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2 Easy Veggie Dips

bean dip recipe

Summertime vegetables are so good, they don’t even require cooking. One of my favorite summer dinners is a big platter of raw veggies & toasted bread or crackers with a couple different dips. This simple spread is quick to prepare, kid-friendly and beautiful enough to serve to guests.

Here are a couple of my latest favorite veggie dip recipes.

Creamy Bean Dip

veggie dip

Best served with: Any veggies, tortilla chips, pita bread or as a spread on tacos or burritos.

Tip: I like these Pacific Foods beans because they are organic and come in a carton instead of a can.

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Creamy Bean Dip
 
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Serves: 6 appetizer servings
Ingredients
  • 1 container organic refried black or pinto beans
  • ? cup cream cheese
  • Juice of 1 small lime
  • 3 Tbsp salsa
  • ½ tsp cumin
  • 1 Tbsp finely chopped jalapeno (optional)
  • Cilantro for garnish
Instructions
  1. Place all ingredients in a food processor and blend until smooth.
  2. Serve with veggies, tortilla chips or any desired accompaniments.

Herbed Greek Yogurt Dip

veggie dip

Best served with: Any veggies, toasted baguette slices or pita bread.

Tip: Choose an organic Greek yogurt like Stonyfield, Wallaby Greek or Straus Family Creamery Greek.

veggie dip

Herbed Greek Yogurt Dip
 
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Serves: 6 appetizer servings
Ingredients
  • 1 6-oz container plain Greek yogurt, low-fat or nonfat
  • 3 Tbsp mayonnaise
  • 1 green onion, chopped
  • 1 small handful basil leaves, rough chopped
  • 1 small handful Italian parsley leaves, rough chopped
  • Juice of ½ lemon
  • ½ tsp salt
  • Ground black pepper, to taste
Instructions
  1. Place all ingredients in a food processor or blender and blend until smooth.
  2. Serve with veggie crudite, pita bread, baguette slices, etc.
Notes
Also works great as a sandwich spread or salad dressing (add a little water and/or vinegar & olive oil to turn into a dressing).

Disclosure: My recipe for Creamy Bean Dip is brought to you by Pacific Foods. The recipe plus 6 Tips for Easy Summer Entertaining can be found over on the Pacific Foods blog.

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3 Comments

  • Reply
    Christina @ The Beautiful Balance
    August 6, 2013 at 11:32 pm

    I had no idea that Pacific sold beans! I will definitely be on the hunt for black beans by them.

    • Reply
      Amelia
      August 7, 2013 at 8:41 am

      They have all kinds – and they’re super good!

  • Reply
    Jessie Bryant
    August 9, 2013 at 8:19 am

    Wow! This looks so interesting. I never tried making veggie dips before. I can’t wait to try this! 🙂

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