Healthy Chilled Spinach Dip with EXTRA Veggies!

This is my go-to recipe for healthy chilled spinach dip with EXTRA veggies! It’s perfect for piling in extras such as cucumber, zucchini, carrots and more!

This is my go-to recipe for healthy chilled spinach dip with EXTRA veggies! It's perfect for piling in extras such as cucumber, zucchini, carrots and more!

I get a tad carried away with my box grater.

Once I start, stopping is a lost cause.

You will literally have to pry whatever I’m shredding from my [hopefully still in-tact] fingers to stop me from obliterating the entire thing.

I take my love of veggies seriously… and if you let me play with them?  Forget about it!  I promise to seek help if you promise not to judge me!

A few days ago I was baking [aka trashing the kitchen] and needed to grate ONE zucchini for my muffins.  Before I knew what hit me, I had sacrificed two zucchinis and half of an english cucumber that happened to be standing by, minding its own business. “Ooh this is fun!  What else can I grate!?” may have crossed my mind. I think it’s safe to say I had a *few* leftover veggie shreds.This girl can only do so much baking before the crazies set in, so I decided to make a bowl of refreshingly delicious veggie dip to offset the heat from the oven… and the sun.  Man it’s hot outside!

The Last Spinach Dip Recipe You’ll Ever Need

aka Shortcut Spinach Dip with EXTRA Veggies!

Healthy Chilled Spinach Dip with EXTRA Veggies!

Prep

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Total

Yield 4-5 cups

Ingredients

  • 1/3-1/2 large english cucumber, coarsely grated
  • 1/2 large zucchini squash, also grated
  • 9oz frozen chopped spinach
  • 1 packet of dried vegetable recipe mix (I used Knorr)
  • 1 cup of plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 cup of regular mayo or a second cup of yogurt

EXTRA ADD-INS:

  • grated carrot
  • chopped green onion
  • grated radish

Instructions

  1. Thaw frozen spinach.
  2. Once room temperature strain, squeeze and pat our any and all water from the spinach. I usually wring mine out in a stack of paper towels.
  3. Use a box/cheese grater to grate your veggies
  4. Combine all ingredients and chill for 2 hours to lock in the flavor! Viola!
  5. The premixed packets have a blend of dried veggies that I can't seem to find anywhere else, so hunt down a good one and get your dip on! I exclusively use Knorr, it's gluten-free and tastes phenomenal [not a add, just my fav!]
  6. Serve with sliced cucumber, zucchini rounds, baby carrots, celery sticks, and veggie chips!

Courses dip, appetizer, snack

Healthy Spinach Dip Tips + Tricks:

  1. When grating, leave the skin on the veggies for extra fiber + a burst of color.
  2. If you have ground flax on hand — add some to the dip!
  3. Don’t ever use fat-free mayonnaise.  Ever.  Mayo is, by definition, an oil and egg emulsion… if it’s fat free then it’s not technically a a food item; it’s a Franken-Food.  Friends don’t let friends eat fake foods.  Seriously, what the heck is IN fat-free mayo anyways?!  It keeps me up at night..
  4. Fage-brand Greek yogurt tastes, to me, identical to sour cream, but has extra protein + less fat!
  5. Since we’re on the topic of fat, the antioxidants in vegetables absorb best when a little fat is present in the dish, so don’t over-think it.  Just eat real food and enjoy! *steps down off CSA soapbox*
 In the event that your friends are of the less-than-rare breed of jerks that habitually double-dip, simply cut english cucumbers into half-inch discs, scoop out the centers, and pile on the dip for spinach dip stuffed cucumber cups!  Germaphobes everywhere will thank you, and now no one has to suffer the absolute horror of being the guy to break off half a chip in the dip bowl and attempt to fish it out.

Don’t act like you don’t know what I’m talking about. We’ve all been there…

Guilty as charged.

so . . . how was it? 

Hands down, the best spinach dip of my life.  I’m so glad I got overzealous with my grater!  This gem tastes like a cross between your standard spinach dip with an ultra refreshing cucumber tzatziki sauce.  Chilled spinach dip is one of those summer barbecue staples that nearly everyone beelines for, but you’ll be uber awesome for showing up with one that has the protein punch of greek yogurt and the added bonus of extra vegetables.  Or you can wait until everyone begs you for the recipe to tell them it’s healthy.

What’s your all-time favorite dip?

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Comments

TheMrsatSuccessAlongtheWeigh

I always stick a spoon in dip to encourage people to NOT dip chips in it and I’ll make a separate dip for kids with colorful chips so they keep their “I just coughed into or wiped my nose on my” hands out of the adult dip!  HA!

My favorite dip is a hot crab dip with cheese.  Le yum!  (No idea why I lapsed into bad French)

Sprint2theTable

OMG – I could actually EAT this on my nutrition plan!!!  I LOVE spinach dip. 🙂

claire @ live and love to eat

I love adding extra veggies to things – makes it okay to eat twice as much! 🙂  I hate grating veggies, want to come do it for me since you enjoy it so much?!

Jenn @ Peas and Crayons

absolutely! I use my grater daily! It’s an easy clean one so I don’t mind it at. all.

Ellenbcookery

This sounds so yummy.  I love Fage yogurt too, but it’s not available in Canada.  I’ll even drive to Buffalo just to stock up 🙂  

    healthnutnutrition

    I dont think I’ve ever tried it.. I’m from Canada as well. Is it similar to Greek yogurt at all?

Jenn @ Peas and Crayons

Ahhh that’s ridiculous! Think your local store could order it for you? Some do! But its totally worth the road trip right? =)

Christina

love the nails! oh, and the dip!! 🙂 xoox

Erica Jordan

LOL i am picturing you with crazy eyes being like “MUAHAHA what else can I grate! can I grate pillows? boxes? cell phones?”

this looks so delish! i love dip. I could live off of it! I am in love with spinach dip, veg dip, salsa, and GUAC!

xoxoxo

Michelle

This looks so good!

Kristen @ notsodomesticated

I love that your nails are green … totally makes sense, with your love for all green foods! 😉

Anna @ The Guiltless Life

Spinach and artichoke dip is my favourite! I loveeee spinach dip, am so excited to try this!

Ruth D Huggins

I have so many cucumbers in my garden and am definitely going to be trying this next….Thanks for sharing!!!

Andrea @ Vegvacious

Spinach dip is definitely a fave party dip at our house — I am definitely going to try to sneak this healthy version next time!

Talia@BiteSzWellness

You are hilarious. Hope you got an arm workout from all of your grating! Def want to try this dip out. 
(Is that xmas color nails that I see??)

Jenn @ Peas and Crayons

Oh I did =) and Watermelon colors!!

Stacie @ Snaps and Bits

That looks so good I definitely want to make it!  Love the nail polish too 😉

KellyRosie1

Yum this looks so good.  Great idea to substitute the mayo for yoghurt. Way healthier 🙂

Lynn Chen

look at your pretty nails!

Jean | Lemons and Anchovies

It’s been a long time since I last enjoyed a good bowl of spinach dip.  Your veggie-laden version looks so tasty. 🙂

Liz @ Southern Charm

Ugh. I KNEW I’d want to fake a sickness so I can go home to make this. Cough cough.

Haha. It looks amazing and light. LOVE the veggies!! Must try and soon!

Liz @ Southern Charm

and by soon, I mean tonight.

Jenn @ Peas and Crayons

Yeah you’re looking a little green. You really should go home. And mexican is medicinal.

It’s science =)

Jenn @ Peas and Crayons

Thanks Jean! It’s pretty flipping amazing =) I’m a picky one!

carla birnberg

see?? and I dont even own a box grater 🙂

Andrea Merrigan

This recipe looks great. I have bookmarked it to try it out! 

Rachel R

LOVE this dip! AND your nails!

Kat @a dash of fairydust

This looks sooo good! I can’t stomach too much cucumber though,do you think I could simply use more zucchini instead?

Hotmama Mishalanie

What is a dried veggi recipie mix  and where would i find it in the store? I wanna try this, looks amazing!

Anita at Hungry Couple

Nice and  I also love Fage (more like a mini-obsession, actually).  Unfortunately I hate grating things which is a problem at Chanukah when everyone is expecting traditional potato pancakes that must be grated by hand.  It’s gotten so bad that I now force dinner guests to grate their own portion.  So…are you free around next December? 🙂
 

Jenn @ Peas and Crayons

I’ll grate AND make the matzo ball soup! You can do the rest =)

Jenn @ Peas and Crayons

Hey love! It varies store to store but is usually near the dressing aisle or by the ehtnic food aisle. Or the soup aisle actually! Haha I usually beeline for a cashier and ask them when I first move to a new area and have to shop at a new grocery store, otherwise its like a scavenger hunt!

I’ve tried almost every brand they make and the Knorr brand dehydrated veggie/seasoning packet is my favorite. It’s in a yellow bag. Hope that helps! <3

xoxo
jenn

Jenn @ Peas and Crayons

Yes absolutely!!!

healthnutnutrition

This looks amazing! i love healthy dips:P I just put up one today on a great salad dressing that you can also use as a pretzel or veggie dip. here’s the link: These all look amazingggtry! I wanna try them all! I recently posted a dressing of my own on my blog… it does contain some oil but it is equally just as good without it:)
check it out:

http://healthnutnutrition.wordpress.com/2012/11/06/healthy-honey-mustard-and-yogurt-dressing/

Wild bird food

My kids don’t like to eat spinach. I think following this way would make them eat spinach.

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