If you struggle to find healthy dips for parties, look no further than this Light Creamy Spinach Dip! Enjoy all the flavors of onion dip without the heavy creamy base and swap out the chips for cut vegetables.
Perhaps you’re planning a get-together and want a healthy option. Or, maybe you’ve been invited to a party and want to be sure to have at least one dish you can eat all you want of. This Light Creamy Spinach Dip is just what you need!
This recipe removes the heavy sour cream and even mayonnaise base that many creamy dips use and replaces them with natural yogurt. Be sure to use the type with no added flavors or sugar. Natural yogurt is well-known for containing protein and calcium but yogurt is also great for digestive health. Without all the added sugar, the probiotics in yogurt help to repopulate the good bacteria in your digestive tract. Those who have difficulty consuming milk may find that yogurt is a better alternative, as it is easier to digest.
Maybe spinach has gotten a bad rap over the years, after being served in stringy piles from a can or as that over-cooked side dish that no one wants. Eaten either fresh or sautéed with shallots makes this nutrition-packed powerhouse as delicious as it always should have been.
According to Dr. Mercola, spinach is full of flavonoids which work as powerful antioxidants while the magnesium helps to lower blood pressure. Mercola also lists other vital nutrients in spinach as,
Low in fat and even lower in cholesterol, spinach is high in niacin and zinc, as well as protein, fiber, vitamins A, C, E and K, thiamin, vitamin B6, folate, calcium, iron, phosphorus, potassium, copper, and manganese. In other word, it’s loaded with good things for every part of your body!
Light Creamy Spinach Dip
2 tablespoons high heat oil
1/4 cup shallots, chopped
4 scallions, chopped
2 large cloves of minced garlic
12 ounces spinach leaves
1/2 teaspoon fresh lemon zest
2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
1 cup Greek/ natural yogurt
1/2 cup finely crumbled feta cheese (optional)
2 tablespoons chopped fresh dill
Freshly ground black pepper & sea salt to taste
Rinse the spinach well, remove any woody stems that may make it stringy and tear into bite-size pieces.
Heat oil in a large pan over medium heat. Add shallots, onions, and garlic and sauté, stirring often, until fragrant, about 1 minute. Add spinach and cook, stirring often, until wilted, about 2 minutes.
Allow the mixture to cool slightly and then add to a food processor. Roughly purée, about 5 pulses. Add remaining ingredients and pulse briefly just to combine. Season with sea salt and pepper.
Allow to chill for at least an hour and serve with your favorite veggies for dipping!