This roasted red pepper dip is so easy to prepare and so delicious – just throw some roasted red bell peppers and a handful of fresh ingredients into a food processor and then blitz until smooth. Roasting the peppers brings out their sweetness as well as their soft, creamy texture, which makes this dip a flavourful addition to many recipes.
For me, clean eating has nothing to do with lack of flavourful foods – which I believe seems to be the consensus for those who have had a difficult time following a clean eating diet. On the contrary, clean eating recipes involve fresh, healthy ingredients, combined with flavourful add-ins, like this roasted red pepper dip. I always have an arsenal of dips and spreads on hand in the fridge or freezer, including black olive tapenade, green olive tapenade, and pesto. Spicing up a recipe doesn’t get any easier than adding a dollop of a rich and flavourful dip or spread. For this reason, I’m of the opinion that homemade condiments should be constants on your weekly meal prep, or at least stocked items in your fridge of freezer.
When I say the serving options for this roasted red pepper dip are endless, I really mean they are endless! Here are 20 serving suggestions (and counting!):
1.) Mix into pasta sauces.
2.) Mix with meat and fish purées for baby.
3.) Stir into rice, couscous, or quinoa dishes to add a kick of flavour.
4.) Use as a dipping sauce for veggies, such as carrots.
5.) Add more flavour to soups by adding dip instead of salty bouillon cubes.
6.) Mix with crumbled goat or blue cheese and serve warm with nachos.
7.) Use AS a pasta sauce, adding sautéed eggplant, zucchini, and fresh mozzarella.
8.) Use a garnish for a Caprese salad instead of using basil or pesto.
9.) Make a “roasted red pepper” herbed butter to spread on crostini or focaccia.
10.) Mix with another favourite dip, such as artichoke dip or homemade pesto.
11.) Spread on grilled veggies, such as eggplant, zucchini, and asparagus.
12.) Put a dollop on a baked potato.
13.) Spread on pizza instead of using plain old marinara sauce.
14.) Use as a dip for grilled chicken, lamb or steaks.
15.) Stir into scrambled eggs with crumbled feta cheese.
16.) Use it as a spread for sandwiches and wraps instead of mayo.
17.) Freeze it in baby cubes and defrost as needed!
18.) Add to hummus to add some extra sweetness.
19.) Use it in meatloaf instead of using salsa or ketchup.
20.) Mix into vegetable or lentil stews.
If you’re short for time but still craving a delicious, sweet roasted red pepper dip you can turn this recipe into a 5-minute affair by simply adding fresh bell peppers to a food processor, as opposed to cooking the peppers. Albeit I can’t provide you with an exact recipe, I imagine that some raw cashews (soaked overnight in water then drained) and added to the food processor with the fresh peppers would add a creamy consistency to this fresh dip.
If you try this recipe (and love it!) be sure to snap a pic and tag me on Instagram with #bitesforfoodies so I can see your creation!