Recipe ReDux: Creamy Triple Pepper and Kale Dip

You’re probably all familiar with the infamous spinach dip in a bread bowl, right?

You know the one…

Huge hollowed out sourdough bread bowl…lots of sour cream and mayo…throw in some spinach…and, yes, the requisite chopped water chestnuts.

Mmm…I actually love the added crunch from those water chestnuts!

OK-fess up time…

I really <3 this dip!

BUT in honor of this months Recipe ReDux theme, Condiments, Spreads, and Dressings, I decided to make it a tad bit healthier.

My version uses homemade aioli plus Greek yogurt in place of the standard mayo/sour cream mixture..

Plus, I subbed in kale for the spinach {Spinach’s a healthy addition too, I just thought it would be fun to add kale.}

And, I also added chopped tri-colored bell peppers for a little extra crunch and Vitamin C…

 Oh, and that “seasoning” packet you add to the original recipe…

I omitted this, as MSG and I are not friends.

Plus, the packet contains autolyzed yeast extract from barley, which is not gluten-free, so really not for me anyways!

Here’s my Recipe ReDux version…

Creamy Triple Pepper and Kale Dip

  • 1 cup homemade  garlic mayonnaise/aioli {See below for my recipe and notes on mayonnaise making} OR use your favorite mayonnaise plus 1/2 clove minced garlic
  • 1 17-ounce container Greek yogurt {I used Fage 2 %}
  • 2 cups kale, finely chopped
  • 1/2 each red, orange, and yellow bell pepper, finely chopped
  • 1 can water chestnuts, drained and finely chopped
  • 3 scallions, finely chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt, or to taste

Combine all ingredients in a bowl.  Serve with bread and veggies of choice.

Notes on my homemade mayo/aioli:  I used this recipe, but subbed in high oleic sunflower oil for the canola and added 1/2 teaspoon of minced garlic which adds a lovely flavor.  Now here’s the fun not so fun part: It took me three tries to make this mayo!  The first time, I tried the recipe in my food processor, and got salad dressing.  The second time, I tried the recipe in my blender and got salad dressing.  The THIRD time, I used a whisk and my muscle power, and got MAYONNAISE!!! The homemade mayo turned out fabulous {seriously way better than in a jar}, and I wished I could have used it straight up on an artichoke or some yummy french bread, BUT, if you don’t want to go to all the work of making mayo, I think you would be fine using store bought for this recipe because it is blended with so  many other ingredients.

I wish I could have eaten this in a huge hollowed out sourdough bread bowl :-)  Pre gluten-free days, sourdough bread was my FAVORITE!!!

But, alas, as I still have not tried to make any gluten-free sourdough bread {If anyone has a REALLY GOOD recipe, please, pretty please, share it with me!!!}, I served my dip with veggies {more bell pepper strips, plus cherry tomatoes} and Udi’s gluten-free “pita bread”. {AKA, baked Udi’s gluten-free pizza crust}.

I have to say this…

The dip was very yummy, but not quite the same as the original spinach dip recipe…

 I’m thinking it has something to do with the umami flavor from the MSG in the original version :-(

Nonetheless, my version was certainly healthier and I would most definitely make it again :-)

Hope you’ll try it too!

And, before you go, make sure to check out all the other fabulous dips,… other ReDuxers have created, and maybe even consider joining or next Recipe ReDux too!

Recipe ReDux Roll-Call: {Please note that the posting deadline is noon EST on Septmeber 21, so if a post is not up before then, please go back and check the blog after 12 pm EST}

Carlene Helble-Carlene’s Figaments Roasted Eggplant Schmeer

Deanna Segrave-Daly-Teaspoon of Spice Sicilian Relish

Cherie Schetselaar-Grain Crazy Fry Sauce

Dr. Barb-Nutrition Budgeteer Jalapeno Ranch Dressing

Elizabeth Jarrard-Don’t (White) Sugar-Coat It Spicy Tahini Dressing

Kara Lydon-Peace, Love, and Food Edamame Hummus

Kat Lynch-Eating The Week Citrus Sesame Avocado Dressing

Emma Stirling-The Scoop on Nutrition Kitchen Garden Salsa Verde

Emma Cutfield-The Hearty Heart Go-Go-Goji: Blood Building Salad Dressing

Lisa-Healthful Sense Sweet Peanut Sauce and Dressing

Regan-The Professional Palate Ponzu Sauce

Danielle Omar-Food Confidence RD Your New Favorite Vinaigrette

Stephanie Howard-Give Them Something Better Creamy Garlic Feta Dressing

Nicole Ferring Holovach-Whole Health RD Maple Salad Dressing

Kristen-The Swanky Dietitian Italian Vinaigrette Artichoke Dressing

Ann Dunaway Teh-Eat to Nourish, Energize, and Flourish Thai Basil Peanut Pesto

Kristina-Love and Zest Spiced Pumpkin Dip

Meg-Meg’s Food Reality Sweet Potato Hummus

Gretchen-Kumquat Dairy-Free Ranch Dressing

Everyday Tastiness Pistachio Butter

Alysa Bajenaru-Inspired RD How to Roast Garlic and a Recipe for Roasted Garlic Hummus

EA Stewart-The Spicy RD Creamy Triple Pepper and Kale Dip

Liz Weiss and Janice Newell Bissex-Meal Makeover Moms’ Kitchen Garden Fresh Tomato and Avocado Salsa

Jessica Fishman Levinson-Nutrilicious Butternut Squash Cream Cheese Spread

Diane Welland-Eat Well Eat Clean Honey Fig Jam

Have you ever had the infamous Spinach Dip before? Have you ever made homemade mayonnaise before? If so, was it a success the first time? What’s your favorite dip? What do you like to dip in you dip???

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Comments

  1. Sometimes you just have to whisk. Dare i say i like mixing by hand (also food processor scared). This is a great recipe. I fall back to hummus too often. I like the kale addition and of course the MSG omission (we’re not friends either).

  2. Mmmm a fun new dip to make!! Looks amazing with the veggies and pita bread =)

  3. It may not have tasted the way you wanted, but you sold it with the awesome pictures. I kind of like the refreshing zing you get when you leave out the “unami” flavor in dips. I’m going to try for sure!

  4. whoohoo for healthy and homemade dip! love the pepper and kale addition here :).

  5. I agree with Danielle, it looks very refreshing! And I’m glad that it’s gluten-free :)

  6. looks just delicious + i love that it’s a healthier alternative. frankly, it looks better to me than regular spinach dip!! yum!

  7. What a fun round-up and dip! Happy Cooking!

  8. This dip looks amazing! And yes, I’m kne of those people who loves the bread bowl dip.. So this will be a much better choice!! :)

  9. I used to love making this dip… but gave it up b/c of the packet. So glad you’ve found a healthier way to do it! And frankly, even if it’s a little different than before, as long as it’s tasty AND healthy, I’m sold on your version!

    And the pictures are amazing… of course ;-)

  10. I love the addition of fresh kale in this. I make a delicious raw kale salad that is so filling. Your photos are fantastic – I feel like I can reach out and touch those peppers!

  11. Oh boy do I love than infamous spinach dip and am thrilled to find an “almost” substitute – it looks so pretty (once again, your photos are fabulous.) Definitely want to try this (and a great way to get some extra kale in kiddies….and my husband!)

  12. I secretly love spinach dip too but this looks like an amazing alternative especially with the addition of kale! PS new reader and looking forward to reading more :)

  13. What a fabulous idea! I love it. I’m always looking for ways to eat more kale. This sounds like a winner.

  14. I love this recipe! I am a new lover of kale, so very excited to see this lovely recipe:-) My Mom used to make the spinach dip all the time. Our favorite dip is a Greek yogurt, southwest dip my hubby makes:-) Love and Hugs, Terra

  15. Making mayo has been on my “list” for a while. Thanks for the tips! Your recipe sounds very good! I’m sure there is a lot of “stuff” in that spinach dip mix, and it’s probably impossible to recreate that with natural ingredients. But your dip is going on “my list!” I haven’t made spinach dip with the mix in years, but it would be fun to make a healthier version. Brings back memories… :)

  16. This looks like a great healthy remake of this dip. I should try this for the next party we need to bring something to.

  17. Just last night I was looking at recipes and telling Nick how much I love kale, as he was saying “eww, no, I want spinach!”. So, I’m guessing he wouldn’t like this, however, I think it’s brilliant! Some people don’t like the texture of kale, but I would bet that the kale gets softer when it’s mixed with all of these creamy ingredients.

  18. fabulous way to use kale. Love this and just tweeted for you!

  19. What gorgeous clicks and refreshing dip it is, EA! Lovely take on Kale.

  20. Thanks so much for all your comments. I really enjoy reading them all! Glad to know so many of you are kale lovers . Now if only I could convince my husband and kids… :-)

  21. YUM! always looking for new ways to use kale. Red and yellow pepper dippers make it even better!! Of course I love the Greek yogurt addition too. Beautiful pictures!

  22. Photos are totally gorgeous. I love the idea of this delicious dip

  23. Wow, does this look great! We would like to share this on our Facebook page and link so readers can come here and see the recipe and your lovely photos. We invite you to come LIKE our page if you wish https://www.facebook.com/Cut.n.Clean.Greens.
    We <3 greens!
    –Dorothy, for Cut `n Clean Greens / San Miguel Produce

  24. I want a fnce report :)

  25. It looks good to me! Maybe a little garlic powder/garlic salt (or minced raw garlic if you can handle it) will give it a fuller flavor without having to use that dreaded MSG. (?) Remind me to tell you a funny story about MSG the next time we talk… :)

  26. Think i’ll be making this for Super Bowl! Yum! Just so i can try the mayo!!

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