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Dip Recipes

Overhead view of a bowl of pico de gallo surrounded by tortilla chips, salt, tomatoes, cilantro, and limes

Pico de Gallo

Pico de gallo is one of my favorite fresh summer condiments because it only takes a few minutes to make and it’s just so fresh and vibrant. The flavor just screams “summer!” I’m always...

Close up of broccoli being dipped into comeback sauce

Comeback Sauce

Earlier this week I made some amazing steak fries and I needed a dipping sauce for them that was equally as epic. Plain old ketchup was just not going to do, so I made...

A hand dipping a fresh strawberry into the fruit dip on a fruit platter

Honey Vanilla Cottage Cheese Fruit Dip

I don’t know if you’ve heard, but I’ve fallen in love with a new budget ingredient: cottage cheese. A lot of people are turned off by the texture of cottage cheese, but when you...

A cracker being dipped into the whipped cottage cheese dip, the platter of vegetables and crackers in the background

Garlic Herb Whipped Cottage Cheese Dip

I’m continuing my new love affair with cottage cheese and experimenting with all the fun things you can do with this inexpensive source of protein. I know a lot of people just can’t stand...

A black bowl with Indian Creamed Spinach on a wooden plate with a piece of naan in the side of the bowl

Indian Style Creamed Spinach

This Indian Style Creamed Spinach is a bit like Palak Paneer, but without the paneer. …because my homemade paneer didn’t turn out. 😅 But that’s okay! The creamy spiced spinach is absolutely delightful on...

Cranberry Cream Cheese Dip platter with crackers and apple slices

Cranberry Cream Cheese Dip

We are rapidly descending into party season. There are Halloween parties, then Thanksgiving and Friendsgiving, Christmas parties, and then finally New Year’s Eve parties. It’s like boom-boom-boom-boom! So I thought I’d get started with...

Side view of a spoonful of kale pesto being lifted from the bowl.

Homemade Kale Pesto

I’ve made kale pesto before (Kale Pesto Pasta), but I felt like the pesto needed a post itself. I often find myself with leftover fresh kale (why does it come in such HUGE qantities?),...

Close up of a dumpling being dipped into a bowl of Simple Sweet and Sour Sauce

Simple Sweet and Sour Sauce

One of my biggest pet peeves is having a million half-used condiments in my fridge. So if I can quickly whip up a homemade sauce with pantry staples, I’m going to do that before...

Lemon Dill Tahini Dressing dripping off a spoon into a white bowl.

Lemon Dill Tahini Dressing

You guys. This Lemon Dill Tahini Dressing is not fooling around! This tangy, dilly dressing is a variation of my plain Lemon Tahini Dressing from my Roasted Cauliflower Salad, which I already loved with...

A bowl of Sweet and Spicy Tuna Salad surrounded by crackers and vegetables.

Sweet and Spicy Tuna Salad

Have you ever seen those packets of flavored tuna in the grocery store? They were on sale once and I got curious, so I bought a few. The idea was interesting, but the execution...

Overhead view of homemade lemon curd in a jar with a small silver butter knife stuck inside, lemon slices on the side.

Luscious Homemade Lemon Curd

Luscious might be an understatement. It’s kind of mind blowing how four of the most basic ingredients in your kitchen can make something so beyond delicious as this homemade lemon curd, but somehow they...

Homemade ranch dressing being poured onto a romaine salad with tomatoes and red onion

Homemade Ranch Dressing

I’ve never really been a ranch dressing person. And definitely not one of those “ranch dressing on everything” people. But then, last January while I was doing my Vegetarian Challenge, I got hooked. I...

Honey Mustard Sauce dripping off a spoon into a bowl

Honey Mustard Sauce

While I was rummaging through my fridge for sauces to dunk my homemade baked chicken nuggets in, I realized the one sauce I really wanted was one that I didn’t have—Honey Mustard Sauce. Luckily,...

A chip being dipped into a skillet full of Spicy Chorizo Cheese Dip

Spicy Chorizo Cheese Dip

Well, I guess now I *have* to have a party because I’ve got a big vat of Spicy Chorizo Cheese Dip and I definitely can’t be left alone in a room with it. I...

This tangy, creamy, fresh, and garlicky Lime Crema is the key to taking your tacos, nachos, salads, and more to the next level. Budgetbytes.com

Lime Crema

It’s about time this awesome sauce got its very own post. Everything that I drizzle this Lime Crema on is elevated to “OMG” status. It’s just so freaking good. It only takes a few simple...

This cold, refreshing, and highly flavored Curried Tofu Salad is the perfect quick fix for summer or cold-pack lunch. Budgetbytes.com

Curried Tofu Salad

OMG you guys… This Curried Tofu Salad is SO GOOD and SO PERFECT for summer. So good, in fact, that I made twice in a row because after after it was gone, I still...

Cowboy Caviar is like a cross between a bean salad and fresh salsa with its colorful mix of beans, vegetables, and a fresh lime infused dressing. BudgetBytes.com

Cowboy Caviar

This super fresh and vibrant Cowboy Caviar combines two types of beans, colorful summer vegetables, and a sweet and tangy lime dressing for a bold and versatile dish that you’ll find yourself making over and...

This tangy, herb-infused Scallion Herb Cream Cheese Spread is perfect for sandwiches, wraps, or even snacking on fresh vegetables. BudgetBytes.com

Scallion Herb Cream Cheese Spread

Three things that I buy almost every week are fresh parsley, cilantro, and green onions. They’re almost always less than a dollar each , but add so much flavor and color to my meals, that...

This Coconut Curry Hummus throws a new twist on the traditional dip with creamy coconut milk, vibrant lime, and warm curry spices. BudgetBytes.com

Coconut Curry Hummus

Every now and then I like splurging on “fun foods” to explore new flavors and get a little inspiration. My last little splurge was some Thai curry hummus that was on sale at Whole...

Double Spinach Artichoke Dip is PACKED with spinach, three types of cheese, and just enough spice to tingle your taste buds. BudgetBytes.com

Double Spinach Artichoke Dip

Yeah, Double Spinach Artichoke Dip because if I’m going to eat something this rich and creamy I’m going to make sure I eat a pound of spinach while I’m at it. 😂 Most people have...

This Sriracha Pimento Cheese Spread is a rich, smoky, spicy spread with just a hint of sweetness from roasted red peppers! BudgetBytes.com

Sriracha Pimento Cheese Spread

Pimento cheese purists step aside. This Sriracha Pimento Cheese Spread will not make you happy. But it makes me happy, and that is the number one criteria for my recipes. And if you’re the...

This Pumpkin Cheesecake Mousse is a super light and fluffy dessert packed with fall spices and just enough sweetness to balance the pumpkiny flavor. BudgetBytes.com

Pumpkin Cheesecake Mousse

Two weeks ago we had a cold spell and I was all like, “I’M READY FOR PUMPKIN!” I bought mini pumpkins to decorate my kitchen, I bought some fall scented candles, and watched pumpkin...

Creamy Roasted Red Pepper Sauce is a great alternative to tomato based sauces for pasta, pizzas, or just for dipping your favorite crusty bread. BudgetBytes.com

Creamy Roasted Red Pepper Sauce

Okay, so this recipe is pretty expensive. I’ll admit that up front. BUT I had almost an entire jar of roasted red peppers leftover from my hummus making extravaganza last week, and due to...

Homemade hummus is quick, easy, and inexpensive, and can be made with several different flavor add-ins. Here are four delicious flavors to try. BudgetBytes.com

Homemade Hummus – Four flavors

If you haven’t started making your own homemade hummus, you’re totally missing out. It only takes about five minutes, you can adjust the taste to be juuuuuust the way you like it, and you can...

Use your slow cooker to make these low fat and incredibly flavorful (not) refried beans and barely lift a finger. BudgetBytes.com

(Not) Refried Beans

Have you ever had refried beans that were so good that you wanted to just eat them plain out of a bowl? If you’ve been getting your refried beans out of a can, I’m...

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Pesto Hummus

I love hummus for so many reasons, but one reason is that it can be flavored with so many different things. Adding a dollop of pesto to your hummus is an easy way to change...

5 Minute Nacho Cheese Sauce - BudgetBytes.com

5 Minute Nacho Cheese Sauce

I know, it seems kind of weird that I’m posting this 5 Minute Nacho Cheese Sauce recipe the day after the super bowl. But, the reason I made this nacho cheese sauce has nothing to do...

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Dilly Vegetable Dip

It’s kind of silly how excited I get when I come up with ways to use my leftover ingredients. This week when I peeked into my fridge I noticed that I still had a lot...

Homemade Tahini

How to Make Tahini

Tahini (sesame seed paste) is something that has grown on me over the years. I first used it to make my own homemade hummus, then soon found myself sneaking a taste straight off the spoon while...

This unique blend of sweet pineapple, spicy sriracha, zesty red onion, creamy avocado, and rich hard boiled eggs makes this the Best Ever Avocado Dip. You'll never eat plain guacamole again. BudgetBytes.com

Best Ever Avocado Dip

I’m a little avocado obsessed, so when I went to a little Latin American Restaurant last year, La Macarena Pupuseria,  and the waiter claimed they had the best guacamole ever, I took the bait—hook, line,...

Hummus Breakfast Mug

Hummus Breakfast Mug

Okay… some of you are going to think this is the grossest thing you’ve ever seen, while others will think it’s the best idea ever. I’m in the second camp. This quick microwave hummus breakfast...

Roasted Poblano Hummus

Roasted Poblano Hummus

I have a little confession to make… last week I impulse bought a tub of hummus at the grocery store. I almost never buy hummus pre-made because it’s so cheap and so easy to make...

This Tuna and White Bean salad is mayo-free, but big on flavor. Whip up this salad in minutes to satisfy your hunger and tastebuds. BudgetBytes.com

Tuna & White Bean Salad

Every now and again I get a pretty strong craving for canned tuna, but there are two problems with that: 1) canned tuna has gotten quite expensive and 2) All that mayo can be...

Not Sun Dried Tomato Sauce is a simple, inexpensive, all-purpose sauce with bold flavor. BudgetBytes.com

(not) Sun Dried Tomato Sauce

You know those little jars of sun dried tomatoes packed in delicious herb infused olive oil that cost about $5 a pop? This (not) Sun Dried Tomato Sauce is just like those yummy tomatoes. …Except...

Raita

Cucumber Raita

I had an email from a reader (sorry, can’t find the email to fetch your name!) a while back requesting that I try to make a raita similar to the one she had at...

Sriracha Hummus

Sriracha Hummus

I never really understood why people say that chocolate is better than sex. Chocolate? Chocolate?! No ma’am. If any food is even going to come close, it’s gonna be this sriracha hummus. Okay, so...

Easy Pineapple Salsa

Okay, so this little gem really deserves a post of its own, rather than being hidden in the Chili Lime Shrimp Bowls recipe post. This easy pineapple salsa is SO good that I could...

Make your own Thick and Rich Pizza Sauce at home in minutes using pantry staples. Use the sauce fresh or freeze for later! BudgetBytes.com

Thick & Rich Pizza Sauce Recipe

I’ve made pizza sauce before but I wanted one that was even thicker and richer because I had some big plans to dip things in it (and by “things” I mean pizzadillas). Dipping sauces...

Creamy Avocado Dressing

Creamy Avocado Dressing

I wanted to make some green goddess dressing but couldn’t find the herbs that I needed… so I ended up with this instead. I couldn’t be more happy with the result. This delightfully creamy...

Tartar Sauce

Tartar-Like Sauce

I’m calling this “tartar-like sauce” because I don’t really know what it is. Well, it’s the sauce listed with this recipe but changed a whole bunch to fit what I have in my refrigerator...

Pumpkin cream cheese spread is the perfect autumn spread for bagels, toast, graham crackers, or even dipping apples. BudgetBytes.com

Pumpkin Cream Cheese Spread

There are a kajillion pumpkin recipes that I’d like to make and not nearly enough time or stomach room for them all. But this recipe has been in my queue since last year so...

Roasting the vegetables in the oven until blackened gives this homemade Fire Roasted Salsa a subtle sweetness and deliciously smoky flavor. BudgetBytes.com

Fire Roasted Salsa

What would life be like without salsa? I don’t know and I don’t care to imagine it that way. I’m a salsa lover through and through. I could eat it straight with spoon, I...

Chipotle Peach Salsa

Chipotle Peach Salsa

Peach season is finally here! If you follow Budget Bytes on facebook then you know that I’ve been looking for a new, spectacular peach recipe to top last year’s Balsamic Glazed Peache Sundae. A...

tzatziki

Tzatziki (Greek Yogurt Sauce)

I have a whole menu of Mediterranean food planned for this week so I decided to start with the Tzatziki, since it goes with just about everything. Tzatziki is a delicious sauce made with...

Baba Ganoush

Baba Ganoush

I’m going to admit right now that I have never made Baba Ganoush before today so if you have any suggestions or recipe variations, please share! If you have never heard of Baba Ganoush,...

Thai Peanut Sauce

Thai Peanut Sauce

I’ve been really digging Asian food lately. As I was deciding on my main entree and side dish for this week, I decided to give Thai peanut sauce a shot. I had never made...