Have you ever had this experience? Hand a group of kids a bowl of celery sticks and they pay no mind. But hand them a bowl of celery with chunky blue cheese dressing, ranch dressing, whipped cheese or peanut butter and the veggies disappear.

Kids love to take their vegetables (and other foods like chicken strips, fruit kabobs and meatballs) out for a dip.  Fresh raw veggies make a quick, easy, and oh-so-healthy after school snack, side dish, or appetizer while you’re waiting for dinner to cook.  They’re also super fun during the summer, when you can either pick fresh cherry tomatoes or cucumbers out of your own garden, or go to the farmers’ market with your kids to pick out crunchy, tasty veggies straight from the farm.

A platter of carrot and celery sticks, cucumber slices, broccoli and cauliflower florets and sugar snap peas with a fun dip or two is a great way to up your family’s veggie intake.  Individual-sized plastic containers of cut veggies in the fridge make for fantastic grab-n-go snacks.

Here are a few of our favorite dips for vegetables:

Chunky Blue Cheese Dressing (recipe below)
Light ranch dressing, Annie’s Goddess dressing, or Caesar dressing
Hummus
Baba gannoush (a roasted eggplant spread)
Black bean dip
Guacamole
Salsa
Peanut or almond butter
Whipped or light cream cheese
Boursin cheese
Olive tapenade

I also like to liven up our crisp vegetables by sprinkling them with kosher salt or sea salt, or drizzling them with fresh lime juice and cayenne pepper or paprika.

If your kids are committed dippers, they may also want to sample these recipes:

Chicken Strips with Honey Mustard Dip from Simple Bites

Brown Sugar Fruit Dip from Dine and Dish

And some Kitchen Explorers dipping favorites:

Homemade sushi rolls

Sushi Rolls

Baked French Fries

Soft Pretzels

What are you kids’ favorite foods to dip, or their favorite dips to go with cut vegetables? Please share below with other Kitchen Explorers!

Recipe: Celery with Chunky Blue Cheese Dressing<

  • Prep Time: 10 min(s)

Your kids will love to take their vegetables for a dip in this blue cheese dressing.

Ingredients

  • 1/4 – 1/2 cup crumbled blue cheese, to taste
  • 1/4 cup reduced fat mayonnaise, sour cream or plain yogurt
  • 1 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tsp. white wine vinegar
  • 1/2 lb. celery, cut into sticks

Instructions

  1. In a small serving bowl, combine the cheese, mayonnaise, sour cream or yogurt, the Worcestershire sauce, and white wine vinegar. (If you prefer a white dressing, skip the Worcestershire and add an extra tsp. of vinegar, 1/4 tsp. white pepper, and 1/4 tsp. garlic powder.)

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  • http://savorysweetlife.com alice

    Awesome recipe, Aviva. I like the idea of cutting this recipe in half so I can use what I need instead of buying a whole bottle of dressing.

  • http://www.simplebites.net/ Aimee @ Simple Bites

    Thanks for mentioning my chicken strips, Aviva. That reminds me, I need to make them again soon. They freeze wonderfully!

  • http://www.thescramble.com Aviva Goldfarb

    Thanks for sharing them with us, Aimee!

  • mhg

    Our family loves hummus but we recently found out our daughter is allergic to sesame seeds. Any hummus recipes out there without tahini?

    We also like to dip breadsticks with marinara sauce.

    • Aviva Goldfarb

      MHG, you can skip the tahini or use peanut butter instead for a sesame-free hummus dip.