This Healthier Spinach Artichoke Dip is creamy and flavorful but so much cleaner than regular baked artichoke spinach dip. We've replaced the heavy cream and full-fat cheeses with lighter options so you can feel good about enjoying your favorite appetizer.
Spinach Artichoke Dip is a classic appetizer that I have been making forever. I remember serving it at a Superbowl party as early as when I was in college and eating it late night at a high school sleepover. It is quite easy to make and the ingredients are simple to find at every grocery store.
How is this Dip Healthier than the classic Artichoke Spinach Dip?
When I was in my teens and twenties, I didn't have to watch my weight. I made several varieties of this classic dip and my recipes included full fat sour cream, mayonnaise and lots of cheese. I've revamped my recipe to include a larger portion of artichokes and spinach, low fat sour cream and part skim cheese. I actually prefer the taste of my lighter version spinach artichoke dip and serve it with carrots and celery along with chips or crackers. It is a great choice for anyone watching looking for a healthier appetizer or counting their carbs too.
Baked Artichoke Spinach Dip Ingredients and Substitutions
Canned Artichoke Hearts - if you prefer frozen can also be used but defrost them before adding to the recipe.
Frozen Chopped Spinach - make sure to thaw and drain well
Parmesan Cheese - gives the dish lots of flavor. Feel free to substitute another hard cheese like Asiago or Romano cheese.
Reduced-Fat or Non-Fat Sour Cream - I prefer the flavor of sour cream but feel free to use Greek yogurt as a substitution.
Part-skim Mozzarella Cheese - I like a mild Italian cheese like mozzarella but you can substitute another cheese like cheddar if any shreddable cheese that you prefer.
Spices - I use garlic powder, onion powder and cayenne for extra flavor and a touch of heat. But use your favorites and feel free to leave out the pepper if you do not like it spicy. Garnish with chopped herbs to make this appetizer extra pretty.
How To Make Healthier Spinach Artichoke Dip
- Thaw the spinach and drain well. Squeeze out any excess water.
- Combine all of the ingredients bowl and mix until combined.
- Pour into an oven-proof casserole dish and bake until golden brown on top.
- Serve with chips or veggies for dipping.
More Healthier Appetizer and Snack Recipes
- Strawberry Feta Skewers with Basil
- Crispy Oven Fried Zucchini Chips
- Greek Shrimp Skewers Recipe
- Marinated Mushroom Salad
- Guilt Free Jalapeno Artichoke Dip from Dizzy Busy and Hungry
Eating healthier is about making smart ingredient swaps such as low-fat sour cream and cheese rather than full-fat. This healthier spinach artichoke dip is so tasty you won't even notice that it's lower in fat!
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Lightened Up Spinach Artichoke Dip
- 14 oz. can artichoke hearts, drained, finely chopped
- 10 oz. package frozen chopped spinach, thawed, well drained
- ½ cup grated Parmesan cheese
- ¾ cup low fat or non fat sour cream
- 1 cup shredded part skim mozzarella cheese
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon onion powder
- dash of cayenne pepper
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Mix all ingredients in a medium sized bowl.
- Place in an ovenproof casserole dish. Bake for about 25 minutes or until mixture is bubbly and golden on the top.
- Let cool for a few minutes before serving. Serve with chips, veggies or crackers.
First Published October 2010 ; Last Updated April 2021
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A yummy recipe for cheering on our Phillies 🙂
The Japanese Redneck
A good looking dip to go with the game!
I love your light version of the classic!
This would go great with pita bread. Mmm, I can almost taste it.
I love this kind of dip...and I love that you lightened it up.
Great dip! I could go for some right now!
Thanks for stopping by my blog. I don't have any followers from New Jersey! Your food looks so good, and do-able for busy people! I must confess that I have already printed out one of your recipes!! I plan to make it very soon.
I love spinach dip and it's a must for watching all those sports on tv. Good thing to lighten it up also.
Hey thanks for this recipe! I love spinach artichoke so much, but hate how bad it is for you!