Vegan spinach dip, a plant-based version of a classic dip. It’s made with just 9 ingredients, so delicious, creamy, cheesy and really easy to make.
vegan spinach dip
I’m a huge dip lover, I like them hot or cold, with bread, tortilla chips, crudités, you name it! I’ve wanted to make this recipe for so long (among a vegan caramelized onion dip I will share with you guys soon) and it’s spectacular.
Some spinach dip recipes call for sour cream or even mayo, but I prefer to omit them and make a simpler version using just vegan cream cheese. This way the dip is healthier and also lower in fat.
The ingredients are easy to get and can be found at any supermarket, except maybe the cheese, but nowadays vegan cheeses are everywhere and you can always make our recipe.
This is the perfect appetizer for any occasion: Thanksgiving, Christmas, parties, and you can even make it on a daily basis because it’s a simple recipe, that only requires a skillet and is ready in 20 minutes.
vegan spinach dip ingredients
- Frozen spinach – Be careful to thaw and squeeze out all the liquid. This step is really important.
- Flour – I used brown rice flour, but any type of flour will do.
- Vegan cream cheese – Feel free to use store-bought or make your own vegan cream cheese at home.
- Plant milk – Unsweetened plant milk works best for this recipe, but any type of milk is okay. I used soy milk because it makes the dip creamier than other milks (almond, cashew or any other nut milks are also a great choice).
- Nutritional yeast
- Salt – I always use Himalayan pink salt, but any type of salt is okay.
- Ground black pepper – Fresh ground black pepper tastes best, but I find store-bought more convenient and also easier to measure with a teaspoon.
tips to make vegan spinach dip
- I used a skillet, but it can also be made in a saucepan or a pot if you want. I’m obsessed with my new cast iron skillets (I’ve bought 3 different sizes: 12, 9 and 6 inch and I’m using them all the time). Then you can serve the dip in the same skillet you made it or in a bowl, you choose!
- Extra virgin olive oil is my favorite oil to make this recipe, but any other oil will do. If you prefer to omit the oil, just use water, broth or any liquid you have on hand.
- Best when fresh, feel free to reheat it in a skillet over medium or medium-high heat until it’s hot. Another way to reheat it is using a cast iron skillet or a baking dish and baking the dip in the oven.
- Once the dip is ready, feel free to add some vegan Parmesan cheese on top before serving to give it a more intense cheesy flavor. To make it even better, bake at 350ºF or 180ºC for 5 to 10 minutes after adding the Parmesan cheese.
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Vegan Spinach Dip
- 10 oz frozen spinach, thawed and squeezed out of any liquid
- 2 cloves of garlic, minced
- ½ onion, finely chopped
- 1 tablespoon flour, I used brown rice flour
- 8 oz vegan cream cheese
- ¼ cup unsweetened plant milk of your choice, I used soy milk
- 2 tablespoon nutritional yeast
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- ⅛ teaspoon ground black pepper
- Heat some oil in a skillet (if you don’t consume oil, just use some water or vegetable stock instead), add the garlic and onion and cook over medium-high heat until golden brown, stirring occasionally.
- Add the flour and cook for 1-2 minutes, stirring frequently.
- Add the vegan cream cheese and cook until it’s completely melted.
- Finally, add the rest of the ingredients (spinach, milk, nutritional yeast, salt and pepper), stir and cook for 2 more minutes.
- Serve immediately in a skillet or a bowl with toasted bread slices (gluten-free if needed), crackers, tortilla chips, crudités or whatever you want.
- Keep leftovers in a sealed container in the fridge for 4-5 days.
- Recipe inspired by Laura in the Kitchen.
Gloria APPLEBY says
Hi. Did a practice trial to perhaps serve at Thanksgiving for my vegan son-in-law. I found it needed much more liquid than indicated and wondered if it really needed the flour? In the end, added more nutritional yeast to give it more zing. Instead, I think I will try to convert my standard onion soup spinach dip to vegan. I would give this a 3 out of 5. Hope it freezes!
Iosune Robles says
Hi Gloria! I'm so sorry! Have you finally used the flour? It is important to add it! Maybe next time, you can make this recipe following the video-recipe 🙂 It will be easier to make!
So delicious! I made this stovetop because I don’t have a cast iron skillet and it’s great and I puréed the onions with a little vegetable broth in a food processor before cooking with the garlic. I’ll definitely make this again!
Irene Yang says
what if i don't add nutritional yeast? Would it make a lot of difference
Iosune Robles says
Hello Irene, don't worry if you don't add nutritional yeast. It tastes similar to cheese and that's why sometimes it is used. Feel free to don't use it!
Hope you enjoy the recipe 🙂
Hi Meghan! Thanks a lot 🙂
This was a hit as a holiday appetizer. No one noticed it was vegan. Will definitely make again:)
Hi Nikki! I'm so happy to hear that 🙂 Have a nice day!
Can this be served cold?
Hi Destinee! I prefer it hot, but it's okay to serve it cold as well 🙂
Hi, will it taste weird if I use unsweetened vanilla almond milk?
Hi Lori! I've never tried it myself, but I think you should use unsweetened milk...
Hi! I really want to make this for a bridal shower coming up, but I wanted a cold version. Could I make this and then let it cool and chill in the fridge and serve that way the next day?
Hi Mandy! I've never tried it myself, but I think it could work 🙂
This is INCREDIBLE! I try to eat less dairy for health reasons and have been unsuccessful at preparing a sauce or dip that mimics cheesiness as well as this one does. I used fresh instead of frozen spinach (wilted it first in some olive oil) and Kite Hill cream cheese (my favorite!). Thank you so much!
Hi Grace! Thanks a lot 🙂 Sounds so good!
This is my go-to recipe for spinach dip. I added a can of chopped artichokes as well. It’s excellent, especially with Kite Hill cream cheese. My non-vegan mom who is averse to all things vegan actually asked me to send her the recipe after I made it during her visit. Thanks for sharing.
Hi Aimee! I'm so glad to hear that 🙂 You're so welcome!
Would I be able to use fresh spinach instead? I’m excited to make this, but fresh spinach is all I have right now.
Hi Kelly! I've never tried if myself, but I guess it could work 🙂
Roxanne Rheault says
Totally going to try this!
Hi Roxanne! Hope you like it 🙂
Marta @ Foodaciously says
Hi Iosune, thanks for sharing this recipe! It was super easy to make thanks to your tips! I didn't have vegan cheese at home so I just blended white beans to get a creamy base and it worked well. Thank you 😀
Hi Marta! You're so welcome 🙂 Sounds amazing!
Have you used this recipe with fresh spinach?
Hi Tia! No, I haven't tried it myself, but I think it should work 🙂
Recipe looks great!
Question for you. If I wanted to use this as stuffing inside a pizza dough base (whether to stuff and make into balls or stuff and cut into sticks like breadsticks)... do you reckon this recipe would work as-is?
I’d cool the mixture down. And perhaps keep it thicker?
Would love your input on how to achieve this.
Hi Irma! Thanks a lot 🙂 I've never tried it, so I can't help you, sorry!!!
Hi Gia! Thanks a lot 🙂
Cathy Kitchens says
This looks really yummy, but you don't tell how much of each ingredient to add.
Hi Cathy! Did you read the full recipe? You can find it in the recipe box 🙂
trevor bajus says
Uh, I can't see a recipe box. I can find it on every other recipe one your excellent site, but for some reason this one is not showing up.
Hi Trevor! It was a mistake, sorry for the inconvenience!