Light and Creamy Artichoke Dip

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This tasty and lightened-up Creamy Artichoke Dip is one of my favorite appetizer dips to bring to Holiday parties! Filled with marinated artichokes and garlic, it’s creamy and cheesy and super delicious – and an instant crowd-pleaser.

Creamy artichoke dip is scooped up on a cracker.


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The Creamiest Homemade Artichoke Dip

I can’t be the only one who’s always amazed at how quickly the holidays sneak up on us? All of a sudden it’s time to plan dinners, mingle at cocktail hours, find time for baking, and prep party appetizers. Luckily, when it comes to the latter, I have a secret weapon that NEVER fails to please a holiday crowd: this unbelievably creamy and light, savory and garlicky homemade artichoke dip!

This recipe is both a quick holiday appetizer and a snack that you can easily whip up right before a marathon of Hallmark Christmas movies. It’s an easy recipe for a wonderfully light yet cheesy dip that needs little effort other than tossing the ingredients into a blender and then serving.

Of course, having these crunchy, flavorful Harvest Stone® crackers as a dipping vessel is the cherry on top!

A bowl of creamy artichoke dip served with crackers.

What You’ll Need

This artichoke dip recipe is packed with the good stuff; cheese, garlic, herbs and a hint of acidity from lemon juice! Here’s everything you’ll need:

  • Cream Cheese: In keeping with the lightened-up theme, I use low fat cream cheese.
  • Garlic: A couple cloves, minced.
  • Artichokes: Marinated artichoke hearts are best. Be sure to drain them!
  • Parmesan Cheese: Freshly grated.
  • Lemon Juice: Brightens the flavors and gives the dip a bit of oomph.
  • Parsley: Dried or fresh, both to use in the dip as well as for garnish. 
  • Basil: Chopped fresh basil or dried. 
  • Salt & Pepper
  • Crackers for Dipping: I absolutely love serving this dip with Harvest Stone® Brown Rice, Sesame and Flax Crackers!
A box of Harvest Stone crackers.

How to Make Your Own Artichoke Dip

This easy appetizer comes together in a flash. Just a few minutes and a food processor are needed for this incredibly light and creamy artichoke dip. Here’s how you make it:

The ingredients for artichoke dip combined in a mixing bowl.

Blend: Blend the cream cheese, garlic, artichoke hearts, parmesan cheese, lemon juice, salt and pepper in a food processor until creamy.

Season: Stir in the parsley and basil, and transfer the dip to a serving dish. Sprinkle the top with a garnish of fresh or dried parsley.

Serve: Serve your homemade artichoke dip alongside your choice of crackers or dipping vessel! See more suggestions below.

Artichoke dip is served in a bowl surrounded by gluten-free crackers.

Tips for Success

  • Adapt the Recipe: You can easily double or even triple this recipe depending on party size.
  • Swap out the Cream Cheese: If you prefer, you can make this recipe with either sour cream or even Greek yogurt in place of cream cheese.

Add-In Ideas

Add in a handful of baby spinach to instantly transform this recipe into a homemade spinach and artichoke dip! Here are other suggestions for dip add-in ingredients:

  • Spicy Jalapeños
  • Chopped Bacon
  • Sun-dried Tomatoes
  • Olive Tapenade
  • Chili Flakes
Boxes of Harvest Stone crackers.

Ways to Serve This Dip

I love serving this light and creamy artichoke dip with my favorite Harvest Stone® crackers. Their organic Brown Rice, Sesame & Flax Crackers are so crispy and delicious! Plus they’re non-GMO, gluten free and packed with whole grains and seeds.

For something a bit more hearty, serve this artichoke dip with slices or chunks of fresh rye, sourdough or pumpernickel bread.

You can also serve this as a veggie dip next to baby carrots, celery, snap peas, and broccoli.

A bowl of creamy artichoke dip served with crackers.

How to Store Leftovers

Store leftover artichoke dip airtight in the fridge, either tightly wrapped or in a container. Artichoke dip should keep for about 3-4 days when chilled.

Can I Freeze Artichoke Dip?

This artichoke dip freezes super well and keeps for up to 3 months when stored frozen! Seal it up in an airtight freezer-safe bag or container to store, then defrost it in the fridge when ready. Be sure to give it a stir before serving!

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Light & Creamy Artichoke Dip

This lightened-up Creamy Artichoke Dip is one of my favorite easy appetizer recipes to bring to parties! It’s creamy and cheesy and super delicious – an instant crowd pleaser.
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 6 Servings


  • 8 ounces low fat cream cheese
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 cup jarred marinated artichoke hearts (drained)
  • 1/3 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt, or to taste
  • 1/8 teaspoon fresh ground pepper, or to taste
  • 1 teaspoon dried parsley, plus more for garnish
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 box (3.54 oz) Harvest Stone Brown Rice, Sesame and Flax Crackers, for serving
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  • In a food processor or blender, combine cream cheese, garlic, artichoke hearts, parmesan cheese, lemon juice, salt and pepper; pulse a few times until blended and creamy.
  • Stir in dried parsley and basil; transfer to a serving bowl and garnish with a bit of dried parsley.
  • Serve with Harvest Stone Brown Rice, Sesame & Flax Crackers


Makes 1 1/2 cups. 


Serving: 0.25cup | Calories: 120kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 25mg | Sodium: 423mg | Potassium: 100mg | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 425IU | Vitamin C: 4.8mg | Calcium: 126mg | Iron: 0.4mg

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  1. Ashlyn says:

    This dip looks incredible! And I definitely need to get my hands on those yummy crackers!

  2. Paula - bell'alimento says:

    I’m a sucker for a good dip and I adore artichokes!

  3. Jacque Hastert says:

    This looks like a great game day dip.

  4. Demeter says:

    Love that these crackers are gluten free! So important to have something for everyone especially at parties!

  5. Jen says:

    I could make a dinner out of this dip! It’d be hard to share!

  6. Julianne Bayer says:

    How amazing does this look? Artichoke dip is one of my favorite apps!

  7. Jennie @onesweetmess says:

    This dip is everything!

  8. A_Boleyn says:

    Oops … meant to comment here instead.

    The dip looks great . I love artichoke dip though I always buy it. 🙂