15 Essential Dips and Spreads for Summer Parties

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In the summer we love snacking on homemade dips and spreads. In fact, they can be lunch. A bowl of guacamole, some whole grain crackers, and an apple — that's a perfect June lunch. Dips and spreads are also great party food; everyone should know how to whip up a few for summer parties. Here are 15 essential dips and spreads from our archives. From basic bean dips to smoky baba ghanoush, this list has something for everyone.

15 Essential Dips and Spreads

Easy Beans
Fava Bean Dip with Roasted Garlic and Yogurt
No-Guilt Bean Dip
Mark Bittman's Rosemary-Lemon White Bean Dip
Fresh Shell Bean and Sage Spread

The Basics
Hummus
Baba Ghanoush
Guacamole
Pimento Cheese

Cheesy
Pink Pepper Goat Cheese Spread and Olives
Quick Feta and Olive Spread
Goat Cheese with Parsley and Lemon

Something Fresh
Asparagus Spread and Prosciutto on Buttered Toast
Muhammara
Italian Sub Dip with Homemade Focaccia
Zucchini, Mint and Yogurt Spread

Tips for Better Dips

How Can I Make Better Fat-Free Yogurt Dips?
Snack On The Go: Veggies Stored In Dip
Tip: Turn Leftover Soup into a Dip
Entertaining Tip: Easy Food Processor Dips
Good Question: Building a Better Cheese Ball

What are your favorite (and essential!) dips and spreads for summer eating and entertaining?

Related: Kick Off Your Party: 10 Superbowl Dips and Spreads

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