Tips for Dips: Make Yours Stand Out281
with Suzanne Klein
Chief Yummy Officer
Dip DIY Recipe Kits Dressing
So, here’s my issue with potluck parties. The host usually says, “Bring whatever you want!” Inevitably, the party table is filled with duplicate bowls of guacamole, salsa, or hummus—everyone’s easy go-to dips. Don’t get me wrong, I’m all about easy. I just want a little variety. And, selfishly, I want people to eat the guacamole I brought to the party. If you want to change up your dip routine for this summer’s backyard barbecues and picnics in the park, here are some tips to make your dips stand out from the rest. (Pictured here: Calabrian Hot Pepper Hummus.)
1. Make the Classics a Little Less Classic
I love guacamole, salsa, and hummus, and I’ll try all versions sitting on a potluck party table. But if you want these classic dips to stand out, try some of these unexpected twists:
- Guacamole: Stir in Lavender for a sweet and peppery bite, add Ghost Pepper Salt for a spicy kick, or use Fajita Seasoning to make each bite taste like a meal. (Cheater tip: Add any of these seasonings to a plain store-bought guac.)
- Salsa: Skip the tomatoes and make a salsa base out of mango, pear & pineapple, or even cucumber. (Cheater tip: Buy the already cut up fruit from the grocery produce section to make your prep go faster.)
- Hummus: Use your favorite curry powder and coconut milk for an Asian flare, add spinach and herbs for a European twist, or make it spicy (with our new Calabrian Hot Pepper Paste made with Calabrian chiles from Italy (our Calabrian Hot Pepper Hummus is pictured above). (Cheater tip: Stir the Calabrian chiles into a plain store-bought hummus.)
2. DIY It
Skip the store-bought packets or prepared dips at the store, which are usually full of sodium, fat, sugar, and other hidden ingredients. If you have sour cream or yogurt, a little mayo, and a handful of dried herbs, onions, and garlic, you can whip up your own versions of classic ranch and onion dips in no time. We even have a couple of dip & dressing recipe kits to get you started.
- Garden Ranch Dip & Dressing: Try our DIY recipe kit for the easiest-ever ranch, which works perfectly as a dip for veggies and wings, or you can thin it out with buttermilk for a dressing.
- Seven Onion Dip: You may want to pick up two of these DIY recipe kits, because this stuff disappears fast. Especially when you set it next to a bag of potato chips.
- Buttermilk Ranch: This classic is made with one of our customer favorites, Mt. Elbert All-Purpose Seasoning. Break out the baby carrots!
- Kimay’s Onion Dip: This has only four dried onion ingredients (instead of seven), most of which are staples you probably already have (or should have!) in your pantry.
3. Use Pureed Veggies as Your Dip Base
To really change things up, steer away from the typical creamy dips and use cooked, pureed veggies as your dip base instead. You can season the veggies just like you would any typical creamy dip. Here are some of our favorite veggie & seasoning combos:
- Harissa Carrot Dip: Sweet carrots are the perfect base for our spicy Harissa Spice Mix. Use cucumber slices or pita bread as your dip carriers. The recipe calls for a bit of Greek yogurt to cool down the harissa heat, but you can omit the yogurt for a dairy-free version.
- Napa “Pickled” Beet Dip: Our Napa Valley Pickling Spice Rub stirred into pureed beets tastes just like pickled beets…without all the pickling hassle! This one’s great served with onion-flavored crackers or sugar snap peas.
- Wasabi Edamame Dip: The best of sushi restaurant sides, whizzed up into a dip! Carrots are rice crackers are appropriate dippers for this one.
4. Sour Cream + Seasoning = Easiest Dip Ever
Don’t panic when you forgot you were supposed to bring something to that party tonight. Just grab a tub of sour cream and consult your spice rack (or local spice shop merchant!) for flavor inspiration. Adding 1 to 2 tablespoons of just about any of our handcrafted seasonings to 1 cup of sour cream will yield a flavorful dip that you can customize for your audience or menu. Here are some of our favorite seasonings for the easiest dip ever: