Certain dishes remind me of family gatherings. I love that the dishes that remind me of these get-togethers are not universal – mine may not be the same as yours. Yet they all share the same thing in common: bringing us back to the greatest memories. Of talking, listening, sharing, and celebrating.
You know those giant pre-made platters at the store? We could always count on my mom or my aunt to pick up one of those spinach dip platters for a get-together. I always loved the creaminess of the dip and how satisfying it is to dunk in a piece of bread and apply that dip liberally.
Although, if I took a good look at the ingredients list, I’m not sure I’d eat it now. Plus, I love being in the kitchen, and since this is so easy – why not make it at home?
This recipe is just as rich, flavorful, fun and indulgent as the store-bought stuff, but contains real wholesome ingredients. The strong fat flavor we all know and love about spinach dip is enhanced with a ripe avocado, and fresh garlic provides a really fresh, strong balance with every bite.
This dip is great, but what about the dipping vessel? I love the classic saltine crackers, but if you want something more dense and filling, cubing a loaf of sourdough is the way to go. Or why not slice up some cucumbers and carrots, and bring some extra color (and nutrients!) to the plate.
You’ll really be surprised at how quickly and easily this healthy avocado spinach dip comes together. Last minute guests? You got this.
Avocado Spinach Dip
This recipe is gluten-free, dairy-free, and vegan.
- 1 ripe avocado
- 1/2 cup dairy free cream cheese
- 1 giant handful of spinach
- 3 garlic cloves
- 3 TBSP finely chopped purple onion
- 1 TBSP olive oil
- 1/4 tsp onion powder
- 1/4 tsp pepper
- 1/4 tsp salt
Heat a stovetop pan on medium and add 1 TBSP of olive oil. Add garlic and onion, give it a quick stir for one minute. Add a big handful of spinach and cook until wilted. Remove from heat and set aside when the spinach is wilted and the onion is translucent.
While the spinach mixture cools, blend together all of the other ingredients. It’s a lot easier to work with the cream cheese if it’s at room temperature. Once the spinach mixture is room temp, add it to the rest of the ingredients and mix well.
This dip keeps well covered in the fridge for up to 2 days, but is best eaten day of. If it’s as popular as it is in my house, it’ll be gone quickly anyways!
Mmmm, just writing this has me craving this dip again! Good thing it’s so easy to whip up.
What recipes remind you of fond memories and family gatherings?