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Original Ranch Spinach Dip in a Bread Bowl

Original Ranch Spinach Dip in a Bread Bowl

Easy, creamy, and delicious spinach dip is the perfect appetizer for any occasion. 5 minutes and 5 ingredients are all you need to make this crowd-pleasing dip leaving more time with friends and family!

close up of spinach dip in a bread bowl

This post is sponsored by Hidden Valley Ranch but the content and opinions expressed here are my own.

Easy Spinach Dip

When I start planning a party, I start by thinking about what to serve. Usually before I even decide why I’m having a party, or who I am going to invite. I might even go as far as plan a get together where I only invite two people: myself and a bowl of spinach dip!

Does this make me weird? Nope, not after you try this spinach dip! You too might be having a quiet night in with just you and this handsome bread bowl of yumminess.

Even better is that this Spinach Dip only uses 4 ingredients! 5 if count the bread bowl, but who’s counting, right?!?!

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overhead picture of ranch Seasoning Shaker and dip

If you’d rather skip my (very helpful, I think) tips and tricks, essential cooking info, and similar recipe ideas – and get straight to this delicious recipe – simply scroll to the bottom of the page where you can find the printable recipe card.

What is spinach dip made of?

The Original Ranch Spinach Dip is full of delicious flavors, mouth-watering herbs and spices, and fun textures for a party in every bite!

Making this dip is super easy, which is why I love it for a weekend crowd or just snacking mid week while I am making dinner.

This 4 ingredient recipe includes:

  • sour cream
  • Hidden Valley ranch seasoning Shaker
  • chopped spinach
  • water chestnuts

How do you make Spinach Dip in a Bread Bowl

Not only is the recipe easy because of it’s simple and delicious ingredients, but even quicker with the Hidden Valley Ranch Seasoning Shaker. Forget tearing open a package, just uncap and sprinkle some seasoning right into the dip!

The fun doesn’t stop there, you can add some your favorite ranch seasoning to any week day meal or snack with a few shakes from the convenient Hidden Valley Ranch Seasoning Shaker.

I can’t get enough of it, I might need one for every room in the house:)

Ranch seasoning being poured into sour cream
add Ranch Seasoning

Spinach Dip in a Bread Bowl

Once you have your dip put together, let’s get our serving bowl in order. While the dip is chilling out in the fridge and all the flavors are getting to know each other, grab your round French bread loaf.

Cut a circle in the top at an angle and hollow out the extra bread inside. Don’t throw away that inside bread or the top, cut or tear them into bite-sized pieces. Perfect for dipping out a big bite of the dip hiding out in the fridge.

This Creamy Beer Cheese Bread Bowl Dip is outstanding too if you are in a cheesy mood!

Can I heat up spinach dip?

You can heat up the dip in the microwave at half power in one minute intervals until warm or you can place in the oven at 350F for 5-10 minutes.

What goes well with spinach dip?

Just about everything goes well with spinach dip in a bread bowl. Besides the bread you are using to scoop out dip, try adding a variety of crackers and raw veggies too!

How long can spinach dip sit out?

Because of the dairy in the dip, I wouldn’t let it sit out for more than 2 hours at room temperature. I don’t think you will have to worry about it being around for that long anyway!

spinach dip on a cracker
enjoy with crackers too

Can you freeze spinach dip?

Yes, you can! Just give it a stir to remix when it’s thawed out. If it gets a little watery, you can place it in a colander lined with paper towels until it’s nice and thick again.

Can you use fresh spinach?

Frozen and chopped is easier but if you want to use fresh spinach, just cook up and drain really well.

What can I substitute for the water chestnuts?

If you don’t feel like using water chestnuts, feel free to add celery, onions, artichoke hearts, or even pecans!

How far in advance can I make spinach dip?

This dip can be made up to two days in advance as long as you keep it stored in the fridge!

overhead picture of bread bowl with dip and sliced cucumbers

This Original Ranch Spinach Dip will quickly become your new favorite dish, if it isn’t already!

If you love this Bread Bowl Dip Recipe as much as I do, please write a five-star review in the comment section below (or on Pinterest with the “tried it” button – you can now add pictures into reviews, too!), and be sure to help me share on facebook!

collage of spinach dip pictures with text" spinach dip bread bowl"

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Easy Spinach Dip

Spinach dip in bread bowl with hand dipping carrot in it

Original Ranch Spinach Dip Bread Bowl

Yield: 8 servings
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Additional Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes

Easy, creamy, and delicious spinach dip is the perfect appetizer for any occasion. 5 minutes and 5 ingredients are all you need to make this crowd-pleasing dip leaving more time with friends and family!


Spinach Dip

  • 16 ounces sour cream
  • 8 ounces water chestnuts
  • 10 ounces chopped spinach
  • 1 ounce Hidden Valley Original Ranch Seasoning

Bread Bowl

  • 1 French bread round loaf, top cut off and hollowed out

Garnishes and Dippers

  • tomatoes, small snack size
  • celery, trimmed and cut into sticks
  • carrots, snack size
  • broccoli, trimmed and cut into bite-sizes florets
  • bread pieces, cut into bite-sized pieces
  • cucumbers, sliced
  • green onions, trimmed


  1. Mix the spinach dip by combining the sour cream, water chestnuts, spinach, and ranch seasoning.
  2. Cover and store in the fridge for an hour.
  3. While the spinach dip is chilling, make the bread bowl.
  4. Trim the top of the bread bowl by cutting at a 45 degree angle around the top being careful not to cut all the way to the bottom.
  5. Remove the top and pull out a large portion of the bread inside making a "bowl" inside.
  6. Cut or tear the top of the bowl into bite-sized pieces for dipping.
  7. When the dip is chilled, scoop into the bread bowl.
  8. Serve with bread pieces and your favorite veggies and chips.
  9. Enjoy!


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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 8 Serving Size: 1/8th
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 317Total Fat: 13gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 34mgSodium: 705mgCarbohydrates: 42gFiber: 3gSugar: 7gProtein: 10g

This nutrition information was generated via a third party, Nutritionix, and can bot be held liable for any discrepancies in the information provided.

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Julia Palfrey

Wednesday 19th of June 2019

Loely photos! and great recipe, keep it up :)

Michaela Kenkel

Tuesday 18th of June 2019

We always have a shaker bottle of HV Ranch seasoning in the cupboard. Super grateful for that, because I needed a quick appetizer this weekend, and I had everything on hand for this spinach dip! Thank you for the quick recipe!


Monday 17th of June 2019

This is a brilliant idea! I hate opening a whole package of an ingredient and only need a portion of it. This is going to come in so handy for tailgating!

Nikki Lee

Wednesday 12th of June 2019

This was so so good! I keep my pantry stocked with the bottle of ranch seasoning! We love it!


Tuesday 11th of June 2019

This was so delicious. I loved using the shaker, it made it so easy!! 5 minutes for an app, and I'm sold.