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Eat Healthy! 24 Vegan Dip Recipes For All Occasions

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By Andrea Lee

Summer’s slipping by, but that means lots of fun is on the way: kicking through autumn leaves, perfect jogging weather, and of course, lots of dinner parties!

If you’re planning to have a few friends over for drinks or dinner, a good dip is the perfect base for entertaining and adding variety and flavour to your usual nibbles. While most dips are full of bad fats (think cream and mayo) and served with even more junk food like potato chips, we’ve found some perfectly healthy recipes that you can serve with sliced vegetable sticks, organic tortilla chips, toasted triangles of whole wheat pita bread, mini-rice crackers, you name it!

But that’s not all–these dips can also serve as spreads for sandwiches, sauces for veggie burgers or falafels, and as something to moisten up a vegan bowl dinner.

They’re all pretty easy to make, and are tastiest when your ingredients are fresh. But that being said, they’re also great recipes to use up leftovers with, and if you feel they could use a little flavour boost, just stir in a teaspoon of a vegan soup base like this, and it will jazz things up to their tastiest!

Here’s our selection of 23 vegan dips to make your appetisers even more appetising.

1. Avocado Salsa Verde  

For anyone who hasn’t tried salsa verde before, you’re in for a treat with this Mexican dip. Only 7 ingredients go into making this quick yet flavoursome recipe, and it will go super well with some tortilla chips for the perfect fiesta.

Get the recipe here.

2. Broccoli Guacamole

This one is super healthy! This recipe  puts a fresh twist on the classic guacamole by adding in broccoli! It provides texture and is a great way to sneak in the greens, particularly for those who aren’t normally huge vegetable fans.

Get the recipe here.

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3.  Vegan Tzatziki  

Greeks love this yogurt-and-cucumber based dip and use it not only as a dip with pita bread, but also as a sauce sometimes. If you don’t do dairy, never fear: you can also make traditional tzatziki with some natural yogurt cultures and soy milk, which tastes just as yummy, if not more so!

Get the recipe here.

4. Carrot Miso Butter

This carrot miso butter dip this creamy carrot miso butter will work well smeared on some freshly made bread, or even savory muffins. The tahini is rich and salty, whilst the carrot and ginger gives that vibrant hue and delicate spice.  

Get the recipe here.

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5.  Homemade Domino’s Pizza Garlic Herb Dip

If you’ve ever mourned Domino’s garlic herb dip since going vegan, I feel you. I was a huge fan of this dip; my pizza crusts were often dunked and smeared in this sauce. So life without it is hard, but fear not, my vegan sweeties! This recipe is vegan and JUST like the real deal. Hallelujah!  

Get the recipe here.

6. Spinach Avocado Tahini Dip

This avocado-tahini dip is a bit of an adventurous take on the traditional guacamole recipe, and just like gauc, it’s pretty simple to make! With a hummus-like consistency, this dip works super well with veggie crudites or even smeared on top of some vegan crackers. You can even add it to sandwiches or wraps to give it a boost of flavour.

Get the recipe here.

7. Spicy Vegan Spinach & Artichoke Dip  

Spinach and artichoke dip is SUPER rich! It feels like a meal alone, and dips are meant to be fun, not overly filling, so I’m loving this lighter version where cheese and sour cream have been substituted for cashew cream. It adds richness and a natural sweetness to this dip without you feeling sluggish after a few helpings.  

Get the recipe here.

8. Healthy Buffalo Chickpea Dip

Inspired by Superbowl Sunday,this vegan friendly  take on the classic Buffalo Chicken dip uses chickpeas instead. The hummus adds the same creamy texture as the traditional recipe without all of that yucky cream cheese, ranch dressing blue cheese and God only know’s what else.  

Get the recipe here.

9. Vegan French Onion Dip

This wonderfully rustic-looking French Onion dip takes 40 minutes to make, but it’s worth it. Caramelised onions, tofu and crunchy cashews make a great substitute for sour cream in this recipe. Ideal for taking to your next social gathering!

Get the recipe here.

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10. Vegan Queso Dip

In Spanish, ‘queso’ means ‘cheese’ but you won’t find that in this vegan dish! Surprisingly light in calories, this queso dip is made with pureed cauliflower and carrot for an extra little boost of healthy goodness.

Get the recipe here.

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11. Lebanese Baba Ganoush  Dip

Baba Ganoush is one of the Middle East’s favourite dips. Made from roasted aubergine, it can take some time to prepare, but never fear: The Minimalist Baker makes an easy one, and you can serve this one hot or cold.

Get the recipe here.

12. 7 Layer Mexican Dip

Feeling fancy? Try this fantastic 7 layer Mexican dip! It looks great at parties. Top it off with some chopped olives and peppers for added appeal. Serve with lots of crudites or blue corn chips when you have some guests over and watch them all go wild for this fun, full dip.  

Get the recipe here.

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13. Pineapple Sweet Chili Sauce  

Sweet chili sauce is such a fabulous condiment to have on hand. Dip some vegan bacon or chicken strips into some for added sweetness and kick! This has pineapple added into it which works super well with the spiciness of the chili. Palm sugar is used here, but since it’s killing the rainforest (and the orangutan!), use a sustainable alternative like coconut sugar instead.

Get the recipe here.

14. Beet Hummus

Whoa! That colour though! I love hummus, so I’m always excited to try any variation of it. Beetroot gives this hummus a bit of a sweeter, earthier flavour, and also adds an extra dose of good health – did you know beets are seriously powerful anti-oxidants?

Get the recipe here.

15. Pizza Hummus

Allergic to sesame or dairy? Or just adore pizza? This is the perfect dip for you! It’s essentially a hummus that tastes like pizza thanks to the blend of oregano, basil, tomato and garlic cloves. You can eat it as a dip, or spread on vegan crackers or in a sandwich. Versatile and tasty! Did I mentioned that it tastes like pizza?!

Get the recipe here.

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16. Vegan Crab Dip

Crab dip is a restaurant fave, but what’s a vegan to do? Whilst some of the ingredients may seem a little out there, it’s worth visiting a health shop to make this recipe if you’re missing seafood since going vegan. Vegan mayo makes it super creamy, whilst hearts of palm are used to replicate the meatiness of the crab.

Get the recipe here.

17. Smoky Cauliflower and White Bean Dip

You want healthy? You’ve got healthy with this tasty, unique dip.  Packed with veggies and protein, you can use this as part of a vegan bowl, or even as a spread on sandwiches. It’s incredibly rich and really brings ingredients such as cauliflower and white beans to life. Garnish with lemon and a drizzle of avocado oil and it’s all set to serve up!

Get the recipe here.

18. Best Ever Vegan Nacho Cheese

Who can be without a really cheesy sauce? It’s great for using as a dip, pouring over some nachos and even making mac and cheese. You may be surprised to learn that potatoes are the base of this recipe, alongside carrots. Then a handful of popular household ingredients are thrown in there to make a dip that is ooey, gooey perfection.

Get the recipe here.

19. Fully Loaded Vegan Queso Dip

This vegan queso dip may look totally decadent, but it’s made with gooey cashew and potato-based nacho sauce, avocado, scallions, tomatoes and chilies alongside some black beans. Pretty healthy stuff! And just look at the end result; it’s a dip of beauty!

Get the recipe here.

20. Kale Walnut Pesto Dip

Pesto is great to have on hand because it’s SO versatile. You can add it to pasta to make a flavoursome dinner recipe, use it to garnish a vegan burger, or even use it as a dip! This recipe is super clean: it contains kale, walnuts, garlic, nutritional yeast, lemon juice, olive oil and a little salt and pepper.

Get the recipe here.

21. BBQ Tahini Dip

Ah, that American favourite! BBQ sauce goes with just about anything: potatoes, pizza, burgers, you name it! I’m loving this tangy and healthy recipe made using rich, creamy tahini as it’s base. It’s the perfect dip for crudites, crackers, toasted pita triangles, or tortilla chips.

Get the recipe here.

22. Easiest Ever Bean Dip

No time? No problem! This bean dip can be thrown together in minutes. Frankly, it looks so good, it’s tempting to eat it as a dish on its own…!

Get the recipe here.

23. Pistachio, Pea and Parsley Dip

Well, here’s something a bit different! It’s packed with unique flavours, has a super rich texture, and the pistachios give it a great green colour. In fact, I’m thinking this would be a pretty good spread for toast, am I right?

Get the recipe here.

24. Walnut Lentil Dip

Very refined and tasty as heck, this is pretty much the vegan equivalent of foie gras – but you know, without the animal cruelty!

Get the recipe here.

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8 Comments

  • Reply
    Brooke
    Sep 3, 2015 at 4:55 am

    I can’t wait to try these! The Broccoli Guacamole sounds incredible!

    • Reply
      Chere
      Sep 3, 2015 at 2:25 pm

      And healthy, too! 🙂

  • Reply
    Shanasy
    Feb 25, 2018 at 4:12 am

    Thanks for these great quick ideas! I have passed them on tol my FB group “Super Quick Plant-Based REcipes” – they will love this list!

    • Reply
      Chere
      Feb 25, 2018 at 8:01 am

      Thank you so much, Shanasy! 🙂

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