mustard Dip

This honey mustard dip is perfect for chicken wings, chicken tenders, or even fresh vegetable sticks, and you can eat it guilt free. Play with different mustards to mix up the flavor, and adjust the honey to your liking.

24.  Cilantro Greek Yogurt Dipping Sauce

using Greek yogurt sour cream dips instead of regular yoghurt provides more protein and makes it even richer. This dipping sauce goes great on fish tacos! Works well with fish in other settings, as a dip, or to change up your favorite sandwich.


25.  Herbed Lemon Ricotta Dip

This herbed ricotta dip recipe is rich, thick, and filled with garlic, chives, parsley, mint, and lemon A trio of basil, parsley, and oregano tastes even better with a little bit of lemon in this creamy dip.

26.  Cottage Cheese Taco Dip

This Cheese Taco Dip is full of protein and veggies yet tastes creamy and delicious. It’s also super satisfying because it’s high in protein and fiber. This recipe is sort basically the ultimate mash-up of all ingredients; cottage cheese is mixed with green onions, avocado, green chilies, black beans and tomatoes.

27.  Ricotta Pistachio Dip

Creamy and sweet, Ricotta works its creamy magic in lots of savory dishes. It tastes very luxurious and the pistachio oil adds just the right amount of nuttiness while still keeping the dip smooth. Serve this ricotta-pistachio dip with fresh figs to incorporate a complex favor; figs are slightly sweet; tastes like a cross between red grapes and an apple.

28.  Pumpkin Goat Cheese Dip With Caramelized Onions

Pumpkin goat cheese dip with caramelized onions, tart, creamy and perfect with some hearty crackers; makes the perfect party dip! It goes great with crunchy crackers, but it tastes pretty great all by itself too.

29.  Cottage Cheese and Dill Dip

Cottage cheese, and dill come together to make an easy, protein packed dip that is not only healthy but packed with flavor. Give it a makeover with just grated onion, dill, salt, and pepper, and it might just become your new favorite snack.

30.  Green Chile and Goat Cheese Jalapeño Dip

Goat cheese is lower in fat than most other cheeses and packs a ton of flavor. Fuse it up with green chiles and part-skim ricotta, then send it on a quick trip to the oven for a snack that’s cheesy, bubbly, and a little bit spicy.


31.  Simple Mint Pea Dip

Simple Mint Pea Dip is totally tasty and bursting spring-time freshness. This recipe blends peas, mint, lemon, and a little tahini for a pretty green purée that tastes like freshness in dip form. This dip is also easy to make and is beautifully versatile. Serve it simply on toasted rye bread, or make a complete sandwich by adding avocado, sprouts, and spring lettuce – green!

32.  Moroccan Spiced Roasted Carrot Dip

This recipe switches things around by turning carrots into the star of the show. This recipe incorporates roasting the carrots to bring out the sweetness and then blending them with harissa to add some exotic, spicy flair.

33.  Roasted Parsnip Hummus

Roasted parsnips and garlic pureed together to make this creamy legume-free hummus that is delicious as a dip or spread! The concentrated flavor of the roasted parsnips makes the hummus even nuttier and sweeter. Blending roasted parsnips with some garlic, cider vinegar, and a little veggie stock makes a spread that looks remarkably with a flavor that’s every bit as tasty.

34.  Nutty Swiss Chard and Roasted Garlic Dip

A creamy, dairy free dip with roasted garlic and swiss chard. Serve it with fresh veggies, plantain or sweet potato chips. This recipe combines the wilted greens with cashews, roasted garlic, and a bit of oil for a deeply satisfying and creamy snack.

35.  Roasted Vegetable Dip With Tahini

Smoky and sweet, this roasted vegetable and Tahini dip is perfect to eat with flat bread. The bell pepper, onion, and eggplant get sweet and toasty in the oven, then blend up with nutty tahini. Be sure to make extra tahini sauce. It is fabulous drizzled over grilled meats, used as a dip for veggies or added to a breakfast

36.  Garlicky Artichoke and Kale Dip

This Kale and Artichoke Dip is a cheesy twist on the spinach and artichoke classic. Kale is packed with more vitamins and nutrients than spinach. The dish gets its hearty texture from artichokes and steamed kale, which adds up to lots of good-for-you fiber. Nutritional yeast gives a cheesy bite, and roasted garlic gives even more flavor.

37.  Roast Beetroot and Walnut Dip

Roasting the beetroot, garlic, onion and walnuts generates an unbelievably delicious flavor. This dip will keep in the fridge for days, so you can make it up well ahead of time.  It tastes amazing as a dip, or smeared on crackers or breads, in salads, or even as a gourmet pizza sauce!

38.  Roasted Red Pepper Dip

This dip is so easy to make, and so healthy. Loaded with vitamin C, roasted red pepper dip is good to eat with anything that has beans since the vitamin helps your body absorb iron. Try dipping fresh pepper sticks in it, or toss it with some whole wheat pasta.


39.  Cilantro Chile Almond Dip

This dip will become your new favorite thing. It is thick and creamy while still light and refreshing. This is not your typical Green dip; a combination of raw almonds and cilantro makes a smooth yet textured blend which is given an added kick of flavor with the addition of fresh lime juice, a jalapeno, and red onion. Dip red cabbage leaves into it, other veggies and chips. It also makes for a luscious spread for toast and/or sandwiches.

40.  Raw Cashew Dip

Whip up this amazing body-boosting dip that’s reminiscent of hummus. Cashew nuts are a great source of copper, a trace mineral that keeps our nerves, bones, and immune systems healthy. It’s great with veggies, whether they’re also raw or cooked.

41.  Garlic Walnut Dip

This purée is the ultimate snack for the true garlic lover; for the rest of us, it might interest you to know Garlic may help reduce cholesterol. The garlic and lemon juice punch up the flavor, while Whole-wheat bread and walnuts give a hearty texture. All the more reason to give this dip a try.

42.  Chipotle Almond Spread

Just like almond butter, you can make this spread chunky or creamy. Soaked chipotle chiles and almonds combine to make a surprisingly luxurious spread. The nuts bring vitamin E, magnesium, and iron in addition to protein and fiber, making this spread wholesome. To play with the flavor, add some herbs or roasted vegetables.

43.  Raw Nut Dip

A combination of pistachios, almonds, walnuts, and pine nuts combine with herbs and a little bit of bell pepper in the food processor for a quick whizz to produce this amazing spread. This dip is packed with good fats and protein making it really substantial. The slightly cheesy spread also works in filled raw pastas.

44.  Fiery Cashew Dip

Combined with fire-roasted tomatoes, Cashew nuts create creamy sauces and deeply savory dips and pairs great with veggies, crackers, or pretzels. For additional heat, add in a few fresh chiles or a pinch of cayenne.


45.  Healthy Dessert Dip

This mix of cashew butter, dates, and cocoa powder is as tasty Nutella—and it’s naturally sweetened. The dip would be like a peanut butter cup!

46.  Healthy Cookie Dough Dip

This mastermind recipe purées chickpeas with oats, nut butter, and a little bit of brown sugar before folding in the chocolate chips. The finished product offers up more nutrients, but looks and tastes just like cookie dough.

47.  Healthy Apple Pie Cheesecake Dip

This sweet purée of cottage cheese, applesauce, and cinnamon comes together in just minutes. Great dessert to calm a craving for cheesecake or apple pie. Strawberries and apples make great dippers, just as graham crackers.

48.  Snickerdoodle Cookie Dough Dip

Chickpeas and oats replace the usual flour and butter for a base that’s filled with protein and fiber to keep you from getting the munchies later on. Instead of turning on the oven, whip up this dip.

49.  Dark Chocolate Greek Yogurt With Cinnamon and Spice

For a dessert that’s just as satisfying as chocolate fondue and a lot less fussy, try this yogurt version. Cayenne adds a hint of spice that goes so well with chocolate.


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