You’ll love this quick and delicious Greek yogurt dip with spinach, chopped walnuts, lemon juice and fresh herbs. Yes, it’s a nutritious spinach dip with a tasty Mediterranean twist! 

This post is sponsored by California Walnuts in celebration of American Heart Month. All opinions are my own.

Greek yogurt dip with spinach and walnuts

Anyone else love a good spinach dip?! 

If you do and are looking for a more nutritious option than the heavy, traditional spinach dip, I’ve got you covered! 

In celebration of American Heart Month, today is all about a different kind of spinach dip--one with a tasty Mediterranean twist: spinach Greek yogurt dip with walnuts! 

This satisfying dip boasts major texture and loads of flavor thanks to crunchy walnuts, fresh herbs and a good splash of lemon juice. 

And the best part? It comes together in less than 10 minutes, no cooking required! 

spinach Greek yogurt dip served with vegetables and pita chips

Greek yogurt dip with spinach and walnuts!

Yes, we’re tackling another yogurt dip today; there are more options than tzatziki out there, you know. And this one is delicious and satisfying! 

In this spinach dip recipe, obviously the lower-fat yogurt replaces the heavy cheeses in a traditional spinach dip. And, in addition to a good dose of fresh baby spinach, this yogurt dip is amped up with my favorite nuts: walnuts! 

I use California walnuts in this dip for a few important reasons:

  • They add richness, great texture and a welcomed nutty flavor to my Greek yogurt veggie dip. 
  • They are convenient and available in most grocery stores. I find shelled, bagged walnuts often in the produce section or the baking aisle, and I keep them in the freezer for easy storage (they stay fresh for months!) 
  • Walnuts are a simple but powerful ingredient. They have more plant-based omega-3 alpha-linolenic acid, or ALA (2.5 grams/ounce) than other tree nuts - that’s why they are a staple of the heart-healthy Mediterranean diet. They are also certified as a heart-healthy* food through the American Heart Association’s Heart-Check program.

* California walnuts are certified by the American Heart Association. Heart-Check certification does not apply to recipes, research or information unless expressly stated. Supportive but not conclusive research shows that eating 1.5 ounces of walnuts per day, as part of a low saturated fat and low cholesterol diet and not resulting in increased caloric intake, may reduce the risk of coronary heart disease. One ounce of walnuts offers 18g of total fat, 2.5g of monounsaturated fat, 13g of polyunsaturated fat including 2.5g of alpha-linolenic acid – the plant-based omega-3.

ingredients for Greek yogurt spinach dip in separate bowls

How to make spinach dip with Greek yogurt?

This quick and nutritious spinach dip recipe literally takes two simple steps:

  • Blanch the spinach
    Drop the spinach in a pot of boiling water for 10 seconds, then quickly transfer them to a bowl of iced water for a couple of minutes to stop cooking (this will help the spinach maintain its brightness). 

    ingredients for Greek yogurt spinach dip in one bowl
  • Mix the spinach with the Greek yogurt, walnuts and seasoning
    Drain the spinach very well and wring out all the liquid. In a medium mixing bowl, combine the spinach with Greek yogurt, chopped walnuts, garlic, lemon juice, fresh parsley, dried mint and a good pinch of kosher salt and black pepper. Add a drizzle of extra-virgin olive oil. Mix everything until well combined. 

    spinach is mixed with Greek yogurt, walnuts and spices in a big bowl

Serve

Serve this delicious Greek yogurt spinach dip with your favorite veggies or homemade pita chips. It is also great used as a spread over your favorite toast! 

Variations for Greek yogurt veggie dip

Using Greek yogurt and walnuts as your base, you can change up this yogurt dip to use what you have on hand:

  • Use different herbs. In this recipe, I used parsley and dry mint, but basil, dill, or oregano would also work.
  • If you don’t have spinach, you can try another dark leafy green (baby kale leaves are a good option). You can follow the same method for blanching the greens. 
Greek yogurt veggie dip served with fresh veggies and homemade pita chips

How long does Greek yogurt dip last?

This Greek yogurt veggie dip recipe makes a bit more than 2 cups. If stored properly in a tight-lid container in the fridge, it should keep well for up to 3 days or so. The color of the spinach and fresh herbs may darken a bit.

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4.89 from 42 votes

Walnut Spinach Greek Yogurt Dip Recipe

Suzy Karadsheh
spinach Greek yogurt dip served with vegetables and pita chips
You’ll love this quick and delicious Greek yogurt dip with spinach, chopped walnuts, lemon juice and fresh herbs. Yes, it’s a nutritious spinach dip with a tasty Mediterranean twist! This recipe will make about 2 cups of dip. Store any unused dip in the fridge in a tight-lid container for up to 3 days.
Prep – 10 mins
Total – 10 mins
Cuisine:
Mediterranean
Serves – 16 tablespoons
Course:
Appetizer

Ingredients
  

  • 2 cups baby spinach
  • Kosher salt
  • 2 cups Greek yogurt
  • ¾ cup walnuts finely chopped
  • 1 garlic cloves minced (more to your liking)
  • 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice more to taste
  • ½ cup chopped parsley
  • 1 teaspoon dry mint
  • Black pepper
  • extra virgin olive oil

To serve:

  • Veggies
  • Homemade pita chips

Instructions
 

  • Blanch the Spinach. Bring a pot of salted water to a boil. Prepare a bowl of iced water and keep it near. Add the spinach to the boiling water and cook for 10 seconds. Using a pair of tongs, transfer the spinach to the iced water and allow it to cool for a couple of minutes. Drain well and wring out any excess water.
  • In a mixing bowl, combine the blanched spinach, yogurt, walnuts, garlic, lemon juice, parsley, and mint. Add a good dash of kosher salt and black pepper. Add a generous drizzle of extra virgin olive oil (about 2 tablespoons). Mix to combine. Taste and adjust seasoning.
  • Serve with your favorite veggies and homemade pita chips.

Notes

  • This recipe makes 2 cups (or 16 tablespoons) of yogurt dip.
  • Storage: store in the fridge in a tight-lid container. If properly stored, it should keep for 3 days or so. 
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Nutrition

Serving: 1tablespoonCalories: 52kcalCarbohydrates: 1.9gProtein: 3.5gFat: 3.7gSaturated Fat: 0.4gTrans Fat: 0.1gCholesterol: 1.3mgSodium: 84.8mgPotassium: 82.1mgFiber: 0.5gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 353.8IUVitamin C: 1.5mgCalcium: 37mgIron: 0.3mg
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    1. Hi, Debra. I feel it is better blanched here, but you could try it with fresh, unblanched spinach. Just be sure to chop it finely.

  1. This looks really good. Do you use full fat or a reduced fat yogurt? I love all of your recipes, make several of them all the time and have ordered some of your oils and spices. Keep up the good work !

  2. 5 stars
    Believe it or not, I am not fan of walnuts, it's the only nut I don't like. Do you think I can substitute another nut, even though probably not as healthy? Or maybe I just try it with the walnuts, and hopefully I'll learn to like them.

    1. Hi, Carol! I think you should at least give the walnuts a try here! You might be pleasantly surprised at the flavor combo :).

    1. Hi, Cindy! Not particularly, but I tend to grab Stoneyfield, Fage or Chobani as their readily available at my neighborhood market.

  3. 5 stars
    Yummy! My husband is going to love this recipe! Looks tasty and full of flavor! So excited to give this a try!

  4. 5 stars
    This is such a tasty dip! We made it last night and everyone loved it. I love the addition of walnuts too.

  5. 5 stars
    I love that this is made with yogurt rather than mayo or anything else heavier. It looks like a delicious mix and great being so easy too.

  6. 5 stars
    This dip is amazing and I love that it only takes 10 minutes to put together without any cooking involved. Perfect for a quick snack. Thanks for sharing.

  7. Am a great fan of walnuts and love the combination of nuts and greens in a dip! Thanks for sharing this amazing recipe.

  8. 5 stars
    This has always been great to whip out for parties. I love the texture of the walnuts, the herbs and the tang from the lemon!

  9. 5 stars
    It's the rich mix of flavor between the spinach and lemon that keeps me coming back for seconds, and it only gets better with the added texture from the walnuts! Thanks for sharing!

  10. 5 stars
    I love the idea of adding walnuts for flavor and a little texture too! And wow, I did not realize all the nutritious value with walnuts...Omega-3s too! Awesome!