Light Romesco Dip

Sheri Giblin
  • Yield: 3 cups


2 medium ancho chiles
4 large cloves garlic
1 large roasted red bell pepper/capsicum, coarsely chopped
1cup (115 g) blanched almonds, toasted
1can (14.5 oz/415 g) diced tomatoes, drained
2tablespoons red wine vinegar
1 1/4teaspoons kosher or sea salt
1teaspoon pimenton (Spanish smoked paprika)
1/4teaspoon sugar
1/8teaspoon cayenne pepper
3tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil


  1. To prepare the ancho chiles, remove the stems and seeds, then soak the chiles in hot water to cover until softened, about 45 minutes. Drain well and tear into small pieces.
  2. In the workbowl of a food processor fitted with the metal blade, process the garlic until finely minced. Add the chiles, roasted pepper/capsicum, almonds, tomatoes, vinegar, salt, pimenton, sugar, and cayenne. Pulse until uniformly minced, scraping down the sides of the bowl once or twice. With the machine running, slowly add the olive oil and process just until combined. Taste and adjust the seasoning. Transfer to a serving bowl, cover, and set aside for at least 1 hour to allow the flavors to meld.

Suggested dippers: Roasted cauliflower, poached shrimp, roasted fingerling potatoes, crostini, herbed cheddar cheese straws

Tip: This sauce keeps, tightly covered, in the refrigerator for up to 3 months. Remove from the refrigerator 45 minutes before serving. Serve at room temperature.

Reprinted with permission. Diane Morgan, Skinny Dips: 60 Recipes for Dips, Spreads, Chips and Salsas on the Lighter Side of Delicious, ChronicleBooks (2010)

Nutritional Info *per serving

  • Calories 62
  • Fat 4.9 g
  • Saturated Fat 0.5 g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat 1 g
  • Monounsaturated Fat 3.2 g
  • Cholesterol 0 mg
  • Sodium 97 mg
  • Carbohydrate 4 g
  • Fiber 1 g
  • Protein 2 g
  • Calcium 21 mg
  • Iron 0.7 mg