Knorr Spinach Dip

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This classic Knorr spinach dip recipe is always a huge hit at parties! Plus, you will love how easy the cold and creamy dip is to make with Knorr vegetable mix.

For more of my favorite party dips check out my cream cheese rotel dip, 7 layer dip cups, and cream cheese dill dip.

Classic Knorr spinach dip in a white serving bowl next to a tray of bread and veggies for dipping.

Easy Knorr Spinach Dip Recipe

This easy spinach dip recipe is one of my favorite dips. It takes minutes to make and is always a huge hit. 

I have been asked to share the recipe more times than I can count. People are always shocked when I tell them that I use the Knorr vegetable dip recipe!

Knorr vegetable recipe mix packet with picture of spinach dip and chips on it.

Even though this easy cold spinach dip recipe has been shared on the back of their seasoning mix packets for years, recently Knorr changed their packaging and removed the recipe.

So. l decided to go ahead and share the classic recipe here on my site so that it will be saved forever. Plus, this way I can share my tips and tricks so you get the best dip, every time.

Why you’ll love this easy recipe

  • A crowd pleaser at parties, BBQs, and holiday gatherings.
  • A tried-and-true recipe that has been trusted for years.
  • Made with 5 simple ingredients, this tasty dip is one of the easiest appetizers ever.

Looking for a hot dip option? Check out this Hot Spinach Artichoke Dip.


This section includes ingredient notes and substitution options. Get all measurements, ingredients, and instructions in the printable recipe card at the end of this post.

Knorr vegetable recipe mix packet, frozen chopped spinach, sour cream, mayonnaise, chopped green onions, and water chesnuts.
  • Frozen spinach – Cooked as per package instructions, then cooled and squeezed dry. See the recipe variation section below for how to use fresh spinach.
  • Knorr vegetable recipe mix – Also called Knorr Vegetable Soup Mix, this is a delicious seasoning mix made with dried vegetables.
  • Mayonnaise – Light mayonnaise can be used to lighten up the dip.
  • Sour cream – Use light sour cream or nonfat plain Greek yogurt for a lighter alternative.
  • Water chestnuts – These come in a can and are usually found in the Asian foods section of the grocery store. They add a little bit of crunch to the dip which really takes the dip over the top. Although water chestnuts are listed as an optional ingredient on the original dip recipe, they are a must-have for me whenever I make the dip.
  • Green onions – Optional ingredient. I add them to the dip when I have some on hand but skip them otherwise.

How to Make Spinach Dip with Knorr Vegetable Mix

This section shows you how to make the recipe with step-by-step photos and instructions. For the full printable recipe, see the recipe card below. 

Side by side photos of spinach dip ingredients in a glass mixing bowl before and after being stirred well to combine.
  1. Combine the drained spinach, mayo, sour cream, Knorr mix, water chestnuts, and green onions in a large mixing bowl.
  2. Cover with plastic wrap and chill in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours.
  3. Give a good stir before serving and enjoy!

How to Drain Spinach

To squeeze dry the frozen spinach, you can place it in a clean kitchen towel or several layers of paper towels, then gather the towel/paper towels around the spinach and twist it to squeeze out the excess water. Repeat this process a few times until the spinach is well drained.


Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 4 days. Stir before serving.

Piece of bread being dipped in cold spinach dip.

What to Eat with Spinach Dip

Wondering what to dip? Here are some options:

  • pita chips
  • tortilla chips
  • crackers
  • pretzels
  • corn chips
  • crostini
  • carrot sticks
  • broccoli florets
  • celery 
  • sliced bell peppers
  • chunks of sourdough bread

My favorite dippers are pita chips, bread pieces, and veggies.

Tips for the Best Spinach Dip

  • Drain well: Thoroughly drain and squeeze the cooked spinach to remove excess water, ensuring a creamy, not watery, dip texture.
  • Make ahead: For the best taste, make the dip a day before serving and chill overnight to allow the flavors plenty of time to meld.
  • Serve in a bread bowl: Elevate the dip by serving it in a bread bowl. To make a bread bowl get a round loaf of bread (I use sourdough or pumpernickel), slice off the top, and hollow out the inside. Cube the bread pieces and serve with the dip.
Close up to show creamy texture of Knorr vegetable mix spinach dip.

Variations and Substitutions

  • Bacon: Sprinkle some bacon bits into the dip mixture when combining the other ingredients. The bacon will add a savory and smoky flavor to the dip.
  • Artichoke hearts: Chop up some artichoke hearts and mix them in with the other ingredients. for a cold spinach artichoke dip.
  • Fresh spinach: You can use one pound of fresh spinach instead of frozen. Just make sure to cook it down first, squeeze out the excess moisture, and chop it before adding to the dip.
  • Seasonings: Add more flavor with salt, pepper, onion powder, garlic powder, and/or red pepper flakes.

Should Frozen Spinach Be Cooked?

The age-old debate: to thaw or to cook and cool.

The original Knorr spinach dip recipe called for “frozen chopped spinach, thawed and squeezed dry”. But at some point the recipe on the packet changed to call for “cooked, cooled, and squeezed dry.”

I believe that the step of cooking and cooling the frozen spinach was added to the recipe for food safety purposes. In fact, every package of frozen spinach I have purchased calls for thoughly cooking the spinach before consuming it.

While my mother has made this dip for the past 30+ years by simply thawing the frozen spinach and squeezing dry, I prefer to err on the side of caution. I always microwave the spinach first, allow it to cool off, then squeeze it dry before adding it to the dip.

Piece of red bell pepper being dipped into spinach dip.

Recipe FAQ

Do you defrost spinach for spinach dip?

No, for this spinach dip recipe you want to cook the frozen spinach as per package instructions. Then the spinach should be cooled and squeezed dry of excess liquid before mixing in with the dip.

Can you eat frozen spinach without cooking it?

No, frozen spinach should be cooked first for food safety purposes, even for cold dishes like this spinach dip.

How long is spinach dip good for in the fridge?

Spinach dip can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.

Can you freeze homemade spinach dip?

While you technically could freeze spinach dip, I do not recommend it. The texture is not the same once thawed. This is really a dip that is best served fresh.

Classic knorr spinach dip with water chesnuts in white bowl with bundle of green onions beside it.

More Easy Dip Recipes

Cold and creamy Knorr spinach dip served with sliced bread pieces for dipping.
5 from 1 vote

Knorr Spinach Dip

Author: Jaclyn
Prep: 10 minutes
Chill Time 2 hours
Total: 2 hours 10 minutes
This cool and creamy spinach dip recipe is quick and easy to make with a packet of Knorr vegetable mix, frozen spinach, and a few other simple ingredients. Serve with pita chips, crackers, bread pieces, or fresh veggies for a perfect party dip for any occasion.


  • 10 ounce frozen chopped spinach cooked, cooled, and squeezed dry
  • 16 ounce sour cream
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1.4 ounce packet Knorr Vegetable recipe mix
  • 8 ounce water chestnuts drained and chopped (optional)
  • 3 green onions sliced thinly (optional)


  • Add ingredients to a large bowl and stir well to combine.
  • Cover and chill overnight, or for at least 2 hours.
  • Give a good stir before serving. Serve with fresh vegetables, bread cubes, pita chips, or your favorite dippers.


To drain spinach: place cooked and cooled spinach in a clean kitchen towel or between several layers of paper towels, gather the towel/paper towels around the spinach, and twist it to squeeze out the excess water. Repeat until the spinach is well drained of excess water.
Fresh spinach: Fresh spinach can be used instead of frozen. Cook it down, squeeze out the excess moisture, and chop it before adding to the dip. You will need 1 pound of fresh spinach to replace the 10 ounces of frozen spinach called for in the recipe.
Yield: The recipe yields about 4 cups of dip.
Storage: Store covered in the refrigerator for up to 4 days. I do not recommend freezing.
Bread bowl: To make a bread bowl get a round loaf of bread such as sourdough, Italian, or pumpernickel. Slice off the top of the bread and cut out the inside, creating a bowl. Cube the bread pieces and serve with the dip.


Calories: 176kcal | Carbohydrates: 7g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 7g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Trans Fat: 0.03g | Cholesterol: 23mg | Sodium: 263mg | Potassium: 159mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 2286IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 55mg | Iron: 1mg
Cold and creamy Knorr spinach dip served with sliced bread pieces for dipping.

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