12 Veggie Dips to Serve at Your Christmas Dinner for Kids to Adults

You could call these the “12 Dips of Christmas”! A dozen flavorful ways—from mild to spicy, to ethnic dips as well—to jazz up your holiday veggie dishes and crudites. A great starting post in our 3-part series on healthy eating + frugal entertaining during the holidays!

Plus these dips make yuletide entertaining so much easier, whether you’ll be having a full Christmas menu or a casual wine and cheese gathering. For those impromptu get-togethers, potluck parties, or unexpected guests dropping in, just chop up fresh vegetables, open up a jar of homemade-ahead dip, and create a festive arrangement on a platter. Get ready to bookmark these yummy dip recipes!

But first, here are some tips on prepping and serving these dips as part of your holiday fare.

  • Many dip recipes include a “chill” step to allow the different flavors to blend and settle in. So this could also be your “make-ahead” go signal to store the dip in the refrigerator and have it ready when needed.
  • Be sure to use storage containers with air-tight lids to preserve the dip’s freshness in the fridge till you’re ready to use it.
  • Since this is for the Christmas season, choose veggies in holiday colors of green and red for a festive display with the dip.
  • Add other yuletide accents like star-shaped crackers, diced red and green pepper as “Christmas confetti,” cherry tomatoes as “Christmas balls,” and so on.
  • You can also use serving bowls, platters, and trays in holiday colors and have paper napkins in Christmas patterns.
  • To avoid having guests all dip their veggie pieces and crudites into the same serving bowl, set out little cups or dishes that they can spoon the dip into for personal use.
  • These dips are also perfect for hummus chips, sweet potato fries, and wine crackers.

“12 Dips of Christmas” to Serve with Your Holiday Veggie Platters

Crudite dips for Christmas dinner parties

  1. Holiday Vegetable Wreath with Creamy Salsa Dip – Get that holiday look with an edible “wreath” of broccoli and cauliflower flowerettes, cherry tomatoes, green or red bell pepper strips, and jicama stars—arranged around a bowl of creamy salsa dip (recipe from La Victoria.com).
  2. Spicy Roasted Red Pepper Yogurt Dip – Thanks to Hidden Valley.com, here’s a dip with the kick of red pepper, cumin, and cayenne pepper added to plain Greek yogurt. Just serve with your choice of crisp, crunchy veggies.
  3. Knorr Spinach Dip – An easy recipe from Knorr.com that blends chopped frozen spinach with sour cream, mayonnaise, Knorr vegetable mix, water chestnuts, and green onions. Fancy it up for company by serving in a crusty bread bowl!
  4. Asian Dip Veggie Platter – Try something a little different with this creamy dip from The Kitchen Fairy. It combines mayonnaise with Asian flavors—rice vinegar, sesame oil, fresh orange juice and zest, grated ginger, garlic, soy sauce, and minced green onions. Then, serve with your favorite veggie pieces plus sesame rice crackers.
  5. Blue Cheese Ranch Dip – Just 4 ingredients make up this quick and easy recipe—sour cream, blue cheese, and McCormick’s ready-made ranch dip mix and ground black pepper. Aside from going great with crisp, cut-up vegetables, this makes a perfect accompaniment for Buffalo chicken wings, too.
  6. Garlic Almond Dip – Flavorful and healthy, this dip recipe from Go Dairy Free is made with ground roasted almonds, whole-grain bread pieces, apple cider vinegar, and coconut milk beverage all blended together, then mixed with chopped fresh parsley.
  7. Harissa and Mint Greek Yogurt Dip – Now for something more exotic, try this dip recipe from Cabot Cheese that has Greek yogurt as a base, blended with a spicy North African condiment called harissa (containing hot chile peppers, cumin, and other spices). As you mix it into the yogurt, you can control the desired spiciness.
  8. Creamy Tuna Dip with Dill – Enjoy the added treat of tuna flakes and the flavor kick of dill in this dip recipe from Bumble Bee. The base ingredients are cream cheese, mayonnaise, and sour cream, seasoned with onions, lemon juice, garlic salt and pepper.
  9. Pepper Relish Cream Cheese Dip – You can’t beat this 2-ingredient recipe from Harry & David for ease and flavor! Just choose one variant of their Pepper and Onion Relish and blend it with cream cheese. Serve with cut-up veggies, fresh fruit, tortilla chips and/or crackers.
  10. Philadelphia Cream Cheese Spinach Dip – Here’s a Kraft Recipes variation of the popular spinach dip (see no. 3 above)—blending the spinach leaves with Kraft’s own Philadelphia Cream Cheese, ranch salad dressing mix, sour cream, plus chopped water chestnuts and red peppers. Looks Christmas-y, doesn’t it?
  11. Feta Herb Bacon DipDairy Goodness brings us this subtly flavored dip that blends cooked zucchini, chives, cilantro, mint, and sour cream with feta cheese. Then, more crumbled feta cheese and bacon bits are sprinkled on top before serving. Love the pretty color, too!
  12. Green Hummus Greek Yogurt Dip with Avocado and FAGE Total  – It’s back to Greece with this rich dip recipe from FAGE U.S.A, featuring avocado cubes and chickpeas flavored with fresh lime juice, fresh cilantro, garlic, and cumin in extra virgin olive oil.

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