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Traditional Greek Split Peas "Fava"

You can't go wrong with this smooth nutritional split pea dip. Make it ahead and serve with toasted pita bread or roasted or fresh vegetables. Be creative and add your favorite spices or ingredients. 

Course Appetizer
Cuisine Greek


  • 1/2 pound dried yellow split peas
  • 1/2 onion, peeled
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil, divided
  • 1 teaspoon salt, divided
  • 1/2 lemon, juiced


  1. Rinse the peas with cold water.

    Place the peas and onion in a medium saucepan, cover with water and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to a simmer.

    Add 1 teaspoon of olive oil and 1 teaspoon of salt to the beans and cook uncovered for 1 1/2 hours or until tender.

    Once cooked, drain and place in a food processor or blender. Blend until smooth. Season with salt and pepper.

    Place in a bowl and top with olive oil and lemon juice.

    Additional toppings may include capers, green onions, olives, seeds, red onions or chopped radishes.