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Vegan Artichoke Dip (Dairy-Free + Paleo Approved)

Vegan Artichoke Dip – Our vegan spinach artichoke dip is warm, cozy, and delicious. It’s a perfect holiday or party appetizer and goes great with crackers, sliced baguettes, and more! (Dairy-Free, Paleo)

Overhead view of paleo vegan spinach artichoke dip on a white background with gluten-free crackers

The first time I ate spinach artichoke dip, I accidentally almost ate the entire batch.

It was one of my first Christmases at my in-laws’ house, and my mother-in-law’s recipe was so good I kept going back again, and again, and again just for “one more taste.”

97 tastes later, I knew I could never go back.

Now that we’re dairy-free, my recipe looks a little different, but it still gives me all those gooey, warm, savory, delicious vibes as the original. My vegan artichoke dip recipe is so good, I feel confident sharing it at parties and get-togethers, but I also love making a batch for myself to enjoy all on my own.

Container of soaking cashews for dairy-free vegan spinach artichoke dip Overhead view into a blender of vegan cashew sauce for vegan artichoke dip

Here’s What Goes Into Our Vegan Artichoke Dip Recipe:

  • SOAKED CASHEWS. Soaking cashews makes them easier to digest and easier to blend, making them a great dairy-free substitute for the cream cheese + other dairy products that often make up the base of artichoke dip. They get lusciously creamy and delicious!
  • ALMOND OR CASHEW MILK + LEMON JUICE. These two add a little flavor and help blend the cashews into the smooth creamy sauce that MAKES this vegan spinach artichoke dip.
  • TAPIOCA STARCH + GARLIC + NUTRITIONAL YEAST + SALT. This little team of flavor boosters adds a cheesy flavor to the vegan artichoke dip without a speck of dairy. I love the subtle brightness of the lemon–it really lightens up the flavor without overpowering anything. (Nutritional yeast might sound crazy if you’ve never bought it, but beyond its cheesy flavor, it’s actually got a lot of health benefits and is pretty easy to find these days!)
  • CAYENNE PEPPER + GREEN SALSA. Yes, you read that right! I know lots of folks who add canned green chiles to their spinach artichoke dip, but I think that adding a tiny pinch of cayenne and a few tablespoons of mild or medium salsa verde gives MUCH more flavor. It also won’t make this dip super spicy, though you can use a spicy salsa and add more cayenne if you like more heat!
  • ARTICHOKES. I don’t recommend artichokes packed in oil for this recipe. You want artichokes packed in water or brine.
  • FROZEN SPINACH. Frozen spinach is convenient and already wilted, so it saves you a step. (Plus, it’s nutritionally essentially identical to fresh!). All you need to do is thaw the spinach and squeeze out all the excess liquid so you don’t water down the artichoke dip. Easy-peasy!
  • OPTIONAL: BREADCRUMBS. If you want a crunchy finish on top, you can absolutely top this spinach artichoke dip with a sprinkle of breadcrumbs (gluten-free as needed). I sometimes add them and sometimes don’t, but the crunch can be nice next to the creaminess of the dip!
Pouring creamy cashew sauce over spinach and artichokes to make vegan spinach artichoke dip
Overhead view of a baking dish of vegan spinach artichoke dip ready to go into the oven

Let’s Talk Dippers! Here Are Some Of Our Favorite Things To Dip Into Vegan Spinach Artichoke Dip:

CRACKERS. Crackers are the easiest, fuss-free option for serving with vegan spinach artichoke dip. We’re gluten-free, so we opt for gluten-free crackers. Some of our favorites are:

TOASTED BAGUETTE SLICES. My absolute favorite. I actually ate leftovers from this photoshoot on slices of toast for lunch for a few days. The crunch of the toast with the creamy dip is amazing. Sliced baguettes (or gluten-free baguettes) can be a great way to go!

CHIPS. Some people serve tortilla chips or pita chips with their artichoke dip. It’s easy and they are made for dipping! Go with grain-free tortilla chips (like Siete brand) for paleo.

VEGGIES. Another option can be to serve your vegan artichoke dip with veggies. Little baby bell peppers, endive leaves, carrot chips, etc. can be nice!

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Overhead view of paleo vegan spinach artichoke dip on a white background with a gluten-free cracker dipped into it

FAQ + Tips And Tricks For The Best Vegan Artichoke Dip:

DON’T FORGET TO SQUEEZE YOUR SPINACH! Squeezing the liquid out of your thawed spinach is one of the most important steps in making delicious vegan artichoke dip. I recommend squeezing out as much as you possibly can. (I use clean hands and squeeze the spinach over a bowl.) If you don’t squeeze the spinach, you run the risk of watering down the artichoke dip and changing the texture.

DO I REALLY HAVE TO SOAK THE CASHEWS? I really recommend it. Soaking the cashews makes them more easily digestible and softens them so they blend easier and more smoothly for this dip. If you remember to do it in adv

A SOAKING SHORTCUT. If you forgot to soak your cashews or don’t have time to let them soak for hours (been there!), you can speed things up with boiling water. Place your cashews in a heat-proof bowl or container and cover with boiling water. Soak at least 30 minutes if you can. Or, if you’re in a CRAZY time crunch, you can add cashews to the water and bring to a boil. Turn off the heat and soak 10-15 minutes.

CAN I SUBSTITUTE THE CASHEWS WITH SOMETHING ELSE? Not really for this recipe. My recipe was specifically developed for use with cashews, so I don’t recommend swapping in other nuts or vegan cream cheese or anything else as it will impact both flavor and texture.

CAN I USE FRESH SPINACH INSTEAD? Yes! Fresh spinach works beautifully in our dairy-free spinach artichoke dip. You just need to follow the same principles as using frozen spinach: get out as much moisture as possible! Steam the spinach for a few minutes till wilted (or “saute” with a tablespoon or two of water in a pan), then let the spinach cool (an ice bath can speed this up1) and squeeze out as much liquid as possible from the spinach.

MAKE-AHEAD TIPS. If you’d like to make this vegan spinach artichoke dip ahead of time, you totally can! For best results, I recommend assembling but not baking the dish up to 1 day in advance. Cover and store in the refrigerator. Then, bake as directed. (You may need to add just a few minutes to the bake to make up for the chilled temperature of the dip.)

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Vegan Artichoke Dip (Dairy-Free + Paleo Approved)


  • Author: One Lovely Life
  • Total Time: About 30 minutes
  • Yield: About 3 cups dip 1x
  • Diet: Vegan

Description

Vegan Artichoke Dip – Our vegan spinach artichoke dip is warm, cozy, and delicious. It’s a perfect holiday or party appetizer and goes great with crackers, sliced baguettes, and more! (Dairy-Free, Paleo) 

*Remember that you do need to soak your cashews in advance for this recipe. See the notes for directions! 


Ingredients

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  • 1 cup raw cashews, soaked* and drained
  • 1 cup unsweetened plain almond milk or cashew milk (don’t use vanilla!)
  • 2 Tbsp. fresh lemon juice
  • 2 Tbsp. nutritional yeast
  • 1 Tbsp. tapioca starch
  • 1 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1/8 tsp. cayenne pepper (optional)
  • 2 Tbsp. mild or medium salsa verde (green salsa)
  • 810 oz. frozen spinach, thawed and liquid squeezed out**
  • 1 (14 oz.) can artichoke hearts packed in water or bring (not packed in olive oil), roughly or finely chopped.

Optional: 1/2 cup breadcrumbs (gluten-free as needed) + olive oil spray, or vegan parmesan cheese


Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. In a blender, combine soaked cashews, almond or cashew milk, lemon juice, nutritional yeast, tapioca starch, garlic powder, salt, and cayenne pepper. Puree until completely smooth, stopping a few times to scrape down the edges. (If you don’t have a high-speed blender, this may take a few rounds. Using long-soaked cashews will help!)
  3. Add salsa to the blender and stir in with a spatula.
  4. Add spinach and artichoke hearts to a 2-quart oven-safe dish/baking dish (8×8, oval, or round will work!).
  5. Pour the cashew cream mixture over the artichokes and spinach and use a fork or spatula to stir  and combine until the spinach and artichokes are well distributed and coated in the sauce.
  6. If using breadcrumbs, sprinkle breadcrumbs over the surface of the dip and mist with olive oil. If using vegan parmesan cheese, sprinkle over the surface of the dip right before baking.
  7. Bake the dip at 400 degrees for 15-20 minutes. If you’d like more browning, you can broil the dip during the last 2-3 minutes of baking, watching carefully so it doesn’t burn.
  8. Remove dip from the oven and serve with crackers, sliced toasted baguettes, chips, or veggies.

Notes

*HOW TO SOAK CASHEWS: 

  • LONG SOAK. Ideally, you soak your cashews for 8-12 hours. Cover them with water, then soak in the refrigerator 8-12 hours or overnight. Drain and use as directed.
  • SHORTCUT SOAKING METHODS: To shortcut this process, cover your cashews with boiling water and soak at room temperature 30 minutes before draining + using as directed. Alternatively, you can add the cashews to a pot with water, bring to a boil, turn off the heat, and soak in the hot water 10-15 minutes before draining + using.

**SQUEEZE YOUR SPINACH. It’s very important to squeeze out as much liquid as possible from your spinach so it doesn’t water down the texture and flavor of your dip. Use your hands to squeeze out as much liquid as possible, then use a fork to “fluff” up the spinach so it’s easy to blend into the dip.

  • Prep Time: 15 minutes + soaking time
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Category: Appetizer
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: vegan artichoke dip, vegan spinach artichoke dip, dairy free artichoke dip, dairy free spinach artichoke dip, paleo artichoke dip, paleo spinach artichoke dip

4 Comments

    1. Tiffany – You can. It won’t affect the texture, but it will taste slightly different. I recommend it for best results, but you can skip it or add some vegan parmesan instead!

    1. Hi! There’s not a sub in this recipe since the cashews form the whole base of the sauce. I’m sorry! You may have better luck if you can find a recipe that uses vegan cream cheese. I hope you can find one that works for you! Happy holidays 😊

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