Harvest dips and spreads

Our produce aisles still are brimming with early-fall favorites — peppers, eggplant, corn and tomatoes galore. A great way to make the most of the harvest is by whipping these colorful vegetables into easy dips and spreads, perfect for scooping up with chips or crackers.

The freshness of the vegetables plays against the saltiness of the chips — and the result is a crunchy snack that’s just about as perfect as it gets.

Here are some to try, from a simple, classic tomato salsa to a few recipes with more unusual combinations of flavors. Pop open a bottle of your favorite beer (see staff picks) and dig in!