This coming weekend, hopefully you’re one of the lucky few who get to celebrate President’s Day with a day off, or at least with an after-work get together. After all, who doesn’t like an excuse to hang with good friends?
As you’ve no doubt seen before, we love giving awesome recipe tips for those times you need holiday appetizers for a crowd. Even if you’re just at a small shindig, it’s fun to show up with easy cold dip recipes that aren’t the same old chips and salsa! This is where hummus enters the picture: delicious, incredibly healthy, available in a plethora of innovative flavors, and perfect for creative and crowd pleasing appetizers
Finding Quality Hummus for Easy Holiday Dips
But before you grab just any hummus off the shelf, make sure it’s a trustworthy brand. Many hummus makers skimp on nutritious ingredients in order to cut costs, meaning that your “health conscious” dip may not be as healthy as you think! Synthetic additives, canola or sunflower oil instead of extra virgin olive oil, unhealthy preservatives, and non-organic ingredients are not things you want to serve to good friends
This is why we’ve created a handy, easy to remember list of criteria for gauging your hummus’ quality. If your hummus meets these standards, it’s certain to make for healthy, delicious, and easy holiday appetizers.
- USDA Certified Organic – This seal certifies that ingredients are monitored from seed to shelf, and that no unhealthy pesticides or additives are used in making your food.
- Extra Virgin Olive Oil – Often called the “healthiest fat on earth,” there’s no oil substitute with the same levels of heart healthy Omega-3 fatty acids.
- High Pressure Processed – Contains no synthetic preservatives and never exposed to high heat, since pressure is more effective at killing common pathogens.
When you want hummus holiday appetizers for a crowd, make sure you choose a brand that puts your health and wellness first.
Crowd Pleasing Appetizers!
You may want easy holiday dips for your own party, or holiday appetizers that travel well to someone else’s place… but no matter what you’re doing for President’s Day, rest assured that there are tons of solutions that will put a smile on your party guests’ faces. The recipes below are just a few of hundreds from our HOPE Kitchen and Instagram community—so if you don’t find the perfect recipe right here, check out more amazing recipes from our talented flavor creators
This flavorful creation is one of our more crowd pleasing appetizers. These tender chicken kabobs are infused with marinade based on Thai Coconut Curry hummus. With yogurt dipping sauce, lemon, and avocado to pair, this treat is what healthy and easy cold dip recipes are all about.
Talk about simple and delicious! These stuffed peppers are loaded with personality. Grab a bag of sweet peppers, cut them in half, and then stuff with Buffalo Bleu hummus and whatever toppings your heart desires! Who doesn’t love easy holiday appetizers like this? (Pro tip: for fans of spicy snacks, used baked jalapeños for added kick!)
These bite-sized delights are perfect for when you need holiday appetizers that travel well. Just bring the ingredients to the party, and assemble there! Toasted baguette slices, some Red Pepper or Original Recipe hummus, cherry tomatoes, kalamata olives, parsley, feta cheese, and more—our mouths are watering already!
Had to throw this in… there just aren’t any easy cold dip recipes simpler than this. Put your ranch or French onion dip on the bench and sub in a tub of Spicy Avocado or Buffalo Bleu hummus! Much healthier, and they go with everything: chips, veggies, popcorn, bruschetta, you name it.
Need more recipes? You can find a perfect match with our amazing array of easy holiday dips, since HOPE Hummus is 100% USDA Certified Organic, High Pressure Processed, and containing only Extra Virgin Olive Oil. So eat in peace—and don’t forget about our HOPE Kitchen and Instagram page for tons more inspiring holiday appetizers for a crowd. And heck, share your own idea… you may just wind up having your own moment of Insta fame