Purple Basil and Artichoke Dip


For some reason, all my local grocer has is purple basil leaves. Granted I had some mint on hand to garnish this pesto dip, otherwise, it has a purple tint through and through. It tastes fantastic nonetheless. This dish is a result of wanting to have a creamy pesto but without nuts or cheese. Both are heavy on the system and can bring your energy levels down. And for the sake of a sauce? We can do better. So, I found that by using artichokes as a base, the result would be a creamy, but light and still with the basil, garlic, and lemon taste so characteristic of pesto.

So while it’s no traditional pesto, it certainly makes things tastier and more exciting – to say nothing of how much lighter it is! Hope you guys enjoy this one.

Mostly because it glows:

Artichokes: contain more antioxidants than any other vegetable. They have been shown to kill cancer cells, increase bile flow, re-generate liver tissue, improve digestion and even reduce LDL (bad) cholesterol.

Basil and Artichoke Dip


  • 1 cup canned baby artichokes, drained and rinsed
  • 1 large handful fresh basil leaves
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • Juice of 1/2 lemon
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • Dash of salt

Directions: Place all the ingredients in a food processor and blend until smooth. Serve in a pasta, as a dip, or as a sauce over white fish.


artichoke dip

Bon Appetit!

xo Aylin

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