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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.

Hamilton Beach 12-Cup Stack and Snap Food Processor, $49.99 on Amazon

This top-rated model does everything, from sauces and dips to slaw and nut butter.
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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!

1. Watercress Walnut Dip

watercress walnut dip


Walnuts bring a nutty depth to the bitterness of the watercress. Get our Watercress Walnut Dip recipe.

2. Kale and Walnut Pesto

kale and walnut pesto

Love and Lemons

Take a break from basil pesto and use kale as the flavorful green instead. Walnuts, garlic, and lemon juice lighten things up. Get the Kale and Walnut Pesto recipe.

3. Hummus

homemade hummus with vegetables


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.

4. Perfect Caesar Dressing

food processor Caesar salad dressing

Natasha’s Kitchen

A great salad dressing that is also perfect to use as chip or pretzel fodder. Get the Perfect Caesar Dressing recipe.

5. White Bean and Edamame Hummus

white bean edamame hummus


Toasted sesame oil lends a nutty flavor to this healthy Asian-inspired take on hummus. Get our White Bean and Edamame Hummus recipe.

6. Green Goddess Dip

green goddess dip with vegetables


Loaded with herbs, this will get anyone eating more vegetables. Get the Green Goddess Dip recipe.

7. Whipped Feta with Sweet and Hot Peppers

whipped feta with sweet and hot peppers


Tangy, salty, and spicy—this one is perfect for turkey sandwiches. Get our Whipped Feta with Sweet and Hot Peppers recipe.

8. Roasted Beet Hummus

roasted beet hummus

Minimalist Baker

It’s packed with vitamins and vibrant pink—couldn’t ask for more. Get the Roasted Beet Hummus recipe.

9. Spicy Carrot Hummus

spicy carrot hummus


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.

10. Sweet Pea and Ricotta Crostini with Spring Onion Gremolata

pea and ricotta crostini with spring onion gremolata

No Spoon Necessary

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 Sweet Pea and Ricotta Crostini with Spring Onion Gremolata recipe.

11. Harissa

homemade harissa pepper paste


This is great with chicken wings at night and eggs the next morning, but beware: It packs some serious heat. Get our Harissa recipe.

12. Spicy Feta Dip with Roasted Red Peppers

spicy feta dip with roasted red peppers and olives

A Spicy Perspective

A creamy feta dip with roasted red peppers, garlic, and herbs, it’s perfect served with briny olives and pita wedges. Get the Spicy Feta Dip with Roasted Red Peppers recipe.

13. Spinach Artichoke Dip

spinach artichoke dip

Gimme Some Oven

Always a classic, always a hit. Get the Spinach Artichoke Dip recipe.

14. Chimichurri Sauce

Argentinian chimichurri sauce


A food processor makes quick work of all the herbs in this Argentinian steak sauce. Get our Chimichurri Sauce recipe.

15. Tzatziki

tzatziki Greek dip

Simple Food 4 You

Lamb’s best friend. Get the Tzatziki recipe.

16. Fresh Homemade Salsa

food processor restaurant-style salsa

Kim’s Healthy Eats

A few quick pulses and you’ve got fresh salsa in under a minute. Get the FreshHomemade Salsa recipe.

17. Tomatillo Salsa

fresh tomatillo salsa (salsa verde)


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.

18. Miso-Tofu Ranch Dip

miso tofu ranch dip


A healthy yet incredibly silky and creamy take on ranch, with a deep umami kick from the miso. Get the Miso-Tofu Ranch recipe.

19. Peanut Dipping Sauce

peanut dipping sauce

Cookie and Kate

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 Peanut Dipping Sauce recipe.

20. Chicken Liver–Port Pâté

chicken liver port pate


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.

See our vegan sauce recipe round-up too, and if you want to get even more use out of your food processor, try juicing with it! For more tips, tricks, and healthy recipes, check out our healthy living page.

Related Video: Here’s Why Every Kitchen Needs a Food Processor

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Vanessa W. Simmons is a former cook living in San Francisco, helping to run a food business. She’s probably hungry, but if not she could eat.
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