Spinach dip is always a hit at parties, but it can be hard to know what to serve with it.
I know the struggle. You want something that’s easy to eat and won’t get in the way of your delicious spinach dip. But you also don’t want anything that will overshadow or compete with your dip.
Here is a list of delicious sides that will complement your spinach dip perfectly.
If you’re looking for something crunchy and salty to munch on with your spinach dip, pretzels might be the answer. They pair perfectly with spinach dip and they also give the dip a bit of extra flavor.
You can buy them pre-made at most grocery stores if you want to save yourself a few minutes. However, there are some who prefer their own homemade pretzel sticks which taste much better than store-bought ones.
You can either bake these yourself using baking soda and water or get them from a bakery. Just follow the instructions on the package. Once baked, cut into bite-sized pieces and set aside.
Crackers are another excellent snack choice when paired with your spinach dip. Not only do they add texture and variety to the meal but they also provide both carbs and protein.
And if you love crackers as much as we do, you’ll appreciate how easy and quick it is to put together a nice spread featuring all kinds of tasty cheeses, spreads, nuts and fruits.
The best thing about croutons is that they don’t need any cooking so you can simply place them directly onto the oven rack until they’re ready.
Once they’re done, let them cool down completely before transferring them to a bowl. Next, mix your favorite shredded cheese along with mayonnaise, mustard, salt and pepper. Finally, top your creation off with additional spices (such as paprika) or fresh chives and parsley.
For a heartier option, you can replace the traditional cracker with whole wheat pita instead. Simply slice one open lengthwise and remove the pit. Then use a fork to separate the two sides of dough.
Afterward, brush olive oil between the layers and sprinkle grated Parmesan cheese on top. Bake according to package directions. Let cool for 5 to 10 minutes, depending on thickness, before cutting into quarters.
Breadsticks are usually made with yeast, flour and sugar. The main ingredient used in making breadsticks is flour and it provides a light yet delicious flavor. This type of snack has been used since ancient times because it’s a fast food that everyone enjoys.
In addition to being versatile, breadsticks are also inexpensive and convenient. All you need is a knife and a rolling pin to create this yummy treat.
To make your own breadstick, start by mixing warm milk and dry active yeast to form a smooth paste. Set aside for 5 minutes.
Afterwards, take 1 cup of lukewarm water and add 3 cups of plain white flour. Mix everything together and knead for 8 minutes until dough elasticity is achieved.
Cut your dough into small balls and roll each ball out to a diameter of 4 inches. Place each piece on a floured surface and allow to rise for 2 hours.
After that, cut each piece in half and twist crossways into a “twist.” Cook at 375 degrees Fahrenheit for 12 to 15 minutes.
4. Sliced Baguette
A French baguette makes a perfect companion for your spinach dip. Its soft and flavorful crust is ideal for dipping and its long shape allows you to eat more without feeling full.
However, sliced baguettes aren’t always available everywhere so you could consider buying frozen ones which can easily be found online or at bakeries.
Although they won’t last as long as freshly baked ones, they still offer a similar taste and feel.
After taking your loaf apart, trim away the end slices. Use a sharp knife to cut the remaining part into four equal parts.
Each section should then be separated once again. Take one of those halves and cut it into three sections. From each section, cut away the middle third. Last but not least, cut each remaining section into thirds.
Keep all the slices covered with plastic wrap after slicing.
Cucumbers are generally regarded as healthy snacks and they work perfectly with spinach dip.
Their cooling effect combined with the creamy consistency of the dip creates a refreshing combination. Some people enjoy cucumber straight out of the fridge whereas others prefer to peel them first and cut them in chunks. Both options are equally good.
In order to make your dip healthier, you can choose to omit cream cheese entirely and opt for yogurt instead.
Fresh dill works wonders too. Simply chop several sprigs of fresh dill per person and mix them with the rest of the salad dressing ingredients.
Carrots are another important ingredient that pairs nicely with spinach dip. On top of that, carrots contain lots of antioxidants.
Cutting the large root into smaller pieces helps release more of the nutrients inside. Peel them and then slice them diagonally across.
Sprinkle the carrot slices with a dash of salt and leave them on the counter overnight. Rinse them thoroughly in the morning and transfer to a glass container filled with cold water. Leave them at room temperature until needed.
If you’d like to cook them further, boil them in salted water for about 20 minutes or roast them in the oven at 400 degrees Fahrenheit for 25 to 30 minutes.
Another great idea would be to serve celery with your dip. Most people know how beneficial this vegetable is for general health and wellness. Eating it regularly reduces your chances of developing certain diseases. Furthermore, celery contains vitamins A and K, iron, calcium and potassium.
Just grab a stalk of celery and cut it in half. Using a sharp knife, carefully slice it down the center line into quarters. At each quarter, gently pull apart the outer layer to reveal the crispest part located underneath. Enjoy the contrast between the crispy and chewy textures.
Peeling the skin off of the stalks isn’t necessary although doing so does enhance the flavor. Instead of peeling, you could also dice up the celery and then sauté it in butter over medium heat.
Fruits are often overlooked when trying to find the right partner for your lunchtime dip but no one can deny the fact that they pack a punch when it comes to nutrition.
For example, bananas are full of fiber and contain potassium, magnesium, vitamin C, folate and sodium. Berries are rich in antioxidant flavonols and phytosterols. Strawberries are loaded with vitamin C and fiber while blueberries are high in polyphenol content.
Cherries contain anthocyanins, a powerful antioxidant responsible for giving cherries their distinctive red color. Apples are naturally low in calories and fat and they also boast plenty of vitamins and minerals.
So next time you’re planning a party or event, think about adding some fruit to your menu. Your guests will surely thank you for it.
So, whether you’re looking for something to serve as an appetizer or a main course, we’ve got you covered.
These sides will perfectly accompany your delicious spinach dip and make your party the hit of the season.
What are you waiting for? Get cooking!