Spinach dip is one of my favorite party snacks, but I haven’t enjoyed it in YEARS because it uses those nasty chemical-laden packets of ranch-flavored salad dressing mix. Who KNOWS what’s in those packets?
For some reason, it never occurred to me to make my own spinach dip with real food ingredients until I accepted this challenge by Daisy brand and agreed to create a recipe using their cottage cheese.
I’m a huge fan of Daisy brand. I always seek them out when I’m shopping at the conventional grocery store because they have the only sour cream products I’ve found that do not contain fillers. Even some of the organic brands contain fillers. But Daisy is simply, “Grade A cultured cream.” That’s it. Compare labels sometime. It’s amazing what atrocities can be committed against cream!
Likewise, the ingredients on Daisy Brand Cottage Cheese is simply, “Cultured skim milk, cream, salt.”
I love their new design. The dark blue lids signify their regular products and the light blue are their low-fat varieties.
You know me, I’m all about full-fat dairy, so I picked up the Daisy Cottage Cheese with the dark blue lid and went to Pinterest looking for recipe ideas. I found a recipe for cottage cheese spinach dip, and I adapted it to suit our personal tastes.
All you need is a 16-ounce carton of cottage cheese, a box of frozen chopped spinach, water chestnuts, onion powder, garlic powder, parsley, salt, and a clove or two of garlic (if you’re brave! You can omit the raw garlic and just add more garlic powder if you prefer.)
I put the cottage cheese in the blender to make it a smoother consistency. Then I just added the spinach (thawed and drained dry), chopped water chestnuts, minced garlic, and the spices. I served it with rice chips but you can certainly use your favorite crackers or even vegetables for a super low-cal party snack!
Look how pretty!
Here’s the recipe.
- 16 ounces cottage cheese
- 10 ounces frozen chopped spinach, thawed and squeezed dry
- 4 ounces water chestnuts, chopped
- 1 tablespoon onion powder
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 clove garlic, finely minced
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 tablespoon minced fresh parsley
- tortilla chips or rice chips or veggies for serving
- Place the cottage cheese in a blender and process until smooth.
- Transfer to a large mixing bowl and add spinach, water chestnuts, onion powder, garlic powder, minced garlic, salt and minced parsley. Stir to combine.
- Serve with tortilla chips or rice chips or cut-up veggies
Bring this dip to your next party and watch everyone gobble it up!
This post is sponsored by FitFluential LLC on behalf of Daisy Cottage Cheese.