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Vegan Dips & Spreads: 12 Tantalizing Recipe Inspirations

Updated on July 26, 2017

Vegan-Friendly Dip Recipes You'll Be Proud To Serve

You don't have to be vegan to fall in love with any of these taste-worthy vegan dips and spreads.

From "Basil Butter Bean Dip" . . . to "Mock Salmon Pate" . . . you'll find twelve tantalizing recipes you won't be ashamed to serve . . . for celebrations, causal get-togethers or just because. Enjoy!


Photo used under Creative Commons from: miriamwilcox, on Flickr


Bread Slices | Bread Sticks


Chips | Crackers

Cut Veggies & Fruits

Remember, you can choose from a vast array of healthy (but tasty) chips, breads, veggies and yes, even fruits to accompany your dips and spreads!

"Smoky" Hot Black Bean Dip

Recipe and Photo used under Creative Commons from: Amarand Agasi, on Flickr

Homemade "Smoky" Hot Black Bean Dip

Adapted from recipe by: StellaTex, on Flickr


  • 1 can vegetarian black beans, drained
  • 1 clove garlic (or 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder)
  • 2 tablespoons onion, coarsely chopped
  • 1 jalapeño chile pepper, stems and seeds removed, sliced
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon Tabasco sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 drips
  • Liquid Smoke

  • Put all ingredients into a food processor (or blender) and puree.

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Spinach Artichoke Dip

Photo used under Creative Commons from: miriamwilcox, on Flickr

Three Equally Good Spinach Artichoke Dip Recipes

Spinach Artichoke Dip would be great served with raw carrots straws or sliced radishes, not to mention, a variety of healthy chips or crackers.

Here are three recipes worth checking out:

Curried Carrot Spread

Photo used under Creative Commons from: Amber Karnes, on Flickr"

A little curry, a little cumin, garlic and ground walnuts come together to create this spread which would be good on toasted bread, pita or crackers.

The recipe for Curried Carrot Dip can be found right HERE.

Basil Butter Bean Dip

Photo used under Creative Commons from: mollyjade, on Flickr

Basil Butter Bean Dip


  • 1 15-ounce can butter beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 medium zucchini
  • 1 cup fresh basil leaves, loosely packed
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 4 tablespoons vegan Parmesan substitute (or, you can use nutritional yeast flakes)
  • Salt and black pepper to taste


  • Thoroughly wash the zucchini but leave it whole. Cook in a pan of simmering water until tender (roughly 15 minutes). Let cool slightly and then cut off the top and bottom of the zucchini. Gently squeeze out excess water and chop roughly.
  • Place all ingredients into a food processor or blender and puree until smooth.
  • Let mixture to sit for at least 30 minutes to allow flavors to get acquainted before serving.

Green Cauliflower Dip

Photo used under Creative Commons from: miriamwilcox, on Flickr

This Green Cauliflower Dip recipe uses white beans and select seasonings to turn a boring vegetable into a tasty appetizer. [Note: you can easily substitute purple cauliflower in place of the green if you want.]

Beetroot Hummus

Photo used under Creative Commons from: Topsynette, on Flickr

Such a colorful spread should brighten any buffet table. And touted as being "vegan, gluten-free and amazing," Chow Gypsy's commentary and recipe for Beetroot Hummus is worth checking out.

Creamy "Ricotta" Dip - (Raw Vegan Friendly)

Photo credit: elana's pantry

Elana from Elana's Pantry offers this easy, no-cook, tangy version of Creamy "Ricotta" Dip using soaked pine nuts and a few choice seasonings in place of vegan cheeses. Great served with your choice of cut veggies . . .

Southern "Caviar" Dip

Photo used under Creative Commons from: Glory Foods, on Flickr

NO fish eggs here! Southern "Caviar" (aka "poor man's caviar) refers a make-ahead dish made with humble ingredients such as black-eyed peas (or other beans), diced bell pepper, tomatoes, onions, sometimes whole kernel corn . . . and allowed to sit in a seasoned marinade. Nice served with a hearty chip (e.g., tortilla or pita chips).


  • Two 15-ounce cans black-eyed peas (or other beans), rinsed and drained
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped red onion
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 2 jalapeño chile peppers, stems and seeds removed, finely chopped
  • 3 firm plum tomatoes, diced
  • 1 yellow, orange or green bell pepper, seeds and stem removed, diced
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • Salt and black pepper, to taste


  • In a medium bowl, stir together the black-eyed peas, onions, cilantro, chopped jalapeño, tomatoes, bell pepper, and garlic.
  • In a separate bowl, whisk together the olive oil, lime juice, cumin, salt and pepper. Pour over the the black-eyed pea mixture. Stir to coat.
  • Chill for several hours before serving.

Yellow Pepper Pistachio Spread

Photo used under Creative Commons from: Island Vittles

I was intrigued by the idea of combining yellow sweet peppers, roasted pistachios, fresh cilantro and red chili pepper into this amazingly flavorful spread.

The recipe is technically referred to as a "Romesco" (which is a nut and red pepper based sauce originated in Spain). However with the addition to other ingredients and slight adjustments to the texture of the "sauce," anyone can create wonderful spreads.

Here's the recipe for a Yellow Pepper Pistachio Spread I think you'll really love.

Curry Tomato Dipping Sauce

Photo used under Creative Commons from: sweetbeetandgreenbean, on Flickr

Serendipity . . . produced this spicy dipping sauce. What started out as an attempt to make homemade ketchup, wound up becoming a surprisingly unique and flavor-ful sauce.

This kicky concoction will wow your taste buds served with just about anything . . . from breads to those herbed, cornmeal onion rings pictured above.

So here's the recipe for Curry Tomato Dipping Sauce . . . and the story behind it.

Bean Dip (Spruced Up)

Photo used under Creative Commons from: nerdling, on Flickr

You may feel that plain bean dip is hum-drum . . . or even, passe. But I say, a really good recipe can be spruced up in its presentation.

Use your favorite bean dip recipe and add a flair-ful touch in how you serve it. Or, you can use this recipe and top it off with a carnival of colorful chopped veggies like, olives, tomato, scallions, fresh parsley . . . you get the idea ;-)

Mock "Salmon Pate" - (Raw Vegan Friendly)

Photo used under Creative Commons from: Joel Luks, on Flickr

An elegant vegan appetizer choice . . . Mock "Salmon Pate" is simple to make.


  • 2 cups raw walnuts
  • 1 large red bell pepper, seeded and coarsely chopped
  • 1 stalk celery
  • 2 green onions (or scallions), roots trimmed off
  • 2 teaspoons Nori (seaweed) flakes (or, salt to taste with sea salt)
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground white pepper


  • Put all the ingredients into a food processor or blender and blend until you have a nice, thick paste, scraping down the sides as you go.
  • Let the pate chill in the fridge for at least 30 minutes.

Garnish Ideas:

  • Extra red bell peppers, can be seeded and cut into thick straws (see image above). Or, you can use English cucumbers, washed, scored and cut into thick slices. Top each cucumber round with a dollop of pate and decorate with a thin sliver of red bell pepper. Arrange on a platter and enjoy!

Handy Helpers

Food Processors Make Prep So Much Easier

Photo used under Creative Commons from: missy & the universe, on Flickr

If your budget will allow it, you would do well to invest in a food processor. Boy, does it save a lot of time during food prep.

Since there are a great number of models on the market . . . Here's an affordable version that I would recommend starting with:

It features a 7-cup work bowl which is ample for many recipes and has attachments for most chopping, shredding, mixing chores. Oh, and there's a pulse control that allows the desired degree of fineness when chopping and puréeing.

Serve Up Your Dips & Spreads In Style - With any of These Serving Bowls . . .

Dress Up Your Spreads - With These Stylish Spreaders . . .

Hope You Are Inspired By These Vegan Dips & Spreads! - Please let me knowy ou stopped by . . .

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      Lydia Workman 3 years ago from Canada

      These look very intriguing. I like the idea of trying the creamy "ricotta" dip.

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      anonymous 3 years ago

      Excellent recipes and some very interesting alternatives for non-vegan guests!

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      Sure Temp 4 years ago

      the spinach one! mmmmm feed me all of these! haha :D

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      DebMartin 4 years ago

      I just made the curried carrot spread. Yummy. Thanks!

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      ShelbyLinMarie 4 years ago

      I am loving all of these vegan recipe lenses! Now I am going to go through them all and write out meal menus from all of them and see what happens. Thanks!!

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      LluviaDeArte 4 years ago

      Delicious. I want to have a Dip Party now. Amazingly creative recipes. Thank you for writing such a scrumptious lens.

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      LauraCarExpert 4 years ago

      soooooooooo hungry after going over your lens! Great stuff!

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      SantiagoPadilla 4 years ago

      These dips look delicious...I will definitely try.. Thanks for sharing.

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      Itaya Lightbourne 4 years ago from Topeka, KS

      I like the sound of the Mock Salmon pate. Just might have to try that one. Great article! :)

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      mrdata 4 years ago

      Delicious recipes! Thanks!

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      Leigh Stratton 4 years ago

      This is a terrific lens. I cannot wait to try these dips! That hot black bean dip looks outstanding.

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      Kristen 4 years ago from Wisconsin

      The hot black bean dip sounds absolutely delicious!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      great recipes, I'am going to try the black eyed peas dip!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I'm not a vegan but I just found a dozen delicious ways to say I love you!

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      Neil Spencer 5 years ago from uk

      This is a great lens and I really enjoyed reading it today so thank you :-)

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      TedWritesStuff 5 years ago

      great selection.. have a vegan friend who I entertain occasionally and any ideas are always welcome!

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      surfsusan 5 years ago

      what a great lens - very useful. Thanks for sharing these recipes. This is one of my favs.

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      ghostJago 5 years ago

      Yellow pepper pistachio looks interesting.

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      Fruitfulvine2 5 years ago

      The Southern Caviar Dip sounds like something I would love.

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      Valerie Bloom 5 years ago from Pennsylvania, USA

      WOWEEEE!!!! I am really excited to try a few of these! Thanks for the great ideas!