Creamy Spinach Dip

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Try this light spinach dip made healthier with reduced-fat cream cheese, nonfat yogurt and low-fat cottage cheese instead of full-fat cheese, mayonnaise and sour cream. It will save you a whopping 84 calories and 10 grams of fat per serving when compared to traditional versions. Serve it with pita chips and crunchy vegetables or spread it on a sandwich.

Yield: about 2 1/2 cups
Active Time: 15
Total Time: 15


  • 1 small shallot, peeled
  • 1 5-ounce can water chestnuts, rinsed
  • 1/2 cup reduced-fat cream cheese, (Neufchâtel)
  • 1/2 cup low-fat cottage cheese
  • 1/4 cup nonfat plain yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • Freshly ground pepper, to taste
  • 6 ounces baby spinach
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh chives


Pulse shallot and water chestnuts in a food processor until coarsely chopped. Add cream cheese, cottage cheese, yogurt, lemon juice, salt and pepper and pulse until just combined. Add spinach and chives and pulse until incorporated.

Tips & Notes

  • Make Ahead Tip: Cover and refrigerate for up to 3 days. Stir before serving.


Nutrition Per Serving

calories 54
fat 3 g (2 g sat, 1 g mono)
cholesterol 10 mg
carbohydrates 4 g
protein 4 g
fiber 1 g
sodium 222 mg
potassium 102 mg

Nutrition Bonus Vitamin A (15% daily value).

Carbohydrate Serving

Exchanges 1 vegetable, 1/2 fat

From EatingWell January/February 2009