Summer is coming it’s time to bring out the summer appetizers. Dips have always been one of my favorite appetizers, and theres no better one than the seven layer dip. This has always been my favorite at summer parties and barbecues. Although big gatherings probably won’t be a thing this summer, I say theres nothing wrong with enjoying a huge bowl of dip on your own too 😉 I hope you enjoy my version of this vegan seven layer dip.
What you will need:
The basic of seven layer dips are: refried beans, sour cream, guacamole, salsa, cheese, lettuce, tomatoes, and olives, with some variations.
The two items that have dairy are sour cream and cheese, so I had to make adjustments for those. I made my own sour cream and I used store bought vegan cheese.
Here is what you need to create your own dairy free cream cheese: 1/2 firm block of tofu (8 oz), 2 tbsp lemon juice, 1 tbsp nutritional yeast, 1 tsp apple cider vinegar, 1 tsp garlic powder, 1 tsp onion powder.
Everything else that I used was store bought, in order to make preparation easier. I will include the ratios of what I used in the recipe card below.
Note: make sure you read the ingredients on the refried beans when you purchase them. Some of them contain lard. The “fat free” ones usually don’t. I usually am not a fan of buying into the fat free fad, but in this case it is simply because lard is made of animal fat.
Putting the vegan seven layer dip together:
The first step for me is to create the vegan sour cream. I do this by combining all of the ingredients and blending them for 2-3 minutes until a creamy consistency is reached.
In a large and deep bowl (I used one 8 inches in diameter), add your can of refried beans. Spread it out evenly to create a flat layer.
Then add the layer of guacamole, sour cream, salsa, lettuce, dairy free cheese, tomatoes, and olives. I also added some chopped green onions.
When I can, I love eating healthier versions of products. I paired this dip with butternut squash chips from Real Food From The Ground Up.
If you liked this seven layer dip, you might also like these other vegan appetizers:
Seven Layer Dip
- 1 can refried beans to make sure they are vegan, read the label and make sure it doesn't include lard. Fat free versions usually do not
- 1 cup guacamole
- 1 cup salsa
- shredded vegan cheese
- chopped cherry tomatoes
- chopped green onions
Sour Cream Ingredients
- 8 oz tofu this is about 1/2 block of a standard sized tofu package
- 2 tbsp lemon juice
- 1 tbsp nutritional yeast
- 1 tsp apple cider vinegar
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- 1 tsp onion powder
Vegan Sour Cream
- To make the vegan sour cream, combine the tofu and spices in a blender and blend them well for about 2-3, until everything is nice and smooth and creamy.
Putting together your dip
- In a large and deep bowl, start by adding the refried beans, guacamole, sour cream, salsa, lettuce, cheese, tomatoes, olives, and green onions.
- Dip your favorite chips into it and enjoy 🙂