Creamy Spinach Dip

Creamy spinach dip seasoned with garlic is also a low-fat, low-salt appetizer perfect for entertaining anytime of the year.

Spinach dip presented in two serving dishes garnished with carrot curls.

Though, it is especially popular during the holiday season being a heart-healthy alternative to the traditional cheese spreads. 

The low-fat ricotta cheese provides a creamy, satisfying texture, while the garlic and spinach are loaded with nutrients that benefit the heart.

The powerful compounds in garlic have been known to help combat illnesses such as the common cold and many chronic health conditions.  This includes the heart.  Garlic has shown to help improve cholesterol levels as well (1); along with lowering blood pressure (2).

The nutrient loaded spinach containing magnesium and potassium helps lower blood pressure.  Also, the protein in the spinach leaves possesses anti-hypertension properties that may help to control blood pressure levels (3).  Spinach, as with the garlic, may also help lower cholesterol levels.

The recipe (shown below) is quick, easy and consists of a few simple, healthy ingredients.  The creamy consistency of the low-fat ricotta cheese also makes it easy to spread on crackers, garlic bread and/or other healthy home-made breads.

Creamy Spinach Dip - Recipe Ingredients:

2 tablespoons grape seed oil

2 garlic cloves, minced

3-3½ cups fresh spinach (approx. 2½ oz.), chopped 

1 cup ricotta cheese

sea salt, to taste (optional)

black pepper, to taste

carrot strips, curled - for garnish, if desired

Creamy Spinach Dip - Recipe Instructions:

In a large skillet, add 1 tablespoon of the oil (half) and all the garlic. Sautéing on medium heat for approximately 3 minutes or until very light brown.  Next, add the freshly chopped spinach.  Drizzle with remaining oil and sauté on low heat for an additional 12-15 minutes. 

In a medium mixing bowl, combine the ricotta and spinach mixture.  Season to taste with sea salt (optional) and black pepper.  Then place in shallow baking dish or dishes and bake at 425°F until the top is light golden brown, approximately 12 minutes. 

Garnish with curled carrot strips if desired.  

Makes 24-26 (1 tablespoon sized) toppings.

Recipe Tip:

This quick and easy recipe can be made in advance of a party or event, since it stores well.  It can be made up to three days  ahead of time and stored in the refrigerator.

For more heart-healthy appetizers, click here.

Receive 15% Discount & Free Shipping:

Browse Home Haven Decor for many essential kitchen items to help prepare heart healthy recipes.

Receive a 15% discount on all products including kitchen items such as mixers, blenders, cookware sets, food processors, and more from  For the 15% discount and free shipping, please enter HEALTHY15 upon checkout.

For MORE recipes and heart health information, please subscribe to heart healthy recipes' FREE newsletter below:

Medical Disclaimer: website offers informational service only and the information contained in this website is not intended as professional medical advice.  The content in this website should not be used solely during a medical emergency or for the diagnosis or treatment of  any medical condition.  Please consult your doctor or other qualified health care provider regarding any course of medical treatment.

Heart Healthy Weight-Loss

We would like to invite you to join our Heart Healthy Weight-Loss Support Group.  You are welcome to join us for support with weight-loss and heart health issues by visiting:

Bunch of red apples with blue measuring tape in the foreground.

Visit & Join Our Facebook Weight-Loss Group by clicking HERE, or by copying and pasting the following URL:

Children's Hunger Fund Logo

Check out Children’s Hunger Fund:

This non-profit organization delivers hope to suffering children and families around the world.

Strawberry smoothies with slices of strawberry as garnish, along with cut and whole strawberries in background.

Sweet strawberries that contain powerful anti-oxidants help make smoothies heart healthy. Click Here, for recipe.

For Total Body Health, including the Heart, consider:

Core Mineral Supplements

Core Minerals

High in zinc, which is involved in normal carbohydrate, fat, and protein metabolism, as well as supporting healthy DNA and RNA replication. Please Click Here for more information.

As a USANA Associate, we may earn a commission on products purchased. Though, this will not affect your final price.

Ceramic Kitchen Cookware Set

Light Blue Ceramic Kitchen Cookware Set

Close-up of fresh strawberries on marble counter.

Heart Healthy Foods


Healthy Meals, Delivered:

Stay healthy  with chef-crafted meals, full of fresh organic produce, delivered to your door.

Melissa and Doug

As an Amazon Associate, we may earn a commission on products purchased from Though, this will not affect your final price.

Melissa and Doug

Heart Healthy Omega-3: 

We recommend the following Omega-3 Heart Healthy Supplement.

For more information, Click on below image:

Pure Omega3 Supplement