A staple from Mexico, guacamole is now widely enjoyed around the world and can be made in numerous ways. Our basic version keeps it to the bare essentials – smash three avocados, add two tablespoons of lemon or lime juice, and combine with one chopped tomato. For a fancier version, add a crushed garlic clove, plenty of chopped coriander, cumin, ground coriander, onion and chilli.
This Middle Eastern classic is now a firm favourite pretty much everywhere. Take a standard can of chickpeas, usually around 400g (7oz), blend to a fine texture, add crushed garlic cloves and extra virgin olive oil. Season with salt and pepper to taste, and serve with lightly toasted pitta breads. For added flavour add a squeeze of lemon juice, a tablespoon of tahini (sesame seed paste) and a teaspoon each of cumin or paprika. Find Easy Homemade Hummus recipe here
This is a fantastic dip to have in your collection and can be made in just a few minutes. Whisk sour cream with a green herb of your choice: parsley, dill or chives work really well. Season with salt and pepper, combine with freshly squeezed lemon juice and you’re done. Serve with bread or vegetable crudités or drizzle over a mixed salad. For a more complex version, whisk mayonnaise in equal parts with the sour cream and continue as before, with the extra addition of a crushed garlic clove. Full recipe here
A traditional accompaniment to Indian and Bangladeshi cuisine, a cucumber raita can ease chili heat and works well with poppadums and naan bread. Grate one whole cucumber into 150g (5oz) of natural, unsweetened yoghurt. Season with salt and pepper and garnish with sliced mint. Easy. For an elevated version, add a pinch of ground cumin or chilli powder.
Another staple dip from Mexico is salsa. The Spanish word ‘salsa’ translates literally as ‘sauce’ and encompasses a wide variety of forms. Our tomato salsa is a fresh and healthy addition to your diet. Low in calories and containing little or no fat, many of the ingredients contribute vitamins and minerals. Tomatoes, chillies and coriander contain vitamins A and C. Some ingredients, like tomatoes, contribute potassium and lycopene. Healthy and tasty!
Black Olive Tapenade
This is a great dip to bring the Mediterranean into your home. Combine around 250g (9oz) of pitted black olives, around six anchovy fillets and around three tablespoons of olive oil. Mix and crush for a rough paste or blend for a smooth one. Serve with fresh toast. For a luxury version, add into the blend one crushed garlic clove, juice of one whole lemon, three tablespoons of capers and some chopped parsley. Find the full recipe here