spinach dip

by Kristina Sloggett

in appetizers,Gluten Free,recipes,snacks,Vegan

Winery owners throw some really good parties.

We spent the weekend in wine country again. When we were there a couple weeks ago for vacation, we signed up for a couple new wine clubs. One of the wineries – Vidon Vineyards – had a summer party scheduled for their members, and we really liked this vineyard so we decided to go back!

We sat outside in the sunshine, looking over the beautiful valley of vineyards, drinking wine and eating pizza and salad. The winery had hired caterers with a wood fired pizza oven on a truck – the pizza was excellent. As was the wine.

Late Sunday afternoon, we picked up Basil and headed home – both tired and wanting to relax in front of a good movie. It was hot, I didn’t want to cook, and I had an immense craving for spinach dip. Cool, quick and minimal effort. Bonus, I already had all the ingredients in my kitchen.

I bet you do too.

This was dinner:

spinach dip

dairy, soy and gluten free, vegan

1 1/2 cups canola oil
1/2 cup almond milk
juice of 1 lemon
1 garlic clove, minced fine
3 cups fresh spinach, stemmed and chopped fine
2 green onions, chopped fine
sea salt

In high powered blender, combine oil and milk and blend on high until creamy. Add lemon juice as you continue to blend. Transfer to a bowl and stir in garlic, spinach and onions. Add salt to taste.

Serve with (gluten free) pretzels and veggies. 

I thought it was a perfect easy dinner on a hot day.

 

{ 17 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Lisa July 10, 2012 at 4:11 pm

I <3 dips. Totally obsessed with veggies and healthy dips–that can be all I eat for dinner sometimes! (In fact, that's what I had for dinner at a party last weekend!)

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2 spabettie July 10, 2012 at 7:47 pm

hi Lisa! I was thinking about you today – nothing big, you just randomly popped into my mind… and now here you are! *weird* hope you’re enjoying this awesome Portland summer!

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3 Lisa July 10, 2012 at 8:17 pm

Ha! That’s funny! I think about you whenever I see my boyfriend’s sister’s dogs. She has 3 like Basil!!

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4 spabettie July 10, 2012 at 8:20 pm

aw! hopefully soon we will have TWO! :)

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5 Heather (Where's the Beach) July 10, 2012 at 5:07 pm

Um yep, have all the ingredients. Perfect for a nice relaxed snacky kind of dinner. YUM

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6 spabettie July 10, 2012 at 7:45 pm

see? easy! ;) on a hot summer day, I’ll take it! ;)

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7 Molly@hungryhungryrunner.com July 10, 2012 at 5:45 pm

Ah, spinach dip. My go-to favorite appetizer. And definitely perfect with a cold glass of wine in the summer! :)

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8 spabettie July 10, 2012 at 7:44 pm

isn’t it the best? my favorite classic dip…

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9 jobo July 10, 2012 at 6:11 pm

THAT sounds perfect. And you are right, wineries throw great parties ;-)

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10 spabettie July 10, 2012 at 7:40 pm

ugh, TOO good. ;)

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11 Ashley F. July 11, 2012 at 7:21 am

Wow – that looks super delicious and easy!

I can’t wait until my vacay in Door County, WI so I can hit up some *phenomenal* wineries – they are so much fun!

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12 spabettie July 11, 2012 at 8:57 am

it was too easy. ;) we love winery hoppin’ – your vacation sounds like something we’d enjoy!

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13 Sara@runninginpinkproject July 11, 2012 at 6:22 pm

That looks amazing. I tend to shy away from making dips but I might need to give this one a try. :)

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14 spabettie July 11, 2012 at 10:17 pm

its a good one, I promise! :D

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15 Kath (My Funny Little Life) July 13, 2012 at 4:25 pm

This looks really nice! :D

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16 spabettie July 15, 2012 at 9:50 pm

thank you, Kath! it’s YUM :)

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17 Grandma Wrinkles August 17, 2012 at 7:29 pm

interesting recipe, I like that you didn’t just plop some mayo into a bowl LOL

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