Our family loves to snack on all types of dips on the regular, but starting at Thanksgiving and following it up until January 2nd, consumption kicks into high gear (KWIM?!). The trick is that we need yummy (and still healthy) dairy-free dip recipes for all those holiday parties, and we like to keep it sneaky so that the regular folks don't even notice that they're missing those old stand-by ingredients 🙂
Top 12 Gluten-free + Dairy-free Dip Recipes
We've gotten good at substituting cashews, potatoes, avocados and beans for cheese and milk in the recipes we use regularly. It's not as difficult as it seems if you know where to look for time-tested dairy-free dip recipes that absolutely everyone can enjoy.
It's always fun to watch party guests tentatively try out one of our dips and then become a full-fledged believer that living without dairy actually CAN be done without too much suffering!
Easy Vegan Queso
A great recipe with cashews, peppers, chunky salsa and few other simple ingredients all get tossed in a blender and ready to go in less than 10 minutes. Serve with fresh veggies or tortilla chips. We add extra salsa because we like it spicier. This recipe is by Hummus Apien.
Vegan French Onion Dip with Dill
This dairy-free dip recipe is one of our favorites because we love how the fresh onion, garlic and dill flavor mingle so well together. Cashews make a rich creamy base with a touch of non-dairy milk. Onions cooked in veggie broth brings it all together for dipping veggies or gluten-free crackers. This recipe is by Veggie Inspired.
Simple Avocado Dip
An easy recipe that uses tahini paste and oil. Starting out with a cold avocado helps this recipe creaminess factor and chili flakes gives it a mild spice. It can be whipped up in 5 minutes for a great side served with crisp vegetable strips. This recipe was created by Sweet as Honey.
Buffalo Chicken Dip
This is a hearty dip that you can use leftover chicken with. Just shred it, add mayo, hot sauce and seasonings to round out your flavor, then bake until it turns into bubbly goodness. We serve it warm with grain-free nacho-flavored Siete chips (they're dairy-free!). This recipe is by Living Loving Paleo.
Vegan Tzatziki Sauce
In our house we eat tzatziki sauce on EVERYTHING, so having a simple, great tasting recipe is a must! We always have cucumbers in the drawer so it is easy to get started. This recipe uses dairy-free coconut yogurt, fresh garlic, mint leaves and cucumber. A little bit of oil emulsifies it to create a nice spreadable dip to use on gluten-free naan bread or gluten-free pita bread (we get it at our local Hy-Vee). This recipe was created by Sweet as Honey.
Two Ingredient Lemon Whip Fruit Dip
We enjoy every type of fruit on its own, but this lemon whip fruit dip really enhances their built-in flavor. It's beautiful when displayed with a fresh fruit tray too, and sure to wow your party guests! It's made with lemon curd and dairy-free cocowhip which make it super refreshing. This recipe is by Iowa Girl Eats.
Dairy-Free Ranch Dip
Who can pass up a great ranch dip? I love ranch dip but can't tolerate the dairy and often feel like I'm missing out. This recipe is so much better than you'd think and has the basic ranch taste down perfectly! Toss a little dairy-free milk together with your favorite fresh herb, oil, garlic powder and salt to taste. It's super creamy and makes for a great holiday dip. This recipe is by the Hidden Veggie.
Sun Dried Tomato Spread
We like having a good, hearty spread for my favorite parmesan and garlic gluten-free bagel chips. This one uses cashews, sundried tomatoes, cloves, onion and basil for a delicious combination. It's easy to make if you have a food processor and your guests will love it. This recipe is by Veggie Inspired.
There's nothing more festive than a great pumpkin dip, right? This tasty dip has the right balance of pumpkin and spices to match the chickpeas. It's a great blend and party-goers won’t even know it's a healthier alternative to a dip with sugar. This recipe was created by Kim’s Craving.
Veggie Cream Cheese Spread
This dairy-free dip is really a staple at our house so it's great to have on hand for overnight guests who enjoy a toasted gluten-free bagel in the morning. It tastes so fresh with the carrots, onion, green peppers, parsley and dill. It has ground cashews and onion, paprika and garlic powder. When you make it a day of time the flavors all blend and create a heavenly taste. This recipe is by Veggie Inspired.
5 Minute Black Bean Dip
I love anything with black beans in it so this was a must for me to try. Black beans, salsa, cumin, garlic cloves and cilantro are all flavors that I crave together on my own, so a dip that has all the great flavors is a definite winner! My family loves this dip with homemade sweet potato chips. If you have unexpected guests drop by, this can be made in 5 minutes. This recipe was created by Cookin Canuck.
Vegan Nacho Cheese Sauce
This seriously delicious nacho sauce uses potatoes and carrots steamed until soft. Use your food processor to blend until creamy, then add a little bit of olive oil, nutritional yeast, sea salt and finally some fresh jalapeno peppers. It makes the perfect substitute for regular nacho cheese. This recipe is by Full of Beans.