Dips are my favorite food. They are the reason I attend sports-watching get-togethers. I love their variety, from hot and cheesy to cool and minty, and there are few foods I have not used as a vehicle for said dips. Often just my fingers.
Each one here is easy to make with a food processor. Get on Amazon, pick out a machine, and two days later you’ll be knee-deep in these delicious dips. A few minutes, a few ingredients, and this one key piece of equipment will make you want to host the Super Bowl at your place. It’s the most adult purchase you’ll make before buying a house, so come on, stop waiting to get a wedding registry (and a fiancé)—be a grown-up and get a food processor—and then make these (mostly) healthy food processor recipes.
Any leftover dip makes a perfect sandwich condiment or quick pasta sauce for midweek meals!
Walnuts bring a nutty depth to the bitterness of the watercress. Get our Watercress Walnut Dip recipe.
Take a break from basil pesto and use kale as the flavorful green instead. Walnuts, garlic, and lemon juice lighten things up. Get the recipe.
Just think about how much you spend on hummus at the grocery store, and how much you’ll save making it at home. Get our Hummus recipe.
A great salad dressing that is also perfect to use as chip or pretzel fodder. Get the recipe.
Toasted sesame oil lends a nutty flavor to this healthy Asian-inspired take on hummus. Get our White Bean and Edamame Hummus recipe.
Loaded with herbs, this will get anyone eating more vegetables. Get the recipe.
Tangy, salty, and spicy—this one is perfect for turkey sandwiches. Get our Whipped Feta with Sweet and Hot Peppers recipe.
It’s packed with vitamins and vibrant pink—couldn’t ask for more. Get the recipe.
Vibrant in both color and flavor, this hummus is also extra nutritious thanks to the pound of carrots packed in. Get our Spicy Carrot Hummus recipe.
Sweet green peas are blended with fluffy ricotta for a fantastic toast topper, but this elegant snack or appetizer is made even better with the addition of spring onion gremolata and toasted pine nuts. Get the recipe.
A creamy feta dip with roasted red peppers, garlic, and herbs, it’s perfect served with briny olives and pita wedges. Get the recipe.
Always a classic, always a hit. Get the recipe.
A food processor makes quick work of all the herbs in this Argentinian steak sauce. Get our Chimichurri Sauce recipe.
Lamb’s best friend. Get the recipe.
A few quick pulses and you’ve got fresh salsa in under a minute. Get the recipe.
17. Tomatillo Salsa
Pleasantly chunky and tangy tomatillo salsa is a great addition to tacos or burritos, but also perfect for dipping tortilla chips. Get our Tomatillo Salsa recipe.
A healthy yet incredibly silky and creamy take on ranch, with a deep umami kick from the miso. Get the recipe.
Perfect for skewers, spring rolls, or even cold noodles, you can combine everything in a food processor instead of whisking—and even replace the store-bought peanut butter with fresh roasted peanuts and grind them in the food processor yourself, along with the other ingredients. Get the recipe.
This is a fall favorite and surprisingly simple. Get our Chicken Liver–Port Pâté recipe.
Go ahead, break out your food processor, or buy one if you’ve yet to acquire one…you’ll be glad you did. Until you realize how much you’re spending on crackers.
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