10 Light & Fresh Dips for Spring Snacking

updated May 25, 2023
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Now that it’s spring it’s time to change up your snack game. The promise of warm weather requires that you ditch your hearty snacks and try something fresh, something you could never get in a vending machine: dip! These lighter dip options like grilled guacamole and spicy hummus with lime and jalapeño will pair perfectly with cold, crunchy spring vegetables or your favorite tortilla chip.

If you’re looking for something a little bit earthier, try the homemade baba ghanoush or creamy beet and tahini dip. If you’d rather have something on the sweeter end of things, try the fresh figs with cashew cream. Honestly, you can’t go wrong.

What are your favorite fresh dips for snacking? Better yet –– are there any great veggie or chip combinations that you prefer with your dips?

Perfect Dips for Spring

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Roasted Jalapeño and Lime Hummus

The jalapeños hit first, then came the cooling lime just when the heat of the peppers almost seemed too much. The nuttiness of the chickpeas and the creamy texture of the hummus made the perfect backdrop.

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Fresh Figs with Cashew Cream

This luscious combination of fresh figs, cashew cream, toasted coconut and dark chocolate shavings is gluten free, vegan, raw, and contains very little sweetener.

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Herbed Greek Yogurt Dip Recipe
This recipe, made entirely with Greek yogurt, is thick and creamy yet simultaneously light and tangy.
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Baba Ghanoush

Eggplant gets roasted and whipped into a dip with fresh garlic and the bite of tahini.

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Grilled Guacamole
Grilling avocados creates a lightly smoky, rich and silky guacamole.
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Creamy Beet and Tahini Dip

This recipe is super creamy and light, yet it still feels decadent and rich thanks to the generous amount of tahini.

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White Bean Artichoke Dip

This particular dip of puréed beans and artichokes is filling enough to tide me over until dinner is ready, but also light and refreshing — a perfect snack

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Zucchini, Mint and Yogurt Spread

This homemade spread is light, but boasts a strong mint and lemon flavor.

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Dandelion Pumpkin Seed Pesto

This is a well-balanced pesto perfect for a simple pasta, sandwich spread, or veggie dip.

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French Onion Dip with Caramelized Onions and Greek Yogurt

This is a new take on this iconic dip, which substitutes Greek yogurt for the mayo and sour cream and swaps in real onions and other aromatics.

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