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Easy Spinach Dip

If you love classic Knorr spinach dip, you’ve got to try this spin on it! Creamy, tangy, and absolutely crave-worthy, it’s the way we’ve made it for over 30 years and it’s always a hit! Better yet, this spinach dip is one of the easiest appetizers you can make — only 5 simple ingredients!

cold spinach dip served in a bread bowl

Knorr Spinach Dip

Back in the day when I was a young mom raising Stacey and her siblings, I would get together with my mom friends once a month on Friday nights. Every single time, someone would bring this spinach dip.

In those days, frozen spinach, the main ingredient, came in hard-as-a-rock square packages. Remembering to thaw it was a real thing! Thank goodness, these days, chopped spinach comes in easier to thaw packages.

This is a chilled spinach dip that traditionally was served in a loaf of pumpernickel bread. You would cut out the middle, put the dip where the bread had been removed, and use the bread to scoop up the spinach dip.

These days, I always cut up raw veggies to serve with it. It’s pretty in a bread bowl but a lot of people don’t eat bread like my ladies did back then.

This recipe is similar to the recipe on the back of the Knorr Vegetable Recipe Mix package but has some different ingredients and proportions. I don’t know which of my friends gave this to me 30 years ago, but it’s still my go to and my favorite version.

You have to make it ahead. For one thing, you have got to let the spinach thaw out. Once it is thawed, you squeeze out all the liquid. You also have to let the cream cheese warm up so that it is easier to mix. Once the dip is mixed up, it needs a least a couple of hours before you eat it for the mix to dissolve and all the flavors to blend to perfection.

Except for the thawing, letting the cream cheese warm up, and letting it sit for a few hours, it is the easiest recipe ever. You don’t even need a mixer!

Knorr spinach dip with fresh veggie slices

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Spinach Dip Ingredients

  • Frozen spinach — 1 16 oz. bag (thawed, squeezed, and drained0
  • Sour cream
  • Cream cheese — One 8oz block, softened
  • Mayonnaise
  • Knorr Vegetable Recipe Mix One 1.4oz packet

Optional Ingredients:

I love love love this recipe just the way it is, however, if you want to switch things up, here are a few delicious add-ins:

  • Water chestnuts — Drained and sliced
  • Green onions — Chopped
  • Artichokes — Canned artichoke hearts, drained and chopped
  • Parmesan cheese — I recommend fresh, shredded or grated (as opposed to the packaged stuff)

Kitchen Supplies Used:

ingredients to make Knorr spinach dip

How to Make Knorr Spinach Dip

Put all the frozen spinach in a colander and let it thaw. Once it is thawed, you can push it down into colander to drain with your hands or a wooden spoon. Get as much water out as possible.

frozen spinach thawing in a colander

Let the cream cheese sit on the counter for about ½ hour. It just needs to be soft enough to mix.

In a large mixing bowl, combine all the ingredients by stirring with a heavy spoon or spatula. When it is thoroughly mixed, put in a storage container until ready to serve. It tastes best when it has had a few hours for flavors to develop.

Note: The original recipe includes water chestnuts, however, I tend to find that they overpower recipes easily, so I omit them. 

The traditional way of serving this was to hollow out a round loaf of pumpernickel bread. Any round loaf would work as well. Chop the hollowed-out bread into bite size pieces to serve alongside the dip.

Serve with the bread cubes and cut up vegetables.

You don’t have to serve with the bread though! Put your spinach dip in a pretty dish and serve with cut up vegetables, crackers, pretzels, or whatever takes your fancy.

easy spinach dip in a bread bowl

Can I use low fat dairy products?

You can. I prefer the taste of full-fat products such as mayonnaise, sour cream, and cream cheese though. If you are doing a low carb or keto diet, full-fat would be best, skip the bread, and eat it with your cut-up vegetables.

Is there a substitute for the Knorr Vegetable Recipe Mix?

I have not found one yet. You’d get a different flavor most likely.

Where do you find Knorr Vegetable Recipe Mix?

I found it in the soup aisle of my store. I had to really look for it!

Just in case, I linked to the product on Amazon in the ingredients list near the top of the blog post. I can’t guarantee it’s the best price, but at least this way you don’t have to worry if you can’t find it at the store!

Is Knorr spinach dip gluten free?

While it seems like this dip would be gluten free if you skipped the bread bowl, there is a small amount of barley in the Knorr Vegetable Recipe Mix. So no, this recipe is not entirely gluten free.

Can you freeze this spinach dip?

No, this dip is not freezer friendly. I recommend storing in the fridge and enjoying within the first few days.

The flavor and color seem best the day of and the day after. It’s still fine for a few more days, if you have kept it refrigerated. If it has set out for a few hours during a party—then toss it all out after.

Cold Spinach Dip Recipe (Printable Copy)

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Easy Spinach Dip

If you love classic Knorr spinach dip, you've got to try this spin on it! Creamy, tangy, and absolutely crave-worthy, it's the way we've made it for over 30 years and it's always a hit! Better yet, this spinach dip is one of the easiest appetizers you can make -- only 5 simple ingredients!
Prep Time 1 hr
Resting Time 2 hrs
Total Time 3 hrs
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Servings 10
Calories 182 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 16 oz frozen spinach thawed, squeezed, drained
  • 16 oz sour cream
  • 8 oz cream cheese
  • 1 pkg Knorr Vegetable Recipe Mix
  • 1 loaf pumpernickel bread Optional
  • 1 can water chestnuts, chopped Optional

Instructions
 

  • Thaw frozen spinach in a colander. Once thawed, push spinach down into colander with your hands or a wooden spoon to squeeze out as much water as possible.
    frozen spinach thawing in a colander
  • Let the cream cheese sit on the counter for about ½ hour. It just needs to be soft enough to mix.
  • In a large mixing bowl, stir together all ingredients until thoroughly mixed. Scoop spinach dip into a storage container until ready to serve.
  • The traditional way of serving Knorr spinach dip is to hollow out a round loaf of pumpernickel bread. Any round loaf would work as well. Chop the hollowed-out bread into bite size pieces to serve alongside the dip.
  • As an alternative to bread, you can serve your spinach dip in a pretty dish and serve with cut up vegetables, crackers, pretzels, etc.

Nutrition

Calories: 182kcalCarbohydrates: 5gProtein: 4gFat: 17gSaturated Fat: 10gCholesterol: 49mgSodium: 213mgPotassium: 252mgFiber: 1gSugar: 2gVitamin A: 5956IUVitamin C: 4mgCalcium: 133mgIron: 1mg
Keyword appetizers, dips, easy recipe, sides, spinach
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