Creamy spinach dip is a crowd-pleasing dip. It is a comforting classic, perfect for dipping bread or chips and feeding a crowd. It is the perfect dip for a special occasion, a party, or a sporting event such as the Super Bowl.
Often baked and made of different types of cheese, this recipe is entirely plant-based and does not require to be baked at all. Ready, set, go! Grab your ingredients and your blender, and LET’S GO!
How to make an epic plant-based cheesy dip?
I like to use cashews for any yogurt or cheese alternatives. Once soaked, cashews become soft and tender and are easy to blend. Blended cashews are creamy. They are the perfect base for making plant-based yogurt and cheese since their taste is nutty. Still, they don’t overpower the other ingredients used.
Here are my 3 tips to make the most delicious plant-based cheese dip:
- Use cashews as a base.
- Add nutritional yeast. It will give a cheesy flavor to the cashews.
- Flavor with any spices you like. I like to use cashews, nutritional yeast, and spices.
Are cashews good for you?
Cashews are nuts (or seeds, to be exact) widely used in plant-based cooking. They are rich in nutrients which make them EPIC, especially when following a plant-based diet. Indeed, one ounce of cashews contains 5g proteins, 9g carbs, and 12g fat. They are rich in minerals and antioxidants such as copper, magnesium, manganese, and zinc. One ounce of cashews provides 67% of the daily recommended dose of copper. Copper is essential for the body. It boosts the immune system, contributes to red blood cells formation, promotes a healthy nervous system and strong bones. Cashews are also rich in antioxidants that fight oxidative stress and inflammation.
However, like other nuts, cashews are rich in fats and provide 157 calories per once consumed. They should be eaten in moderation but are perfect as part of a healthy diet.
What are the benefits of nutritional yeast?
Nutritional yeast comes from saccharomyces cerevisiae – a type of yeast- that is deactivated, washed, and dried. It is a good source of vitamins and minerals. It is also a good source of complete protein since a tablespoon of nutritional yeast has 2g of protein. Nutritional yeast is abundant in vitamin B, needed to break down macronutrients, create energy, assure a healthy nervous system. In this recipe, nutritional yeast helps us create the perfect cheesy dip.
- 1 ½ cups cashew, soaked
- 2 tbsp nutritional yeast
- 3 garlic clove
- 1 shallot, diced
- 2 cups spinach
- 1 lemon
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- In a pan on medium-high heat, drizzle olive oil. Caramelize the shallot and garlic. Sprinkle salt and pepper.
- In a blender, blend the soaked cashews, nutritional yeast, shallot, garlic, lemon juice, salt, pepper.
- In a pan on medium-high heat, drizzle olive oil. Add 1 garlic clove, minced. Cook the spinach until wilted.
- Mix the cheese dip with the spinach.