This 10-minute easy spinach dip recipe is the perfect party appetizer to whip together in a pinch. Simply stir thawed frozen spinach into a seasoned cream cheese filling and serve with bagel chips or tortilla chips for a creamy snack.
If you keep a package of frozen spinach and a brick of cream cheese in your fridge, you'll have the perfect last-minute appetizer to serve for any celebration from family movie night to a book club party or impromptu happy hour with your neighbors.
With just a 10 minute prep-time, cold spinach dip is a great way to round out any holiday appetizer menu.
Add it to a snack board or charcuterie tray with hearty crackers, tortilla chips, and crispy celery and baby carrots.
While I love prep-ahead hot appetizers like our favorite spicy artichoke dip and savory Swedish meatball sausage dip, this spinach dip is the perfect recipe to keep because there's no cooking involved!
Why This is the Best Recipe
I love to make cold dips for parties because you can prep them ahead of time. I think this is the best cold spinach dip recipe because:
- Easy to Make: Since there's no cooking involved, you just drain the spinach and stir it together with a few easy ingredients.
- Lots of Flavor: My daughter and I tweaked this till we got it to taste just like our favorite prepared dip from a local deli.
- Kid-Friendly: My kids both love this, it's a great way to introduce spinach!
The ingredients for this cold spinach dip are easy to keep on hand for quick assembly:
- Frozen Chopped Spinach
- Cream Cheese
- Sour Cream
- Grated Parmesan
- Feta Cheese Crumbles
- Garlic Salt & Cayenne Pepper for just a little kick
Before you begin, be sure to thaw your frozen spinach. You can easily defrost the spinach in the microwave if necessary.
To prevent your dip from getting watery, you need to squeeze as much liquid from the spinach as possible.
Line a kitchen colander with paper towels. Add the thawed spinach and press and squeeze as much liquid as you can from the spinach.
Set the spinach aside while you prep the cream cheese base.
Beat the softened cream cheese with a hand mixer in a medium bowl until smooth.
Add the parmesan cheese, feta cheese, garlic salt, cayenne pepper, and salt to the bowl and beat it until smooth.
Add the drained spinach to the bowl and simply stir it in with a spatula.
Hint: The spinach leaves can tend to clump together a little bit once they are dry. Just keep stirring and folding the dip until the spinach breaks apart and is evenly combined with the cream cheese base.
This is a classic spinach dip with a very mild savory flavor. You could also try these fun variations:
- Extra Spicy - add a few drops of your favorite hot sauce or increase the amount of cayenne pepper
- Blue Cheese - substitute blue cheese for the feta crumbles, consider adding a buffalo sauce drizzle over the top before serving
Or if you're looking for a hot spinach dip, you won't want to miss my easy hot spinach and artichoke dip recipe:
This easy dip can be made up to 24 hours in advance and stored in your fridge in an air-tight container.
Leftovers will keep for 2 - 3 days.
Make sure to serve this cold spinach dip with hearty crackers or thick tortilla chips. It is a very creamy and thick dip and needs a strong dunker to hold up to the weight of the cream cheese.
Want to make it an especially hearty appetizer? Serve it with my easy homemade crostini toasts, the crispy breads are the perfect dunker for this dip.
Cold Spinach Dip
- ½ (10 oz) box of frozen spinach thawed
- 1 (8 oz) brick of cream cheese softened
- 1 cup sour cream
- 2 tablespoons grated parmesan
- 2 tablespoons feta cheese crumbles
- ½ teaspoon garlic salt
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- ⅛ teaspoon cayenne pepper
- Drain the frozen spinach: Line a mesh strainer with a double-layer of paper towel. Add the spinach to the colander and lay another double-layer of paper towel over the top. Press the spinach evenly to squeeze as much of the liquid out of it as you can. This prevents your spinach dip from getting wet and drippy.
- Mix the cream cheese base: Add the softened cream cheese to a large mixing bowl. Beat it with a hand mixer on medium speed until whipped and smooth. Add the parmesan, feta, garlic salt, salt, and cayenne to the bowl and mix into the cream cheese until fully blended.
- Fold in the spinach: Stir the drained spinach into the cream cheese with a spatula. Transfer to a serving bowl and chill for 30 minutes to let the flavors mingle.
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