Greek Split Pea Spread

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Greek Split Pea Spread

Greek Split Pea Spread

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.

Serves 10

Prep Time 30 min

Total Time 70 min.


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

Cooking Directions

Step 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.

Step 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.

Step 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).

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