This easy Gluten-Free Cold Spinach Dip recipe can be whipped up in minutes and will be a total crowd favorite! A perfect appetizer and a great addition for parties, gatherings, and game days.
Why You'll Love This Recipe
Inspired by Knorr Spinach Dip, this homemade version will be one you'll love!
- Easy - A delicious dip and crowd pleaser that can be whipped up in minutes. Using frozen chopped spinach cuts down on prep time!
- Simple ingredients - Spinach, sour cream, water chestnuts, and a handful of spices make up this vegan dip.
- No cooking involved - You won't need your oven or stovetop here. If a warm dip is something you'd like, my baked vegan spinach artichoke dip is one to try!
- Dairy-free - This dairy-free version does not lack in flavor!
Ingredients and Substitutions
Here are a few quick notes about the ingredients in this recipe. You can see a complete list of ingredients and instructions in the recipe card below.
Frozen spinach - Having this chopped and frozen on hand makes this gluten-free cold spinach dip a breeze. Before you start, thaw and squeeze out the excess water. Substitute fresh spinach if needed. Chop before adding to the sour cream mixture.
Dairy-free sour cream - Keeps this recipe vegan while adding a creamy texture. You can find dairy-free options at your local health food store, Whole Foods, Trader Joe's, and even your local grocery store. Substituted dairy-free Greek yogurt if needed. Substitute regular dairy sour cream if there is no dietary need or preference.
Water chestnuts - These add a great crunch and chunky texture while blending in with the other flavors, but are totally optional.
Spices - Nutritional yeast, garlic powder, onion powder, celery seed, dried parsley, dried thyme, and tamari round out the flavors whereas classic spinach dip most often utilizes a soup mix. Instead of using parmesan cheese, nutritional yeast helps add that cheesy flavor.
Tamari - Also known as gluten-free soy sauce, this ingredient adds a bit of that umami flavor. Substitute coconut aminos to make it soy-free. Regular soy sauce works if gluten-free is not a dietary need.
Before you start: Thaw frozen spinach, drain, and squeeze out as much liquid as possible. Drain and chop water chestnuts.
Step 1: Combine sour cream and chopped spinach in a medium mixing bowl.
Step 2: Stir in the spices, salt, and black pepper, followed by the tamari.
Step 3: Fold in the water chestnuts.
Step 4: Cover and chill for at least one hour before serving.
Serve this easy dip in a small or medium bowl, a large ramekin, or a bread bowl. Make it a party platter and serve with your choice of gluten-free crackers, sliced baguettes, or fresh vegetables.
Not all spinach dips are gluten-free. Many recipes use soup mixes or dressing mixes that have ingredients that contain gluten.
Crackers, potato chips, tortilla chips, corn chips, bread bowls, pretzels, and fresh vegetables are commonly served with spinach dip.
Cold spinach dip can be kept in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 3-4 days.
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Gluten-Free Cold Spinach Dip
- 12 ounces dairy-free sour cream
- 2 tablespoons nutritional yeast
- 1 teaspoon dried parsley
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon onion powder
- ¼ teaspoon celery seed
- ½ teaspoon dried thyme
- 1 teaspoon black pepper
- ½-3/4 teaspoon salt to taste
- ½ teaspoon tamari (gluten-free soy sauce)
- 10oz frozen chopped spinach thawed and drained
- 1 - 8oz can water chestnuts drained and chopped
- Squeeze excess water out of thawed spinach and mix with sour cream in a medium bowl.
- Stir in the nutritional yeast, spices, salt, and black pepper, followed by the tamari.
- Fold in the water chestnuts.
- Cover and chill for at least one hour before serving. Dip can be kept in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 3-4 days.
- Serve this easy dip in a small or medium bowl, a large ramekin, or a bread bowl. Make it a party platter and serve with your choice of gluten-free crackers, sliced baguettes, or fresh vegetables.
- Tamari is also known as gluten-free soy sauce. Coconut aminos can be substituted to make it soy-free. Regular soy sauce can be used if gluten-free is not a dietary need.