Finding great healthy plant-based snacks is not as difficult as many people think. This Creamy Spinach Spread can be made in minutes and used as a dip with fresh vegetables like baby carrots, celery sticks, and cucumber slices.
What I like about this recipe is that it requires absolutely no cooking. And, the only kitchen equipment needed is a blender. It really doesn’t get much simpler that that!
When my family requests a snack for movie night, I can get this dip together in less than 20 minutes. The best part is that I feel very good about the healthy food that they are eating.
Spinach is a vitamin powerhouse, and this Creamy Spinach Spread offers a terrific punch of antioxidants and cancer-fighting nutrients.
Serve on pita triangles, French bread, homemade chips, or veggies sticks. Any way you decide to serve this dip, it will be a crowd-pleaser!
Recipe adapted from Dr. Neal Barnard’s book, Breaking the Food Seduction.
For those that are soy-free, Happy Herbivore has great substitution ideas for tofu in her article, How to Replace Tofu.
Other Healthy Plant-Based Snack Ideas Include:
- 15 Easy Plant-Based Snack Idea
- Spinach Artichoke Dip
- Roasted Red Pepper Hummus
- Colorful Chili Bean Dip
- 1 pkg silken tofu
- 2 Tbsp lemon juice
- 1/4 cup green onions
- 1 tsp Dijon mustard
- 1/2 tsp tarragon dried spice
- 1/4 tsp celery salt
- 1/4 tsp sea salt or to taste
- 1/2 tsp smoked paprika
- 1/2 tsp sweetener I use sucanat
- 1 10 oz box frozen, chopped spinach, thawed
- 1 cup shredded carrots I bought pre-shredded
- 1 tsp minced garlic I use kind from jar
- 1/4 cup scallions, sliced
In blender or food processor, combine tofu, lemon juice, Dijon, green onion, tarragon, celery salt, sea salt, paprika, and sweetener. You will notice that this recipe calls for 1/4 cup green onion used here, as well as another 1/4 cup scallions at the end.
Blend until smooth and creamy. Set to the side.
To drain the liquid from spinach, I place it on paper towels, wrap it up, and squeeze over a sink (or bowl if you want to reserve the liquid for veggie broth to use in other dishes).
In large bowl add thawed /drained spinach, shredded carrots, scallions, and minced garlic.
Add creamy mixture to large bowl with veggies. Stir together thoroughly. This takes a good bit of stirring to incorporate with spinach.
Serve chilled with pita bread triangles, carrot and celery sticks, sliced cucumbers.
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