Creamy Spinach Dip

Creamy Spinach Dip

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.

From EatingWell: January/February 2009
Yield: about 2 1/2 cups
Active Time: 15
Total Time: 15


  1. 1 small shallot, peeled
  2. 1 5-ounce can water chestnuts, rinsed
  3. 1/2 cup reduced-fat cream cheese, (Neufchâtel)
  4. 1/2 cup low-fat cottage cheese
  5. 1/4 cup nonfat plain yogurt
  6. 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  7. 1/2 teaspoon salt
  8. Freshly ground pepper, to taste
  9. 6 ounces baby spinach
  10. 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: 54 calories; 3 g fat (2 g sat, 1 g mono); 10 mg cholesterol; 4 g carbohydrates; 4 g protein; 1 g fiber; 222 mg sodium; 102 mg potassium.

Nutrition Bonus: Vitamin A (15% daily value).

Carbohydrate Serving

Exchanges: 1 vegetable, 1/2 fat