Cottage Cheese Spinach Artichoke Dip

Last updated: July 5th, 2024

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Cottage cheese spinach artichoke dip is a healthier, high protein appetizer or snack that’s perfect for your next party. It’s creamy, savory, and better than store-bought!

Cottage cheese spinach artichoke dip.

Ever since we discovered how you can swap in cottage cheese as a healthier option for your favorite cheesy recipes, we’ve been cooking with it nonstop. With summer finally upon us, we wanted to make a cold version of our spinach and artichoke dip that you can make ahead for parties and cookouts.

What This Recipe Entails

You can make cottage cheese spinach artichoke dip in less than 10 minutes! All you have to do is sauté the spinach and artichokes a bit, then pulse them in a food processor with the rest of the ingredients.

  • Prep time: 5 minutes
  • Cook time: 2 to 4 minutes
  • Chill time: 1 hour +

You can serve this dip at room temperature, but if you’d like to enjoy it cold you’ll have to refrigerate it for at least an hour. It’s a great make ahead dip for parties and cookouts!

Cottage Cheese Spinach Artichoke Dip Ingredients

You just need 6 ingredients to make cottage cheese spinach artichoke dip:

  • Olive oil
  • Baby spinach
  • Canned artichoke hearts
  • Minced garlic
  • Low fat cottage cheese (2%)
  • Grated parmesan

We recommend using 2% cottage cheese since it’s low in calories yet high in protein. Using cottage cheese as a base for this recipe makes it a healthier dip you can indulge in without feeling weighed down.

A dish of spinach artichoke dip served cold.

How To Make Spinach Artichoke Dip With Cottage Cheese

Grab a frying pan and a food processor, and you can make this cottage cheese spinach dip in less than 10 minutes:

  1. First, heat the olive oil in a frying pan over medium heat. Once it’s shimmering, add the spinach and sauté until just wilted, about 1 to 2 minutes.
  2. Next, add the artichoke hearts and minced garlic to the pan. Sauté until softened, another 1 to 2 minutes.
  3. Then, transfer the contents of the frying pan to a food processor or blender. Add the cottage cheese and grated parmesan, and pulse a few times until the ingredients are well combined and the dip is slightly chunky. Use a rubber spatula to scrape the sides of the food processor as necessary to help everything incorporate.
  4. Finally, transfer the dip to an airtight container and refrigerate until chilled, at least 1 hour, before serving.

Like we said, you can definitely eat this dip right away if you don’t want to wait! But we think it’s best served cold, so we recommend chilling it in the fridge. If you’re planning to serve it at a party, make it ahead of time and then serve cold when the party starts.

Serving Suggestions

This healthy spinach and artichoke dip is meant to be served cold, which makes it the perfect make ahead party appetizer! Here are a few of our favorite things to serve spinach dip with:

  • Pita crackers
  • Tortilla chips
  • Crostini
  • Triscuit thins
  • Crudités
A cracker dipped into spinach artichoke dip.

Scaling

If you’re serving cottage cheese spinach and artichoke dip at a party or cookout, you’re going to want to make a big batch! It’ll disappear quickly 🙂

You can easily scale this recipe, but here are a few things to note:

  1. Use an extra large sauté pan to wilt the spinach if you’re making a double batch (or more), so as not to overcrowd the pan.
  2. Make sure your food processor is large enough to handle the extra volume! If not, use a blender instead.

Storing Leftovers

You’ll want to store the cold spinach and artichoke dip in the fridge in an airtight container. It’ll keep for up to 4 days. Note that it may separate slightly, so you’ll want to give it a good stir before enjoying again.

Whenever we make this dip, we put it right in these 2 cup stoneware dishes. They’re perfect for both serving and storing the dip, so you don’t have to dirty any additional dishes!

Try our easy cottage cheese spinach artichoke dip recipe and let us know what you think by rating, commenting, and sharing below.

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Spinach artichoke dip with crackers.

Cottage Cheese Spinach Artichoke Dip

Nicole
Cottage cheese spinach artichoke dip is a healthier, high protein appetizer or snack that’s perfect for your next party. It’s creamy, savory, and better than store-bought!
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Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 4 minutes
Cool Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 9 minutes
Course Appetizer, Appetizers, Dip, Snack, Snacks
Cuisine American
Servings 2 cups
Calories 285 kcal

Equipment

Ingredients
 
 

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 5 ounces baby spinach
  • 4.5 ounces artichoke hearts drained and rinsed
  • teaspoons minced garlic
  • 12 ounces low fat cottage cheese 2%
  • 1 tablespoon grated parmesan cheese

Instructions
 

  • Heat the olive oil in a frying pan over medium heat. Once it’s shimmering, add the spinach and sauté until just wilted, about 1 to 2 minutes. Then add the artichoke hearts and minced garlic to the pan. Sauté until softened, another 1 to 2 minutes.
  • Transfer the contents of the frying pan to a food processor or blender.
    Add the cottage cheese and grated parmesan, and pulse a few times until the ingredients are well combined and the dip is slightly chunky. Use a rubber spatula to scrape the sides of the food processor as necessary to help everything incorporate.
  • Transfer the dip to an airtight container and refrigerate until chilled, at least 1 hour, before serving.

Notes

Make ahead dip: Since this spinach artichoke dip is meant to be served cold, it’s the perfect make ahead appetizer for parties and cookouts! Make it the morning of, or a day before, and store it in the fridge until party time. Give it a good stir before serving in case it separates slightly.
Serving suggestions: We love to dip pita crackers, tortilla chips, and crostini in this spinach artichoke dip. You can even serve it with crudités like carrots and celery sticks for a healthier option.
Storing leftovers: Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 4 days. Stir well before serving as it may separate slightly.
Scaling: Two things to note if you scale this recipe up for a larger crowd – 
  1. Use an extra large sauté pan to wilt the spinach if you’re making a double batch (or more), so as not to overcrowd the pan.
  2. Make sure your food processor is large enough to handle the extra volume! If not, use a blender instead.

Nutrition

Calories: 285kcalCarbohydrates: 11gProtein: 25gFat: 15gSaturated Fat: 3gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 9mgSodium: 1.033mgPotassium: 555mgFiber: 3gSugar: 6gVitamin A: 7.375IUVitamin C: 34mgCalcium: 213mgIron: 3mg
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Keyword artichoke, cookout, cottage cheese, dips, garlic, olive oil, parmesan, party, party appetizer, party snack, spinach
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