Delicious dips – 19 tempting recipes to try today

Next time you find yourself reaching for the 'healthy' guacamole at your local supermarket, back away from the fresh dips section. Sure, dips are amazingly delicious, spread on seeded flatbread, or served with home-made pitta chips or raw vegetables for dunking. So you'd be (almost) forgiven for thinking they're healthy.

However, a quick scan of Tesco's guacamole ingredients list reveals soured cream, single cream and preservatives amongst the ingredients; other supermarket guacamole fares no better. Not to mention it's not nearly as fresh and tasty as home-made guacamole. So put down your shop-bought dips and listen up, because we're going to give you 19 delicious dip recipes that you can make at home today; most take only minutes to prepare and serve! Great for fuel on-the-go, sharing with friends or even a post-workout snack, these tempting recipes are easy and delicious – let us know which one is your favourite!

#1. Lemon artichoke dip

Dips often get a bad rap, but this is one of those delicious, creamy yet healthy dips that's great to serve with raw veggies, flatbread, or even crostini, if you're entertaining. With immune-boosting garlic, artichokes, zesty lemon and good fats from the olive oil, this has to be one of our favourite recipes.

#2. The best guacamole

We couldn't have a list of dips without including the best recipe for guacamole, thanks to Deliciously Ella. Avocados are a source of healthy, monunsaturated fats; great for your heart and your skin. We love this recipe which adds cherry tomatoes (optional but packed with antioxidants) and spicy jalapenos to the mix. Yum!

#3. Curry guacamole

A twist on basic guacamole, one of the joys of this avocado dip is that you can add whatever spices and ingredients you like. We love this Indian-inspired recipe from Edible Perspective, which adds honey for sweetness, earthy ginger and cayenne and curry powder for an added kick. This is great served as a starter before a curry.

#4. Sweet potato dip

The Expertrain team are a bit addicted to sweet potatoes; roasted, baked, wedges – even sweet potato brownies! So when we found this recipe from Deliciously Ella, we were more than a bit excited, it's fair to say. It tastes amazing served with crudites, or spread on wholemeal toast, rice cakes or flat bread. Chickpeas are packed with protein and fibre, so you'll feel full for longer, almond milk gives the dip its creamy texture and, as you know, sweet potatoes are an excellent source of vitamin A, which helps to maintain healthy skin and eyes. There's plenty of seasoning here too; mixed herbs, sage, tamari and chilli.

#5. Baba Ganoush

Whether you've heard of this Middle Eastern aubergine dip or not, its smoky, creamy flavour makes it something very special indeed. This chunky version is a cross between a salad and a dip and uses just four ingredients – aubergines, tahini (sesame seed paste), garlic and lemon. Aubergines (or eggplants) can help to lower cholesterol – they're an excellent source of fibre as well as vitamins B1, B6 and potassium. They're also high in magnesium, copper and manganese and a source of antioxidants. The antioxidant nasunin, found in the purple skin, can help protect fatty acids that boost brain function.

#6. Healthy hummus

Most hummus, even shop-bought brands, is fairly healthy, but do check the list of ingredients before buying. It's far better to make your own at home for a fresher taste, plus you can adjust this recipe, adding as much or little lemon juice as you like. Leave it chunkier for serving with flatbread or pita chips or blend to a smoother consistency if you prefer. Leftovers keep well in the fridge for the perfect post-workout snack.

#7. Roasted red pepper and paprika hummus

Roasted peppers add depth and sweetness to this tasty dip and with spicy chilli and paprika, this is a warming twist on classic hummus. Chickpeas are one of the best vegetarian sources of protein and fibre, giving you an instant energy boost. The fibre in chickpeas helps to lower cholesterol and reduces your risk of heart disease. Unlike flavoured hummus found in supermarkets, often packed with preservatives and even cream, this natural recipe is super-healthy. Use it as a dip or salad dressing.

#8. Home-made salsa

Whether you prefer it chunky or like a smooth consistency, salsa is one of the UK's favourite dips. It's super-easy to make your own and it's packed with lycopene from the tomatoes, vitamin C and also counts towards your five-a-day! Try using a range of different tomatoes for extra flavour.

#9. Smoky black bean dip

We love bean dips and this one uses smoky roasted peppers to add a rich flavour. Use black and white beans, if you like. You'll usually find adobo sauce at most larger supermarkets, but a dash or tabasco or a shake of chilli powder works as well. We make ours in the blender for a creamy consistency and serve it with raw carrot and celery for dipping. It's also delicious as a baked potato topping – and it's vegan!

#10. Edamame hummus

Looking for a late-night snack that won't cause weight gain? This healthy edamame hummus is ideal. Edamame beans (you can use fresh or frozen) are a complete protein, which means they'll leave you feeling oh-so-satisfied. They're also low in calories, packed with fibre and a source of B-complex vitamins, as well as vitamins C and K, potassium, calcium and phosphorus (1). The smoky paprika and cayenne pepper add a real zing and the simple ingredients – tahini, garlic, lemon juice and edamame – make for a surprisingly creamy dip. We love this served with home-made pitta chips, or even as a dip for sweet potato wedges.

#11. Chocolate peanut butter dip

Dips don't have to be savoury and if you're looking to satisfy your sweet tooth, this dip is perfect. Lovely served with sliced apples, strawberries and bananas for dipping, it may sound naughty but it's actually nice and healthy. Use organic, natural peanut or almond butter, pure maple syrup, high-quality cocoa powder and almond milk for a delicious, creamy dip that can be enjoyed as a treat.

#12. Cheesy hummus

This vegan dip doesn't actually use cheese, instead nutritional yeast is used for a delicious cheesy flavour. Instead of chickpeas, cashew nuts are used – packed with monounsaturated 'good' fats (similar to those found in olive oil), cashew nuts are high in antioxidants and can help lower your risk of cardiovascular disease. They're also rich in magnesium for healthy bones.

#13. Kale, spinach and Greek yogurt dip

We would probably use a bit less mayo in this creamy dip for a healthier option, but that's just us! Greek yogurt is a rich source of calcium, potassium, vitamins B6 and B12 and protein, so it can help you feel fuller for longer and resist naughty treats. This dip is packed with flavour from the garlic and spices, whilst kale and spinach are both a great source of iron, fibre, vitamins A, B6, C and K plus folate, calcium, copper and manganese. Did you know that one cup of spinach or kale provides 56% of your recommended daily allowance of vitamin A, which helps keep your skin and eyes healthy (2)? Not to mention, this dip is totally delicious.

#14. White bean dip

Fresh, buttery haricot beans are the best beans to use for this rich yet healthy dip – it's amazing served on warm crostini, or toasted rye bread. Good fats from the olive oil make this a superbly healthy choice, whilst fresh herbs (mint, dill and parsley), lemon juice and immune-boosting garlic add bags of flavour.

#15. Refried beans

We've all had refried beans before, but buying them ready-made means you're also eating lots of salt and additives. It's easy to make your own as a hearty dip or side dish, and these store well in the freezer, for easy Mexican food at any time. All you need are peppers, onion, pinto beans, vegetable stock and spices. We recommend making your own veggie stock or buying organic stock with no additives. Leave your beans chunky or blend them to a creamy consistency and serve as a side dish with chicken, a topping for nachos or as a dip.

#16. Warm caramelised onion dip

Dips can be served warm as well as cold, but we recommend saving this onion dip for cheat day, as it contains sour cream, mayo and cream cheese! It's still a healthier alternative to store-bought dip, with its natural ingredients. Onions contain phytochemicals which improve your immunity, so this is a great dip to keep the sniffles at bay. Onions can also reduce inflammation and are packed with chromium which can help to lower blood sugar levels.

#17. Roasted garlic, sun-dried tomato and white bean dip

You can make this dip a day in advance, so it's perfect after a lunchtime workout at your desk. Garlic, sun-dried tomatoes, beans and healthy olive oil are the only ingredients you'll need for this simple, delicious dip.

#18. Creamy spinach and feta dip

Feta cheese adds real flavour to this Greek yogurt-based dip, and you can use any leftover Greek yogurt as a great winter face wash (the lactic acid acts as a gentle exfoliator!) This dip is packed with cheese, garlic and iron-rich spinach. Try serving it with raw vegetables or seeded flatbread for a healthy option.

#19. Bean and olive dip

This chunky dip can also be used as a delicious side dish. Kidney beans are a great source of protein, making this the ideal snack to enjoy after a run or bouldering session. With spinach, black olives, sun-dried tomatoes and tabasco, this spicy dip can be served warm or cold on crackers or toast. We also love it as a topping for a baked sweet potato!

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Author By Paula Beaton
Date On 22nd Oct 2014 at 10:48

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