9 Easy Dips You Can Make Ahead For Any Occasion

Garlic Hummus

 This garlic hummus recipe is simple and quick—just toss a few ingredients in the food processor and blend until smooth. Perfect as a dip or spread.

Light & Airy Whipped Cottage Cheese:

Customize this whipped cottage cheese recipe with your favorite fresh herbs. Use it as a dip with fresh veggies or as a sandwich spread.

Twarożek (Polish Cottage Cheese Spread)

A staple of Polish brunch, this spread combines cottage cheese with radishes, cucumber, and dill. Serve with rye bread, vegetables, kielbasa, Polish cheese, and mustard.

Spicy Eggplant Dip with Lime & Cilantro

 Grilling the eggplant adds a smoky flavor to this dip. Serve with purple sticky rice or vegetables for dipping, as recommended by chef Yia Vang.

Traditional Greek Tahini Dip

This creamy dip features the nutty flavor of sesame seeds. Popular in Cyprus, it's served with crudités and pita for a delicious starte.

Loaded Black Bean Dip

A simplified version of a 7-layer dip—heat and season refried beans, then top with fresh vegetables for a flavorful and texturally exciting dip.

Fresh Tomato Salsa

This easy recipe yields about 5 cups of fresh tomato salsa, perfect for serving a crowd. Adjust the spiciness with jalapeños and cayenne pepper. Serve with chips, tacos, and more.

Cucumber Salsa

Fresh and tangy, this cucumber salsa pairs well with grilled fish or can be enjoyed as a side salad. The flavors mellow and the cucumber softens if made a day or two ahead.

Classic Hummus

Easily make hummus at home with a few pantry items. Serve with a drizzle of extra-virgin olive oil and chopped parsley, along with warm pita bread or cut-up vegetables.

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