From lighter veggie dips to more indulgent appetizers, choose from a dozen crowd-pleasing party dishes
Spinach is a vitamin powerhouse. Cottage cheese subs for sour cream, making the dip high in protein and low in fat. Scoop
it with whole-grain baguette toasts.
Sweet potatoes are naturally silky textured yet low in fat. They’re also a great source of betacarotene and fiber. Scoop it
with baby bok choy, separated into leaves.
Recipe: Miso, Sesame, and Sweet Potato Dip
Puréed beans are, of course, low in fat. Tomatillos add vitamin C and so much flavor, you won’t even miss the usual cheese.
Scoop it with baked tortilla chips.
Onions contain a compound that may lower cholesterol and protect against certain cancers; Greek yogurt contributes lots of
protein and relatively little fat. Scoop it with baked potato chips.
This is the hands-down best guacamole that we at Sunset have ever tasted. It’s made right in a stone mortar, which gives it
performance appeal; make it in front of your guests at your next party and watch them dip those chips before you’re even finished.
Recipe: Gabriel's Guacamole
Make this addictive dip at least an hour ahead of time to let the flavors develop ― and serve with enough potato chips to
scoop up every last bit.
Recipe: Caramelized Maui Onion Dip
Buy Hawaiian Maui Onion ― Grown in rich volcanic soil on the island for which it’s named, the juicy, golden yellow Maui onion is sweeter and less pungent than a regular onion because of its lower sulfur content. However, Maui onions must be used quickly; they don’t keep as well as regular onions. Stores typically label Maui onions by name.
This savory spinach dip takes its flavor cues from spanakopita. Serve it with warm pita bread or crisp crudités.
Recipe: Greek Spinach Dip
The layers of deep flavor come from roasted vegetables and pan-toasted chiles.
Recipe: Roasted Tomato and Three-Chile Salsa
Who doesn't love a good artichoke dip? This simple version has a nice hit of lemon.
Recipe: Creamy Artichoke Dip
This lightened version of chips and guac will impress your party guests.
Recipes: Veggie Sticks with Avocado-Lime Dip
Serve this alternative to hummus with toasted pita triangles for an instant crowd-pleaser.
Recipe: Garlicky White Bean Dip
What’s better than spinach and artichoke dip? Fresh crab and artichoke dip, of course.
Recipe: Warm Crab and Artichoke Dip with French Bread