Healthy Spinach Artichoke Dip (vegan, dairy-free)

Spinach artichoke dip is an all time crowd-favorite appetizer. This healthier version mixes spinach, artichoke hearts, onions, garlic, mayonnaise and cashew cream, and then it’s baked til’ golden. It’s unbelievably delicious, highly addictive, and no one will know it’s dairy-free!

Spinach artichoke dip in a white casserole dish.

When you think of a classic spinach artichoke dip, you’re probably expecting a super cheesy type of dish. But what if I told you that you can create this same effect without dairy?

I whipped up this creamy and garlicky dip with none other than soaked cashews (to create a cashew cream) and my homemade mayonnaise. This combination melds together to form an irresistibly smooth and luscious texture – making it one tasty and timeless appetizer. And if you’ve made my Vegan Alfredo Sauce, you know that I love cashews as a replacement for cheese. 

Spinach Artichoke Dip Ingredients

To prepare this dip, you’ll need just a handful of ingredients and about 15 minutes of time.

  • Cashews – 1 cup of raw cashews soaked overnight
  • Mayonnaise – 1 ¼ cup
  • Water – ¼ cup
  • Spinach– 16 ounces frozen spinach, thawed, and drained
  • Artichoke Hearts – 13.5 oz artichoke hearts, chopped and drained
  • Onions– ⅓ cup onions, finely chopped 
  • Garlic – 4 cloves, minced 
  • Salt and Pepper – ½ teaspoon salt and ½ teaspoon pepper 

These simple ingredients make this recipe dairy-free, paleo and Whole30 friendly. And if you use a vegan mayonnaise, it’s easily vegan friendly as well. Perfect for everyone!

Note: For those who can tolerate small amounts of dairy, I recommend adding goat cheese to this recipe. I love goat cheese as it’s more easily digestible. Just add 4 ounces to the recipe. It will add some of that cheesy flavor while keeping the overall recipe healthy.

Soaked cashews and mayonnaise in a food processor.

Spinach artichoke dip ingredients mixed together in a bowl.

Is Frozen Or Fresh Spinach Better?

When it comes to spinach in this recipe, you can either us frozen or fresh. I prefer frozen as it’s faster and easier. 

  • For frozen spinach – make sure to thaw completely, and then squeeze all the liquid out. 
  • For fresh spinach – steam it first, blanch in ice water, and then squeeze all the liquid out.  

How To Make Vegan Spinach Artichoke Dip

In just 4 easy steps, you’ll have the ultimate spinach and artichoke dip. Here’s what you’ll need to do. 

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. 
  2. Blend the cashews, mayonnaise and water in a food processor for 1-2 minutes, until creamy. 
  3. Stir the cashew mixture and remaining ingredients together in a large mixing bowl. 
  4. Transfer the mixture to an oven-safe dish and bake for 20 minutes. 

The recipe makes about 4 cups of spinach artichoke dip, which is the perfect quantity for a party!

Spinach artichoke dip in a white casserole dish.

How To Serve This Dip

What’s a dip without its crunchy side kick? While there’s a few options, I highly recommend my herbed cassava tortilla chips for a savory combination. 

But if you’re looking for something more refreshing, fresh cut veggies such as cucumber slices or celery sticks will be just as delicious. 

Make Ahead and Reheat Later

Need to prep this the day before? No problem. Just cover and refrigerate the mixture overnight, then pop it into the oven for baking when you want it.

Also, if you find yourself with leftovers (which you probably won’t), you can freeze it and save for another day. This dip should last about 3-4 days if stored properly in the fridge in a tightly sealed container. 

Spinach artichoke dip on a tortilla chip.

More Vegan Appetizer Dips 

Need more than one dip that’s dairy-free? Here are a few more of my favorites:

Healthy Spinach Artichoke Dip (vegan, dairy-free)

4.84 from 37 votes
Prep Time: 15 mins
Cook Time: 20 mins
Total Time: 35 mins
Servings: 8 servings
Author: Lisa Bryan
This healthy spinach artichoke dip is creamy, flavorful, easy-to-make and sure to be a crowd favorite. You'll never know it was dairy-free!

Ingredients

  • 1 cup raw cashews, soaked overnight
  • 1 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 16 ounces frozen spinach, thawed and drained
  • 13.5 oz artichoke hearts, chopped and drained
  • 1/3 cup onions, finely chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper

Instructions 

  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees fahrenheit.
  • Add the cashews, mayonnaise and water to a food processor. Blend for 1-2 minutes, or until creamy.
  • Use a spatula to transfer the cashew mixture to a large mixing bowl. Add all remaining ingredients and stir together.
  • Transfer the dip to an oven-proof dish and bake for 20 minutes. Serve with tortilla chips, cucumber slices or other vegetables.

Lisa's Tips

  • If you tolerate some dairy, adding 4 ounces of soft goat cheese makes it super creamy and keeps it healthy! 
  • Make sure to squeeze out all liquid from the spinach and artichoke hearts, as you don't want it watery.
  • I love the mini casserole dish you see pictured and it fits the quantity of this dip perfectly!
  • If you want to make this vegan, make sure to use a vegan mayonnaise option.

Nutrition

Calories: 438kcal, Carbohydrates: 11g, Protein: 8g, Fat: 40g, Saturated Fat: 7g, Cholesterol: 21mg, Sodium: 646mg, Potassium: 325mg, Fiber: 3g, Sugar: 2g, Vitamin A: 7295IU, Vitamin C: 14.1mg, Calcium: 116mg, Iron: 2.9mg
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Keyword: dairy free spinach artichoke dip, paleo spinach artichoke dip, spinach artichoke dip, vegan spinach artichoke dip
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Recipe originally published February 2016, but updated to include new photos and information.

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132 comments on “Healthy Spinach Artichoke Dip (vegan, dairy-free)”

  1. Amazing! So delicious! Everyone loved it and could not believe there was no dairy in it. We all agreed it was way better than the dairy version we used to use. It will now be my go to for appetizers. On another note, not only does it taste great but you feel good after you eat it and the next day. I did make a few changes because I found the recipe shortly before our get together so I did not have time to soak the cashews. I used 1/2 cup cashew butter and 1/2 cup water instead. I also added a jalapeno and extra garlic all to the food processor and then mixed in the spinach, artichoke, and chopped onions. So yummy!!!!5 stars

    • Happy to hear everyone enjoyed this dip so much! You can never go wrong with added garlic and jalapeno :)

  2. This was amazing! I’ve been dairy free for a while now and finding recipes that are easy has been a struggle. But this was super simple which is always needed! Also the people who aren’t dairy free in my life didn’t even miss the cheese and didn’t know it was dairy free at first!  5 stars

  3. Hey, I wanna try this, but I only have roasted cashews at home. Would that make a difference as opposed to using raw cashews in the recipe?

  4. Hi there!  I am not vegan, looking for recipes because my nephew’s GF is vegan…doesn’t Mayo contain eggs?  Is this recipe truly vegan?  I don’t want to serve something as vegan that really isn’t,  I’d feel terrible!  Thanks for any guidance!

    • Hi Kate – For this recipe to be vegan, you can use a vegan mayo :) Otherwise, the rest of the recipe is good to go.

  5. Let me start by saying that I am a full fat, heavy cream-in-my coffee type of girl and the Whole 30 by it’s very nature goes against everything I believe in.  But I am now a convert. I’m on day 11 and decided to try this recipe as both my boyfriend and I like Spinach Artichoke dip and it’s not something I’ve ever made before. I am dairy and added-sugar free and cannot believe I haven’t caved.  I thought I would hate this but I had hope.  I wanted to hate this, because in doing so I could justify my anti-non dairy bias.  But I did not.  I loved it.  My boyfriend liked it, but I really enjoyed it.  What it lacks in cheese and gooey goodness it makes up for in flavor.  It was creamy, thanks to the cashews.  My intention was to have it as an appetizer before dinner.  But we enjoyed it so much and were so full that we opted instead for a smoothie for dessert and called it a night.  I served it with dehydrated veggie “chips” and it was yummy.  Look forward to trying other recipes. 5 stars

  6. Omg, this recipe is soooo good! I added some vegan mozzarella cheese to it as well. 5 stars

  7. Wow, this dip is amazing! I added some nutritional yeast but otherwise followed the recipe exactly. I will definitely make again! 5 stars

  8. This was really good. Will make again 5 stars

  9. I am lactose intolerant so I was really excited to give this a try. I have tried vegan spinach artichoke dips before and this was not nearly as good. This recipe has a really strong mayonnaise taste so I didn’t enjoy.1 star

  10. I can’t wait to try this recipe out for the Super Bowl! One question – have you experimented with adding any nutritional yeast or store-bought dairy free cheese? Just curious, as I’m eager to make the most out of what I have lying around my kitchen! Thanks!!

    • Hi Emily – Yes, you can certainly use either of those items in this recipe to give it that cheesy flavor as well. I use nutritional yeast in my vegan alfredo sauce recipe. :)

  11. Hey! Just a couple things- your homemade mayonnaise recipe includes eggs, and this means the recipe isn’t vegan. But you can substitute veganaise or a vegan homemade mayonnaise :) also, goat cheese doesn’t contain the high levels of lactose that cows milk does, and is more homogenized… meaning it’s easier to digest and doesn’t instigate the symptoms of lactose intolerance as much. Sheep’s milk cheeses (like feta!) and Greek yogurt are even better options than goat cheese because they are almost completely lactose free :)5 stars

  12. Do you have to use frozen spinach or can it be fresh?

  13. I love this dip, and I want to make it for a friend who is lactose intolerant but is allergic to cashews. Is there another dairy free base for this dip?

  14. I love all your food recipes 5 stars

  15. HI! Great recipes! Do you think this would work without artichoke? Maybe replace the artichoke with spinach? My husband wants a dairy-free spinach dip for Christmas, he doesn’t artichoke. Thanks for your help and recipes!!!5 stars

  16. This recipe is SO good that I constantly crave it and want to make it again and again. Lisa nailed the flavors of this recipe, it tastes exactly like indulgent restaurant dip that is not nearly as healthy!!! If you enjoy spinach artichoke dip, you absolutely need to make this recipe!5 stars

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