Artichoke, spinach and pine nut dip

Artichoke, spinach and pine nut dip
  • Serves icon Serves 4
  • Time icon Ready in 5 minutes

Bring a taste of the Mediterranean to your lunchbox with this no-fuss, tangy, green dip. There’s no chopping involved so you can make it in a matter of minutes.

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Ingredients

  • 25g pine nuts, plus extra to serve
  • 170g sliced artichoke hearts (from a jar), well drained
  • 8 pitted green olives
  • Zest and juice of 1 lemon
  • 2 large handfuls of spinach
  • 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper

Method

  1. Put the pine nuts in a food processor or electric chopper and add the remaining ingredients except the seasoning, then whizz until well combined but maintaining a chunky texture. Stir through the extra pine nuts and season with salt and pepper.

Recipe from Packed by Becky Alexander and Michelle Lake ©Nourish Books 2017, commissioned photography by Haarala Hamilton.

delicious. tips

  1. This dip is lovely rolled up inside a few slices of Parma ham or prosciutto.

  2. Pour the dip into freezer-proof containers and freeze for up to 3 months. Defrost overnight in the fridge.

  3. The globe artichoke is a member of the thistle family and has traditionally been used to support the liver and gallbladder. It contains a natural chemical called cynarin, which helps to boost bile production and aid detoxification and digestion. This action may also help to maintain healthy cholesterol levels.

    Known for their delicate, sweet flavour, tiny pine nuts are also a powerhouse of minerals, vitamins and healthy fats. They contain pinolenic acid, which may aid weight loss by triggering the release of an appetite-suppressing hormone called cholecystokinin.

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