Discover easy and healthy Middle Eastern dip recipes to snack on, whether you’re having a dinner party, a casual get-together with friends or a cosy movie night with your partner, these delicious and healthy Middle Eastern dip recipes are the perfect creamy addition to your menu (not to mention a guilt-free snack).
Dips are everyone’s favourite — they’re easy to make, come in countless tasty flavours and can be served with anything from crunchy tortillas crackers, fries, or onion rings to veggie sticks.
In the Middle East, it’s very common to put together a mezze spread of various dips, finger foods and other bite-sized snacks as a quick appetiser or a light dinner. Also, our traditional grazing tables always have a couple of strategically-placed dips for people to snack on.
And no, it’s not just hummus. Although, in all honesty, hummus takes first place in our home not only as a dip but as a meal in itself. If you’re a hummus fan too, you understand what I mean.
Have a look at the recipe list below for quick and savoury dip ideas you can try whether you’re planning a party or simply binge-watching your beloved Netflix series.
BONUS: Because we can’t talk about dips without dipping foods, I also included two easy homemade snacks you can pair with your dips. You can find the recipe links at the end of this journal.
Easy Dip Recipes for Parties and Snacks
Once you master this simple 5-ingredient recipe, you’ll never want to go back to store-bought hummus again. To get an ultra-smooth texture, add a couple of ice cubes when blending your hummus.
Try these delicious and creative takes on hummus:
If you’re a fan of the classic guacamole, you’ll love this creamy avocado hummus dip. You can whip this up in a few minutes and serve it on toast, with chips or with fresh vegetables.
Topped with parsley and chilli flakes and drizzled with olive oil, this chilli avocado hummus is the perfect spicy party dip. You can scoop this into a wrap with veggies and turn it into a delicious meal.
Check out my blog for more hummus tips and tricks.
Musabaha is a delicious mezza staple and a very forgiving garlicky dip you can make in under 20 minutes.
Labneh or strained yoghurt is a simple Middle Eastern dip made from natural yoghurt with endless possibilities when it comes to garnishes. My favourite combinations are chopped olives and parsley, pesto sauce and pine nuts, and crunchy pomegranate seeds.
Add a spoon or two of pesto sauce, sprinkle a few toasted pine nuts and drizzle with olive oil.
Add fresh tomatoes on top with a sprinkle of zaatar and enjoy a refreshing fruit dip.
A vibrant, creamy dip that’s packed with flavour and hard to resist. Serve with crispy breadsticks or veggie sticks.
This crunchy avocado dip is a real crowd-pleaser that requires only avocados, tomatoes, red onions, spring onions, coriander, chilli, and lime to make. You can make this in large batches and keep it in the fridge for lunches and snacks during the week.
You don’t need pasta to enjoy this delicious pesto dip. Get your veggies and chips and start dipping.
Whenever we have a barbecue, I always have a few eggplants lined up to roast for this dip. Its unique, smoky flavour is sure to impress any guest.
What to eat your homemade dip with?
As promised, here are two super easy crunchy snacks you can make in no time and pair with savoury homemade dips.
These super crispy seeded crackers with pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, sesame seeds, flax seeds and hemp seeds are made for dipping and snacking. Plus, they’re keto-friendly, vegan, and gluten-free.
Tossed with Za’atar spice, sumac, and salt, these breadsticks are ready to dip in under 5 minutes.
What is your favourite homemade dip? Let me know in the comments below.