Some classic, popular dips that are quick and easy to make are Ranch Dip, Guacamole and Hummus. Martha Stewart's Ranch Dressing is ideal for dipping sticks of vegetables, such as carrots, or breadsticks.
To make Martha Stewart's Ranch Dressing, combine a quarter cup of low-fat yogurt with a couple of tablespoons of light mayonnaise and the same amount of sour cream, ideally reduced fat. Stir in a small, minced scallion, or about a tablespoon's worth, and season with coarse salt and ground black pepper to taste.
For guacamole, Tyler Florence's recipe can be prepared in around 10 minutes. To make it, first halve six avocados and remove the pits, then scoop out the flesh into a bowl. Mash with a fork or masher, taking care to keep a few chunky pieces. Fold with the juice of three limes, a chopped yellow onion, a minced garlic clove, two sliced Serrano chiles and a handful of chopped cilantro until fully combined. Drizzle with extra virgin olive oil and season with salt and black pepper before covering the surface with plastic wrap and refrigerating for an hour before serving.
For hummus, drain and rinse a can of chickpeas and combine in a food processor with olive oil, tahini, lemon juice, garlic, salt and black pepper until smooth. Serve with chips or vegetable sticks.