Classic and Easy Spinach Dip in a Bread Bowl Recipe {With Video}

The Best Classic Spinach Dip in a Bread Bowl Recipe. This appetizer will take you back in time. Easy Knorr Spinach Dip Recipe that’s perfect for holidays, game days, & potlucks.

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Do you remember this classic Spinach dip appetizer in a sourdough bread bowl? It was at every holiday party and it was devoured. I love old-fashioned appetizers like this 7-layered Mexican dip and my Mother-in-law’s meatballs with chili sauce. This one, however, is the old classic Knorr Spinach Dip. It must have been at every potluck and food-centered function I can remember. It’s a classic; like a classic, it holds strong and is simply delicious. It’s still perfect for every single party today.

If you love this sourdough spinach dip, then you might like my Bunny Butt Version for Easter. This Easter Bunny Spinach Dip is adorable and definitely worth checking out 


ingredients for spinach dip
  • Chopped spinach – Thawed and squeezed the life out of it (drained). Frozen spinach is usually water-logged, and it takes a few times of squeezing and straining it to get it dry enough for this dip. You want to lift the leaves without any liquid dripping down.
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  • sour cream – This ingredient is important because it balances out the tangy flavor of the mayonnaise and adds a creamy texture that is perfect for dipping
  • mayonnaise – Mayonnaise adds a tangy flavor and a creamy base to this spinach dip recipe
  • dry vegetable recipe mix soup mix – You can usually find this in dry broth and onion soup mixes. There will be several different brands to choose from. It does not matter which one you pick. They all work just fine
  • sliced water chestnuts – drained and chopped. This is an optional ingredient, but it’s fun to use. It does not add flavor to the dip but provides a crunch.
  • green onion chopped – optional. This does provide a good flavor to the dip, but it is optional as an add-in flavor
  • Sour Dough Bread bowl – This is a loaf of bread baked into a circular shape. Sourdough is a common bread for this type of loaf. If you can’t find a sourdough bread bowl, use another type. I think I remember a reader commenting that they used an Italian bread boule in place of sourdough bread.

How to make Spinach Dip in a Bread Bowl

Grab a large mixing bowl and add spinach, water chestnuts

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sour cream, mayonnaise, vegetable mix, and chives

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Mix the ingredients until well blended

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Cover and refrigerate for at least 1/2 hour or up to 2 days ahead

When you are ready to serve…Slice a big circle off of the top of the sourdough bread bowl

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Cut cubes out of the center of the bread

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Scoop the soft bread cubes out of the bowl (some people toast the bread, but we never did)

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If you want, you can save the top to place on the dip bowl – *that’s what my mom used to do

When you’re ready, spoon the cold dip into the bread bowl

Place the cubed bread, optional vegetables, and crackers around the bread bowl

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How to Cut Bread for a Bread Bowl

First, slice the top off of the bread bowl, creating a lid

cutting bread for bread bowl

Use a paring knife to cut around the edge of the bread bowl, being careful not to slice through the crust

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Using the same paring knife, cut a grid into the center of the bread bowl – again being careful not to slice through the crust

Pull the cubes that you created out of the center of the bowl

You can also pull the extra bread off of the lid you sliced from the bowl to use as more bread for dipping

When you are ready to serve, add dip or soup and enjoy

If you have a little bit of extra time before eating your bread bowl, place the lid back on to keep the soup warm or dip fresh

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What can you dip into a spinach dip?

Dippers for spinach dip can include a variety of breads and vegetables, like

  • bread from the bowl
  • butter crackers
  • artisan crackers
  • Triscuits
  • pita bread pieces
  • broccoli florets
  • baby carrots
  • cucumber slices
  • sliced celery
  • sweet pepper slices
  • radish slices
  • sugar snap peas
  • cauliflower florets

Types of Bread for Spinach Dip

Pita bread is a great bread for dipping – It is not porous like other breads and will maintain its’ texture for dipping

Crusted bread like French or Italian baguettes – A good crusty bread is perfect for dipping into spinach dip. You can find them at your local bakery and grocery store bakeries

Sourdough bread – This is typically the type of bread bowl that I make for my spinach dip. It is the bread my mom used and now I use it for serving spinach dip

Rye Bread – Rye bread from a bakery has the perfect crust for a bread bowl or dipping.


What types of bread are good for making a bread bowl?

Sourdough bread, Italian bread boule, and crusty artisanal bread all make great bread bowls

Can you make spinach dip ahead of time?

Yes! You can make the spinach dip a day or two in advance but do not put it into a bread bowl until you are ready to serve it. Cover the spinach dip and refrigerate up to 2 days in advance, preferably one day in advance.

How long will homemade spinach dip last?

Homemade spinach dip will last, covered up in the refrigerator for 3-4 days. Do not place it in a bread bowl until ready to serve.

What do you eat Spinach Dip with?

This spinach dip is usually eaten with sourdough or toasted bread pieces. Crackers and vegetables are also good.

Do you have to cook the frozen spinach for this spinach dip?

Nope. Just thaw and drain well – very well.

How long can spinach dip be left out?

About 3-4 hours. Don’t worry, it probably won’t last that long.

How do I drain frozen spinach?

Here are a few methods for draining spinach…

  • Grab a colander and use a spoon or spatula to squeeze out the juice through the drain holes.
  • Get a kitchen towel. Place the spinach in the middle of the towel. Pull the towel up and twist it to drain the spinach out.
  • Use clean hands or hands with disposable food-safe handling gloves – my preferred method.

Serving Size

This sourdough bread with spinach dip can serve about 10 people.

double or triple the recipe for more

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Watch my Video on Making Spinach Dip

Here’s a little video to help you get started on this Spinach Dip in a Bread Bowl…

Here’s the printable recipe for Spinach Dip in a bread bowl:

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Classic Spinach Dip Recipe

A delicious and easy to make cold dip for parties and holidays
5 from 2 votes
Print Pin Rate
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 0 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 10 -12 servings
Calories: 166cal
Author: Melissa
Cost: $10


  • 1 10 oz. frozen chopped spinach thawed and squeezed the life out of (drained)
  • 1 16 oz. sour cream
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1.4 oz. dry vegetable recipe mix soup mix *You can usually find this by the dry broth mixes, and dry onion soup mixes
  • 1 8 oz. sliced water chestnuts – drained and chopped
  • ½ cup green onion chopped – optional
  • 1 Sour Dough bread bowl

Dipping Items

  • Dipping Items – Extra bread – like French Bread – cubed, sliced carrots, and cucumber slices


  • Grab a big bowl and mix the first 6 ingredients
  • Cover and refrigerate for at least 1/2 hour or up to 2 days ahead
  • When you are ready to serve…Slice a big circle off of the top of the sourdough bread bowl
  • Scoop the soft bread out and cube it (some people toast the bread, but we never did)
  • If you want, you can save the top to place on the dip bowl – *that’s what my mom used to do
  • When you’re ready, spoon the cold dip into the bread bowl
  • Place the cubed bread, optional vegetables and/or crackers around the bread bowl


There is a video within the post to help you see how I made this recipe

Optional Added Ingredients:

  • Optional – carrots, sliced broccoli, sliced celery, etc…
  • Add optional ingredients at the same time you mix the first 6 and mix in
Nutrition facts are only an estimate 


Calories: 166cal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 10g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Trans Fat: 0.04g | Cholesterol: 9mg | Sodium: 462mg | Potassium: 48mg | Fiber: 0.4g | Sugar: 0.4g | Vitamin A: 77IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 11mg | Iron: 0.2mg


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This Post Has 21 Comments

  1. Stacy

    Hahaha! You’re so much kinder than me. My secret has always been squeezing “the life out of” the spinach. (Hope none of my friends or family see this;-)) This is a great recipe!

    1. Melissa

      Haha! That’s funny. It’s harder than it looks. That stuff just doesn’t want to give in.

  2. Jan

    Would this recipe be good served warm?

    1. Melissa

      I don’t see why not. I’ve never had it warm, but there are plenty of warm spinach dips that are very similar. The only ingredient that you might want to add is cheese as a binder. If you look at all of the warm spinach dip recipes, the one ingredient they all have in common is mayonnaise and cheese. This recipe already has the mayonnaise. I would add some grated Parmesan Cheese (about 1 cup) and some cream cheese (6-8 oz. might do the trick). You’ll want to bake it at 350 degrees for about 1/2 hour or until the cheese is bubbly and everything on top looks nice and golden. I hope it turns out as good as it sounds. Yum!

  3. Michelke

    Can it be made the night before? Why only refrigerate up to 2 hours ?

    1. Melissa

      Sure! The dip can be made the night before. Store it in an airtight container and give it a good stir before you put it in the *(optional) bread bowl. When you are ready to serve your dip, just transfer it into the bread bowl and serve with more bread, veggies, or crackers.

  4. Julie

    The recipe on the dried soup says cooked spinach. Do you need to cook it or just thaw it and squeeze it?

    1. Melissa

      I never cook the frozen spinach. Just thaw and squeeze for what seems like forever and ever. Just when you think you’ve got most of the juice out, squeeze one more time. Add right into the sour cream mixture 🙂 *You can thaw the spinach in a colander by running warm water over it.

    2. Mama

      I also came here with the same question. I used to make this all the time many years ago when it was all the rage. I’ve never cooked the spinach. Then I read the Knor recipe and it says to cook it and sure enough the spinach package has some cooking instructions. I’m glad I’m not the only one that doesn’t cook the spinach. Thanks Melissa for the confirmation. I’m off to squeeze the spinach.

  5. Anna

    Spinach dip is my fave but I worry that it isnt very good for me. What are your thoughts on substituting greek yogurt for the mayo?

    1. Melissa

      Greek yogurt is a great substitute for mayo! Mashed avocado and original hummus would also be good alternatives.

  6. Ariana

    Do you know how much this recipe feeds? I need to make some for my work and we have about 60 people so I was wondering if I should just make 2 of these?

    1. Melissa

      The recipe yields about 4 cups of dip. For 60 people, I would definitely make 2. People will definitely come back for seconds. I’d rather that you have leftovers than not enough. 🙂

      1. Ariana

        Thank you!

    2. Barbara

      My family has doubled the recipe and used 1 bread bowl to serve more people. We added more crackers. The Crispy Baked Ritz crackers are great and we use Kings Hawaiian Bread bowl.

  7. Julia

    Do you chop up the water chestnuts or leave them In slices? Thank you!!

    1. Melissa

      I have done it both ways. If I’m in a hurry, I’ll just leave them sliced. The preferred method is chopping them. Smaller bits make them easier to scoop up and enjoy. I’m surprised that I didn’t mention that on the recipe card. I will go and update it now. Thank you for your comment. I hope you enjoy the dip. Happy Holidays!

      1. Julia

        Thank you so much!! Happy holidays!!

  8. Katheryn

    I have made this recipe for years. It’s so delicious! Making for the chiefs game tomorrow afternoon.

    1. Melissa

      I love this! Thank you!

  9. Android APK Game

    This looks amazing! I’m definitely trying this recipe at home. The idea of using a bread bowl is so creative and fun. Can’t wait to dig in!