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Mashed yellow lentils topped with red onion and a generous splash of olive oil makes a wonderful appetizer. Fava was meant to be shared with a friend. This fava spread is super simple yet incredibly delicious. It's simplicity makes it versatile, so you can enjoy it as a dip, spread it onto sandwiches, or even eat it by the spoonful if you like!

Greek Fava Spread [Vegan, Grain-Free]

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Ingredients You Need for Greek Fava Spread [Vegan, Grain-Free]

  • 1 1/2 cups yellow lentils or yellow split peas
  • 3-4 cups water
  • 1/4 cup yellow onion, cut into 2-3 large chunks
  • 1/2 cup carrot, cut into 2-3 pieces
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons oregano
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 pinch turmeric, for color if needed
  • 1/4 cup fine olive oil garnish
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped red onion for garnish
  • 1 lemon
  • 1/2 orange
  • 4 slices rustic bread (optional)
  • Salt, to taste

How to Prepare Greek Fava Spread [Vegan, Grain-Free]

  1. Simmer lentils on low with water, oregano, turmeric, carrot, yellow onion, salt, mashed garlic cloves, oregano, and turmeric until very mushy.
  2. Keep adding water as necessary. You want a porridge like texture. It should take about 1 1/2 hours. Remove from the heat. Fish out the carrot and onion. It is okay if a bit of carrot remains; it will add color.
  3. Mash in pot with a spoon or in food processor until it still retains a shadow of split pea shapes but is mainly mash.
  4. Scoop into shallow bowl, squeeze lemon and orange over the top, splash on a generous amount of golden olive oil, a little salt, a little pepper and you are ready to dive in. Serve room temperature.
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