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Spinach Dip

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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.

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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

How to make Spinach Dip:

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 with bread chunks and/or vegetables…..

This Gillyweed Dip {Spinach Dip} is perfect for your next Harry Potter Party! cookingwithcurls.com

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!

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This Gillyweed Dip {aka Spinach Dip} is a healthy version of your favorite dip made with simple ingredients! cookingwithcurls.com

Spinach Dip

This Gillyweed Dip, aka Spinach Dip, is a healthy version of your favorite party dip made with simple ingredients! 
5 from 1 vote
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Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Keyword: dip, harry potter, lactose-free, no msg, appetizer, recipe, party food
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 8 Servings
Calories: 251kcal
Author: Lisa Johnson


  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 16 ounces Greek yogurt (I used Fage)
  • 2 Tablespoons Mrs. Dash Original Blend Seasoning Blend
  • 4 ounce can water chestnuts (drained and chopped)
  • 10 ounce 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 fresh vegetables.
  • Store leftovers in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.


Serving size is just a guess. It all depends on how hungry your guests are and how many appetizers you have available for them to eat!


Calories: 251kcal | Carbohydrates: 8g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 21g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 14mg | Sodium: 226mg | Potassium: 271mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 4250IU | Vitamin C: 2.4mg | Calcium: 169mg | Iron: 2.3mg

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  1. Spinach dip is the best, and I love how you lightened it up with Greek yogurt! This would definitely score big on Game Day (or any day)! 🙂

  2. 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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