Creamy Spinach Dip

Creamy Spinach Dip

6 Reviews
From: EatingWell Magazine, January/February 2009

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.

Ingredients 10 servings

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  • 1 small shallot, peeled
  • 1 5-ounce can water chestnuts, rinsed
  • ½ cup reduced-fat cream cheese, (Neufchâtel)
  • ½ cup low-fat cottage cheese
  • ¼ cup nonfat plain yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 6 ounces baby spinach
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh chives
  • Freshly ground pepper, to taste


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  1. 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 information

  • Serving size: ¼ cup
  • Per serving: 50 calories; 3 g fat(2 g sat); 1 g fiber; 3 g carbohydrates; 3 g protein; 38 mcg folate; 10 mg cholesterol; 2 g sugars; 0 g added sugars; 1,766 IU vitamin A; 6 mg vitamin C; 56 mg calcium; 1 mg iron; 209 mg sodium; 152 mg potassium
  • Nutrition Bonus: Vitamin A (35% daily value)
  • Carbohydrate Servings: 0
  • Exchanges: 1 vegetable, ½ fat

Reviews 6

December 25, 2013
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By: frizbeemom
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.
October 04, 2010
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By: EatingWell User
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.
July 24, 2010
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By: EatingWell User
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!
March 13, 2010
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By: EatingWell User
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.
December 16, 2009
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By: EatingWell User
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.
November 21, 2009
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By: EatingWell User
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! :)
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