Raise your hand if you’ve been looking for an easy recipe for a healthy dip? You know, the kind that is so yummy everyone asks for the recipe? A dip that takes just 5 minutes to make, is full of wholesome ingredients and compliant with the giant list of diets everyone you knows is on? Low-Carb, No oil, Paleo, Whole30, WFPB, Gluten-Free, Plant-Based, Dairy-Free, etc. No worries, I’ve got you covered with this Romesco Dip.
Honestly, keeping up with the latest dieting craze is exhausting. I find labels unproductive, limiting and frustrating for most. But, I understand the need to stick to what you know makes you feel YOUR best while also making others happy in their quests for longevity. This delicious dip should cover you on all counts. PLUS, it will literally take you 5 minutes to make so you can tend to your own needs too.
What is Romesco?
Generally, Romesco refers to a roasted tomato and bell pepper (or chili pepper) based sauce that originated in Catalonia. Often it’s used on top of fish, poultry, meats, vegetables and stews. I’ve created a recipe that evokes the same ruddy color, the same smoky flavor, with similar ingredients that are available year round. No need to wait for summer-time farmers market tomatoes and peppers to be able to make this homemade dip. Make Romesco Dip NOW, when there are games to be watched with healthy snacks nearby.
What’s in Romesco Dip?
- Roasted Red Peppers
- Sun-Dried Tomatoes
- Almonds—subs listed in the recipe card for those with tree-nut allergies.
- Red Wine Vinegar
- Smoked Paprika
- Cayenne Pepper
How do you make Romesco Dip?
I don’t exaggerate when I tell you this dip takes 5 minutes to make. Simply put all ingredients in your food processor. Process. Scrape down the sides. Repeat. Pour in water while the processor is running to create a creamy texture. It’s totally up to you how creamy/chunky your dip will be. You can use a high speed blender if you don’t have a food processor, no problem.
What can I serve this low carb dip with?
- Raw Veggies
- Roasted Veggies
- Crackers or Chips
- As a spread on a sammie or a wrap
- Thinned out with water or plant-milk as a sauce for pasta, grains, or roasted veggies
If you’ve never tried romesco dip, this is your golden opportunity. So easy to make and wholesome too. It’s a great alternative to hummus, though if you’d like to try a healthier recipe, look to this cauliflower hummus. Ideal for a healthy appetizer or snack. Perfect as a sandwich spread or thinned into a sauce, this simple recipe has limitless possibilities and I like that!
- 1 cup raw almonds
- 1 16-oz jar organic roasted red peppers
- 1/2 cup organic sun dried tomatoes
- 1/4 cup fresh parsley
- 2 small cloves garlic
- 1 Tablespoon red wine vinegar
- 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
- 1/2 teaspoon coarse sea salt
- 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 1/2 cup water
- Toast almonds: place them in a dry skillet on the stovetop over medium heat. Cook, shaking the pan to redistribute almonds for 3 minutes, or until toasted, but not burnt. OR: preheat oven to 325 and toast on rimmed baking sheet for 15 minutes, until golden.
- If sun dried tomatoes are dry/hard, soak iIn warm water for 10 minutes, then drain.
- Drain red peppers and place in a bowl of food processor. Add in toasted almonds, sun dried tomatoes, parsley, garlic, vinegar and spices. Process until all ingredient are fully incorporated. You may need to stop and scrape down the sides several times and then continue. With processor running, slowly pour in the water, allowing mixture to absorb moisture evenly. Scrape down sides and process again. Check for seasoning and if mixture is too thick, add additional water 1 Tablespoon at a time until desired consistency.
- Store in airtight container in the fridge for 1 week or the freezer for 2 months.
- I like to buy my almonds RAW and then toast myself, if needed. This keeps my pantry uncluttered, with flexible ingredients that are wholesome too.
- For tree nut allergies, substitute sunflower seeds for the almonds. Hemp seeds will also work.
- Tomatoes and Red Peppers are heavily sprayed produce---buy organic when you can.
- If you are looking for a thinner romesco that you can use as a sauce/spread, thin with additional water or almond milk until desired consistency.
Serving Size1/4 cup
Amount Per Serving Calories 121 Total Fat 9g Saturated Fat 1g Trans Fat 0g Unsaturated Fat 8g Cholesterol 0mg Sodium 139mg Carbohydrates 9g Net Carbohydrates 0g Fiber 3g Sugar 4g Sugar Alcohols 0g Protein 4g