Creamy cold spinach dip from scratch is a quick and easy appetizer that is served cold in a bread bowl.  It's the perfect party finger food for a crowd!  This classic recipe is simple to make and fun to eat.

Prep Time: 15 minutes
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Creamy Cold Spinach Dip from Scratch

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This recipe was originally published on December 28, 2017.

Looking for an easy crowd pleasing appetizer that comes together in minutes?  You need to try our creamy cold spinach dip.  Our homemade version is made from scratch, so there’s no dried vegetable soup in sight.  Spinach dip is classic finger food that is a hit with kids and adults, especially when it’s served in a bread bowl.

spinach dip in a bread bowl with a spoon

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What kind of bread do you use for spinach dip?

  • If you want to serve it in a bread bowl, some good choices are whole wheat round, mountain bread, sourdough, or cob loaf.
  • If you want to serve it with bread slices or chunks, use French bread, pumpernickel, or rye.
  • If you want to make a sandwich, use bagels, pita bread, Hawaiian rolls, or crescent rolls.

What kind of cheese do you use for spinach dip?

If you like the idea of making a cheesy spinach dip, some popular cheeses to use in spinach dip are cream cheese, pepper jack, Monterey jack, and freshly grated Parmesan cheese.  Cheesy spinach dips are served hot, so the cheese can be melted.

bread bowl filled with spinach dip

What kind of meat do you use for spinach dip?

Spinach dip is usually served without meat, but if your guests want something with more protein, you can use crumbled up bacon or shredded chicken.  Make sure to serve the dip warm.

How do you serve spinach dip?

Although spinach dip is most commonly served as an appetizer, it can also be served as part of a main course, or as a sandwich.  Below are some ideas for presentation.

  • Serve cold in a bread bowl.
  • Serve hot in a shallow baking dish.
  • Serve in a small, hollowed out pumpkin, if it’s fall.
  • Serve in phyllo cups for fancy finger food.
  • Use the dip to stuff chicken breasts, pork chops, salmon, or mushrooms.
  • Spread in between two slices of bread for a grilled cheesy spinach dip sandwich.

person holding a spoonful of spinach dip

How to Make Spinach Dip Hot

Here’s three simple ways to make hot spinach dip for your next party.

  • Place it in a shallow baking dish at 350 F for 10 to 15 minutes.
  • Place it in a small crockpot and keep on warm.
  • Place it on a warming tray to keep it warm for your party.

What are the calories in spinach dip?

A 2 tablespoon serving has 89 calories.  This spinach dip is low in carbs and sugar, but high in vitamins A, C, and fat.  For more nutritional information, scroll to the end of the recipe card.

Can you use fresh spinach to make spinach dip?

Yes, you can.  Cook a large bag of fresh spinach for 3 to 4 minutes then drain it well.  You should get 1 1/2 cups of spinach which is the equivalent of a 10 ounce package of frozen spinach.

person dipping a piece of bread into spinach dip

Can spinach dip be made ahead?

Yes, the good news is spinach dip tastes great if you make it a day ahead.  Store the dip in a covered bowl.  When you are ready to serve it, spoon the dip into a hollowed out bread bowl or in a shallow baking dish if you want to serve the dip hot.

How long can spinach dip be left out?

Since most spinach dip is made with dairy products, it is safe to keep it out of the fridge for up to two hours if it’s served cold.  If it’s served hot, you can gain another half hour.  If you left it out overnight, it’s safest to throw it out.

person holding a spoonful of spinach dip above a bread bowl

How long will spinach dip be good for in the fridge?

If spinach dip is stored in an airtight container, it should keep for up to 4 days in the fridge.

Can spinach dip be frozen?

It isn’t a good idea to freeze spinach dip because it’s usually made with either sour cream or cream cheese and neither of those ingredients freezes well.  If you do choose to freeze it, be warned that when it is defrosted, it will be too watery. 

How to Make Creamy Cold Spinach Dip from Scratch

Gather all the ingredients.  Chop up the chives and roasted red peppers then measure out the sour cream, mayo and spices.

ingredients for spinach dip

To serve the spinach dip in a bread bowl, use a sharp bread knife and cut a circle on the top of a round bread loaf.

cutting a circle on the top of a bread loaf

Carefully lift the lid off and place it to the side.  This will be used a bit later.

bread bowl with lid

Using your hands, scoop out some of the bread.  Make sure to leave some bread in the bottom so the bread bowl can hold the weight of the spinach dip.  When you’re done, place the lid back on the bread bowl, so the inside doesn’t dry out. 

pulling bread from a loaf to make a bread bowl

To prep the spinach, place the thawed spinach in a metal strainer that is balanced on top of a large bowl.  Squeeze out the water by using the back of a spoon.  Try to get as much of the water out of the spinach as you can then dump the water into the sink.  Rinse and dry out the bowl and place the spinach in it.

squeezing the liquid from spinach in a sieve

Place all the ingredients on top of the spinach.  If you like it a more spicy, increase the hot sauce or add crushed red pepper flakes.

adding Tabasco sauce to spinach dip ingredients

With a large spoon, stir all the ingredients together until well combined.  Taste and adjust seasonings, if necessary.  Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and let it chill in the fridge for at least one hour or overnight.  This chilling time will help the flavors meld.

person stirring spinach dip in a bowl

When ready to serve, spoon the chilled spinach dip into the prepared bread bowl.  Cut up a second loaf of bread to use as a dipper, or cut up some fresh vegetables like carrots, celery and tomato wedges if your trying to stay away from carbs. 

bread bowl filled with spinach dip

Pro Tips for Making Spinach Dip

  • Want it more spicy?  Add fresh jalapenos, crushed red pepper flakes or grated pepper jack cheese.
  • Need this to be vegan?  Use coconut milk yogurt, vegan mayo along with 2 tablespoons of nutritional yeast.
  • Want this cheesy?  Try cream cheese, Monterrey Jack, Parmesan, Pepper Jack.
  • Want more add ins?  Try water chestnuts, marinated artichokes or Rotel.
  • Want meat?  Try crumbled bacon or shredded chicken and serve warm.
  • Need a healthy dipper idea?  Use zucchini chips.
  • Need more bread cubes?  Purchase or make two 8 inch round loaves.  One to serve the dip and the other to cut into cubes for dipping. 
  • Have leftover dip? Take the left over dip out of the bread bowl and refrigerate.  Cut up the rest of the bread bowl and refrigerate.

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Creamy Cold Spinach Dip from Scratch


  • Author: Brooke
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 3 1/4 cups 1x

Description

Creamy cold spinach dip from scratch is a quick and easy appetizer that is served cold in a bread bowl.  It’s the perfect party finger food for a crowd!  This classic recipe is simple to make and fun to eat.


Scale

Ingredients

  • 9 ounces frozen chopped spinach, thawed (255g)
  • 2 cups sour cream (470g)
  • 3/4 cup mayonnaise (150g)
  • 2 tablespoons canned roasted red peppers (34g)
  • 1 tablespoon fresh chives, chopped
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 2 teaspoons onion powder
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons paprika
  • 1 teaspoon Tabasco sauce
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon white pepper
  • One round loaf at least 8 inches in diameter (340g)

Instructions

Making the Spinach Dip

  1. Thaw the package of spinach.  Squeeze out all the water by draining it in a sieve and pressing the water out with the back of a spoon.  Dump into a bowl.
  2. Add the chives, sour cream, mayo, hot sauce, garlic powder, onion powder, paprika, salt, and white pepper to the bowl of spinach and stir until well combined.  Cover and chill until ready to serve.

Preparing the Bread Bowl

  1. Carefully cut a circle in the top of the bread with a serrated bread knife.  Remove this circular piece, which will be the lid, and set it aside.
  2. Scoop out some of the bread with your hands to hollow out the bowl for the dip.  Tear this bread into bite size pieces.  Put the bread chunks in a bowl and cover with plastic wrap so it doesn’t dry out.  (If you would like a lot of bread chunks for dipping, purchase or make a second round loaf to cut up into chunks for dipping.)
  3. Put the lid back on the bread bowl and let it sit on the counter.
  4. Just before serving, stir the creamy spinach dip and spoon into the bread bowl.  Serve immediately.

Notes

  • Make this recipe perfectly the first time.  Check out the step-by-step photos before the recipe card.
  • The pleasure of a 5-star review for this creamy spinach dip would be greatly appreciated.
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  • Category: Appetizer
  • Method: Chilled
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: easy cold spinach dip, creamy spinach dip recipe

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4 thoughts on “Creamy Cold Spinach Dip from Scratch

  1. This dip is very creamy, and it tastes good with the soft, flavorful spinach mixed in. I especially like it with chunks of bread. You can taste the Tabasco sometimes!

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