17 Healthy Dip Recipes
Healthy dip recipes
Forget fattening, super-processed store-bought dips for your party entertaining. It's incredibly easy to whip up healthier homemade dipping recipes that are still packed with flavor. Many of these dip recipes include hearts of palm, which are actually the inner cores of palm-tree stems. To transform them into a delicious, healthy dip, just give the hearts of palm a whirl in the food processor and they take on a luscious, mayolike texture. The other dip recipes in our list are filled with nutrient-rich ingredients like chickpeas, avocado, beets, lentils, and sweet potatoes (helping to deliver protein, healthy fats, and good-for-you resistant starch). The result? Delicious dunks that will make your Super Bowl or Oscar night crudité even more irresistible.
Try this recipe: Creamy Lemon-Herb Dip
Serve this flavorful dip right away, or cover and refrigerate.
Ingredients: Extra-virgin olive oil, garlic, shallot, hearts of palm, lemon zest, lemon juice, fresh parsley, fresh basil, fresh oregano, raw honey, salt and pepper
Try this recipe: Romesco Dip
This yummy dip is packed with flavor, thanks to ingredients like garlic, crumbled feta, and hot paprika.
Ingredients: Whole roasted almonds, extra-virgin olive oil, minced garlic, jarred roasted red peppers, crumbled feta, sherry vinegar, hot paprika, salt and pepper
Try this recipe: Beet-Lentil Dip
This dip is packed with nutrient-rich beets and lentils, which are a great source of protein. Give it a quick stir (and taste) before serving.
Ingredients: Beets, canned lentils, chopped walnuts, prepared horseradish, plain yogurt, chopped fresh dill, chopped scallion, salt, pepper, extra-virgin olive oil
Basic Hearts of Palm Dip
Try this recipe: Hearts of Palm Dip
It's surprisingly healthy! Hearts of palm pack fiber, iron and vitamin C.
Ingredients: Garlic, salt, white pepper, hearts of palm, plain Greek yogurt, extra-virgin olive oil, cayenne pepper
Hearts of Palm French Onion Dip
Try this recipe: Hearts of Palm French Onion Dip
The classic Hearts of Palm dip has been updated. Make it now, use later: You can store this dip, covered, in the refrigerator for up to two days.
Ingredients: Hearts of Palm Dip, plain Greek yogurt, chives, salt, black pepper, canola oil, shallot
Green Goddess Hearts of Palm Dip
Try this recipe: Green Goddess Hearts of Palm Dip
Perfect pair: Enjoy this nutrient-packed dip with vegetable chips, flatbread, or sliced veggies. (Thanks to the avocado, it's incredibly creamy and filling as well!)
Ingredients: Hearts of Palm Dip, Hass avocado, shallot, lemon juice, tarragon, flat-leaf parsley, dill, salt, black pepper
Asian-Style Roasted Carrot Ginger Dip
Try this recipe: Roasted Carrot-Ginger Dip
Bored with plain-old celery? Use less common vegetables for dipping in this zesty dip, like fennel, jicama, radishes, and sugar snap peas.
Ingredients: Hearts of Palm Dip, olive oil, carrots, ginger, salt, black pepper, lime juice, sesame oil, sesame seeds
Try this recipe: Caper-Lemon Remoulade
Pair a few pantry staples with 2 pounds of chilled cooked shrimp and watch it disappear.
Ingredients: Mayonnaise, plain Greek yogurt, grainy mustard, lemon zest, lemon juice, capers, cornichons, tarragon, scallion, salt, black pepper
Smoky Almond-Parsley Pesto
Try this recipe: Smoky Almond-Parsley Pesto
Smoked almonds give this version a serious kick. Have leftovers? It's delicious spread over sandwiches, tossed with whole-grain pasta, or on a veggie-packed pizza.
Ingredients: Smoked almonds, garlic, flat-leaf parsley, extra-virgin olive oil, Parmiggiano-Reggiano, black pepper
Bloody Mary Cocktail Sauce Dip
Try this recipe: Bloody Mary Cocktail Sauce
This is the perfect dip if you want a saucier shrimp cocktail. Plus, it's really low in calories.
Ingredients: Ketchup, horseradish, lemon juice, Worcestershire sauce, black pepper, hot sauce, celery seed
Try this recipe: Pumpkin Dip
Bring out the best of fall's flavors with this super-easy pumpkin dip. Canned pumpkin mixed with maple syrup and cinnamon will be a treat for your taste buds. The cream cheese used in this recipe has a third less fat and makes the dip rich and soft without too many added calories. Serve with fresh apple slices for an extra serving of vitamins and fiber.
Ingredients: Reduced-fat cream cheese, brown sugar, canned pumpkin, maple syrup, ground cinnamon
Lemony Fruit Dip
Try this recipe: Lemony Fruit Dip
This dip pairs perfectly with pretty much any fruit. Use brands of cornstarch like Argo that are 100% cornstarch and, thus, gluten free.
Ingredients: Reduced-calorie whipped topping, cornstarch, sugar, egg, vanilla extract, lemon juice
Yam & Cumin Dip
Try this recipe: Yam & Cumin Dip
Don’t mistake a sweet potato for a yam. We promise, there is a difference, and you’d taste it in this recipe.
Ingredients: Garnet yams, olive oil, warm water, Parmesan, ginger, ground cumin, sea salt, black pepper
Warm Spinach-Artichoke Dip
Try this recipe: Warm Spinach-Artichoke Dip
This satisfying recipe cuts calories by using lima beans to create a creamy texture.
Ingredients: Lima beans, light mayo, fat-free cream cheese, dry mustard, Tabasco sauce, capers, artichoke hearts, frozen spinach, mozzarella cheese, Parmesan cheese, green onions, lemon juice
Roast Garlic and Edamame Dip
Try this recipe: Roast Garlic and Edamame Dip
Edamame makes a great ingredient in this creamy dip for raw veggies or whole-wheat pita bread. You can enjoy up to three servings in one snack session, for a total of 162 calories, 9 grams protein and 6 grams fiber.
Ingredients: Garlic, frozen shelled edamame, ground cumin, salt, extra-virgin olive oil, lemon juice, reduced-fat sour cream, fresh cilantro
White Bean Dip
Try this recipe: White Bean Dip
Mashing the white beans creates the same creamy consistency as sour cream–based dips.
Ingredients: Cannellini beans, olive oil, garlic, sage
Avocado, Mint, and Yogurt Dip
Each of these savory dips use Greek yogurt as a base, so they're loaded with protein and calcium.