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A Healthy Holiday Dip: Roasted Red Pepper Romesco

December 10, 2013

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One of the easiest ways to overeat during the holidays is to load up on unhealthy appetizers at parties and family gatherings, and dips are one of the biggest offenders.

They are typically very fattening and full of empty calories that you don’t need, not to mention they are just too darn easy to keep eating! This year, instead of arranging your raw vegetables and crackers around a big bowl of ranch dip, try making something healthy and much more delicious.

Romesco is an incredibly easy recipe to add to your holiday cooking repertoire. It’s traditionally made with tomatoes and almonds, but one of my favorite things about Romesco is how easy it is to alter. I like to use roasted red peppers for a bit of smokiness and walnuts because they are full of healthy fats. This is one dip you won’t feel guilty about going back for seconds!

Roasted red pepper Romesco dip


  • ¾ cup toasted, unsalted walnuts
  • 2 cloves garlic, roughly chopped
  • ¼ cup parmesan cheese
  • 3 tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 (15 oz.) jar of roasted red peppers
  • ¼ tsp. cayenne pepper
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • ¼ tsp. pepper


  1. In a food processor combine the walnuts, garlic, parmesan, and oil. Pulse until nuts are finely chopped, about 10 seconds.
  2. Add the red peppers and spices, blend to combine until sauce is desired consistency.
  3. Taste the Romesco dip and adjust seasoning as needed.


What healthy appetizers will you prepare this holiday season?