Exquisite Vegan Spinach Tofu Dip Recipe

Are you looking for an appetizer that is healthy, dairy-free and vegan? Look no further! I have a really good vegan spinach tofu dip recipe that will surely surprise your taste buds, even if you hate tofu or vegan food.

Spinach is one of the most nutritional vegetables among all. It’s high in vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. Thanks to its mild flavor, this green leafy vegetable goes well with almost any dish. Tofu, on the other hand, is a versatile food item that can make any dish more nutritious and delicious.

This recipe calls for silken tofu which makes it smooth and creamy, without altering the taste like other types of tofu. The dip also features soy sauce, lemon juice, garlic powder, dried basil, black pepper and vegetable bouillon granules which blend together to create a savory flavor.

With ingredients like kalamata olives and frozen chopped spinach, this spinach tofu dip offers a burst of taste that will leave your guests wanting more.

Impress your next dinner party by serving this vegan spinach tofu dip with crackers or fresh vegetables. Even those who think they hate tofu or vegan food won’t be able to resist!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Really Good Vegan Spinach Tofu Dip (Even if You Hate Tofu/Vegan
Really Good Vegan Spinach Tofu Dip (Even if You Hate Tofu/Vegan

Are you searching for an exciting new way to add some flavor to your vegan diet? Look no further than my Really Good Vegan Spinach Tofu Dip. This recipe is the perfect solution for adding some variety to your snack selection, and it’s bound to impress even the most ardent tofu haters out there! Here are just a few reasons why you’ll fall in love with this incredible dish:

Firstly, this vegan spinach tofu dip is packed with nutrients that are essential to your health, such as protein and iron. And the best part? You can enjoy all of these benefits without sacrificing taste. Unlike some other tofu dishes that can be bland or lack texture, my recipe calls for silken tofu which results in a smooth and creamy consistency – just like traditional spinach dip.

But the real star of this dish comes from the flavorful combination of ingredients. I use kalamata olives for a briny punch, onions for sweetness, lemon juice for acidity, soy sauce for saltiness, garlic powder for depth, dried basil for fresh herbaceousness, and vegetable bouillon granules for savoriness. All of these ingredients complement each other beautifully.

The main component, frozen chopped spinach also contributes a lot of nutrients along with its vivid green color adding visual appeal to the dip. The smooth and creamy texture of silken tofu absorbs these flavors perfectly making it an excellent carrier.

For those who may not have tried tofu before or were on the fence about it, this is an excellent starter recipe due to its smooth and creamy consistency where the green flecks of spinach add some color thus making this rich dip tantalizing to taste buds.

And let’s not forget about how easy this recipe is to make. All you need are a few ingredients, most of which you might already have in your pantry or fridge. It takes less than ten minutes to prepare and takes up minimal space on your countertop.

So give my Really Good Vegan Spinach Tofu Dip a try – I guarantee that it will be your new go-to snack or party appetizer. It’s a healthy way to treat yourself without sacrificing any flavor – no matter if you’re a vegan foodie or a hesitant first-timer.

Ingredient List

 Get ready to dip into a pool of flavor with this vegan spinach tofu dip!
Get ready to dip into a pool of flavor with this vegan spinach tofu dip!

Let’s take a closer look at the ingredients we will need to make this really good vegan spinach tofu dip. Don’t worry if you are not a fan of tofu or vegan food, as this recipe has been specifically developed to be enjoyed even by those who don’t particularly like tofu. Here’s what we’ll need:

– Tofu:

We will need one 14-ounce package of firm tofu for this recipe. You can also use extra-firm tofu if you prefer, as it has a denser texture and will hold up better in the dip.

– Spinach:

Frozen chopped spinach works great in this recipe. We will need one 10-ounce package of frozen chopped spinach.

– Flavorings and Seasonings:

Our flavorings for this dip include dairy-free vegetable bouillon granules, which enhance the umami flavor of the dip, as well as garlic powder, dried basil, and black pepper. We will also need some olive oil to sauté our onion and garlic.

– Onion and Garlic:

We will need one-half of an onion, which we will peel and chop finely, and three cloves of garlic, peeled and chopped.

– Lemon Juice:

Adding some fresh acidity is always a good idea when preparing dips, especially creamy ones. We will add some lemon juice to our spinach tofu dip, around 1-3 tablespoons, depending on how tart you prefer it.

– Soy sauce:

Soy sauce is one of my go-to ingredients when developing vegan recipes as it really adds depth and savory notes to dishes. For this recipe, we’ll only need around 1/2 tablespoon of soy sauce.

That is all we need! Let’s move on to the next section where we’ll show you how to make it.

The Recipe How-To

 Who needs dairy when you have this creamy and delicious vegan dip?
Who needs dairy when you have this creamy and delicious vegan dip?

Here is the part of the article you’ve been waiting for: the recipe!


  • 1 (10 oz) package frozen chopped spinach, thawed and squeezed dry
  • 1 block of firm or extra-firm tofu, drained and roughly crumbled
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 small onion, peeled and chopped
  • 1/4 cup pitted and sliced Kalamata olives
  • 2 tablespoons of fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon of soy sauce
  • 1/8 teaspoon of garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon of dried basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon of vegetable bouillon granules
  • A pinch of ground black pepper
  • A pinch of sea salt
  • 2 tablespoons of olive oil

Step-by-step Guide

  1. Preheat your oven to 375°Fahrenheit.

  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine the squeezed-dry thawed frozen spinach, crumbled tofu, chopped onion, minced garlic, sliced Kalamata olives, fresh lemon juice, soy sauce, garlic powder, dried basil, vegetable bouillon granules, ground black pepper, and sea salt. Mix all ingredients until well combined.

  3. Add in the olive oil to the mixture and stir to combine all ingredients.

  4. Transfer this mixture to an oven-safe serving dish that has been lightly coated with cooking spray. Spread the mixture evenly into the dish using a spatula.

  5. Bake in the preheated oven for about 20 minutes or until lightly golden brown on top.

  6. Once done baking, remove from the oven and let it cool for about five minutes before serving.

Voila! You’ve just made a delicious vegan spinach tofu dip that will impress everyone at your next party or gathering.

Substitutions and Variations

 Tofu? More like to-woohoo! This recipe will make even the most skeptical tofu-hater into a fan.
Tofu? More like to-woohoo! This recipe will make even the most skeptical tofu-hater into a fan.

As a chef, I understand that sometimes you don’t have every single ingredient listed in the recipe or simply want to switch things up a bit. That’s why I’m happy to suggest some substitutions and variations that will turn this already great dip into something even more amazing.

Let’s start with the tofu. I know that not everyone is a fan of soy products, but please don’t let that stop you from trying this recipe. You can use chickpeas, white beans, or even cashews instead of tofu. They will give the dip a creamy texture while adding their flavor and nutrient content.

Speaking of nutrition, did you know that artichokes blend amazingly well with spinach? For an extra burst of flavor/texture, you can add canned artichoke hearts to the dip along with kalamata olives for tanginess.

If you like a spicy kick, consider adding a bit of crushed red pepper flakes or hot sauce. In contrast, if tangy flavors are more your thing, swap out half the lemon juice for apple cider vinegar or balsamic vinegar. Cumin will give it an earthy touch while smoked paprika adds a smoky depth to the dish.

Lastly, if you want to make this vegan spinach dip into an easy appetizer platter, add some sliced carrots, radishes, cherry tomatoes or celery sticks as dippers. You could also serve it alongside some crispy homemade pita chips or tortilla chips for crunch.

In summary: feel free to get creative with this recipe! Try different ingredients and combinations until you find your ideal version—after all, cooking should be fun!

Serving and Pairing

 This vegan dip is so flavorful, you won't even realize it's healthy... until you go for seconds!
This vegan dip is so flavorful, you won’t even realize it’s healthy… until you go for seconds!

This vegan spinach tofu dip is a crowd-pleaser that will make you look like a pro in the kitchen, even if you’re not. You can serve it with any type of crispy crackers or tortilla chips for a satisfying crunch. However, my personal favorite pairing is with fresh and lightly toasted pita bread triangles. The soft and pillowy texture of the bread pairs beautifully with the creamy spinach tofu dip.

For a more substantial meal, you can also use this dip as a sandwich spread, or as a topping for your baked potato, grilled veggies or roasted mushrooms. I think it would also taste amazing on top of a crusty baguette slice, with some kalamata olives and diced tomatoes.

To elevate the presentation and add some color to the dish, consider garnishing with some chopped fresh herbs, such as parsley or basil. And if you like extra heat, sprinkle some red pepper flakes or add thinly sliced jalapeno on top.

No matter how you choose to serve it, this vegan spinach tofu dip will impress your guests and leave everyone wanting more. It’s perfect for parties or any casual gathering where people love to gather around good food and good company.

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 Pair this spinach tofu dip with your favorite chips and get ready for a snack that's out of this world.
Pair this spinach tofu dip with your favorite chips and get ready for a snack that’s out of this world.

Who has time to make dips on the spot when guests are on their way? With this Really Good Vegan Spinach Tofu Dip, you can easily make it ahead of time and store it in the refrigerator for a quick and satisfying appetizer any time.

To make it ahead of time, simply prepare the dip as directed in the recipe. Cover and refrigerate for up to three days. When ready to serve, give it a good mix, and voila! You have an irresistible dip ready to go.

Since this dip is vegan and dairy-free, there is no need to worry about it going bad quickly. Once prepared, you can store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to five days. However, please note that the texture might change slightly after storing; so, you may have to add more non-dairy milk or lemon juice for consistency.

To reheat this dip, spoon the desired amount into a microwave-safe bowl, cover with a damp paper towel and place in the microwave at 30-second intervals until hot. You could also reheat it over low heat on the stove with a tablespoon or two of water or milk until heated through, stirring frequently.

Whether you’re making it ahead of time or reheating leftovers, this spinach tofu dip will still retain its creamy deliciousness. You’ll never have to sacrifice taste due to lack of time!

Tips for Perfect Results

 Looking for a vegan party appetizer? Look no further than this spinach tofu dip.
Looking for a vegan party appetizer? Look no further than this spinach tofu dip.

When it comes to cooking with tofu, some people are hesitant because they don’t know how to make it taste good. However, with the right techniques and ingredients, tofu can taste delicious and can be a great substitute for meat or dairy. Here are some tips to make sure your vegan spinach tofu dip turns out perfectly every time:

1. Use the right firmness of tofu

The recipe calls for silken tofu, which has a very soft texture and makes the dip creamy. However, if you prefer a more substantial texture, you can use firm or extra-firm tofu instead. Just make sure to drain the excess liquid before using it in the recipe.

2. Press the tofu

To get rid of any excess water in the tofu, place it between two paper towels and gently press it down with a heavy object like a plate or book. This will ensure that the dip isn’t too watery and will help the flavors of the other ingredients to stand out.

3. Flavor the tofu

Tofu on its own doesn’t have much flavor, but you can add some depth to it by marinating it beforehand. Combine soy sauce, garlic powder, dried basil, black pepper, and vegetable bouillon granules in a bowl and let the tofu soak in it for at least an hour before using it in the recipe.

4. Use fresh spinach

While frozen chopped spinach is convenient, using fresh spinach in this recipe will give the dip a brighter color and more vibrant flavor. If you do use frozen spinach, make sure to thaw it completely beforehand and squeeze out any excess liquid.

5. Don’t skimp on seasoning

This dip relies on bold flavors such as kalamata olives, lemon juice, onion, sea salt and black pepper to balance out the mild taste of the tofu and spinach. Make sure to taste-test as you’re making it to ensure that you’ve added enough seasoning.

By following these tips, you’ll be able to make a truly delicious vegan spinach tofu dip that even tofu-haters will enjoy!


Before you get started in the kitchen, let me anticipate some of the questions you might have about this recipe. From potential ingredient swaps to making substitutions for allergies, I’ll cover it all in this FAQ section. Keep reading so you can make the perfect, really good vegan spinach tofu dip – even if you’re not a big fan of tofu or vegan recipes.

How do you eat tofu if you don’t like it?

For a scrambled “egg” alternative, start with firm tofu and give it a good press. Once it’s drained, crumble the tofu with your hands, using a smashing motion until it takes on the consistency of scrambled eggs. Sprinkle in a mix of seasonings, including turmeric, black pepper, garlic powder, and either black salt for that classic “eggy” taste, or switch it up with sea salt or Tamari for a different flavor profile. Don’t forget to toss in your preferred cooked veggies to complete the plate.

What can I use instead of tofu vegan?

Finding substitutes for tofu and tempeh can be tricky, as there are no perfect alternatives. However, depending on the recipe, you may be able to use ingredients such as mushrooms (with puffballs being a standout tofu-like option), beans like chickpeas, or soy sauce-free seitan to achieve a similar consistency and flavor profile.

How do you make tofu not taste like tofu?

Marinating tofu is essential for enhancing its flavor, but it’s important to avoid using oil in the marinade. Tofu contains a significant amount of water, even after being pressed, and oil does not blend with water. Incorporating oil in the marinade will only result in a layer of oil on the tofu, preventing the flavors from penetrating the surface. Therefore, it’s crucial to opt for marinades that are free of oil to allow the flavors to seep in effectively.

What can I substitute silken tofu with?

Silken tofu is a common ingredient in many vegan recipes, often used in salads or cold dishes. However, if you don’t have silken tofu available, regular soft tofu can be used as a substitute. On the other hand, for recipes that call for silken tofu in smoothies or baked goods, there are a variety of substitutions available such as yogurt, cream, milk, butter, egg, or ice cream.

Bottom Line

In conclusion, this recipe for Really Good Vegan Spinach Tofu Dip will change the way you think about tofu and vegan food. Even if you hate tofu and have never tried a vegan recipe before, this dip is sure to impress you with its delicious flavor and creamy texture. With simple ingredients like garlic powder, soy sauce, and frozen chopped spinach, you can make a dish that is healthy, dairy-free, and packed with plant-based protein.

Whether you’re serving it as an appetizer or enjoying it as a snack, this dip is versatile enough to suit any occasion. You can even make it ahead of time and store it in the fridge for an easy grab-and-go snack throughout the week. So what are you waiting for? Give this recipe a try and discover how delicious vegan food can be!

Really Good Vegan Spinach Tofu Dip (Even if You Hate Tofu/Vegan

Really Good Vegan Spinach Tofu Dip (Even if You Hate Tofu/Vegan Recipe

The olives really make this dip - don't omit them! 🙂 I'm a diehard carnivore, but I was going to a potluck and wanted to bring a cheap, egg-free, dairy-free dish in case there were allergies or vegetarians there. I took about six recipes off the Internet, combined them and added a few more things, and it was great! I let it sit in the fridge for two days and just re-mixed it before serving. At the potluck, there was not a single vegetarian there, and they all liked this dip. Cayenne and grated carrot would probably be great in this and make it a more "traditional" spinach dip. You may want to start with less garlic if you're not a big fan.
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Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 0 mins
Course Appetizer
Cuisine Vegan
Servings 4 cups
Calories 49.1 kcal


  • 1 (3/4 lb) package tofu
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 (10 ounce) package frozen chopped spinach
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable bouillon granules
  • 2 teaspoons dried basil, crumbled
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1/2 large onion, finely minced
  • 10 -15 kalamata olives, pitted and chopped


  • Defrost spinach and squeeze out as much liquid as you can.
  • Drain tofu of any excess liquid.
  • Place tofu and oil in a large bowl. Use a hand mixer on high speed to combine them until creamy.
  • Add pepper, vegetable bouillon powder, dried basil, garlic powder, soy sauce, and lemon juice. Blend on high speed for 1 minute.
  • On low speed, mix in onion, spinach, and olives.
  • Taste and adjust seasonings to your preference.
  • Cover the bowl and place in the fridge. Let it sit for at least 8 hours for the flavours to meld, preferably overnight.
  • Serve with crackers, bread, chips, or vegetables for dipping.

Add Your Own Notes


Serving: 53gCalories: 49.1kcalCarbohydrates: 2.4gProtein: 2.4gFat: 3.8gSaturated Fat: 0.6gSodium: 102.1mgFiber: 0.8gSugar: 0.7g
Keyword < 15 Mins, Beans, For Large Groups, Free Of..., Greens, Lactose-free, Soy/Tofu, Spinach, Vegan, Vegetable
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