Tips for Dips: Make Yours Stand Out

Suzanne Klein
Chief Yummy Officer
Savory Spice Shop

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Tips for Dips: Make Yours Stand Out

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:

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 and one of our new Spice 'n Easy dips, you can whip up your own versions of classic favorites in no time. We even have a couple of dip & dressing recipe kits to get you started.

  • Red Bell Ranch: Mix up a batch of the easiest-ever ranch! It 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 Spice 'n Easy packets because this stuff disappears fast. Especially when you set it next to a bag of potato chips.
  • Horseradish Dill Dip & Spread: We’ve adapted the popular flavors of dill dip to create the perfect balance of herby dill and horseradish heat. Simply mix with sour cream for a chip and veggie dip or a sandwich spread that pairs perfectly with roast beef or ham.

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.

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:

For more dip ideas, check out our Dips & Dressings recipes.

Do you have a dip or dressing recipe that uses Savory spices? Submit your recipes to our test kitchen so we can share them with our Savory friends and family.

Comments on this Article

(guest), on May 20, 2017

Love the fit ideas for making own. Prefer to not use store bought dips due to all the added ingredients.

(guest), on May 20, 2017

These are great ideas and will spice up many tired recipes! Thank you.

(guest), on May 20, 2017

Thank you so much for these dip suggestions! I'm part of an aging population of friends who can't have this or that and almost all of us should not have the preservatives. These recipes give us so many options for the upcoming BBQ season. Thank you!

(guest), on May 20, 2017

The dip in the first picture looks great, but there is no label of what it is! Ugh, I wish all pictured food was labeled with a recipe available. It is sort of the point of me coming to this site.

(guest), on May 20, 2017

To the sour cream and Capitol Hill dip, I add either crumbled smoked salmon or coarsely chopped shrimp. I have done this for years, and it is a real hit.

(guest), on May 20, 2017

Peggy (registered user) on May 20, 2017

The first picture is Calabrian Hot Pepper Hummus

suzykklein (registered user) on May 21, 2017

Thanks for answering the comment about what the recipe is in the first photo, Peggy. It is indeed the Calabrian Hot Pepper Hummus, made spicy with Savory's new Calabrian Hot Pepper Paste.

suzykklein (registered user) on May 21, 2017

Love the suggestion for adding salmon or shrimp a dip with Capitol Hill Seasoning, yum!

(guest), on June 24, 2017

Got any ideas for a red French dressing? I love it with blue cheese crumbles on a salad.

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