Healthy Spinach & Artichoke Dip

Bound to be a hit at your next party, this Healthy Spinach Artichoke Dip has all that creamy flavor without any dairy. This paleo, vegan and Whole30 friendly appetizer is simple to put together and nobody will know this isn’t the classic version.

Healthy spinach artichoke dip on a serving plate.Healthy Spinach Artichoke Dip

Is there anything better than Spinach and Artichoke Dip? It is such a classic appetizer that everyone loves. We wanted to update it to make it a bit more healthy so we took all the flavors to create a nutrient-dense dip that is so creamy and delicious without any actual cream! We did leave an option to top it with cheese and broil it, but the dip itself is so flavorful it won’t be missed if you need to leave it off for a totally dairy-free dip.

This crowd favorite is perfect for parties, or for an appetizer for a night in. It’s simple to make, made with mostly pantry staples and can even be made ahead of time (no more than a day) and reheated.

Ingredients Needed

  • Olive Oil
  • Frozen Spinach 
  • Canned Artichokes
  • Garlic
  • Salt and Pepper
  • Cashew Cream
  • Cheddar Cheese (optional, omit for dairy-free)

Preparing healthy spinach and artichoke dip in a blender.How to Make Healthy Spinach Artichoke Dip without Dairy

To make this dish free from any dairy, we turned to cashew cream. Cashew cream is simply soaked cashews that are blended until they are smooth and creamy. It’s a great replacement for heavy cream or in some recipes cream cheese. It can be used for both savory or sweet recipes! We’ve used in so many different dishes, and it’s our number one choice to replace dairy where it fits.

We left it optional to add a bit of cheese on top of the dish to get that traditional spinach and artichoke dip feel, but you won’t miss it too much if you omit it to make this dish totally dairy-free.

What to Serve with this Dip

Serve this dip with crackers (homemade or store-bought), tortilla chips, and cut up veggies.

Healthy spinach dip with chips and veggies.

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Healthy Spinach and Artichoke Dip

Bound to be a hit at your next party, this Healthy Spinach Artichoke Dip has all that creamy flavor without any dairy. It's simple to put together and paleo friendly and Whole30 friendly, though nobody will know this isn't the classic version.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Yield 4-6
Cuisine Gluten and Dairy Free
Cook Time 15 minutes
Recipe Type: Appetizer
Difficulty: Easy
Total Time 20 minutes
Author: Lexi



  1. Heat oil in a skillet over medium-low heat. Once hot, add onion and garlic and cook until softened about 7 minutes.
  2. Add in salt, black pepper, pepper flakes, artichokes and spinach and cook until heated through, about 2 minutes.
  3. Remove from heat and stir in cashew cream.
  4. Transfer mixture to a food processor or a high-speed blender and pulse until coarsely chopped.
  5. Taste and adjust spices and salt as desired
  6. If adding cheese, transfer dip to a oven-safe baking dish, layer with cheese and broil until cheese begins to bubble.
  7. Serve hot with crackers, tortilla chips and vegetable crudité.

Recipe Notes

  1. To make cashew cream, check out this post.
  2. This dip can be made up to 1 day ahead of time. Reheat in an oven safe dish, covered, at 350 degrees until warmed through.
  3. This recipe was originally published in 2015, and rephotographed and republished in 2019.


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December 4, 2019

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26 Responses

  1. Lexi,

    Is the cashew cream essential to the recipe? Can it be substituted or removed? We have a nut allergy in the house.

    Thanks, love all your recipes!!

  2. I had the same question about the cashew cream…nut allergy….can something be substituted or can it be left out?


  3. I subbed cauliflower puree for the cashew cream and it is AMAZING!!! It’s better than getting it at a restaurant and guilt free, SO SO GOOD!!

    5.0 rating

  4. Are the cashews raw or are they roasted? Every time I see a recipe that calls for soaking cashews, it never says one way or the other

  5. I am allergic to cashews. Is there a substitution that would work?

    By the way, I have made your maple glazed salmon many times and it always gets rave reviews.

    1. Hi Theresa. If you can’t do cashew cream, a cream cheese or dairy free cream cheese could work in place of it. So glad you loved the salmon. It would be so helpful if you could leave a review of your experience with it on that recipe page. Thank you! – Kelli

  6. Is 2 cups frozen spinach literally spinach from a bag of frozen spinach stuffed into a 2 cup measure? Have you used the frozen box kind?

    1. Yes, exactly. It is roughly 8 ounces of frozen spinach. We haven’t tried the frozen box kind but should work the same?

  7. Always looking for a way to make all those dips a bit healthier. Made this for the Super Bowl yesterday and was NOT disappointed. The cashew cream was a great dairy alternative! Loved it so much, Having it as a lunch leftover today! Definitely will make again.

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