Try these homemade summer dips
The sun is out and the warm weather is here, it’s time to rejoice! But one thing that can be a little bit tricky when it comes to summer is knowing what to eat. When it’s hot we don’t want to eat things that sit too heavily on our stomachs, so we try and opt for something lighter instead. Salads, grilled and cooked meats are all good options for this, but to make these dishes even more exciting, why not add a healthy dip into the mix? Obviously supermarkets are full of options, but they’re often laden with added salt and sugars, which can make them more calorific than you might think. So try making your own at home with these top recipes from Pop Sugar.
1. Roasted tomato hummus
Hummus goes with so many different dishes, as well as making a healthy snack at work, but eating the same flavour day in, day out can get boring. But by adding tomatoes, the dip will have much more zing. You need four garlic cloves, a teaspoon of salt, two three-ounce cans of chickpeas, drained and rinsed, 2/3 of a cup of tahini that has been well stirred, ¼ cup of lemon juice, ½ cup of olive oil or to taste, and one cup of roasted vine tomatoes. Put all the ingredients in a food processor and blend until smooth.
2. White bean veggie dip
Ranch dressing is delicious on salads or to dip crudités of vegetables in, but it is super-high in calories. This white bean dip is a great alternative, as it has a similar taste thanks to the addition of Greek yoghurt, lemon and dill to the cannellini bean base. Get a 15 ounce can of the beans, two cloves of garlic, a tablespoon of olive oil, three tablespoons of fat-free plain Greek yoghurt, ¼ cup of fresh dill, three tablespoons of lemon juice and salt and pepper to taste. Once again, blend all the ingredients in a food processor until smooth, then add a sprig of dill to serve.
3. Mango red pepper salsa
A great alternative to shop-bought salsa, this homemade version goes well with pitta bread and corn chips and makes a nice accompaniment to grilled meat. You need two ripe mangoes, peeled and diced, one red pepper, diced, half a red onion, chopped, three tomatoes, three tablespoons fresh cilantro leaves, chopped, three tablespoons fresh lime juice and a dash of cayenne pepper. Mix all the ingredients in a bowl before covering and putting in the fridge to chill for an hour. If you are super prepared, make it the night before, as it’ll taste even better the next day.