Greek Split Pea Spread

Greek Split Pea Spread

3 Reviews
From: EatingWell Magazine November 1997

One taste of this simple, rustic spread—a popular meze or appetizer throughout Greece—and you are transported to a little seaside taverna. The base of the spread is yellow split peas, a healthful legume that requires no presoaking and cooks in less than 45 minutes. Enjoy this appetizer as the Greeks do, with a generous drizzle of your favorite extra-virgin olive oil.

Ingredients 10 servings

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  • 1 cup yellow split peas, rinsed
  • 6 cloves garlic, crushed and peeled
  • 3 cups water
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
  • 1/4 cup finely diced red onion
  • Freshly ground pepper, to taste
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh dill, or parsley


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  1. Combine split peas, garlic and water in a large saucepan; bring to a boil, skimming off any froth. Reduce heat to low, cover and simmer for 30 minutes.
  2. Uncover and simmer, stirring often, until the mixture has cooked down to a thick puree, 10 to 20 minutes longer. Remove from heat and stir in salt. Press plastic wrap on the surface and let cool.
  3. Transfer the pea mixture to a food processor. Add lemon juice and 1 tablespoon oil; process until smooth. Season with pepper. Transfer to a bowl. To serve, drizzle the remaining 2 tablespoons oil over the spread and sprinkle with red onion and dill (or parsley).
  • Make Ahead Tip: Cover and refrigerate for up to 4 days or freeze for up to 6 months.

Nutrition information

  • Per serving: 87 calories; 4 g fat(1 g sat); 5 g fiber; 12 g carbohydrates; 4 g protein; 2 mcg folate; 0 mg cholesterol; 1 g sugars; 9 IU vitamin A; 2 mg vitamin C; 7 mg calcium; 0 mg iron; 243 mg sodium; 19 mg potassium
  • Carbohydrate Servings: 1
  • Exchanges: 1 starch, 1 fat

Reviews 3

June 22, 2014
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By: Leandra Jackson
Great party dish I made this for a BBQ and it was a big hit. I did use green peas because that is what I had. The flavor was unique, fresh, and aromatic. Pros: Tastes greatd as a dip and a condement
June 30, 2012
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By: juliaoceanchild1
I'll make this again! I wasn't going to make a separate trip to a different store to find yellow split peas so I used green. I think the only thing I'll do differently next time is use just a little less water in cooking the peas to make it thicker. My friends all asked for the recipe! Pros: Easy, healthy, pretty Cons: Hard to find yellow split peas
May 14, 2010
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By: EatingWell User
Yum. Yum. Yum. So fresh tasting!