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Easy Salsa and Dip Recipes Perfect for Summer

What’s summer without salsa and dip?
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While it might be true that summer’s main attraction is a perfectly grilled steak or an unbeatable burger, appetizers also deserve their time to shine. Say hello to some fun starters — these salsa and dip recipes are easy to make and are sure to wow the family.

Pineapple Avocado Salsa

Pineapple Avocado Salsa
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Next time you go to the grocery store, pick up the components to make this pineapple avocado salsa, which requires just four ingredients but is still packed with flavors perfect for summer.

For the Pineapple Avocado Salsa recipe, click here.

Spicy Cheddar Dip

Spicy Cheddar Dip
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Believe it or not, you likely already have the ingredients it takes to make this spicy cheddar dip in your kitchen. The starter dish requires common kitchen items like hot sauce, cheese, milk, butter and flour.

For the Spicy Cheddar Dip recipe, click here.

Salsa Verde

Salsa Verde
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While there are plenty of vintage appetizers no one makes anymore, salsa certainly isn’t one of them. This tried-and-true starter dish can be made with just five ingredients: garlic, tomatillos, onion, cilantro and lime.

For the Salsa Verde recipe, click here.

Basil Obatzda Cheese Spread

Basil Obatzda Cheese Spread
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This German cheese dip is airy and delicious, especially when paired with pretzels or crackers. The blend of cream cheese, crushed caraway seeds and weißbier will leave you eager to try more recipes from around the world.

For the Basil Obatzda Cheese Spread recipe, click here.

Bacon Guacamole

Bacon Guacamole
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Avocados — a fruit that is often mistaken as a vegetable — are mashed and paired with bacon in this delicious guacamole recipe that is a must at any summer get-together or barbecue.

For the Bacon Guacamole recipe, click here.

Seven Layer Bagel and Lox Dip

Seven Layer Bagel and Lox Dip
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Skip breakfast in bed and jump right to the appetizers with this seven-layer bagel and lox dip. Everything but the bagel seasoning — a Trader Joe’s staple — is mixed with hummus, cream cheese, salmon and more for a one-of-a-kind combo that is guaranteed to be a crowd-pleaser.

For the Seven Layer Bagel and Lox Dip recipe, click here.

Strawberry Salsa

Strawberry Salsa
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This fruit salsa will be craved all summer long. Just combine strawberries, kiwi, honey, cucumber and lime juice for a blend of flavors perfect for everything from backyard barbecues to afternoon picnics.

For the Cool Strawberry Salsa recipe, click here.

Creamy Mango Avocado Salsa

Creamy Mango Avocado Salsa
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Avocados clearly go well with more than just perfectly scrambled eggs — the fruit seems to make an appearance in many different summer salsas. Here, it is paired with mango, onion and cottage cheese for an appetizer that can be made in just 15 minutes.

For the Creamy Mango Avocado Salsa recipe, click here.

Salsa Perezosa

Salsa Perezosa
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Making salsa is a great way to use leftover vegetables. And this recipe for salsa perezosa calls for tomatoes, onion, peppers and garlic. The smooth blend of ingredients gives a nice heat that can be offset with some crunchy tortilla chips.

For the Salsa Perezoso recipe, click here.

Garlicky Black Bean Dip

Garlicky Black Bean Dip
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If you’re looking to keep things on the healthier side at your next summer cookout, try making this garlicky black bean dip. It takes less than an hour to prepare and seamlessly blends black beans, scallions and tomatoes with a variety of seasonings. Serve it with a side of veggies or warm pita bread.

For the Garlicky Black Bean Dip recipe, click here.

Black Bean Salsa

Black Bean Salsa
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Sometimes it’s easy to get caught up in side dishes and entrees and let the appetizer course fall to the wayside. When that happens, fall back on this gluten-free black bean salsa recipe that can be made with canned goods.

For the Black Bean Salsa recipe, click here.

Garlic Mushroom Queso Dip

Garlic Mushroom Queso Dip
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This garlic mushroom queso dip, stuffed with melted cheese and tomatoes, is far from boring. And if your appetizers are delicious then your entrees have to be twice as good. After serving the starter course, try out some of these grilled chicken recipes that are far from boring.

For the Garlic Mushroom Queso Dip recipe, click here.

Cheeseburger Dip

Cheeseburger Dip
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Skip the hassle of grilling burgers at your next backyard barbecue and go for this dip instead. It combines the classic flavors of a cheeseburger into one simple appetizer.

For the Cheeseburger Dip recipe, click here.

Papaya Salsa

Papaya Salsa
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Mixed with the season’s freshest ingredients, this papaya salsa recipe is ideal to pair with tortilla chips as a summer appetizer. The salsa, which takes only 10 minutes to prepare, combines jalapenos and papaya for the perfect blend of sweet and spicy flavors.

For the Papaya Salsa recipe, click here.

Salmon Poke Dip

Salmon Poke Dip
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Get double the vitamin D this summer by pairing sunshine with this salmon poke dip recipe. The jalapenos, avocado, soy sauce and fresh ginger pair perfectly with a sushi-grade salmon filet.

For the Salmon Poke Dip recipe, click here.

Zesty Avocado Dipping Sauce

Zesty Avocado Dipping Sauce
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Avocados have rushed to stardom, making appearances on breakfast, lunch and dinner tables. This iconic breakfast food can also be turned into a delicious avocado dipping sauce that is mixed with greek yogurt, dijon mustard and honey for a creamy and light bite perfect for veggies, bread and more.

For the Zesty Avocado Dipping Sauce recipe, click here.

Buffalo Chicken Dip

Buffalo Chicken Dip
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What better way to use leftover chicken in creative ways than by making buffalo chicken dip, the mother of all appetizers. This recipe can be made in just 30 minutes and serves 10 people.

For the Buffalo Chicken Dip recipe, click here.

Extra Bloody Mary Salsa

Extra Bloody Mary Salsa
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Your favorite cocktail may look a little different in this recipe — olives, horseradish and Worcestershire sauce are mixed together to emulate the flavors of a bloody mary.

For the Extra Bloody Mary Salsa recipe, click here.

Vegan Cheese Dip

Vegan Cheese Dip
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Give the best vegan-friendly spot in your state a run for its money with this vegan cheese dip recipe, which uses tofu and nutritional yeast as a dairy substitute.

For the Vegan Cheese Dip recipe, click here.

Zesty Fire-Roasted Tomato Salsa

Zesty Fire-Roasted Tomato Salsa
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Salsa is the sound of summer. It’s refreshing, light and goes well with any meal. At your next cookout, try making this fire-roasted tomato salsa, which consists of diced tomatoes, onion, cilantro and lime juice. Pair the appetizer with one of these delightful mocktails.

For the Zesty Fire-Roasted Tomato Salsa recipe, click here.

Roasted Tomato Tomatillo Salsa

Roasted Tomato Tomatillo Salsa
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If you’ve spent the past few months growing veggies in your garden, this is the perfect recipe to use them in. Tomatoes, jalapenos and onions are blended and mixed with delicious seasonings for a light, spicy appetizer great for summer.

For the Roasted Tomato Tomatillo Salsa recipe, click here.

Chili con Queso

Chili con Queso
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This chili con queso recipe is inspired by Texans. Just combine Velveeta cheese with green bell peppers and celery for a dip that is sure to be devoured.

For the Chili con Queso recipe, click here.

Crab and Artichoke Dip

Crab and Artichoke Dip
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Looking to include a restaurant-worthy dish at your next dinner? Well, this Cheesecake Factory crab and artichoke dip recipe comes straight from the belly of the beast. Add it to a plate with veggies and bread for a truly decadent starter dish.

For the Cheesecake Factory Warm Crab and Artichoke Dip recipe, click here.

Easy Pico de Gallo

Easy Pico de Gallo
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This pico de gallo recipe is multifaceted. Use it as a dip with a side of tortilla chips or pair it with some of these incredible Mexican dishes you can make at home. Either way, it’s a light and refreshing salsa great for a hot day.

For the Easy Pico de Gallo recipe, click here.

Beefy Seven Layer Dip

Beefy Seven Layer Dip
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Nothing is better than a recipe that requires only one dish. This one-skillet seven-layer dip is the way to go if you want to cut down on dishes. With sausage, sour cream, cheese and more, this dip may even take the spotlight away from some of your grilled proteins.

For the One Skillet Beefy Seven Layer Dip recipe, click here.

Easy Watermelon Salsa

Easy Watermelon Salsa
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To make this sweet and citrusy watermelon salsa, simply dice up your fruit and vegetables, whisk together some lime juice and brown sugar, then combine the ingredients and top with chopped cilantro. And if you have any leftover watermelon, try making this three-ingredient fruit slushie.

For the Easy Watermelon Salsa, click here.

Corned Beef and Pickle Dip

Corned Beef and Pickle Dip
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One of the best sandwiches in America gets reimagined in this corned beef and pickle dip recipe. With just three ingredients, this appetizer is great for dipping bread and veggies in.

For the Corned Beef and Pickle Dip recipe, click here.

Nacho Beef Dip

Nacho Beef Dip
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For this nacho beef dip, simply cook ground beef in a nonstick skillet over medium heat for about 10 minutes. Then add in your cheese dip and salsa, stirring occasionally. Once the dip is done, pour it into a dish and serve with tortilla chips. It’s a great recipe to make with your kids during summer — just let them add in the cheese.

For the Nacho Beef Dip recipe, click here.

Pineapple Habanero Salsa

Pineapple Habanero Salsa
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Chips and salsa is the official state snack of Texas, and nobody beats the heat better than our friends from the South. This pineapple habanero salsa has a delicate blend of sweet and spicy flavors that are sure to get your mouth watering this summer.

For the Pineapple Habanero Salsa recipe, click here.

Fiesta Refried Bean Dip

Fiesta Refried Bean Dip
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Not only is this refried bean dip absolutely delicious, it can serve up to 24 people. And the sooner you serve the appetizers at your backyard barbecue, the faster you can get to the dessert. After the app and entree portion of the evening, move on to these frozen fruit recipes for smoothies, pops and more summer-friendly desserts.

For the Fiesta Refried Bean Dip recipe, click here.

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