Spinach Dip

No party would be complete without Spinach Dip, right?  The traditional Spinach Dip made with the soup mix that comes in the green and yellow box.  Well I have a serious issue with that soup mix, the second ingredient is mono-sodium glutamate {MSG}!  I will become violently ill if I consume that stuff, so I needed to get creative with my version…..

Spinach Dip {aka Gillyweed Dip} | cookingwithcurls.com | #harrypotter

I went to the soup aisle to see the ingredient list, and then walked around trying to figure out a way to get the flavors that I needed.  I considered pureeing vegetables, but then I came across this jar of Mrs. Dash Original Seasoning Blend in the spice aisle…..

Gillyweed Dip seasoning cookingwithcurls.com

It has a lot of the same dried vegetables as the soup mix, but it’s all-natural and has no MSG or chemical additives. I figured that it was worth a shot. 😉

Spinach Dip aka Gillyweed Dip | cookingwithcurls.com | #harrypotter

Start by combining the mayonnaise, Greek yogurt {or sour cream} and 2 Tablespoons of the seasoning blend…..

Spinach Dip mayo cookingwithcurls.com

Tip: when you defrost your frozen spinach, put it in a zipper top bag so it doesn’t leak all over your refrigerator…..

Spinach Dip bag cookingwithcurls.com

Once the spinach is defrosted, scoop out handfuls and squeeze out as much moisture as you possibly can.  You want the spinach as dry as possible, or your dip will be thin and watery.  Add the spinach to the dip mixture along with the chopped water chestnuts and green onions…..

Spinach Dip mix cookingwithcurls.com

Cover and chill for several hours before serving.  Serve in a bread bowl {recipe coming soon} with bread chunks and/or vegetables…..

Spinach Dip {Gillyweed Dip} | cookingwithcurls.com | #harrypotter

The result?  It was perfect!!  It tastes just like the original.  In fact, when I asked what people thought about it, they thought it was the regular dip that they usually eat at parties.  They didn’t notice any difference…SCORE!

Here are the links to the rest of the Harry Potter Party treats:

Harry Potter Party Foods Collage | cookingwithcurls.com

Butter Beer Cocktail

Gillyweed {Spinach} Dip

Puff Pastry Sausage Rolls

Cauldron Cakes

Witches Brew Cocktail

Polyjuice Potion

Crispy Roast Potatoes

Gourmet Caramel Apples

Classic Roast Chicken

Chocolate Caramel Pretzels {wands}

Troll Booger/Bogeys {slime green popcorn}


Spinach Dip

Serves 8 to 10
Prep time 10 minutes
Meal type Appetizer
Everyone's favorite Spinach Dip, made without the MSG and chemicals.


  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 16 Ounce container Greek yogurt (I used Fage)
  • 2 Tablespoons Mrs. Dash Original Blend Seasoning Blend
  • 4 Ounce can water chestnuts (drained and chopped)
  • 10 Package frozen, chopped spinach (defrosted and thoroughly drained)
  • 2 Tablespoons chopped green onions


In a large bowl, combine the mayonnaise, Greek yogurt, and seasoning blend.
Squeeze spinach by handfuls until it is as dry as possible.
Add drained spinach, chopped water chestnuts, and chopped green onions to dip and stir until thoroughly combined.
Cover and chill for several hours before serving.
Serve with bread chunks and vegetables.
Store leftovers in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.

This recipe will be partying at these link parties!


  1. Jamie @ Love Bakes Good Cakes says

    This is one of my favorite dips, Lisa! I love that you found a way to make it without MSG – and it still tastes like the original! 🙂


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