12 Vegan Dip Recipes That Prove That Dips Don't Need Sour Cream or Cheese to Be Delicious

Caponata Sicilianata
Photo: Blaine Moats

Vegan dip recipes can be just as delicious as their dairy-loaded, sausage-spiked counterparts. Case in point: Our vegan "cheese" dip with caramelized onions, our dessert-style vegan bean dip (that tastes just like a chocolate chip cookie), and the rest of our best vegan dips of all time. Prepare to get the party started in a way that omnivores and animal product-free eaters alike can enjoy with these sweet and savory vegan dip recipes.

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Hummus 4 Ways

four bowls of hummus – beet, lime-avocado, beet, and squash
Jason Donnelly

With 10 minutes, a food processor or blender, and a can of chickpeas, you have the perfect blank slate to create vegan bean dip in one or a rainbow of colors. Use our classic chickpea recipe for garlicky hummus as your home base. Once you've mastered that creamy sesame tahini-swirled dip, try any or all of the vibrant variations, including roasted beets, roasted squash, lime-avocado, or bell pepper.

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Creamy Cashew and Onion Dip

Creamy Cashew and Onion Dip
Blaine Moats

It might sound like a stretch to suggest that nuts should be the foundation of your next vegan "cheese" dip, but stick with us here. Boiling cashews then puréeing them in a food processor with water, spices, and apple cider vinegar yields a remarkably rich dairy-free cheese replacement. Top it with caramelized onions and sprinkle in some paprika and this smoky, savory dip is destined to become the star of your vegan charcuterie board. Just add nuts, crackers, pickles, fruit, vegetables, and mustard and you're good to go!

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Baba Ganoush

Baba Ganoush
Jacob Fox

Speaking of smoky, it's the word that immediately jumps to mind when we think of Baba Ganoush. Well actually, it's the second word—immediately after "irresistible." To make this Mediterranean-inspired vegan dip recipe, simply roast an eggplant, scoop out the flesh, then blend that with tahini, citrus, fresh parsley, and garlic. Shower the vegetable dip with olive oil and season to taste, and you're ready to spoon with one of the most heart-healthy and tasty party dips of all time.

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Strawberry Rhubarb Salsa

Strawberry Rhubarb Salsa
Andy Lyons

Prepare to rewrite the rules with this unexpected vegan dip! You're probably more familiar with seeing strawberries and rhubarb team up in pies. And you're used to eating salsa that err more on the spicy side than the sweet one, right? Well this cranberry, strawberry, and rhubarb recipe is here to convince you that they can also play nicely in one complex-tasting chip partner. Just add sugar, cider vinegar, and ginger, then scoop up as is or pile it atop baked brie. OMG.

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Pumpkin-Roasted Red Pepper Hummus

overhead view of Pumpkin-Roasted Red Pepper Hummus with vegetables and pita
Carson Downing

Pump up a common and crowd–pleasing hummus flavor, roasted red pepper, with a generous scoop of canned pumpkin. The squash purée makes the texture of this vegan dip super-silky, and its natural sweetness complements the smoky paprika and cumin beautifully. Serve it with an array of crackers, pitas, and crudites—and prepare to share the recipe. Everyone is going to be asking for it!

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Hot and Chunky Guacamole

Hot & Chunky Guacamole
Andy Lyons

Peas. The ingredient you didn't know your homemade guacamole was missing, but will never want to make without again after diving into this vegan dip recipe. We always crave a little more texture than most restaurant guacs deliver, so we solved that my stoking this Mexican dip with blanched peas, chopped onion, and sliced jalapeno. Tortilla chips have met their perfect match.

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Peanut-Butter-Chocolate Cookie Dough Dip

Peanut Butter-Chocolate Cookie Dough Dip
Blaine Moats

Tubs of dessert hummus took over a good portion of the refrigerator aisle real estate a few years ago, and the concept of dressing up canned beans in sweet ways inspired this vegan dip recipe. Once blended with sweet dates, salty peanut butter, and common cooking ingredients like oats, vanilla, and chocolate, you'll swear you're scooping up cookie batter—not beans. To keep this 100% dairy-free, simply opt for vegan chocolate chunks instead of dark chocolate pieces.

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Pumpkin Seed Dip

Pumpkin Seed Dip in bowl with shrimp and lime wedges on the side
Jacob Fox

Other nuts and seeds star in dip and spread recipes, so why not pepitas? We gave the pantry staple a whirl in this vegan dip recipe and were blown away by the results. Toast the seeds in a skillet, then blitz them with citrus, peppers, and spices. This is one dip that gets better as it sets, so feel free to make it up to 3 days early and refrigerate until dip o'clock.

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Caponata Sicilianata

Caponata Sicilianata
Blaine Moats

From pastas to pizzas to crostini toppers like this, many Italian recipes are naturally plant-forward and can be easily tweaked to become fully animal product-free. This vegan dip is a delicious piece of evidence this is true. Caponata Sicilianata is our twist on the traditional Sicilian eggplant recipe that's a relish made with (you guessed it!) eggplant, plus onion, garlic, tomato, vinegar, and your choice of bonus veggies, nuts, dried fruits, and/or briny boosters. Capers, olives, and raisins offer salty-sweet flavors that make this dip extra delicious.

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White Bean Spread

White Bean Spread
Jason Donnelly

Hot hummus. Why didn't we think of this earlier? This garlicky vegan bean dip is a breeze to make and keep warm in your slow cooker, and can be boosted with your choice of broth (vegetable to keep this vegan), fresh herbs, and dried spices or spice blends. Each batch of this big-batch recipe can be a new flavor experience.

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Edamame-Avocado Dip

Edamame-Avocado Dip
Blaine Moats

Giving a nod to three of our favorite restaurant appetizers—Italian basil pesto crostini, Japanese sushi bar edamame, and Mexican cantina guacamole—this gorgeous green dip takes minutes to make. We speak from experience that it takes even less time to fall in love with this vegan dip recipe! We're partial to pita chips, but tortilla chips, veggie slices, or simply a spoon would work as an ideal vessel, too.

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Quick Fruit Salsa

Quick Fruit Salsa
Blaine Moats

By now you can probably tell that not all salsa recipes start with tomatoes. While we'll always have a soft spot in our hearts (and space on our plates) for traditional tomato salsa, we love mixing things up with vegan dip recipes like this. Cucumbers, kiwi, and fresh basil join forces with avocado and chili powder in this dip that can double as a topping for grilled tofu or a grain bowl.

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