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Auntie Linda's Spectacular Spinach Dip

Thanks to my father, I'm a big foodie who's been cooking and baking since I was a young girl. Cooking is a passion that brings me joy.

Spinach Dip with Sour Cream Base

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Spinach Dip

I've been making this delicious spinach dip for years. I use a sour cream base versus the mayonnaise version because I think it tastes much better. My friends and family beg me to bring this appetizer to social gatherings. I cut up my favorite vegetables to go with the dip. Here are my favorite vegetables:

  • Cucumbers
  • Baby Tomatoes
  • Green, Yellow or Red Bell Peppers
  • Scallions
  • Celery
  • Carrots
  • Zucchini
  • Black Olives

I put out a French Baguette and Tortilla Chips to accompany this tasty treat. Enjoy and Dip away!

Spectacular Spinach Dip

Cook Time for Spinach Dip

Prep timeCook timeReady inYields

20 min

2 hours

2 hours 20 min

Serves 6-8 People

Ingredients for Chilled Spinach Dip

  • 1 Package Frozen, Chopped Spinach, Thawed and Drained
  • 2 (16 oz.) Containers Sour Cream, Light or Regular (I Prefer Regular)
  • 2 Packages Knorr Swiss Vegetable Soup and Recipe Mix
  • Crackers, Raw Veggies or Party Breads, For Dipping

Instructions for Cold Spinach Dip

  1. In large bowl, mix together all ingredients: Thawed spinach, (patted dry) sour cream and vegetable soup mix powder
  2. Chill 2-4 hours before serving for best results
  3. Serve with your favorite vegetables, chips, crackers, and party breads
  4. Enjoy this delicious, cold appetizer

Spinach Dip

Heath Benefits of Spinach

  • Spinach is store house for many phyto-nutrients that have health promotional and disease prevention properties.
  • Very low in calories and fats (100 g of raw leaves provide just 23 calories). Its leaves hold good amount of soluble dietary fiber and no wonder green spinach is one of the finest vegetable sources recommended in cholesterol controlling and weight reduction programs by dieticians!
  • Fresh 100 g of spinach contains about 25% of daily intake of iron; one of the richest among green leafy vegetables. Iron is an important trace element required by the human body for red blood cell production and as a co-factor for oxidation-reduction enzyme, cytochrome-oxidase during the cellular metabolism.
  • Fresh leaves are rich source of several vital anti-oxidant vitamins like vitamin A, vitamin C, and flavonoid poly phenolic antioxidants such as lutein, zea-xanthin and beta-carotene. Together, these compounds help act as protective scavengers against oxygen-derived free radicals and reactive oxygen species (ROS) that play a healing role in aging and various disease processes.
  • Zea-xanthin, an important dietary carotenoid, is selectively absorbed into the retinal macula lutea in the eyes where it thought to provide antioxidant and protective light-filtering functions. It thus, helps protect from "age-related macular related macular disease" (ARMD), especially in the elderly.
  • In addition, vitamin A is required for maintaining healthy mucus membranes and skin and is essential for normal eyesight. Consumption of natural vegetables and fruits rich in vitamin A and flavonoids also known to help the body protect from lung and oral cavity cancers.
  • Spinach leaves are an excellent source of vitamin K. 100 g of fresh greens provides 402% of daily vitamin-K requirements. Vitamin K plays a vital role in strengthening the bone mass by promoting osteotrophic (bone building) activity in the bone. Additionally, it also has established role in patients with Alzheimer's disease by limiting neuronal damage in the brain.
  • This green leafy vegetable also contains good amounts of many B-complex vitamins such as vitamin-B6(pyridoxine), thiamin (vitamin B-1), riboflavin, folates and niacin. Folates help prevent neural tube defects in the offspring.
  • 100 g of farm fresh spinach has 47% of daily recommended levels of vitamin C. Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant, which helps the body develop resistance against infectious agents and scavenge harmful oxygen-free radicals.
  • Its leaves also contain a good amount of minerals like potassium, manganese, magnesium, copper and zinc. Potassium is an important component of cell and body fluids that helps controlling heart rate and blood pressure. Manganese and copper are used by the body as a co-factor for the antioxidant enzyme, superoxide dismutase. Copper is required in the production of red blood cells. Zinc is a co-factor for many enzymes that regulate growth and development, sperm generation, digestion and nucleic acid synthesis.
  • It is also good source of omega-3 fatty acids.

Regular consumption of spinach in the diet helps prevent osteoporosis (weakness of bones), iron-deficiency anemia. Moreover, its soft leaves are believed to protect human body from cardiovascular diseases and cancers of colon and prostate. Source: Nutrition and You.com

Fresh Vegetables are Great for Dipping

Veggies are great for dipping in Spinach Dip

Veggies are great for dipping in Spinach Dip

Spinach Dip with Veggies and French Bread

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© 2013 Linda Rogers

Comments

Linda Rogers (author) from Minnesota on November 20, 2014:

FlourishAnyway-me either. I have never cared for the mayo recipe and always use the sour cream. It's so much better. Thank you for coming by.

FlourishAnyway from USA on November 20, 2014:

I bet this would be good with sour cream. I'm not much of a mayo fan.

Linda Rogers (author) from Minnesota on August 11, 2014:

I'm not even a spinach lover but this dip is unbelievably delicious. Please let me know what you think when you make this. All my friends and family love this and have me bring this to all family gatherings.

peachy from Home Sweet Home on August 11, 2014:

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i have never tried spinach dip. This may be my first time

Linda Rogers (author) from Minnesota on July 16, 2014:

Hi Peg-I don't care for Spinach Dip with a Mayo base. I know what you mean by eating snacky foods as meals. I do that a lot too. Have a great night my friend.

Peg Cole from North Dallas, Texas on July 16, 2014:

This looks like dinner for me. I'm a real fan of snack food instead of heavy meals at night. Love the idea of sour cream with it.

Linda Rogers (author) from Minnesota on April 01, 2014:

I know you'll enjoy-it is delish :-)

Audrey Howitt from California on April 01, 2014:

I am a sucker for veggies and dips--this one looks so yummy!

Linda Rogers (author) from Minnesota on December 02, 2013:

Hee Hee-It is the best dip you'll ever try. I know the word 'Spinach' can be a misleading downer, but I promise, you, it's amazing! Thanks so much for coming by :-)

Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on December 02, 2013:

Auntie Linda's Spectacular Spinach Dip sounds a lovely treat and I must try this recipe soon.

Linda Rogers (author) from Minnesota on November 04, 2013:

Hi Teaches-Hope you didn't make this for a midnight snack. LOL I think the preference of sour cream/mayo is what you get use to. Thanks so much for coming by teaches. Have a great week ahead.

Dianna Mendez on November 03, 2013:

I should not be reading this so late at night as I am now very hungry for this dish. I love using both sour cream and mayo, guess it just depends on what I have on hand at the time. Your photo has me drooling!

Linda Rogers (author) from Minnesota on November 02, 2013:

I can't stand mayo dips either. Thanks much for sharing my recipe. Have a great weekend drbj :-)

drbj and sherry from south Florida on November 02, 2013:

Will try this dip of yours, Linda, since I am not a fan of mayo dips. Thanks for sharing it, m'dear.

Linda Rogers (author) from Minnesota on October 29, 2013:

Hi Genna-If you decide try it out, let me know how you like it. What's with the link showing up on your comment? Just wondering. Hope your having a great day.

Linda Rogers (author) from Minnesota on October 29, 2013:

BPop-I'm sad to hear that -can't you keep up the past posts? Seems a shame to delete them all. So much history :-( I will look forward to seeing your new thing here :-)

Genna East from Massachusetts, USA on October 29, 2013:

Looks and sounds delicious! :-) https://discover.hubpages.com/food/Spectacular-Spi...

breakfastpop on October 29, 2013:

Dear Minnetonka Twin,

I moved out of my side of town and am contemplating returning to HP with a whole new thing!

Linda Rogers (author) from Minnesota on October 29, 2013:

You are very welcome Vac. Trip. It's soo good! I just finished this batch at lunch today.

Susan from India on October 29, 2013:

It sounds amazing. Thanks for sharing.

Linda Rogers (author) from Minnesota on October 29, 2013:

Hi Frog-Glad you snitched the recipe. I'll be finishing this batch for lunch today-I can't wait! Have a great day :-)

The Frog Prince from Arlington, TX on October 29, 2013:

Snitched this for later. Sounds yummy.

The Frog

Linda Rogers (author) from Minnesota on October 29, 2013:

Hey bpop-great to see you :-) I appreciate you taking time to read my version of spinach dip. Have a great day! I'll be popping over to your side of town.

breakfastpop on October 29, 2013:

I am a huge fan of dipping so thank you for this delicious recipe.

Linda Rogers (author) from Minnesota on October 29, 2013:

Your welcome Mhatter-it's a great recipe :-)

Linda Rogers (author) from Minnesota on October 29, 2013:

Hugs back to you Faith Reaper. I'm still eating this batch :-0

Martin Kloess from San Francisco on October 29, 2013:

bless you for this. I love spinach dip.

Faith Reaper from southern USA on October 29, 2013:

Oh, now, I just love spinach dip, and your recipe sounds great! I must try it and will let you know.

Up and more and sharing

Hugs, Faith Reaper

Linda Rogers (author) from Minnesota on October 28, 2013:

Thanks for telling me you tried the baked veggie recipe. I bet it was great with the fish entrée. Now that fall is here, I've been doing a lot of cooking lately. All my favorite recipe's are coming out on the hub. LOL

Jackie Lynnley from the beautiful south on October 28, 2013:

Really sounds good, I will try it. Fixed your oven fried zucchini, squash and cucumbers yesterday and we loved them, had them with baked fish and crab cakes, ^

Linda Rogers (author) from Minnesota on October 28, 2013:

Hi Victoria-thanks for checking out my version of Spin Dip. I don't care for most recipe's that have mayo and sour cream in the recipe.

Victoria Lynn from Arkansas, USA on October 28, 2013:

I'll bet this would be great with the sour cream. Looks great! I love spinach dip!

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