10 Creative Dips for Your Next Summer Cookout

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These cool and fun dips are a great start to your cookout

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Feeding a large group can be daunting, but when it comes to dinner parties and get-togethers, dips are a host’s savior. The easy equation of delicious dip plus a tray of dip-friendly accoutrements almost always equals happy, full guests.

10 Creative Dips for Your Next Summer Cookout

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Feeding a large group can be daunting, but when it comes to dinner parties and get-togethers, dips are a host’s savior. The easy equation of delicious dip plus a tray of dip-friendly accoutrements almost always equals happy, full guests.

Buffalo Chicken Dip

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If you haven’t already tried this dip, you’re in for a treat. It has all the flavors of Buffalo wings in a creamy, spicy dip. Serve with crispy celery and carrots for a cleaner way to eat this party classic!

Creamy White Bean and Olive Oil Dip

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This creamy, healthy dip is perfect for making ahead of time and serving to your guests with antipasto sides or pita chips.

Edamame Dip

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While you might be used to eating edamame (young soybeans) straight out of their pods prior to digging into some sushi, they can also be turned into an amazing and refreshing vegetable dip. This dip is packed full of protein and healthy fats, so you won’t feel guilty dipping your veggies into it.

Healthy Greek 7 Layer Dip

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This tailgate classic gets a healthy update with feta, Kalamata olives, and Greek yogurt in place of the sour cream. Serve with veggies to keep it low carb, or with pita chips for a little more Greek inspiration.

Hot Crab Dip

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It’s blue crab season, so why not seize the opportunity to get some great summer crab into your next cookouts dips? This recipe is a one-pan wonder: Just mix everything together in a casserole dish and chill until guests arrive. Throw it in the oven until it’s bubbly and warm and you’ve got a beachy summer crowd-pleaser.

Salted Caramel Yogurt Dip

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A sweet addition to the savory choices shown here, this salted caramel dip pairs perfectly with sliced apples and frozen bananas for an easy cookout dessert.

Sweet Ricotta Dip with Chocolate

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Not every dip at your cookout needs to be a savory side, and this ricotta and chocolate dip hits high notes with its subtlety sweet notes and hidden chunks of chocolate. Perfect with a side of fruit, but even better with crushed cannoli shells, if you can get your hands on some!

Tropical Guacamole

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Turn your backyard into a tropical oasis with this guacamole recipe that’s pumped up with pineapple. Serve with tortilla chips or sliced jicama for a healthy treat.

Tomato and Basil Queso Fundido

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Take your queso on a trip to Italy with the addition of tomato, basil, and mozzarella. Easy to pre-prep before guests arrive, toss in the oven as they’re walking in the door, and serve minutes later.

Tatziki Dip

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Stay cool as a cucumber no matter how high the temperatures near the grill may rise with this cucumber, lemon, and Greek yogurt dip.