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Celiac Disease Nutrition Guide, 3rd Ed. (Single Copy)

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Roasted Red Pepper, Pomegranate and Walnut Dip

Roasted Red PepperRecipe by Roberta L. Duyff, MS, RD, FADA, CFCS

Serve this nourishing dip with toasted pita or fresh vegetables, as a flavorful spread on sandwiches, or as a colorful complement atop grilled meat, chicken or fish. This unique dish is called muhammara or acuka depending on its ethnic origin in the Middle East. A healthy eating note: the red bell peppers are rich in beta carotene, and the walnuts are a source of heart-healthy omega-3s.


3 roasted red bell peppers *
1/2 cup unsalted walnuts, toasted, coarsely chopped fine **
1/4 cup whole wheat breadcrumbs
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 tablespoon pomegranate molasses ***
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon red chili pepper flakes
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
4 tablespoon olive oil, plus 1 teaspoon for garnish
Salt to taste
1 to 2 tablespoons chopped parsley, for garnish
Pomegranate seeds, for garnish (optional)


  1. Combine the red peppers, walnuts, bread crumbs, garlic, pomegranate molasses, lemon juice, red chili pepper flakes and cumin in a blender or food processor. Process the mixture until smooth, stopping to scrape down the side as needed.
  2. With the machine running, slowly pour in 4 tablespoons olive oil. Purée until smooth. Season with salt.
  3. Transfer to a serving bowl.  Garnish with the remaining 1 teaspoon olive oil, parsley and pomegranate seeds, if desired.

Cooking Notes

  • There are two options when it comes to roasted peppers:
    1. Roast them yourself: Preheat oven to 500°F. Cut peppers in quarters; remove seeds and membranes. Place peppers on a baking sheet skin side up. Roast in oven until skin blisters and blackens, about 8 to 10 minutes. Remove from the oven; transfer to a bowl. Cover bowl with plastic wrap.  Allow peppers to cool. When cooled, remove skins.
    2. Another option: For a quicker but slightly different result, substitute 1 (16-ounce) jar roasted red peppers, drained.
  • Toast walnuts in a dry skillet over medium heat, shaking frequently, until lightly browned, about 5 minutes.
  • Substitute pomegranate juice, which has been reduced to a syrup. Bring 2/3 cup pomegranate juice to a boil in a small saucepan; reduce the heat and simmer, uncovered, until juice is reduced to about 3 tablespoons, about 5 minutes. Allow to cool before using.

Nutrition Information

Makes 8 servings (1/4 cup each).

Calories: 140; Calories from fat: 110; Total fat: 12g; Saturated fat: 1.5g; Trans fat: 0g; Cholesterol: 0mg; Sodium: 10mg; Total carbohydrate: 9g; Dietary fiber: 2g; Sugars: 5g; Protein: 2g