Muhammara

Muhammara is a delicious Middle Eastern dip similar to hummus, made with roasted red peppers, breadcrumbs and walnuts. Walnuts are a wonderful source of omega 3 fatty acids and one of my favorite ways to include healthy fats in my diet. Muhammara

Disclosure: I received free samples of California walnuts mentioned in this post. By posting this recipe I am entering a recipe contest sponsored by the California Walnut Commission and am eligible to win prizes associated with the contest. I was not compensated for my time.

I hope you are all having a relaxing Sunday morning! Today, I wanted to share with you a new find and addition to my diet. I recently discovered muhammara at Trader Joe's, and became OBSESSED quickly! To save money, I (as always) set out on a quest to make this delicious dip myself.

Have you ever heard of muhammara? It's a Middle Eastern dip (originates from Syria) that tastes very similar to hummus, but is made with roasted red peppers, walnuts and breadcrumbs. Traditionally, it is made with pomegranate molasses. I wanted my recipe to feature easy-to-find ingredients though, so I actually made mine with regular molasses and pomegranate juice, and it was delicious! If you would like to use pomegranate molasses, it can be found at most health food stores and Middle Eastern grocery stores.

One of my favorite ingredients in this dish are the walnuts. I LOVE adding walnuts into my diet. Walnuts are a delicious and versatile ingredient that pair perfectly with other whole foods for nutritious, tasty meals and snacks.

I include walnuts often in my diet. I love to make trail mix, energy bites and raw brownies with walnuts. They are also perfect addition to salads and can even be used to create a vegan taco meat (both of these recipes, here and here, are fantastic!) Today I use walnuts to create a delicious dip that I have topped on grilled chicken, eaten with pita bread and used to flavor vegetables like celery and cucumbers.

 

Why walnuts? Because they are SO good for you! Just an ounce of walnuts has 2.5 grams of essential plant-based omega-3 alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), as well as 4 grams of protein and 2 grams of fiber to keep you feeling full. Omega 3 fatty acids are a wonderful addition to a healthy diet. In my opinion, walnuts are one of the tastiest and easiest ways to include omega 3 FA's in your diet.

Muhammara
Recipe Type: Snack, Dip
Cuisine: Middle Eastern
Author: Victoria Myers RD/N, LD/N
Ingredients
  • 1 can roasted red bell peppers, drained
  • 1 cup walnuts
  • 1/2 cup (whole wheat) breadcrumbs
  • Juice of 1/2 lime
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1 teaspoon molasses*
  • 2 teaspoons pomegranate juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • Salt to taste
Instructions
  1. In a food processor, add all ingredients and blend until creates a smooth dip (similar in consistency to hummus).
Notes
Traditional muhammara uses pomegranate molasses. I used molasses and pomegranate juice for easier to find ingredients, but if you prefer to use pomegranate molasses, use a teaspoon and omit the pomegranate juice.

I hope you all have a fantastic rest of your weekend! I'll be back Wednesday from my usual What I Ate Wednesday post and on Friday I will be posting another delicious recipe for you!

Nourish yo'self,

Victoria