Healthy Kale and Artichoke Dip
The holy grail of appetizers! This easy Healthy Kale & Artichoke Dip recipe is a healthier take on traditional spinach & artichoke dip, lightened up with greek yogurt. I used kale instead of spinach to change things up and the result is delicious and nutritious! Serve it up at your next holiday party or family gathering.
A good spinach and artichoke dip was always a shareable family favourite when eating out at restaurants. A creamy, cheesy dip served with tortilla chips and warm, crispy pita bread, how could you go wrong?
I wanted to create my own version of spinach and artichoke dip at home. Like everything I try making for the first time at home, I was intimidated to try my hand at it. However, I quickly realized that making spinach & artichoke dip at home is actually pretty easy!
I initially decided to make a kale and artichoke dip instead because I had some kale in my fridge that I needed to use up, but ended up liking it with the kale way more than spinach. Similar to spinach, kale is a great source of fibre, non-heme iron, vitamin K, and folate. So grab a bunch of kale from your local farmer’s market and try this recipe!
Why I Love This Healthy Kale & Artichoke Dip:
When you make your favourite restaurant foods at home, you’re able to better control what goes into it. In a lot of restaurant food, there’s often more salt in order to preserve it better and add flavour. When you make it fresh at home, you don’t need as much of certain ingredients like oil and salt. Don’t get me wrong, I love eating out and trying new restaurants, but it’s good for our health to get in the habit of cooking at home.
It’s lightened up! In this recipe, I used a mix of light cream cheese to reduce saturated fat and greek yogurt to increase the protein content for a more balanced appetizer. I used 2% greek yogurt because I didn’t want to take away too much creaminess, but you could definitely use non-fat greek yogurt if you like.
The lemon juice serves a double purpose! Not only does the addition of lemon add flavour, it also helps us get more nutrition from the dip. The vitamin C in lemon juice helps us absorb the beneficial iron in kale.
Tips for Making This Recipe:
You can use fresh or frozen kale. Both work well, but if you are using frozen kale be sure to let it defrost and press out the excess water first. For the artichokes, I like to use canned or jarred.
Chop both your kale and artichokes into small pieces. It makes the dip more consistent and creamy, and no one wants giant kale leaves in their dip!
If you want to go totally homemade, make your own pita chips for dipping, too! Cut fresh pitas into even, triangular pieces. Brush lightly with oil and season as you like, then bake at 425F for about five minutes until crispy. You could also serve this dip with vegetable sticks, like carrots, celery or bell pepper.
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Healthy Kale and Artichoke Dip
This easy Healthy Kale & Artichoke Dip recipe is a healthier take on traditional spinach & artichoke dip, lightened up with greek yogurt. I used kale instead of spinach to change things up and the result is delicious and nutritious! Serve it up at your next holiday party or family gathering.
- 8 ounces light cream cheese
- 1/2 cup plain greek yogurt
- 1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
- 1 tsp lemon zest
- 2 tbsp fresh lemon juice
- 1 clove garlic minced
- 1/4 tsp sea salt
- 1/2 tsp black pepper
- 1 cup canned artichoke hearts chopped
- 2-3 cups chopped kale loosely packed
- 3 tbsp white cheddar cheese grated
Preheat oven to 425F. In a mixing bowl, combine cream cheese, greek yogurt, parmesan, lemon zest, lemon juice, garlic, salt and pepper.
Fold in chopped artichoke hearts, kale and white cheddar cheese. Transfer mixture to an oven-safe baking dish.
Bake at 425F for 20 minutes. Allow dip to cool for 5-10 minutes before serving. Enjoy with chips, pita, or veggie sticks!