Chunky artichoke dip served with orange and yellow mini bell peppers halved and castelvetrano olives

Easy & Healthy Chunky Artichoke Dip – No Cream Cheese

In Appetizers, Condiments, Sauces, & Such by sarawalkenbach10 Comments

Do you have that one dish that you look forward to every family get together? The one that your aunt brings, that you only get to enjoy once or twice a year. For me, it’s this recipe. My Aunt Karen brings Chunky Artichoke Dip every Christmas or Easter, for the appetizer buffet. It’s so good, it’s so easy, and healthy too.

Chunky artichoke dip in a bowl.
Easy and healthy, this chunky artichoke dip is a crowd pleaser.

Health Benefits of Artichokes

When you’re not pairing artichokes with copious amounts of cheese, there are several health benefits.

“Artichokes are low in fat while rich in fiber, vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. Particularly high in folate and vitamins C and K, they also supply important minerals, such as magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, and iron.”

Mary Jane Brown, PhD, RD,

If you like artichokes, you’ll love my Artichoke Chicken Recipe.

Whole and halved artichoked in a Polish pottery bowl
Artichoke hearts are a good source for fiber, vitamin C, potassium, and folate.

How to Make this Healthy Chunky Artichoke Dip

It’s as easy as whisking up the dressing ingredients in the bowl first, dumping in the rest of the ingredients, and giving it a stir. Yes. That is it. No baking required. This recipe can easily be doubled. If you are serving more than 4 people, I would recommend it.

Can it Be Made a Day Ahead?

Yes! Mix it up and stick it in the fridge for up to 4 days.

Kick it Up with these Mix Ins

This dip is a crowd pleaser. It’s mild, refreshing, and light. Want to add a little more punch? Throw in any of these to kick up the flavor:

  • Hot Sauce
  • Feta Cheese
  • Green or Black Olives
  • Red Pepper Flake
  • Pimentos

What to Dip?

The possibilities are endless here. Here are a few healthy ideas:

  • Organic Triscuits (only 3 ingredients!)
  • Mini Bell Peppers, cut in half, seeds removed
  • Zucchini Slices
  • Mary’s Gone Crackers (gluten free)
Chunky artichoke dip served with orange and yellow mini bell peppers halved and castelvetrano olives
So many options for dipping this delicious dip! Try mini bell peppers or a whole grain cracker.

If you like this recipe, you’ll love Pizzeria House Salad.

It’s NOT Just a Dip

I’m telling you, this will be your new favorite condiment too! There are so many options with this dip. Here are a few besides just a dip:

  • Put it on a Sandwich or Wrap: Add a little flavor enhancer on your next sandie or wrap. This goes great with turkey or chicken (nitrate-free) lunch meat & a slice of cheese.
  • Make it a Meal – add in an Egg: Mix 1/2 a cup of Easy & Healthy Chunky Artichoke Dip with a chopped hard boiled egg. Eat with a fork, crackers, or on bread.
  • Stuffed Chicken Breasts: slice a pocket in the side of your raw chicken breast. Stuff in the dip, grill or bake until chicken is done (165 degrees). Or just put on top when chicken is done.
Chunky artichoke dip on a triscuit
Keep this dip healthy by choosing a veggie or whole grain cracker to dip with.

Looking for more Healthy Appetizers?

Pears Wrapped in Prosciutto

Easy Cucs with Tajin

Greek Yogurt Queso

Bite-Size Goat Cheese Balls

Easy Stuffed Dates

thyme branch

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Chunky artichoke dip in a bowl.

Easy & Healthy Chunky Artichoke Dip – No Cream Cheese

This NO BAKE appetizer can be whipped up in 15 minutes. It’s a crowd pleaser, better double it!
5 from 3 votes
Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Servings 4 people
Calories 73 kcal


  • 1 can Artichoke Hearts, in water whole or quartered, drained & chopped
  • 4 tbsp Parmesan Cheese grated
  • 1/4 cup Red Bell Pepper small dice
  • 1.5 tbsp Capers
  • 1 tbsp Leek chopped, optional
  • Pinch or 2 Salt / Fresh Ground Pepper optional

Dressing Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp Lemon Juice freshly squeezed
  • 1 tbsp Olive Oil extra virgin
  • 1/2 tsp White Wine Vinegar
  • 1 Garlic Clove
  • 1/4 tsp Thyme (dried) 3/4 tsp Fresh Thyme
  • 1/4 tsp Dill weed (dried) 3/4 tsp Fresh Dill
  • Pinch Salt


  • In a medium mixing bowl, micro-plane (or mince) garlic. Add the rest of the dressing ingredients and whisk.
  • Chop artichoke hearts, red bell pepper, leek. Add to bowl with dressing. Add the capers and Parmesan to bowl too. Stir.
  • Add a pinch of salt and a few grinds of fresh pepper, if desired.
  • Serve with halved mini bell peppers, zucchini slices, or whole wheat crackers.



This recipe makes about 2 cups. If you are serving more than 4 people, better double it.
Always taste your food before salting. Since this has capers as an ingredient, which are salty by themselves, you don’t want to add too much more salt.
This can be made a day ahead and kept in the fridge for up to 4 days.


Calories: 73kcalCarbohydrates: 4gProtein: 3gFat: 5gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.4gMonounsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 3mgSodium: 386mgPotassium: 43mgFiber: 1gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 397IUVitamin C: 16mgCalcium: 65mgIron: 0.2mg
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  1. Yum! Finally an appetizer with no dairy and no bake! I didn’t have a leek, but still tasted delicious. Thanks for this recipe.

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5 from 3 votes

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