Easy, healthy, and deeply delicious beet dip made with toasted pepitas and ready-to-use beets. The recipe is vegan, oil-free, Paleo, and only 62 calories per 1/4 cup serving.
- 1/3 cup (46 g) pepitas (green pumpkin seeds)
- 1 teaspoon ground cumin
- 1 teaspoon hot smoked paprika
- 1 clove garlic, peeled
- 1 15-ounce (425 g) BPA-free can beets, drained
- 2 teaspoons grated lemon zest
- 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice (more to taste, as desired)
- 1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt (more to taste, as desired)
- Optional: finely chopped fresh cilantro or mint leaves, more lemon zest
- Place the pepitas a small, heavy skillet set over medium-high heat. Stir the pepitas (or gently shake pan) for 1 to 2 minutes until the pepitas are golden brown in spots, and make a popping sound. Cool slightly and then transfer to a food processor (or mini blender, like a bullet blender).
- Add the cumin and paprika to the same skillet. Cook and stir over medium heat for 1 to 2 minutes until the spices smell fragrant and toasty. Transfer to the food processor, along with the garlic.
- Process the pepitas and spices until the pepitas are finely chopped. Continue processing, using on/off pulses and stopping occasionally to scrape bowl, until the mixture resembles fine, damp sand.
- Add the beets, lemon zest, lemon juice and salt to processor. Process, stopping to scrape the bowl, until completely blended and smooth. Adjust salt to taste.
- Transfer dip to a small bowl, cover and refrigerate until cold. If desired, garnish with herbs and lemon zest.
Storage: Store the dip in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.
Smoked Paprika Options: Use an equal amount of Aleppo pepper, chile powder or Hungarian paprika, or sweet smoked paprika. If using an option that is not hot, you can add a pinch of cayenne, or some hot sauce, too.
- Category: Appetizer, Snack
- Serving Size: 1/4 cup
- Calories: 62
- Sugar: 3.5 g
- Sodium: 164 mg
- Fat: 3.4 g
- Saturated Fat: 0.6 g
- Carbohydrates: 6 g
- Fiber: 1.8 g
- Protein: 3.1 g
- Cholesterol: 0 mg