By Merrell Readman
mbg Associate Food & Health Editor
Merrell Readman is the Associate Food & Health Editor at mindbodygreen. Readman is a Fordham University graduate with a degree in journalism and a minor in film and television. She has covered beauty, health, and well-being throughout her editorial career.
Whether it’s due to the heat or the laid back attitude of the season, something about the summertime welcomes recipes that require as little effort as possible. Vibrant fruit salads and fresh green mixes are staples at any picnic table, but a creamy, flavorful dip can be just as refreshing to join your spread.
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This sun-dried tomato and walnut dip from author and food blogger Mark Sisson‘s new cookbook will be a hit at any gathering. Blending decadent textures and that tangy tomato flavor, this spread is a perfect addition to just about any meal you whip up. “It’s a pretty thick dip, so it actually works well to scoop it up with veggies or to serve it on top of grilled meats and fried eggs,” he suggests. “Just top it with a big spoonful (two to three tablespoons).”
1 cup (125 g) chopped walnuts
2 garlic cloves, peeled
1 tablespoon (2 g) dried basil or 1 1/2 tablespoons (3 g) fresh basil leaves
1 tablespoon (15 mL) fresh lemon juice
Sea salt and black pepper to taste
Pulse until everything is minced, scraping down the sides of the processor bowl as needed.
Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 10 minutes
Carbs: 8 grams
Protein: 3 grams
Fat: 10 grams
Excerpted from Two Meals a Day Cookbook by Mark Sisson. Copyright (C) 2022 by Mark Sisson. Reprinted with permission of Balance Publishing. All rights reserved.