Very Verde 3-Ingredient Dip

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Very Verde Dip | A Couple Cooks

Very Verde Dip | A Couple Cooks

Let’s combat those holiday sweets with some green goodness, shall we? This is one of our favorite entertaining recipes because it’s simple, healthy, and delicious. No joke: everyone we’ve served it to raves about it. Even people who are self-avowed haters of the main ingredients love it. And it’s hard for them even to guess what the main ingredients are. Turns out peas and cilantro combined with a bit of salse verde is pure magic as a dip. (That’s three ingredients, sans salt.) Serve it with chips or crackers, and your guests will park themselves in front of the bowl.

Credit for this one goes to my sister’s mother-in-law (or, my brother-in-law’s mother?). Either way, Laury lives in Alaska and is an all-around dynamite person. On the trip to Alaska where I caught my first fish, she served us this pea dip, and we were hooked. This is our own take on her recipe; we’ve added some quantities that you can adjust based on your own tastebuds.

This recipe absolutely one of our go-tos for entertaining, along with this roasted tomato almond dip. It also works for a wide variety of diets: vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free and dairy-free. We’ve held onto it for too long not to share! Let us know in the comments below if you fell for the verde dip too.

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Very Verde 3-Ingredient Dip

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  • Author: a Couple Cooks
  • Yield: 2 1/2 cups


  • 1 large bunch cilantro (about 3 cups packed leaves and stems)
  • 1 pound frozen peas
  • 1 cup mild salsa verde
  • 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt


  1. Thaw the peas. Combine all ingredients in a food processor and process to combine; scrape the bowl and process again until smooth. Taste and adjust flavors as necessary, adding additional cilantro and salsa to your liking.


About the Authors

Sonja Overhiser

Cookbook Author and writer

Sonja Overhiser is author and recipe developer of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the “best vegetarian cookbooks” by Epicurious, and a recipe developer and healthy & sustainable food advocate behind the award-nominated food blog A Couple Cooks.

Alex Overhiser

Cookbook Author and photographer

Alex Overhiser is photographer and recipe developer of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the “best new cookbooks” by Bon Appetit, and a recipe developer, photographer, and technical expert at A Couple Cooks.


  • Reply
    Sarah | Well and Full
    December 14, 2016 at 9:21 am

    This is so insanely creative!! I love how simple the ingredients list is, but it really sounds like a very flavorful dip. And I’m down for anything with cilantro! :)

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      December 17, 2016 at 8:01 pm

      Ooo thank you! It’s so easy, it’s become a go-to for us when we’re entertaining. We used to call it pea dip but decided it needed some new branding :)

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    December 15, 2016 at 2:14 pm

    Serve with red corn tortilla chips or beet chips and Christmas slam dunk! Maybe my pea-averse family will never know. Shhh…

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      Molly G
      December 16, 2016 at 2:29 pm

      Oh I love the idea of this red & green dip for Christmas parties! Great idea!

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      December 17, 2016 at 8:00 pm

      Ooo I LOVE that idea! Many people we’ve served it to have liked it even though they didn’t like peas…so it’s worth a try! :)

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    Edwina at The Equipped Cook
    December 16, 2016 at 12:20 am

    This dip looks really good. I am surprised by the flavors (I’d never have combined peas and cilantro in a dip!) so I’m going to make it to see how good it is. Dips are so handy at this time of the year when you need something to serve with a few drinks. Thanks for sharing such a simple but creative recipe.

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      December 17, 2016 at 8:04 pm

      Absolutely! I agree that dips are perfect for holiday entertaining. Let us know what you think!

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    December 16, 2016 at 8:51 am

    Thank you for the recipe! I will try it out for the holidays to serve my guest! I will let you know if they liked it

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      December 17, 2016 at 8:05 pm

      Yes, please let us know what they think! Thanks for making it :)

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    December 19, 2016 at 12:37 pm

    Who would have thought frozen peas for a dip?! Totally intrigued by this one! Would make such a great after-school snack too. Do you have a specific brand of salsa verde that you like? There’s so much variation between the brands and I want to try to make this just like you. :)

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    December 19, 2016 at 9:06 pm

    WOW. Just wow. I was really skeptical about this but was intrigued enough to try. Turned out to be incredibly delicious and, best of all, so simple. Thanks for the recipe!

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    May 29, 2018 at 12:10 pm

    Broke out the deck chairs and this dip for the kickoff to summer this past weekend. As promised, it was a hit with everyone. Did it with crostini one night, tortilla chips the next, and as a spread on grilled chicken sandwiches. We’re hooked, thank you!

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