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Garlicky Kale and Spinach Dip For your News Years Party

December 30, 2013

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Throwing a big party to ring in the New Year? Besides the champagne to toast, a good spread of appetizers is one of the most important parts of a successful party. What better way to start 2014 than with a big bowl of healthy greens? Instead of serving unhealthy dips that are low-nutrient and high-calorie, try serving this garlicky kale and spinach dip.

This dip is incredibly flavorful, and is great served with anything from carrots and celery to pita chips or crackers. Ring in the New Year on a healthy note by serving this dish at your party!

Looking for more healthy recipes for your New Years Eve party? Check out 77 Festive and Healthy Holiday Recipes

Garlicky Kale and Spinach Dip

Ingredients

  • 1 bunch kale, washed and tough stems removed (about 7 ounces)
  • 1 bunch spinach, washed and tough stems removed (about 5 ounces)
  • 2 medium garlic cloves, peeled
  • 3 tablespoons toasted pine nuts
  • 4 teaspoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1/2 cup olive oil

Instructions

  1. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Prepare an ice water bath by filling a bowl halfway with ice and water; set aside.
  2. Add kale and spinach to the boiling water and cook until wilted, about 2 minutes. Remove from the boiling water and plunge into the ice bath. Once the greens are cool, remove them from the ice bath, shake off any excess water, and place in the bowl of a food processor.
  3. Add garlic, pine nuts, and vinegar and, while puréeing, slowly pour in the olive oil. Continue puréeing, stopping to scrape down the sides of the bowl with a rubber spatula as necessary, until all of the oil is incorporated and the mixture is smooth, about 4 minutes. Season with salt and serve.