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Very Verde 3-Ingredient Dip

Very Verde Dip | A Couple CooksVery 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
Serves: 2½ cups
What You Need
  • 1 large bunch cilantro (about 3 cups packed leaves and stems)
  • 1 pound frozen peas
  • 1 cup mild salsa verde
  • ¾ teaspoon kosher salt
What To Do
  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.


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  • 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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