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Mere Bergstrom relaxes with her family in Durham, Connecticut.

Mere Bergstrom of Durham, Connecticut, loves a good party. She loves to prepare quick appetizers for her guests, too. "Crowd pleasers," she calls them.

One savory party-starter that has been pleasing visitors for years is her Spinach Dip, which she adapted from a dressing mix package. Explains Mere, "There were too many ingredients on the package that I couldn’t even pronounce, let alone know what they were. So I made my own."

Her guests are glad she did!

Next time you’re expecting a gathering, whip up a batch of Mere’s yummy dip and serve it with assorted chips or veggies for dipping.


Spinach Dip

Here’s a dip you can feel (almost) virtuous about eating, especially if you eat it with fresh veggies.

  • 2 Cups sour cream, regular or light
  • 2 TB. GARDEN SALAD SEASONING
  • 1 pkg. chopped spinach, cooked and drained well
  • ¼ Cup minced onion (half a small onion)
  • ¾ tsp. CALIFORNIA BASIL
  • ½ tsp. TURKISH OREGANO

Mix all of the ingredients together and chill for at least 1 hour. Serve with fresh vegetables or pita chips.

Prep. time: 10 minutes
Chilling time: 1 hour
Yield: 3 Cups

Nutritional Information: Servings 12;
Serving Size ¼ cup (61g); Calories 80; Calories from fat 70; Total fat 7g; Cholesterol 15mg; Sodium 55mg; Carbohydrate 2g; Dietary Fiber <1g.

Spinach Dip



Order the Spices for this Recipe:

Description Price Quantity
Garden Salad Seasoning 1.4 oz. 1/4 cup jar $5.15
Basil California .2 oz. 1/4 cup jar $2.49
Oregano Broken Leaf Turkish .2 oz. 1/4 cup jar $2.29