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Green Pea, Parsley, and Pistachio Dip

Green pea, parsley, and pistachio dip

This bright green dip of sweet peas, parsley, and luscious pistachios is great served with brightly colored vegetables—baby carrots, sliced red bell peppers, rounds of yellow squash, and thin wedges of raw sweet potato. You can also add fresh or crisp breads or stone-ground tortilla chips to the mix. This might well become your go-to as a tasty snack or appetizer. Photos by Hannah Kaminsky of Bittersweet.

Makes about 1 1/2 cups

  • 1 cup frozen green peas
  • 1 cup firmly packed parsley leaves
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh dill, or 1/2 teaspoon dried
  • 2/3 cup shelled pistachios (see Note), raw or toasted, as you prefer
  • Juice of 1/2 to 1 lemon or lime, to taste
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
  • 1/4 water

Cook the peas in a steamer basket or in a small saucepan with just enough water to keep moist, until bright green and just tender-crisp.

In a food processor, combine the peas with the parsley, dill, pistachios, juice of 1/2 lemon or lime, salt, and water. Process until the mixture is an even, coarse puree, stopping occasionally to scrape down the sides.

Taste, and if you’d like a more tangy flavor, squeeze the remaining half of the lemon or lime into the mix. Season to taste with salt and pepper, and pulse the food processor on and off a few times to mix once again.

Note: It’s not too difficult to shell 2/3 cup’s worth of pistachios, but if you prefer, shelled pistachios are pretty easy to come by. Try well-stocked supermarkets or naturals food stores.

Green pea, parsley, and pistachio dip recipe

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    March 24, 2013 at 9:34 am

    This dip is delightful! I give it a 5 starr rating!!I added a tsp minced garlic and crushed black peppercorns to spice it up a bit. My dinner party crowd scrapped the the bowl clean with the fresh veggies on the appetizer tray.

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      March 24, 2013 at 3:33 pm

      I’m glad you and your guests enjoyed this, Jamie. And thanks for sharing your tweaks!

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    August 30, 2014 at 4:40 pm

    This looks fantastic, but my husband is allergic to pistachios (and cashews). Is there any other nut or seed I could substitute?

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      August 30, 2014 at 4:43 pm

      Hi Kayla, I think slivered or sliced almonds would work, too. Maybe soak them in hot water for 15 minutes or so, which will help them to process down to a creamier texture.

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    September 21, 2018 at 5:18 am

    I would love to make this dip, but can I make it 1 day in advance?

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      September 21, 2018 at 9:29 am

      Marte, this should keep well for a day if kept covered in the fridge!

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