Greek Island Parsley-Garlic Dip

April 1, 2015

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Easy and quick is what I need right now. After being sick on and off for several weeks,  I’m slowly trying to catch up. So when I needed some sort of appetizer one day, this was it.

This is a dip from the island of Syros (one of the Cyclades islands). Parsley is its main ingredient but you will definitely taste the garlic. This dip resembles in preparation as skordalia (Greek garlic dip) and taramosalata where you add a steady stream of olive oil to the dip, so you end up with a pesto like texture, rich and flavorful, however there is no cheese or nuts s in pesto.

I had heard of it but had not made it before and I was looking for some sort of parsley recipe as I had a huge parsley plant growing out of control on my balcony. I saw the dip at Kalofagas by Peter Minaki and decided to try it.

It is wonderful. A Mediterranean dip which goes well with anything that you can dip in, but I find it is good to mix in pasta or as a topping for pizza or a spread for sandwiches.

And yes this is super healthy, there is not one ingredient in this recipe that does not have health benefits: from the parsley to the onion and garlic to the olive oil, this dip is bursting with antioxidants. I also used whole wheat bread (instead of white), and for those avoiding gluten you can use potato instead of bread.

Greek Island Parsley-Garlic Dip

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 ½ cup parsley leaves
  • ½ onion
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1 teaspoon capers
  • ¼- ½ cup olive oil
  • juice from half a lemon
  • 1-2 tablespoon red wine vinegar
  • 1 cup stale bread (I used whole wheat) or boiled potato
  • salt and pepper to taste

DIRECTIONS

1. Blend the parsley, onion, garlic and capers in a food processor until somewhat smooth.

2. Wet the bread and squeeze out the water and add to the parsley mixture, mix well.

3. Add the olive oil slowly continuously mixing. And then add the vinegar, lemon juice and salt and pepper to taste

4. Cover and leave in refrigerator for at least an hour before serving.

 Photo by Elena Paravantes

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7 Comments

  • Reply Peter April 1, 2015 at 9:56 pm

    Great photo, Elena and of course I know it tastes great! Thank you for sharing.

    • Reply Elena Paravantes RD April 2, 2015 at 6:28 am

      Thanks Peter, and thanks for the idea! It was great, everybody loved it!

  • Reply Cheryl April 8, 2015 at 12:09 am

    Beautiful and easy and just look at that colour! Definitely one to come back to when my parsley is abundant.

    • Reply Elena Paravantes RD April 16, 2015 at 8:46 am

      Thanks Cheryl!

  • Reply Alex April 14, 2015 at 1:07 pm

    Looks delicious, I can’t wait to try it!

  • Reply Arlena Rodriguez May 10, 2015 at 11:23 am

    Looks delicious and very healthy!

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