Hearts of Palm Dip: A light, refreshing (and lower calorie) alternative to hummus.

July 15, 2015

We love hummus in my house. We love it SO much that I decided to make an alternative recipe with same ease and appeal, but a change in flavor to keep things interesting. Instead of adding spices or other mix-in’s to traditional hummus, I decided to swap out chick peas all together for hearts of palm. And the result—this mouthwatering Hearts of Palm Dip—is sublime.

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This creamy (and low-calorie!) dip is made just like hummus, but uses hearts of palm instead of chickpeas. And no tahini, which can be hard to find. The combination of hearts of palm, garlic, lemon, salt and olive oil—good olive oil— is light and refreshing, perfect for summer.

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Really, it’s perfect for any season. Not to mention for parties, in the lunch box, as an after school snack, and more. This dip is all purpose, all good. In fact, this dip is so delicious that we now have a new problem: We eat it so much that I’m going to have to change things up again soon.

But not yet.

Hearts of Palm Dip
Makes 1 cup

1 14-ounce can hearts of palm, roughly cut into 1-2” pieces
2 tablespoons lemon juice (from about 1 whole lemon)
1 – 1½ teaspoons roughly chopped garlic (from 1 large clove)
1/8 teaspoon salt, plus more to taste
¼ cup, plus 2 tablespoons olive oil

1. Add hearts of palm, lemon juice, garlic, and salt to the bowl of a food processor and whiz on high for 10-20 seconds.

2. Stop the food processor, scrape down the sides and turn on again, this time adding the oil in slow, steady drizzle. Keep the machine running until the dip is smooth and creamy. Taste and season with more salt, if desired.

*Note: This is a great treat to share with even your youngest eater. A little mixed in with cereal gives baby a whole new taste sensation. And, if you have finger-food eaters, give them soft bread or crackers or whatever veggies they normally eat with hummus and let them dip away!

3 Responses

  1. Olga says:

    I never leave comments but I had to for this dip! It was amazing! I ran out of olive oil and used walnut oil instead. Delicious!!!! Thanks for an excellent recipe.

  2. Linda says:

    Sounds delicious! Is there any way you could add nutritional information at the end of your recipes?

  3. One Hungry Mama says:

    @Linda, It’s something that I’ve considered, for sure. I’m about to re-launch the site (stay tuned — it’s looking GREAT!) and will consider it after I get through the launch for sure. Thanks!!

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