From Our Kitchen: Split Pea Dip

Split peas have been a food staple for thousands of years. Back in 500 BC, it was a common street food in Athens, where vendors would hawk bowls of hot pea soup. Today, the humble split pea is ubiquitous across the world, and a key ingredient in many hearty dishes.

Our split pea dip recipe is both filling and nutritious. Split peas are packed with fiber, and also contain protein, copper phosphorus, B vitamins, potassium and more.  Best of all, the flavor is mild, so it’s a great transition food. We encourage you to try letting your little one choose whatever they want to dunk in the split pea dip — heated Pita bread, soft-cooked carrots, and apples are all great options. Giving your little one the freedom to choose what they are going to use to dip is a great way to encourage independence, and allows them to explore the world of food.

Split Pea Dip

Split Peas. Onion. Lemon. Herbs. The perfect dip for your little foodie.

Ingredients

1 tablespoon olive oil

¼ of a medium-sized onion, diced

1 garlic clove, minced

1 teaspoon dried basil / 2 tablespoons fresh basil, chopped

½ cup dried green split peas

2 ¼ cups water

Zest of 1 lemon

Juice of half a lemon

1 teaspoon olive oil

¼ teaspoon salt

Fresh basil, for garnish

Instructions

  1. In a medium saucepan, combine olive oil and onion. Sauté for approximately 3 minutes, until onions are soft.
  2. Add minced garlic and dried basil (or fresh), and cook for 1 more minute. Add 2 ¼ cups of water and bring to a boil. Add split peas and reduce to a simmer.
  3. Cook the split peas for approximately 40-50 minutes. Remove from heat and allow to cool.
  4. In a mixing bowl, combine cooled, cooked split peas, lemon zest, lemon juice, olive oil and salt. Mix until well combined.
  5. Garnish with fresh basil, if desired.

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