Want for a healthy, quick, and tasty alternative to hummus?
This spinach dip is flavored with fresh basil, lime, and nutritional yeast. Plus it's a bit crunchy thanks to the addition of toasted sunflower seeds. It will make a great addition to any appetizer platter!
First, we start with the onions and garlic that are sautéed until golden brown. Make sure to cook them until they caramelize for extra flavor.
Next, we add spinach and sautée until cooked. At first, it will release a lot of water, keep cooking until almost no water remains. Spinach not only brings a whole package of vitamins and calcium, but sunflower seeds also add healthy fats and protein! Win-win!
Finally, transfer the spinach to a food processor and add the remaining ingredients. For a nice crunch, we have sunflower seeds, nutritional yeast for a subtle cheesy flavor, basil leaves for freshness, and a squeeze of lime juice.
Then, to make it richer and creamier I added a couple of tablespoons of oil. Olive oil works great here, but if you are avoiding oil, just use water to get the right consistency.
This dip is delicious served with crackers or raw veggies, but can also be spread on toast and topped with cherry tomato halves for a fancier appetizer!
Looking for another dip to serve on the side? Check out this Caramelized Shallots Hummus!
Let me know in the comments if you try this recipe!
Easy Spinach & Sunflower Seed Dip
- 1 tablespoon oil
- 1 medium onion minced
- 2 cloves of garlic minced
- 6 cups packed baby spinach
- ¼ cup sunflower seeds toasted
- 2 tablespoon oil
- 1 tablespoon nutritional yeast
- 1 teaspoon tomato paste
- 3-4 leaves fresh basil
- 1 teaspoon lime juice
- ¼ teaspoon salt adjust to taste
- Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Once hot, add the minced onion and garlic, and sautée until the onion starts to caramelize. Make sure it starts to brown as it will add a lot of flavors.
- Add the spinach and cook for 5-7 minutes, or until it is cooked and almost no water remains in the skillet.
- Remove from heat and transfer to a food processor. Add the toasted sunflower seeds, oil, nutritional yeast, tomato paste, basil, lime juice, and salt. Process for about 5 seconds, you don't want to process too long to keep some crunch from the sunflower seeds.
- Taste and adjust the saltiness to your liking and chill in the refrigerator for a few hours before serving. Top with sunflower seeds and serve with raw veggies, crackers, etc.
- This spinach dip will keep for up to 3 days in the refrigerator.