Try this light spinach dip made healthier with reduced-fat cream cheese, nonfat yogurt and low-fat cottage cheese instead of full-fat cheese, mayonnaise and sour cream. It will save you a whopping 84 calories and 10 grams of fat per serving when compared to traditional versions. Serve it with pita chips and crunchy vegetables or spread it on a sandwich.

EatingWell Test Kitchen
Source: EatingWell Magazine, January/February 2009


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Recipe Summary

15 mins


Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • Pulse shallot and water chestnuts in a food processor until coarsely chopped. Add cream cheese, cottage cheese, yogurt, lemon juice, salt and pepper and pulse until just combined. Add spinach and chives and pulse until incorporated.



Make Ahead Tip: Cover and refrigerate for up to 3 days. Stir before serving.

Nutrition Facts

50 calories; protein 3.3g; carbohydrates 3.1g; dietary fiber 0.5g; sugars 1.7g; fat 2.9g; saturated fat 1.6g; cholesterol 9.9mg; vitamin a iu 1766.4IU; vitamin c 5.9mg; folate 37.8mcg; calcium 56.4mg; iron 0.8mg; magnesium 17.6mg; potassium 152.3mg; sodium 208.6mg.

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Rating: 4 stars
Might have been tasty without the shallot; it went uneaten after first bites. Way too much onion for what should have been a delicately flavored dip. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
A wee bit oniony so will do about 1/2 the shallot next time. It does need a bit of something to round out the flavor needs a bit of fat or something like that. I will try adding a tsp of low fat mayo or miracle whip the next time around just to boost it up. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
My family loved this dip--even our 2nd grader ate his spinach this way! I added a sprinkle of garlic salt at the end because I was out of fresh garlic. Next time we'll reduce the onion a smidge and add 1 clove of minced garlic. I'm hoping that will pump up the flavor. Overall though we loved it and will definitely be making it over and over again! I bet it would look and taste great with chopped red pepper for the holidays!:) Read More
Rating: 4 stars
I also used less shallot and added a clove of garlic. I didn't have any chives but the taste was still quite good. I used a handle blender as well and this was fine. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
This recipe was absolutely delicious! Instead of a shallot I used green onion I didn't use garlic like everybody else and I used full fat cream cheese because the store was out of low-fat. I added a little bit of diced tomato to the food processor. I was skeptical about the cottage cheese because I've never had it but this recipe was delicious with it. I will definitely make this more often but warning - it was hard to stop eating because it was so yummy! Read More
Rating: 1 stars
A miss My family dubbed it a miss. There were parts of the flavor profile that were good but it was more of a miss than a hit. Shallot and chestnut too strong and it just sat in the bottom of my processor and wouldn't mix. Read More