What surprised me about this Green Surprise Dip was how delicious it was. I was trying to use up all the ingredients from our recent CSA order before the next order arrived! I had a small bunch of Swiss chard and was wondering what I could make with it? I turned to one of my favorite cookbooks, Simply in Season for an answer.

I love this cookbook because the recipe use fresh local foods that are in season. The book is divided into the seasons of the year and each section will only include the vegetables you will find at the Farmer’s Market that time of year.

This dip is the perfect with vegetable sticks, crackers of tortilla chips. I think it would also be good on numerous other dishes as well. We even used some on the Zucchini Dill Pancakes I made recently! When you first mix the dip up it will be very green, the colors fades a bit after a day but the dip will last for several days in the refrigerator.

Green Surprise Dip


1 cup steamed Swiss chard
1 cup plain yogurt
1 cup cooked chickpeas
¼ cup mayonnaise
2 cloves of garlic
½ onion, chopped
1 Tbsp. lemon juice or to taste
½ tsp. Salt, more if desired


Add all the ingredients to your blender or food processor. Puree until smooth. Best enjoyed right away but this green surprise dip will keep in the refrigerator for several days.

If you don’t have any Swiss chard on hand this dip would work equally well with steamed kale or spinach.

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