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8 Summer Party Dips You Need In Your Life

Summer is the most social season of the year but impromptu parties and unexpected guests should never stress you out. From Roasted Tomato Salsa to Tzatziki, you can whip up any of these summer dips in under 30 minutes, and they're all serious crowd-pleasers.
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Summer is the most social season of the year: backyard BBQs, picnics and plenty of company. But impromptu parties and unexpected guests should never stress you out. From Roasted Tomato Salsa to Tzatziki, you can whip up any of these summer dips in under 30 minutes, and they're all serious crowd-pleasers.

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Every party needs salsa, and this one will steal the show. The vegetables are roasted, which intensifies the flavor of the tomatoes, mellows the onions and garlic and adds a nice touch of smokiness. GET THE RECIPE

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If an empty bowl is the sign of a good dish, this dip adapted from The Barefoot Contessa Cookbook is a sure winner. It's tangy, delicious, and full of bright summer flavor. GET THE RECIPE

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Homemade hummus always trumps store bought. It's healthier, tastier and -- best part -- made from ingredients you can readily keep on hand. GET THE RECIPE

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Yes, this is technically a salad, but it doubles as a delicious dip served with tortilla chips. The dressing is similar to the sweet and spicy vinaigrette served at Chipotle.

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This is a delicious and elegant dip that you can whip up in 10 minutes. Be sure to stash some away for breakfast the next day -- it doubles as a delicious spread for bagels. GET THE RECIPE

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While traditional guacamole is made with raw onions, this version is made with roasted garlic. It has just as much flavor as the original and none of the unpleasant aftertaste. Always a crowd-pleaser! GET THE RECIPE

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This dip may not win a beauty contest, but it's the best black bean dip I've ever tried. The secret is lots of onions, garlic, jalapeños, and fresh lime to boost the flavor. GET THE RECIPE

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If it's wrong to eat dip right out of the bowl with a spoon, then I don't want to be right! There's something oddly addicting about the combination of tangy Greek yogurt, crunchy grated cucumber, olive oil, garlic and fresh mint. Yes, it's all good for you but that's just an added bonus here. GET THE RECIPE