6 delicious DIY dips to pimp your picnic

31st July 2018

Make your picnics even better this summer with these tasty homemade dips, from guacamole to taramasalata. Whether it’s vegan dips you’re after, creamy labneh or a tangy beet and goat’s cheese number, these dips recipes have got you covered.

1. Classic hummus


Hummus is fast becoming the nation’s favourite dip and a standard fridge staple, but how often have you made it from scratch? Make your own preservative-free hummus at home quickly, easily and with just six ingredients. Follow this easy step-by-step guide.

2. Middle-Eastern labneh

homemade labneh

Deliciously rich, tangy and creamy, labneh is a Middle-Eastern soft cream cheese, and you only need two ingredients to make it! Top with olive oil and serve alongside warm pita breads or crudités for dipping. Follow this step-by-step guide.

3. Taramasalata


Greek dips don’t get much better than this authentic taramasalata recipe. Not like the lurid pink stuff you can buy in supermarkets, this is one you’d expect to find in a Greek taverna. We’ve used salty smoky pollock’s roe, smoked at Jackson’s Smokery in Newton Abbot to make it extra good.

4. Beetroot & goats cheese dip

beetroot dip

This beetroot and goats cheese dip recipe looks amazing and is a delicious addition to a BBQ or picnic spread. Simply cook the beets until tender and blitz in a food processor until smooth. Dressed up with fresh mint, goats cheese, crème fraîche and lemon, this is a crowd-pleaser.

5. Yoghurt & chive dip

Yoghurt chive dip

It couldn’t get simpler than this yoghurt and chive dip, whisked up with honey, lemon juice and olive oil. Serve alongside charred BBQ veggies or crusty bread.

6. Guacamole


The nation’s love affair with avocado can only mean one thing. Guacamole! This Mexican dip is super-smooth, zingy and can really pack a punch. Simply mash a ripe avocado with a fork, add a pinch of salt, lime juice, chopped coriander, finely chopped red onion and chilli. Have a taste to see if the balance of flavours is right, adding more lime and salt if you think it needs it. Serve with tortilla chips or cheesy nachos.

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