Artichoke Pesto Dip

By Sally Cameron on December 26, 2017

Appetizers & Snacks, Featured 3, Recipes with Essential Oils, the daniel plan

Lemony, herb filled artichoke pesto dip is great any time of year when friends gather to celebrate or watch the games. Its quick to make, ready to serve with a platter of raw veggies to chase away growling stomachs and keep your energy up. When I got home from the gym today, I needed a snack and it was great to have a container of this waiting along with a bag of pre-cut vegetables.

 Artichoke Pesto Dip and How to Serve It

Pesto is one of my favorite sauces, and here it becomes a dip. The flavors are fresh and the ingredients can be played around with for lots of tasty variations. This artichoke pesto dip is a riff on traditional pesto. I created it for serving at a couple parties and thought you’d enjoy it for your your family and party needs. It whips up quickly in a food processor. Make it 3-4 days ahead of time so when you’re hungry you’ve got a healthy go-to snack.

Ingredient Notes

Water-packed artichoke hearts are the base for this dip. Add lots of fresh chopped parsley and a little fresh tarragon. If you can’t find fresh tarragon, chervil or basil work as substitute.  The dip gets lots of crunch from walnuts and pine nuts and brightness from fresh lemon zest and juice. I finished this batch with grated Parmesan cheese, but it can be made without for dairy-free. See the notes below. If you want more lemon flavor but not more juice, add a few drops of lemon essential oil.

For your raw veggies, go for lots of color: red and yellow bell peppers, carrots, green baby zucchini split in half or the larger ones sliced into “chips”, endive leaves, sliced Persian cucumbers, raw broccoli stems trimmed into bite sized pieces or my favorite, munchie, raw sugar snap peas.

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Dairy-Free Option

If you and dairy don’t agree, simply leave out the Parmesan cheese. This dip is delicious either way. For a Parmesan substitute, try my dairy free cheesy sprinkle. Substituting the cheese also makes it vegan.

Need more dip ideas? Check out this post on easy healthy party dips.

Nutrition Facts
Artichoke Pesto Dip
Amount Per Serving
Calories 248 Calories from Fat 216
% Daily Value*
Fat 24g37%
Saturated Fat 3g19%
Cholesterol 4mg1%
Sodium 168mg7%
Potassium 190mg5%
Carbohydrates 6g2%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 5g10%
Vitamin A 878IU18%
Vitamin C 23mg28%
Calcium 78mg8%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Artichoke Pesto Dip

Artichoke pesto dip makes an easy, healthy snack or party fare. Add all ingredients to a food processor and puree. The dip can be made 3-4 days in advance and holds well tightly covered and refrigerated. Serve with an assortment of raw vegetables. See post for veggie ideas. 
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Keyword Appetizer, artichoke, dip, Pesto, snack
Prep Time 10 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 248kcal


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  • 1 14 ounce can artichoke hearts, drained water-packed or frozen, thawed
  • 1 cup fresh parsley leaves 1 bunch, chopped
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts 2 1/2 ounces
  • 1/2 cup pine nuts 2 1/2 ounces
  • 1 lemon zested and juiced
  • 1 tablespoon fresh chopped tarragon, chervil or basil
  • 2 large cloves garlic finely chopped
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese omit for non-dairy, see note for substitution

Optional Essential Oils

  • 3-4 drops lemon essential oil for more lemon flavor


  • Drain artichokes and squeeze dry to remove excess water. Add all ingredients to a food processor and puree until as smooth as you desire. For a creamier dip, add a tablespoon or two of water.


If you are dairy-free, substitute dairy-free cheesy sprinkle, recipe is on this site. A note for more lemony flavor. Recently I made this and wanted more lemon flavor, but not more juice to thin it down, so I used drops of lemon essential oil. Worked great.


Calories: 248kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 24g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 4mg | Sodium: 168mg | Potassium: 190mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 878IU | Vitamin C: 23mg | Calcium: 78mg | Iron: 2mg
  1. Madonna - December 26th, 2017

    I love the sound of this recipe. This should be served before the chips or cheese. 🙂

  2. Sally Cameron - December 27th, 2017

    Agreed Madonna! Hope you had a nice Christmas, and Happy New Year!

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