Split Pea Cilantro Dip

As it chills in the fridge, this dip firms up and becomes more spread-like in texture, ideal for warm, crusty bread, crackers or on wraps. To serve as a dip, stir in water one teaspoon at a time until it’s the consistency you want.
By / Photography By Alfredo Añez | October 18, 2016


Combine split peas, garlic and broth in a large saucepan; bring to a boil. Skim off any froth. Reduce heat to low, cover and simmer for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Stir in salt. Cook approximately 15 to 20 minutes more, or until peas are tender and a fairly thick puree. Remove from heat; let cool slightly, then combine the pea mixture with cilantro, cumin, pepper, lemon juice and olive oil in a food processor. Process until smooth, scraping sides of bowl occasionally. Transfer dip to a container and chill in the refrigerator for a few hours to allow the flavors to meld. Adjust seasoning, if necessary.


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  • 1½ cups dried green split peas (about a half bag), rinsed
  • 2 small cloves garlic
  • 3 cups low-sodium organic vegetable broth
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ¼ cup coarsely chopped fresh cilantro leaves, stems removed
  • ½ teaspoon ground cumin
  • ⅛ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • Juice from 1 lemon (about 2-3 tablespoons)
  • Water for thinning (optional)
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