This might be my favorite appetizer. It’s a great substitute for sour cream and mayo-based dips. Somehow, cooking down broccoli and spinach results in a creamy, delicious dip perfect for crackers or veggie sticks. I don’t know how it works, but it works!

Finally, a dip you can eat to your heart’s content! I can’t think of anyone I’ve served this to that didn’t like it (including my kids!). Don’t take my word for how good this is, try it yourself!


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne (or less if you don’t love spice!)
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon or lime juice
  • 1 bunch broccoli, cut into 1/4- inch pieces (including stem)
  • 4 cups fresh spinach, chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup+ water

Heat olive oil in a large sauté pan over medium-low heat.

Add cumin and cayenne, and cook a minute or so until fragrant.

Stir in remaining ingredients, cover, and sauté for about 45 minutes, until reduced to a chunky spread. Check and stir often and add a couple tablespoons of water as needed to prevent sticking.

Broccoli Spinach Dip Ingredients

Making broccoli spinach dip

Serve with veggie sticks and crackers. My favorite crackers to serve are Seismark brown rice crackers and Mary’s Gone Crackers.

Broccoli Spinach Dip

When your meal is heavy, keep your appetizers light!



Broccoli Spinach Dip
You won't believe this is all vegetables! It's the perfect warm dip.
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Cook Time
45 min
Cook Time
45 min
  1. 2 tablespoons olive oil
  2. 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  3. 1/4 teaspoon cayenne
  4. 2 tablespoons fresh lemon or lime juice
  5. 1 bunch broccoli (including stem), cut into 1/4 inch pieces
  6. 4 cups fresh spinach, chopped
  7. 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  8. 1/2 cup + water
  1. Heat oil in frying pan over medium-low heat. Add cumin and cayenne and sauté for one-half minute or until there is a fragrance.
  2. Stir in lemon juice, broccoli, spinach, salt and water.
  3. Cover and simmer until the vegetables reduce to a chunky puree (45-60 minutes).
  4. Check and stir frequently to prevent sticking.
  5. Add additional water a tablespoon at a time as needed.
  1. Great served warm or at room temp.
Angie Jones