Split Pea Dip


Recipe courtesy of The Fruitguys Almanac

The Fruitguys got their start on the west coast, but now they deliver fresh fruit to homes, schools, and offices across the country. But selling produce isn't all they do: they also provide recipes, teach young people about nutrition, and demonstrate an eco-friendly business model. Come along with WHYY’s Friday Arts to learn how the FruitGuys make this all possible. Plus, you won't want to miss FruitGuys founder and chief banana, Chris Mittelstaedt, as he visits a school class in a costume befitting his title.

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Yield: 1.5 cups



  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

  • 1/4 cup chopped onion
1 tablespoon chopped garlic

  • 1/2 teaspoon chopped fresh oregano

  • 1/2 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme

  • 1/2 cup dried yellow split peas

  • 2 1/2 cups water

  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon zest

  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon lemon juice

  • Hot sauce to taste (optional)

  • 1 teaspoon olive oil


  1. Heat olive oil in a medium saucepan. Add onion and sauté until soft, about 3 minutes. Add garlic and cook one more minute.
  2. Add garlic, oregano, thyme, split peas and water. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer until peas are tender, but still hold their shape. This can take between 30 and 45 minutes.
  3. Remove from heat and add lemon zest, salt and lemon juice.
  4. Set aside to cool to room temperature.
  5. Puree in a food processor, blender or with a potato masher. Taste for seasonings. Add more salt if necessary and hot sauce if you like a kick.
  6. Put in serving bowl and drizzle with olive oil.
  7. Serve with pita chips and veggies, or spread on toasted bread.
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