Creamy Spinach Dip with Water Chestnuts (and Vegan Option!)

Iiiit’s throwback time! Who else remembers that cool, creamy spinach dip with the crunch of water chestnuts, served up in sourdough bowl? (*raising my hand* – me too!)

Creamy Spinach Dip with Water Chestnuts - The classic cold spinach dip, minus the veggie soup mix, served up in a sourdough bowl. Easy, addicting, with dairy-free and vegan options!

Well, that’s exactly what I have here for you today. Except a little different. I hope that’s okay with you. Here’s the scoop:

Did you know the classic cold spinach dip recipe, in the style of many recipes hailing from the mid-to-late 1900s, called for dried vegetable soup mix? Well, maybe you did, but I didn’t! And I don’t know about you, but I don’t exactly keep veggie soup mix hanging around in my pantry.

But I do have onion powder and garlic powder, and I thought maybe those two ingredients too could help make Creamy Cold Spinach Dip nirvana.

Creamy Spinach Dip with Water Chestnuts - The classic cold spinach dip, minus the veggie soup mix, served up in a sourdough bowl. Easy, addicting, with dairy-free and vegan options!

And you know what? I think I was right! In fact, I even made a point to buy some veggie soup mix so I could compare the two. I made the batch with onion and garlic powders and then another batch with veggie soup mix. We thought the non-veggie-soup-mix version was actually SO much better!

So here I am today in a retro sort of mood, sharing Creamy Spinach Dip with Water Chestnuts.

Creamy Spinach Dip with Water Chestnuts - The classic cold spinach dip, minus the veggie soup mix, served up in a sourdough bowl. Easy, addicting, with dairy-free and vegan options!

This stuff is so easy. Just mix mayo, sour cream (read on for equally delicious vegan and dairy-free options), spinach, water chestnuts, scallions, onion powder, garlic powder, salt and pepper together. Aaand done! Seriously that easy.

For a dairy-free version, I use my cashew sour cream. So good! And to go all the way vegan, go with cashew sour cream and vegan mayo. Done and done.

Serve it up all classic-like in a sourdough bowl and some sliced sourdough baguette on the side.

Creamy Spinach Dip with Water Chestnuts - The classic cold spinach dip, minus the veggie soup mix, served up in a sourdough bowl. Easy, addicting, with dairy-free and vegan options!

Now that we’ve got this 1980s-style business settled, I just have to ask: Who exactly did shoot J.R.?

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Creamy Spinach Dip with Water Chestnuts

Classic creamy spinach dip with a water chestnut crunch, minus the veggie soup mix. Easy, super full of flavor, and with dairy-free and vegan options.

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cups sour cream (for dairy-free and vegan version, use cashew sour cream)
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise (for vegan version use vegan mayo)
  • 1 tablespoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon fine-grain sea salt + more to taste
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper + more to taste
  • 1 (10-ounce) bag frozen spinach, thawed and liquid squeezed out*
  • 1 (4-ounce) can water chestnuts, drained and chopped
  • 1 bunch scallions (green onions), chopped (discard top 1/3 of green ends); save a few for garnish
  • 1 medium loaf sourdough boule
  • 1/2 sourdough baguette, sliced

Directions:

  1. To a medium bowl, add the sour cream, mayonnaise, onion powder, garlic powder, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Mix well to combine.
  2. Squeeze the liquid out of the spinach and add to the bowl along with the water chestnuts and scallions. Mix well to combine. Taste and add additional salt and pepper if desired.
  3. To allow the flavors to develop, place dip in a lidded container and refrigerate for at least one hour, or up to 24 hours.
  4. When ready to serve, prepare the sourdough bowl. Use a serrated knife to slice off the top of the sourdough round, leaving enough of the bread to make a “bowl.” Use your hands to pull out the soft center of the bread, leaving the crusty outside. Arrange on a platter along with sourdough baguette slices. Scoop dip into the sourdough “bowl” and use the reserved scallions for garnish. Serve!

* To thaw spinach, I just let it sit at room temperature for about 30 minutes and I’m good to go. You can also place it in the fridge or even microwave it to thaw it out.

Dairy-free option

Use this cashew sour cream. I make a double batch and save the leftover cashew sour cream for chili or quesadillas!

Vegan option

Use this cashew sour cream and vegan mayo.

Note about cashew sour cream and food allergies

I have a relative with a cashew allergy so it always makes me a little nervous when I post recipes like this where you would never guess cashews could be lurking in there! They’re such a versatile ingredient, but that means they can really hide in a lot of things. So if there’s any doubt, maybe make a little “contains cashews” sign for your spinach dip. Nut allergies can be scary and serious, yo!

I used this recipe from Culinay Hill and this recipe from Spend with Pennies as my starting points for this spinach dip recipe.

// All images and text © for Kitchen Treaty.

Kare

Kare is a vegetarian home cook living among carnivores. She loves creating irresistible and flexible recipes that help multi-vore families like hers keep the peace - deliciously.