Very Verde Cilantro Dip

Everyone we’ve served this cilantro dip to raves about it! With just 3 ingredients, it’s an easy party appetizer to add to your list of party dip recipes.

Very Verde Cilantro Dip | Best party dip recipes

Let’s combat those holiday sweets with some green goodness, shall we? This cilantro dip is one of our favorite party dip 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 party dip recipes. Serve it with chips or crackers, and your guests will park themselves in front of the bowl. Keep reading for this ciantro dip recipe!

How to make cilantro dip

Credit for this very verde cilantro dip 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 cilantro dip and the entire family was hooked. This is Alex and my own take on her recipe. The premise is simple: take frozen peas, cilantro, and salsa verde, and blend it together into a beautiful green puree. What results is a fresh green dip that even cilantro and pea haters pledge their love to! (Promise, it’s happened at our house multiple times.)

This recipe one of our go-tos for entertaining and one of our favorite party dip recipes 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 fall for this cilantro dip too.

Very Verde Cilantro Dip | Best party dip recipes

The best way to store cilantro

So, maybe you’ve had it happen: you buy cilantro, put it in a plastic bag in the grocery, and then throw it into your crisper drawer in the refrigerator. You open the drawer the next day and the cilantro has already started to turn into some sort of blackish molded version of itself. So what’s the best way to store cilantro? We love this herb saver that keeps herbs fresh for a few weeks! Simply place the fresh herb bunches in water and close the top. Here’s the herb saver we use.

Herb Saver | Very Verde Cilantro dip | The best way to store cilantro

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This Very Verde Cilantro Dip is vegetarian, vegan, gluten free, dairy free, naturally sweet, and refined sugar free.

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Very Verde Cilantro Dip


1 Star (2 votes, average: 5.00 out of 1)

  • Author: a Couple Cooks
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 2 1/2 cups
  • Category: Appetizer
  • Method: Blended
  • Cuisine: American

Description

Everyone we’ve served this cilantro dip to raves about it! With just 3 ingredients, it’s an easy party appetizer to add to your list of party dip recipes.


Ingredients

  • 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

Instructions

  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.

Keywords: Cilantro, Peas, Green Peas, Pea Recipes, Party Dip Recipes, Cilantro Dip, Green Foods, Vegan, Vegetarian, Gluten Free

 

About the Authors

Sonja Overhiser

Cookbook Author and writer

Sonja Overhiser is an acclaimed vegetarian cookbook author and cook based in Indianapolis. She’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the food website A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Sonja seeks to inspire adventurous eating to make the world a better place one bite at a time.

Alex Overhiser

Cookbook Author and photographer

Alex Overhiser is an acclaimed food photographer and author based in Indianapolis. He’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the food website A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Alex is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the “best vegetarian cookbooks” by Epicurious.

12 Comments

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    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! :)

    • Reply
      Sonja
      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 :)

  • Reply
    Chris
    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!

    • Reply
      Sonja
      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! :)

  • Reply
    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.

    • Reply
      Sonja
      December 17, 2016 at 8:04 pm

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

  • Reply
    Stien
    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

    • Reply
      Sonja
      December 17, 2016 at 8:05 pm

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

  • Reply
    Emily
    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. :)

  • Reply
    Elizabeth
    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!

  • Reply
    Mtngirl
    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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