Years ago, I made my first vegan spinach artichoke dip, which was a hit with my family and friends. Since then, I've learned a lot about vegan cooking, so I have revised my vegan spinach artichoke dip recipe. And, I must say, the changes are fabulous if I don't say so myself.
Let's be honest; I'm a dipper, and there isn't a dip I don't want to plunge into.
But, spinach artichoke dip is typically a fat-filled, creamy, delicious appetizer we all avoid because it isn’t worth the calories or the negative health consequences of the cream cheese, cheese, and sour cream.
Even if it is “veganized,” vegan cream cheese, cheese, and sour cream are not healthy alternatives; they are still full of fat and unnecessary calories.
How to make a healthy vegan artichoke spinach dip recipe worth dipping into
There aren’t many people I know who will admit they don’t like spinach dip. It's comfort food and simply delectable. I figured there must be a way to make my dip and eat it too. Just because I follow a healthy vegan diet doesn't mean I need to skip delicious dip, so why not make it so we can eat a healthy version?
I often think about the food I want to make at odd moments. This one came to me sitting standing in line at the post office, mailing gifts home, 30 people deep.
Made with all vegetables, other than the spices, this creamy vegan spinach artichoke dip is easy to make.
The Dip Ingredients
- Canned artichokes in water (not oil)
- Frozen, chopped spinach, thawed and drained (squeeze it DRY)
- White or yellow onion, diced
- Red pepper fakes
- Garlic powder
- Onion powder
- Sriracha (optional)
The Vegetable only cheesy sauce for Vegan Spinach Artichoke Dip
The secret sauce for this spinach artichoke dip is the Vegan Cheese Sauce made with vegetables and some special ingredients.
- Idaho potatoes
- Nutritional yeast
- Lemon juice (fresh is best)
- Onion powder
- Garlic powder
- Vegetable broth
- Hot sauce (I used Chalupa) (optional)
Because the Vegan Cheese Sauce makes more than 2 times what is needed for the recipe, I either freeze it or plan to use the cheese sauce for other recipes.
Other uses for Vegan Cheese Sauce!
Or, cut the cheese sauce recipe in half, but trust me, you will want more for other recipes:
- Crunchwrap Supreme Recipe
- Vegan Cream of Broccoli Soup
- Tater Tot Nachos
- Scalloped Potatoes
- Vegan Guilt-Free Potato Nachos...A Game-Day Treat!
- Healthy Mac and Cheese
- Mustard Cheese Dip
- Chili Cheese Dip
Preparing the vegan spinach artichoke dip...
Since the spinach is frozen, it is important to thaw and squeeze all the excess water with your hands. To do this, allowed the spinach to thaw overnight in the refrigerator.
Once thawed, I placed the spinach in a colander in a colander in the sink and squeezed the spinach by hand before placing it in a bowl.
Then, saute the garlic and onions in a skillet. To get the caramelization on the onions, allow the onions to cook until the non-stick pan appears brown and the onions begin to stick.
Next, add a small amount of vegetable broth or water, and the pan's browned parts create a growing effect on the onions.
Serving vegan spinach artichoke dip...hot or cold, or freeze it for later.
Although I prefer the spinach artichoke dip hot, it tastes just as yummy cold. You do, however, have to cook it first. Often, I make the dip in advance and freeze it for a party later in the week.
The trick is to allow the dip to cool completely before transferring it to a freezer container. Always leave at least 2 inches of space between the two of the container and the dip. As a result, the dip won't get freezer burned.
When I plan to serve the dip, I place it in the refrigerator overnight to thaw and then reheat it in the oven before serving.
So, if a dip is what you like, and you want to eat it guiltlessly, indulge. It's made of all veggies other than the spices, and it is GREAT if I don’t say so myself.
Hi! My name is Kathy, I am a retired high school English teacher & vegan enthusiast and blogger. My entire blog is fully plant-based vegan. I truly believe what we eat & how we live determines our health & the preservation of our planet! 🙂