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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- 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
- 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.