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Pureed Lentil Dip with Caramelized Leeks

For some reason--maybe because its winter--I have been obsessed lately with creating vegan versions of some of my favorite comfort foods.

So when I started craving chips-n-dip, you know: ruffled potato chips and "old skool" French onion dip, I sought to avert a headlong plunge into a vat of (vegan) sour cream dip from which--depending on my mood--there is no turning back until the damage is done!

This simple layered dip--as pretty as it is healthy--is my answer to a dip craving. The slightly caramelized green leeks and the glistening red oil play off of each other beautifully.

Pureed Lentil Dip with Caramelized Leeks

This Recipe is :

Dairy FreeVegan




  • 1 cup cooked, seasoned brown lentils, drained and pureed
  • 1/4 cup sauteed and lightly caramelized leeks (saute in a little olive oil with a pinch of salt over medium-high for a few minutes), both the white and green parts
  • Zest of one-half of a medium lemon
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 2 ounces pita chips (I like  a mulitgrain variety)


  1. Spread pureed leeks in a shallow bowl.
  2. Top evenly with leeks.
  3. Sprinkle with lemon zest.
  4. In a small bowl or cup, whisk together olive oil, garlic powder, smoked paprika and sea salt.
  5. Drizzle the flavored oil over the top of the lentils and leeks and serve the dip warm with pita chips.


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Betsy DiJulio, a vegan blogger, freelance writer, and food stylist, Betsy DiJulio is the author of The Blooming Platter Cookbook: A Harvest of Seasonal Vegan Recipes (Vegan Heritage Press, 2011) and writes the “Green Scene” column for Hampton Roads Magazine, among other regional and national freelance gigs. A lifetime cooking enthusiast, Betsy has worked as a caterer, taught private cooking classes, and won national recipe competitions. See Betsy’s website at TheBloomingPlatter.com and follow her on Facebook.



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