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.

EatingWell Test Kitchen
Source: EatingWell Magazine, November 1997


Recipe Summary

1 hr 10 mins


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Instructions Checklist
  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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 Facts

87 calories; protein 4.2g 8% DV; carbohydrates 12.4g 4% DV; exchange other carbs 1; dietary fiber 4.9g 20% DV; sugars 1.1g; fat 4.2g 7% DV; saturated fat 0.6g 3% DV; cholesterolmg; vitamin a iu 9.3IU; vitamin c 2.1mg 4% DV; folate 1.6mcg; calcium 7.1mg 1% DV; iron 0.1mg; magnesium 1.9mg 1% DV; potassium 18.5mg 1% DV; sodium 243.3mg 10% DV; thiaminmg 1% DV.

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Rating: 4 stars
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 Read More
Rating: 4 stars
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 Read More
Rating: 4 stars
Yum. Yum. Yum. So fresh tasting! Read More