Step up your dip game and make this Roasted Red Pepper and Walnut Dip for your next gathering. Because, honestly, I’m over hummus.
Shocking, I know. It might be even controversial. The go-to dip for all mom’s night out gatherings and book clubs has run it’s course for me. I use to eat the hell out of hummus but I think I am hummused-out. I like making up words. Feel free to use that one in your own vocabulary.
I love a good dip though! It could be dinner some nights with a glass of wine. I wanted to create a dip that had some substance to it, was easy and also dairy free. Plus this one is just plain pretty in a bowl with some veggies around it.
I started with a jar of store-bought roasted red peppers but you could easily roast your own if you are so inclined #overachiever. Then I added toasted raw walnuts. You must toast the walnuts because it brings out the flavor and makes the dip just.a little more complex. Don’t ever skip toasting nuts for a recipe. I’m saying that in my strictest mom voice, fyi.
I added a little garlic, fresh lemon, smoked paprika, a touch of honey, olive oil, salt and pepper, threw it all in a food processor until smooth. It couldn’t be easier!
This would be delicious as a topping for fish or chicken as well. It would also work to be tossed with pasta as a sauce.
Roasted red pepper dip is good for your body too
Did you know walnuts are an excellent source of several vitamins and minerals that support your immune system, brain and heart health? And red peppers have vitamins A and C, among others. The best foods are whole ones that come from the ground, tree or animal. And when you combine them into a dip, it’s a win-win situation for your taste buds and health.
Try something new like this Roasted Red Pepper and Walnut Dip and you will soon forget about ol’ hummus-what’s-her-name. If you need another dip that isn’t hummus, try my Sweet and Spicy Guacamole recipe here.
ROASTED RED PEPPER WALNUT DIP
- food processor
- 1 cup walnuts
- 1 garlic clove roughly chopped
- 1 12 oz bottle roasted red peppers well drained
- 2 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
- ¼ tsp smoked paprika
- 1 Tbsp olive oil
- ½ Tbsp honey
- ½ tsp salt
- 1/4 tsp pepper
- Heat a clean, dry skillet over medium heat. Add walnuts and toast a few minutes until lightly browned, shaking the pan often. Let cool before using.
- Place the walnuts and garlic clove into bowl of food processor. Process until very finely chopped. Add remaining ingredients and process 2-3 minutes until very smooth. Refrigerate until ready to eat to let the flavors combine and the dip to thicken slightly.
- Delicious served with veggies and crackers as an appetizer or as a sauce for pasta, grilled salmon or chicken.