Recipe: Walnut Vegetable Dip

nut dip, vegetable dip

With a texture and taste surprisingly like chopped liver, this appetizer is a hit with EVERYONE who tries it. I am constantly giving out the recipe so I decided it was time to post it here. Originally the recipe called for a can of Le Soeur peas, but I switched to frozen organic peas to make it real. I also soak and dehydrate the walnuts so that they are crispy and easy to digest. This recipe is perfect for those on the SCD or GAPS diets and a real party pleaser.

Walnut Vegetable Dip


  • Two cups cooked organic peas (start with three cups of frozen peas as they shrink when cooked)
  • One medium onion sauteed in extra virgin olive oil until browned and soft
  • 3/4 to 1 cup walnuts that have been soaked and dehydrated (where to buy soaked and dehydrated nuts)
  • two hard boiled eggs
  • salt and pepper to taste



  1. Steam or boil the peas until they are soft and then drain
  2. Chop a medium onion and saute until browned and soft
  3. In a food processor processor the walnuts until they are chopped small
  4. Add the peas and onions and process until the mixture is smooth
  5. Add the salt and pepper and mix
  6. Remove from processor into a bowl and hand chop the two hard boiled eggs leaving a little as garnish
  7. Chill before serving

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  • Ricki July 3, 2011, 4:41 pm

    That recipe is actually almost the same as one my mom used to make, which WAS called “Mock Chopped Liver”! I make my mcl now with green beans, but peas sound like a wonderful option. And a nicer color, too! πŸ˜‰

    • Jill July 6, 2011, 2:31 pm

      Hi Ricki,
      Some people call it vegetarian chopped liver!

  • Meagan July 5, 2011, 3:08 pm

    Peas and eggs- what an interesting idea!

  • Shirley @ gfe July 6, 2011, 7:55 am

    I actually love liver, but I know not everyone agrees. Will definitely give this one a try as I love every single ingredient in it. Walnuts pack such a nutritional punch. I was just reading that they are by far the healthiest of the nuts most commonly used. Healthy and pretty dip–thanks!


  • carolinaheartstrings July 6, 2011, 8:53 am

    What a great heathly dip to use with vegetables or even in a wrap!

  • Alicia@ eco friendly homemaking July 6, 2011, 11:06 am

    Oh this looks so good! I am really looking forward to making this. We are getting fresh homegrown cucumbers at the local farmers markets and I think this would be great to eat with them.

    • Jill July 6, 2011, 2:48 pm

      Hi Alicia,
      Cucumbers would be great — sometimes I serve endive with it to avoid crackers.

  • angie July 6, 2011, 1:12 pm

    love dips in this house will try this for sure

    • Jill July 6, 2011, 2:49 pm

      Hi Angie,
      I’m sure it will be a hit. I love the froggies on your homepage!

  • Anjanette July 6, 2011, 4:28 pm

    Ooo! Something very new to me!! And made from ingredients I always have on hand! Thanks!

    • Anjanette July 13, 2011, 7:33 pm

      Just made this for the family to go along with grain free almond crackers. Yummy!

      • Jill July 13, 2011, 8:23 pm

        HI Anjanette,
        I think grain-free almond crackers would be great with this!

  • Wendy July 6, 2011, 5:35 pm

    This looks soooo good.

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  • Tanya @ Greetings From the Asylum July 7, 2011, 11:57 am

    I totally want to try this, but I am allergic to walnuts! What is with all that silliness! Thanks for sharing!

  • Bibi July 7, 2011, 7:30 pm

    To be honest I am not crazy about the color, but I sure love the recipe and everything that goes in it. I have to try this.

    Thanks for sharing it at Foodie Wednesday.

    • Jill July 7, 2011, 8:58 pm

      Hi Bibi,
      It tastes really good. When I used the can of peas it was a browner color.

  • Pearl July 7, 2011, 9:33 pm

    Oh, this looks way better for a dip than the canned liver pate we buy here, not to mention nutritious too! Will definitely give this one a try. I’ll have to serve it with cucumber and celery sticks!

    Please check my FTF entry for this week: Kung Pao Chicken Recipe
    Much β™₯,
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  • Liz July 7, 2011, 10:07 pm

    This looks interesting. I bet it is somewhat like hummus. I can eat that by the bowl fulls.

  • Liz July 7, 2011, 10:09 pm

    This looks great. I wonder if it taste at all like hummus. Yummm

  • KB July 8, 2011, 1:54 am

    Looks really good. Hope you’ll share your recipes with us at
    Simply Delish.

  • Amy July 8, 2011, 4:08 am

    What a beautiful green and healthful treat. I love liver flavor and I’m surprised this walnut dip taste similar to that. I gotta give your recipe a try for a healthier alternative! Thanks for sharing.


    • Jill July 8, 2011, 8:21 am

      Hi Amy,
      Actually liver is an amazing nutrient dense food — so I wouldn’t stop eating that — but this recipe is a very healthy dip that may replace some of the packaged varieties.

  • Little Brick Ranch July 8, 2011, 7:12 am

    This looks wonderful. I love the peas in it as they are my husbands newest food obsession. I think I will make it for our BBQ next week and perhaps roll the ball in crushed walnuts or something for a nice presentation. Also to let the peanut allergy peeps know there are nuts in it! πŸ™‚ We have a funky bunch…

    Thanks for linking up to Foodie Friday. I hope to see you again next week!!

    • Jill July 8, 2011, 8:19 am

      Hi Little,
      Sounds like a great idea for presentation!

  • anna ~ random handprints July 8, 2011, 7:19 am

    wow, looks great. will have to try it!

  • Miranda July 8, 2011, 7:25 am

    The ingredients sound like they would be a great combination! Thanks for linking to Fat Camp Friday, enjoy your weekend and see you next time!

    • Jill July 8, 2011, 8:18 am

      Hi Miranda,
      Thanks for your comments!

  • Jill July 8, 2011, 12:21 pm

    Definitely NOT a fan of chopped LIVER, but this looks palpable. Can’t wait to make it. THANKS!!! I really like you blog, very informative and well put together.

  • KB and Whitesnake July 8, 2011, 7:25 pm

    Thanks for sharing your recipe with us at
    Simply Delish. Hope to see you again next weekend.

  • Miz Helen July 8, 2011, 8:35 pm

    Hi Jill,
    What a great dip for all the wonderful fresh veggies that we have from our garden right now. Thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday and hope to see you again real soon!
    Miz Helen

    • Jill July 8, 2011, 8:56 pm

      Hi Miz Helen,
      Thanks for your comments!

  • Rcel July 9, 2011, 9:18 pm

    That looks really good and healthy!

    I have some BIRTHDAY LEFTOVERS at mine! Let me know if you virtually want some! πŸ˜€

  • cheerful July 10, 2011, 4:22 pm

    wow, looks great…i want to try it and dip some of our favorite veggies. yummy! thanks for sharing! visiting from FTF, have a great week. πŸ™‚

  • Onna Koehn July 10, 2011, 7:40 pm

    Hi, I have to say I was very interested in this recipe because I love dips. But I am not sure what its supposed to taste like, and sorry to say this afternoon when I made it, I didn’t enjoy it as I thought. I was disappointed that to me, it just tasted like peas with a walnut dryness taste… maybe this is what chopped liver is supposed to taste like, not sure. Anyway, I think if I were to make it again I would definitely add garlic and some spices… not sure which. Oh, my youngest liked it however, he’s 16 months and LOVEs anything dip like. πŸ™‚ So it wasn’t a total loss!
    Thanks for all the great recipes!!

    • Jill July 10, 2011, 8:38 pm

      Hi Onna,
      Thanks for the feedback! I have to say that it does taste much better after it has been chilled. I will add that instruction to the recipe!

  • Sheryl July 12, 2011, 2:04 pm

    Hi, I just wanted to thank you for visiting Cast Party Wednesday and I hope you join me again tomorrow and share more of your great recipes!
    I hope to see you tomorrow!