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Lemon Spinach Artichoke Dip

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Lemon Spinach Artichoke Dip is a warm, gooey and light dip with a hint of lemon. This dip uses Greek yogurt in place of some of the cream cheese to lighten it up. Serve this with warm pita, crackers or crusty bread at your next get together. 

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LEMON SPINACH ARTICHOKE DIP

It is summer and I am loving all things lemon.

There is something so fresh and light about adding lemon to your favorite recipes. Lemon works perfectly in this Lemon Spinach Artichoke Dip or even in this Lemon Hummus recipe. I first had a spinach artichoke dip with lemon in it at a restaurant with my friends. It was served with crusty bread and pita chips and it was out of this world.

I literally couldn’t to put the pita down and just kept dipping. I do love a traditional warm, baked spinach artichoke dip but something about that lemon flavored added in took the dip to a whole new level. 

Lemon Spinach Artichoke Dip in white dish

This Lemon Spinach Artichoke Dip is the type of dip you want in your back pocket year round. It would be perfect at a holiday party when the weather is cool and you need a warm, cheesy dip to warm you up. Or it works great as a brunch appetizer or a snack for the kids. 

With this Lemon Spinach Artichoke Dip I did still use the cream cheese that is often used in traditional spinach artichoke dip but also subbed in some Greek yogurt. You guys might remember my love for using Greek yogurt as a healthy substitute in dips, pastas and sauces.

Lemon Spinach Artichoke Dip in white bowl

Not only does it add in a good dose of protein it also creates a creamy texture and a tangy flavor. It works perfectly in this dip! There is something so comforting about a warm, cheesy dip. Am I right?

When I serve this I like to set out a variety of pita bread, pita chips, fresh veggies and maybe even some crusty  bread. You have to have your bases covered right? But if I had to pick just one I would always serve warm pita with this Lemon Spinach Artichoke Dip.

Lemon Spinach Artichoke Dip in white bowl

WHAT INGREDIENTS ARE IN THIS SPINACH ARTICHOKE DIP?

SPINACH: When I make a spinach artichoke dip I use frozen spinach. You want to make sure to thaw your spinach completely and then use a cheese cloth or your hands to squeeze the water out. If you don’t do this the spinach creates a layer of water in the dip. 

ARTICHOKES: The artichokes are the star of this dip aside from the spinach. I buy the artichokes in olive oil that are quartered and then just chop them up but feel free to leave them larger if you like them to be on the bigger side. 

LEMON JUICE: The lemon juice takes this dip to the next level. It adds a nice zing and flavor to the dip that isn’t in traditional spinach artichoke dip. 

CREAM CHEESE: The cream cheese brings a rich, creamy texture to the spinach artichoke dip. Feel free to use fat-free or regular. 

GREEK YOGURT: I subbed Greek yogurt for half of the cream cheese that is often used in an spinach artichoke dip. I use a plain Greek yogurt. I try to stay away from the fat-free Greek yogurt because I think it has more flavor with a bit of fat. 

CHEESE: The combination of cheeses in this dip is so good. It uses mozzarella cheese, asiago cheese and Parmesan cheese. 

Lemon Spinach Artichoke Dip in white bowl

Lemon Spinach Artichoke Dip

Yield: 6-8

Lemon Spinach Artichoke Dip is a warm, gooey and light dip with a hint of lemon. This dip uses Greek yogurt in place of some of the cream cheese to lighten it up. Serve this with warm pita, crackers or crusty bread at your next get together. 

Ingredients

  • 10 ounces frozen spinach, thawed and drained {I used my hands to squeeze the water out}
  • 14 ounces of artichoke hearts, chopped
  • 1/2 lemon, juiced
  • 4 ounces of light cream cheese
  • 3/4 cup Greek yogurt {whole, 2 % or non-fat will work just fine}
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper {optional}
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella {divided}
  • 1/2 cup shredded asiago cheese {or you substitute whatever cheese you want here if you can't find asiago}
  • 2 Tablespoons parmesan cheese

Instructions

Before making this dip you want to make sure your spinach is completely thawed. Once it is thawed you can use your hands or a cheese cloth to press the water out. Set the spinach aside.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. In a large bowl mix together the spinach, artichokes, lemon juice, cream cheese, Greek yogurt, garlic, crushed red pepper, 1/2 a cup of mozzarella cheese and 1/2 cup asiago cheese.

In a medium sized baking dish spoon the artichoke mixture into the baking dish and spread so it is in an even layer. Sprinkle the remaining 1/2 cup mozzarella cheese and the parmesan cheese over the top of the spinach artichoke dip.

Bake in the oven for 20-25 minutes, or until the cheese is bubbling and just starting to turn golden brown on some of the edges.

Serve with pita chips or bread, crusty bread or crackers.

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KGL Staff

Saturday 15th of August 2020

I just love it! I have to try them using lemon flour instead, for a version Thank you for this recipe! Just made these and are they are delicious

rob

Thursday 1st of November 2018

looks absolutely delicious, thank you

Billy

Tuesday 10th of July 2018

I've yet to try adding lemon to an artichoke dip before, but it does sound like it would be delicious! thank you so much for sharing, cannot wait to try this at home.

Julia

Monday 16th of July 2018

I love adding lemon. It isn't overpowering but adds nice flavor. I hope you like it!

Sheila

Thursday 10th of May 2018

This is very timely since we're having a get together at my place on Saturday. I bet the girls will love this. So excited to prepare it. Thank you so much for sharing the recipe.

Julia

Thursday 10th of May 2018

I hope you guys like it! My girlfriends and I had something similar at our monthly girls night out and loved it. I knew I had to recreate it at home!

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