Secretly Healthy Spinach Dip for Parties

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Everyone has someone in their family who doesn’t like to eat anything they think is “healthy.” I have two teenage sons and a husband who looks like Thor. These guys enjoy eating good food, but they tend to gravitate towardsย  junk food: the sugary stuff, and of course fried food. So when I suggest eating something like spinach or cottage cheese, they look at me as if they were going to hurl…

That’s why I have to be super creative and secretive with my recipes. I like to sneak in vegetables and healthy proteins any chance I get, and cottage cheese is a must when it comes to substitutions for many of my recipes.

Just a general trick, substituting cottage cheese for sour cream reduces that fat content and adds a ton of protein to a meal. Just be sure to first blend the cottage cheese and no one will be able to tell the difference.

I use (blended) cottage cheese on baked potatoes, tacos, dip, in enchiladas and lasagna to substitute for other creams and cheese. It works great! But enough about that, let’s get to the recipe!

Lindsey’s Spinach Dip Recipe

INGREDIENTS:

(1) – 10 oz container of frozen chopped spinach – defrost and squeeze out all the juice

(1) – 8 oz cans of sliced water chestnuts – dice into small pieces

(2) – 8 oz containers of 1% cottage cheese – blend with a handheld (immersion) blender or in a traditional blender until smooth and creamy

(1) – 1 oz packet Hidden Valley Ranch dry mix packet – I only like Hidden Valley, the cheaper kinds aren’t as tasty
** OR you can make your own healthy ranch season mix – compliments of He and She Eat Clean **

Ranch seasoning mix RECIPE: (Serving size equals one Ranch packet)
1 Tbspย dried parsley
1 tsp dried dill
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp onion powder
1/4 tsp black pepper
1/4 tsp dried chives
pinch of salt

After completing the above tasks, mix well, eat, and enjoy! No baking or cooking needed.

Prep/cook time: 7 min.

I usually serve this spinach dip with crackers, but some prefer it with bread or served in a bread bowl. If you want to be super healthy, serve with fresh cut cucumbers, peppers, and carrots.

NUTRITIONAL INFORMATION: (for the dip only)

Protein: 80 g

Carbs: 71g

Fat: 6g

*Nutritional data varies depending on products & brands used.

69 Responses
  • Gena
    August 18, 2012

    This looks amazing! I repined it and will be making this one. Thanks for the recipe!

  • J
    September 12, 2012

    We didn’t really like this. It had an off flavor and didn’t taste like spinach dip to us. Plus it was too salty, even with only using half of the ranch packet.

    • Lindsey Isham
      November 30, 2012

      Bummer. ๐Ÿ™ Did you use a 32 oz. sized cottage cheese container? Also, if you don’t drain the juice out of the frozen spinach BEFORE mixing it with the other ingredients, it will taste terrible.

      Better luck next time.

      Sincerely,
      Lindsey

  • Pastel Pink Hair
    September 14, 2012

    Great recipe. I wish I had found this yesterday – I made spinach dip for a party that was surely not healthy. I will keep this on hand for the next party!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • shana sparks
    September 29, 2012

    I added artichokes hearts and a few dashes of hot sauce…my kids loved it!!

  • beth
    October 14, 2012

    Delish! I just made it and i love it!

  • Melody Richardson
    November 11, 2012

    Can a person substitute walnuts or pecans for chessnuts?

    • Lindsey Isham
      November 30, 2012

      Water chestnuts are like an Asian version of Jicama, so I would not recommend using any kind of nuts for this recipe.

      I hope this helps.
      Sincerely,

      Lindsey

  • nayyerrubab
    November 25, 2012

    its yummmy, but i made it with fresh yogurt instead of cheese

  • Cris
    November 29, 2012

    I whipped this up in less than 5 minutes and it’s actually really good. I think the dry Ranch seasoning and spinach to cottage cheese ratio is a bit off for my taste. The next time I make this (and there will be many!) I’ll either only use half the seasoning packet or quadruple the cottage cheese. Tonight, I used 16 oz of cottage cheese and I still think it’s too heavily seasoned. Thanks for sharing your recipe and giving me a platform to jump off of. =)

  • Tara
    November 30, 2012

    Hi, Im just wondering if its mandatory to use the water chestnuts…do they add a certain flavour as I am hoping to opt out of using them if possible?

    • Lindsey Isham
      November 30, 2012

      The water chestnuts are tasteless, but they provide a crunchiness to the dip that I think is imperative… but maybe try some with and try another batch without?

      I hope this helps!

      Sincerely,
      Lindsey

  • christina
    December 9, 2012

    I wonder if there’s another kind of seasoning that would work? Ranch has MSG and I’ve been trying to stay away from that if I can.

    • Lindsey Isham
      December 10, 2012

      Maybe there is an organic and natural version of Ranch… I bet there is. I will look for one at all of the “granola” grocery stores that I go to and let you know. Great idea!

      Sincerely,
      Lindsey

  • Martha Cottrell
    December 10, 2012

    YUM YUM! GONNA TRY THIS ONE.

    • Lindsey Isham
      December 10, 2012

      I think you will LOVE it! It’s a great dish to bring to holiday parties too. ๐Ÿ™‚

      Sincerely,
      Lindsey

  • Eryka
    December 10, 2012

    I will definitely try this! I think I will try half cottage cheese and half Greek yogurt to get the same sour taste that the cream cheese would provide.

    Also to the ladies trying to cut MSG, make your own ranch seasoning. It takes minutes, plus you can adjust the seasoning to exactly how you like it! No chemicals, or MSG!

    • Lindsey Isham
      December 12, 2012

      Sweet! Let me know how it turns out. ๐Ÿ™‚

      Sincerely,
      Lindsey

  • Noel B
    December 11, 2012

    This would be healthier if you made it using your own homemade ranch seasoning packet. I have started making my own. Super easy and just 4 ingredients, dried onions, garlic powder, salt, and parsley. Here is the link to the recipe I use:

    http://selfreliancebyjamie.blogspot.com/2011/08/tis-seasonings.html

  • heather
    December 15, 2012

    Instead of ranch, what about using the Knorr vegetable dip packet?

    • Lindsey Isham
      January 24, 2013

      I will have to try it. Thank you for the suggestion.

      Sincerely,
      Lindsey

  • patricia
    December 20, 2012

    Thanks a lot for sharing this recipe. Easy and delicious!!!!! thank you from Argentina

  • sarahf
    December 27, 2012

    Knorr soup mix packets work well and taste great! I like veggie, my kids like leek. Also, I like to mix half cottage cheese, and half plain Greek yogurt. Yogurt ads tang ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Kristi
    December 30, 2012

    Instead of a ranch packet I always use Knorr’s dry vegitable mix, it tastes soo much better.

    • Lindsey Isham
      January 24, 2013

      I will have to try it! Thank you.

      Sincerely,
      Lindsey

  • Lan S.
    January 4, 2013

    Why not just use a traditional veggie soup packet such as Lipton or Knorr (http://www.knorr.com/product/detail/245893/vegetable) and instead of mayo and sour cream use the whipped cottage cheese?

    • Lindsey Isham
      January 24, 2013

      The original recipe that I made used whipped cottage cheese and I have found that the ranch packets taste amazing in the dip. Try the veggie soup mix that you have mentioned and let me know what you think. ๐Ÿ™‚

      Thank you!
      Sincerely,
      Lindsey

  • Brianne
    January 29, 2013

    Instead of cottage cheese, do you think Greek yogurt, like Fage, be used? I wouldn’t think it would compromise the taste.

  • Sharon
    March 7, 2013

    You know what would be so helpful? Listing the number of servings. That would help me break down the WW points.

  • Kimberlee
    March 17, 2013

    I’m confused. Does the recipe call for 8 ounces or 32 ounces…. That’s a huge difference! Thanks!

    • Lindsey Graves
      March 6, 2015

      Hi Kimberlee, sorry to hear about the confusion. Which item(s) do you have a question about?
      Here are the ingredients for a smaller portion, but still awesome!

      (1) – 10 oz container of frozen chopped spinach

      (1) – 8 oz cans of sliced water chestnuts

      (2) – 8 oz containers of 1% cottage cheese

      (1) – 1 oz packets of Hidden Valley Ranch dry mix packet

      I hope this helps. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Tina
    March 23, 2013

    Not sure what ranch dressing you used, but most of the packaged ones have MSG in them and should therefore be avoided. MSG is a exitotoxin that leads to neuron death (in the brain). Definitely want to look for a dressing that does not have this in it!

  • ALLISON
    May 13, 2013

    The Knorr Vegetable Soup Mix is how it is made in all the grocery stores I have worked in.

  • SEPCO-Solar Lighting
    June 12, 2013

    What a great alternative to the usual high fat and unhealthy spinach dip. Can’t wait to try this for my next party.

  • Brandi
    June 15, 2013

    I replaced the cottage cheese with Sour Cream it tasted really good.

    • Lindsey Isham
      December 9, 2013

      Yes, tasty, just not as healthy and not as much protein. But I am glad you liked it!

  • bree
    July 15, 2013

    was wondering how many calories are in this spinach dip?

    • Lindsey Isham
      October 9, 2013

      I can’t remember. It is still a splurge, but the cottage cheese makes it a little more balanced with the protein.

  • gary
    November 21, 2013

    hi
    made this like you said taste great greek yogurt does change taste a little. I didn’t use very much,just a little left over from dip made before

  • Tracy Gray
    December 7, 2013

    Wish I read the comments before I just made a double batch as is. Oh well. I’m not going to throw it away. I will just change it up next time.

  • Jennifer Plank
    January 22, 2014

    I know it has been quite some time since you posted this but I pinned it and would love to make it. I read in the comments that you use a 32oz container of cottage cheese, is this the correct measurement for the recipe or an 8 oz as the recipe says? Just trying to not mess it up.

    • Lindsey Isham
      January 23, 2014

      Hi Jennifer,

      Sorry for the confusion… What you need is 2 – 8 oz. containers of cottage cheese.

      I hope this helps – I also changed this info in the ingredients section.

      Thanks for pinning and let me know how it works for you!

      Sincerely,
      Lindsey

  • N.C.
    August 12, 2014

    Thank you for the recipe! I didn’t use premixed seasoning, made my own but had to use everything twice as much, otherwise it felt tasteless. Also had to use more cottage cheese, maybe I had a bit too much spinach. Overall it is a great recipe, healthy and delicious!

  • N.C.
    August 12, 2014

    Oooooh and I just clued in about 2 – 8oz containers of the cottage cheese. See, no wonder mine was too much spinach :)))

    • Lindsey Isham
      March 3, 2015

      Oh no. Sorry to hear that… but it was super healthy! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • sara
    November 11, 2014

    I haven’t made this recipe yet, but I always use tons of fresh spinach instead of frozen. I just chop it very small. It’s healthier and my family likes it better. Water chestnuts are a must & I love green onions in it, too. ! I also like the flavor of Knor Vegetable soup packets better. I can’t wait to try this healthier version!

  • Lindsey Isham
    March 3, 2015

    Oh no. Sorry about that. Thanks for your feedback. ๐Ÿ™‚

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