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Dip Recipes: 24 Ideas For Classics And New Twists

When the weather warms up we know it means a number of things. The days will slowly become longer and longer, making the evenings easier to enjoy; many casual gatherings with friends and families are to be had; and we'll eat dips, lots and lots of dips. There's no better type of dish to turn to when you want to sit back with your loved ones. They require very little cooking (it will soon be too hot to turn on those ovens anyway); and they can often times be made days in advance, allowing you to relax and enjoy the people and food around you.

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  • Artichoke-And-Spinach Dip With Spiced Pita Chips

    Cream cheese and a little bit of parmesan make this dip nice and rich. And depending on how you like it, you can keep the artichoke hearts chunky or chop them more finely. <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/artichoke-and-spinach-dip_n_1058204.html" target="_hplink">Artichoke-and-Spinach Dip with Spiced Pita Chips recipe</a></strong>

  • Applewood Smoked Bacon And Onion Dip

    Onion reigns supreme when it comes to dips. But when you add applewood smoked bacon to that, you've got a dip that can't be beat. <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/applewood-smoked-bacon-an_n_1059870.html" target="_hplink">Applewood Smoked Bacon and Onion Dip recipe</a></strong>

  • Eggplant Dip

    The only real work required to make this dip is cooking the eggplant -- which is just baking it in the oven until soft. Then blend with lemon juice, garlic and olive oil and serve with crusty bread. <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/eggplant-dip_n_1057606.html" target="_hplink">Eggplant Dip recipe</a></strong>

  • Homemade Tomato Salsa

    You'll never be able to find a store-bought salsa that's better than homemade. And this recipe will guarantee a great made-from-scratch salsa. <strong>Get the<a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/homemade-tomato-salsa_n_1057423.html" target="_hplink"> Homemade Tomato Salsa recipe</a></strong>

  • Guacamole

    This guacamole recipe is very authentic -- with chunky pieces of avocado all mixed together with tomato, onion, lime juice and cilantro. <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/guacamole_n_1055748.html" target="_hplink">Guacamole recipe</a></strong>

  • Chickpea Hummus

    This is no ordinary hummus dip. This version is taken up a notch with the use of shallots, sesame oil, cilantro and basil. It sure is one flavorful hummus. <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/chickpea-hummus_n_1056765.html" target="_hplink">Chickpea Hummus recipe</a></strong>

  • Roasted Red Pepper And Walnut Dip

    This exotic dip is surprisingly simple to make. It's spicy (thanks to the red pepper flakes) and sweet from the roasted red peppers. It's great served with toasted pita chips. <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/roasted-red-pepper-and-wa_n_1059263.html" target="_hplink">Roasted Red Pepper and Walnut Dip recipe</a></strong>

  • French Onion Dip

    This homemade version of French onion dip starts with sauteing the onions until very brown. Then they're simmered in broth until meltingly tender. Stir in sour cream and yogurt and refrigerate before serving. <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/french-onion-dip_n_1061847.html" target="_hplink">French Onion Dip recipe</a></strong>

  • Roasted-Cauliflower-And-Sesame Spread

    Not only is cauliflower great when roasted, it also makes a tasty dip. When blended with coriander seeds, tahini, lemon and cilantro, it's an addictive snack. <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/roasted-cauliflower-and-s_n_1058645.html" target="_hplink">Roasted-Cauliflower-and-Sesame Spread recipe</a></strong>

  • Edamame-Ginger Dip

    A take on the more typical hummus dip, this recipe uses edamame in place of chickpeas and calls upon ginger, soy sauce and rice vinegar for an Asian flavor. <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/edamame-ginger-dip_n_1062041.html" target="_hplink">Edamame-Ginger Dip recipe</a></strong>

  • Grilled-Trout Spread

    Grilled trout makes a flavorful dip. Mixed with green olives and red onion, you might want to consider doubling the recipe because it'll go fast. <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/grilled-trout-spread_n_1058472.html" target="_hplink">Grilled-Trout Spread recipe</a></strong>

  • Charred Tomato Salsa

    What party would be complete without salsa and tortilla chips. This recipe roasts the tomatoes first to develop a deeper flavor. It's a great technique for making under-ripe tomatoes taste better. <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/charred-tomato-salsa_n_1059860.html" target="_hplink">Charred Tomato Salsa recipe</a></strong>

  • White Butter Bean, Feta And Za'atar Spread

    A simple and hearty spread, this white butter bean dip is creamy thanks to the addition of feta. If you want a smoother spread, puree all the ingredients together before serving. <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/white-butter-bean-feta-a_n_1061213.html" target="_hplink">White Butter Bean, Feta and Za'atar Spread recipe</a></strong>

  • Creamy Spinach Dip

    Remake the classic spinach dip with this healthier version of the recipe. It has a fresher taste since the spinach is raw. Serve with pita chips. <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/creamy-spinach-dip_n_1056708.html" target="_hplink">Creamy Spinach Dip recipe</a></strong>

  • Roasted Eggplant Dip

    This eggplant dip is ripe with flavor because the eggplants are roasted. The recipe also includes lemon juice, olive oil, garlic and tahini (sesame seed paste). Serve with toasted pita chips. <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/roasted-eggplant-dip_n_1059875.html" target="_hplink">Roasted Eggplant Dip recipe </a></strong>

  • Curried Tofu-And-Avocado Dip With Rosemary Pita Chips

    This creamy dip gets its smooth texture from avocado, tofu, a touch of sour cream and Greek yogurt. Curry, mint and honey give the dip its great flavor. <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/curried-tofu-and-avocado-_n_1058369.html" target="_hplink">Curried Tofu-and-Avocado Dip with Rosemary Pita Chips recipe</a></strong>

  • Green Chile And Goat Cheese Dip

    Doubly creamy with goat cheese and ricotta, nice and smoky thanks to the chipotle peppers, you won't be able to stop at just one taste of this dip. <strong>Get the<a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/green-chile--goat-cheese_n_1062284.html" target="_hplink"> Green Chile and Goat Cheese Dip recipe</a></strong>

  • Caramelized Garlic And Eggplant Dip

    Thyme and rosemary give this eggplant dip a makeover, providing it with hearty, herbal flavors. You can make this dip two days before serving. <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/caramelized-garlic-and-eg_n_1059266.html" target="_hplink">Caramelized Garlic and Eggplant Dip recipe</a></strong>

  • Cilantro Spice Yogurt Dip With Pita Strips And Vegetables

    This creamy yogurt-based dip makes a great accompaniment to an assortment of crudite. Cilantro, cumin and jalapeno add a depth of flavor, making this one dip you won't be able to get enough of. <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/cilantro-spice-yogurt-dip_n_1059501.html" target="_hplink">Cilantro Spice Yogurt Dip with Pita Strips and Vegetables recipe</a></strong>

  • Southwestern Layered Bean Dip

    Layered bean dip is a classic. Refried beans mixed with black beans and salsa are topped with cheese and melted. Grab your favorite tortilla chips and dig in. <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/southwestern-layered-bean_n_1049820.html" target="_hplink">Southwestern Layered Bean Dip recipe</a></strong>

  • Pea And Silken Tofu Dip

    While using fresh peas would taste great in this recipe, you don't have to spend hours shelling peas just to enjoy this dip. No one will be able to tell the difference if you use frozen. <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/pea-and-silken-tofu-dip_n_1057198.html" target="_hplink">Pea And Silken Tofu Dip recipe</a></strong>

  • White Bean Dip With Parsley Oil

    White bean dip with garlic and herbs is a great standby appetizer, especially since it comes together easily in the food processor. To serve, drizzle with parsley oil, and a side of pita chips. <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/white-bean-dip-with-parsl_n_1058792.html" target="_hplink">White Bean Dip with Parsley Oil recipe</a></strong>

  • Creamy Herb Dip

    It's always a good idea to have a creamy dip on hand. This recipe combines tangy buttermilk and rich mayonnaise. Dill, lemon juice and mustard adds bright flavor. <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/creamy-herb-dip--crunchy_n_1049620.html" target="_hplink">Creamy Herb Dip recipe</a></strong>

  • Crab And Avocado Dip

    This layered dip features creamy mashed avocado on the bottom and luscious crab meat over top. Serve with freshly fried tortilla chips or your favorite store-bought chips. <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/crab-and-avocado-dip-with_n_1055917.html" target="_hplink">Crab and Avocado Dip recipe</a></strong>

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