16 Vegan Dips That Are Still Ultra Creamy

Don’t get us wrong, we love both a crunchy carrot stick and a salty chip au naturel. But we sometimes crave a more indulgent snack...and that’s when we bust out the dip. And good news, friends: Just because sour cream, cheese and mayonnaise are off the menu, doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy a delicious and creamy dip. Here, 16 vegan dips that are a cinch to whip up at home and guaranteed to give a bold flavor boost to crudité platters and afternoon noshes alike.


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1. Vegan Alfredo Sauce

Cashews, the star ingredient, lend a decadent mouthfeel to this creamy, dairy-free Alfredo sauce that’s every bit as delicious as the traditional version. And there's no need to reserve this recipe for pasta dishes, either—this flavorful Alfredo makes an excellent dip, so you can skip the carbs and enjoy it with lighter fare like raw veggies if you choose. Extra bonus? With a little help from your blender, this one’s incredibly quick and easy to whip up.

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2. Grilled Mango Salsa

We char onions, tomatoes, jalapeños and, yep even mangoes to bring out some serious flavor. Then we dice and lightly season those grill-marked goodies for a punchy condiment that ticks all the boxes. Go simple and serve it with chips, or use it to dress up a dish like grilled veggie burgers.

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The Simple Veganista

3. Vegan 7-layer Dip

Warm, refried beans get a colorful makeover with the addition of sweet corn, rustic homemade salsa and creamy avocado. The end result is an addictive dip that boasts bold flavors and a pleasing combination of textures to boot. Plus, the bright ingredients achieve the unthinkable...who knew refried beans could look so pretty?

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Jessica in the Kitchen

4. Vegan Spinach Artichoke Dip

This game day standby still delivers the goods even when served without dairy, thanks to (yep, you guessed it) cashews. After an overnight soak and a spin in the blender, these nuts turn into creamy magic that, once thickened with tapioca starch and seasoned with a blend of savory spices and vegan Parmesan, forms a beautiful base for the scrumptious mock cheese sauce. Friendly warning: It might be hard to eat spinach any other way after you dip into this gooey goodness.

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Fork and Beans

5. Cactus Hummus

Dress up store-bought, vegan-friendly hummus with this recipe for an easy and delicious appetizer that looks deceptively fancy. The layers of these cactus cups are packed with sweet cherry tomatoes, healthy black beans, piquant red onion, tangy yogurt and hummus, for a dip that packs a flavor punch sure to please any palate. You can serve this one with a standard bag of chips or try your hand at DIY cactus-shaped tortilla chips instead—either way, this dip will be an instant hit.

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Fork and Beans

6. Scarecrow Veggie Ranch Dip

This one gets major points for presentation, but it’s not all form over substance. Beneath the impressive veggie display is a bowlful of creamy vegan ranch that tastes so divine, it’s likely to become a staple in your fridge. Perfectly seasoned with garlic, onion, lemon and herbs, this nutritious dip is a definite winner. (Psst: This one is also a surefire way to get picky kids to eat their vegetables.)

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The Simple Veganista

7. Vegan French Onion Dip

Sweet caramelized onions pair up with a savory spice blend to make this mouthwatering French onion dip, which relies on silky vegan sour cream for its base. Smooth, rich and loaded with flavor, this crowd-pleaser is an indulgence you’ll want to dip into every day. And since it also lasts for up to six days in the fridge, you can do precisely that.

vegan dips roasted garlic white bean dip
Jessica in the Kitchen

8. Roasted Garlic White Bean Dip

The rich, sweet flavor of roasted garlic harmonizes beautifully with mild white beans and fresh herbs in this satisfying, protein-packed dip. While it takes a little patience to roast the garlic, the rest of the process is effortless—just throw the few, simple ingredients in your food processor and whizz ‘em together. Warning: The finished product tastes so good, you’ll be tempted to eat it straight from the bowl with a spoon. (But for maximum snacking pleasure, we suggest you scoop it up with crostini instead.)

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The Simple Veganista

9. Tahini-miso Dressing Dip

This tahini-miso dip has just a hint of spice and loads of tangy, savory flavor. Best of all, the final product takes only five minutes to make. Enjoy it as a salad dressing, as a stand-alone veggie dip or even as a sandwich spread—just use more or less water to achieve your desired thickness. Whichever route you go, your taste buds will thank you.

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Fork and Beans

10. 7-layer Dessert Dip

Looks can be deceiving, as is the case with this trompe l’oeil: What appears to be a savory Mexican-style dip is in fact a seven-layer treat that’s best served after dinner. Rich chocolate pudding, dairy-free whipped cream and fresh fruit are among the layers that comprise this mystery cup. The playful concept will go over great at a dinner party and given the ingredient list, it’s safe to say that anyone with a sweet tooth will want to enjoy this one on the regular.

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Cookie and Kate

11. Vegan Chipotle Carrot Queso

Vegan queso. The concept is hard to wrap one’s head around but trust us—one taste of this dip and you’ll be a total convert. OK, we’ll admit that it’s hard to replicate the gooey texture of real melted cheese, so this is not a perfect imitation. That said, the thick and creamy mouthfeel and cheese-like flavor imparted by nutritional yeast make this vegan queso a worthy savory substitute.

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12. Spicy Avocado Hummus

Hummus is a popular vegan dip that’s incredibly easy to make at home. That said, if you’ve started to tire of eating the plain variety, you might want to spice things up by introducing some new ingredients to the mix. This recipe hits all the right notes: The rich flavor of the avocado is rounded out with zingy lemon, a touch of heat and just the right amount of garlic. The end result is a hummus to write home about.

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Cookie and Kate

13. Vegan Sour Cream

Non-dairy substitutes have a tendency to disappoint, but this vegan sour cream is a rare exception to the rule—and it’s way better than the store-bought stuff. (Sorry, Tofutti.) This dairy-free sour cream can be used to lend a creamy consistency to a whole host of dishes, but it also makes a great dip when paired with a veggie burrito or a plate of vegan pierogies. Hey, you can even enjoy this dip with dessert—try dipping strawberries in your sour cream substitute and then rolling them in brown sugar. You’re welcome.

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14. Vegan Almond And Cashew Ricotta

This nut-based imitation ricotta, which relies on nutritional yeast for its cheesy flavor, gets the texture just right. Somewhat similar to a bean spread in mouthfeel, this decadent and creamy dip boasts a distinct but mild taste that closely matches the real thing—and all you need to do is toss a few ingredients into a food processor. Then simply serve it up with crackers and dig in whenever you’re craving a satisfying dairy-free snack.

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Cookie and Kate

15. Creamy Avocado Dip

Update your go-to guac recipe with a silky smooth version that boasts an extra bite from spicy jalapeño peppers and a generous amount of lime juice. (Note: The lime will also keep this dip from turning an unappetizing shade of brown, so feel free to store leftovers in the fridge for future grazing.) This creamy dish can be watered down and enjoyed as a kicky twist on green goddess salad dressing, but it’s every bit as delicious when served as a chips-and-dip snack.

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16. Fresh Homemade Pico De Gallo

Pico de Gallo (also known as salsa fresco) is a delicious homemade dip made with tomato, red onion, spicy pepper and cilantro. But unlike the store bought stuff ,this flavorful salsa is a mix of diced ingredients that doesn't get blended into a sauce. Instead, you can expect a vibrant mix of garden-fresh flavor with a customizable degree of heat and a pleasant, subtle crunch that goes down easy when generously piled on a chip.

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