Muhammara (Red Pepper and Walnut Dip)

Muhammara is the dip that's been missing from your life. This slightly-spicy spread or dip is made with roasted red peppers, walnuts, and a touch of pomegranate molasses.

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If you’re a fan of flavorful dips and spreads for scooping up with bread or veggies, muhammara is going to be your new best friend.

Muhammara is full of flavor and a snap to make. Pomegranate molasses gives it a pleasing tang, but don't worry if you don’t have it in your pantry; a combo of balsamic and honey will do the trick in a pinch. Leftover muhammara is excellent as a sandwich spread or spooned over cooked chicken or fish.

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How To Use Muhammara

Think of muhammara much like you might hummus, as a flavorful dip or spread with multiple uses:

  • Spread it on sandwiches, such as grilled vegetable or sliced turkey.
  • Spoon it over grilled chicken or fish.
  • Use it for dipping raw or roasted vegetables.
  • Scoop it up with warm pita bread or crispy pita chips.
  • Swap it in for tomato sauce on pizza and flatbreads.
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About Pomegranate Molasses

Pomegranate molasses is pomegranate juice that's been reduced down to a thick, tangy syrup. You can find it in organic markets, specialty stores, and online. You can also make it yourself using this recipe.

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Muhammara (Red Pepper and Walnut Dip)

Prep Time 10 mins
Total Time 10 mins
Servings 4 to 6 servings


  • 1 (12-ounce) jar roasted red bell peppers (7 ounces of peppers), drained well

  • 3/4 cup walnut halves

  • 1/2 cup fresh whole wheat breadcrumbs

  • 1 tablespoon pomegranate molasseshomemade or store-bought (or 1 1/2 teaspoons balsamic vinegar + 1 teaspoon honey)

  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes

  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin

  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika

Special Equipment

  • Food processor


  1. Combine the ingredients:

    Put all of the ingredients into the bowl of a food processor fitted with a metal blade.

  2. Blend and serve:

    Pulse until nicely blended, but not completely pureed, stopping to scrape down the sides as needed.

    Serve as a dipping sauce, sandwich spread, or spooned over grilled chicken or fish.

    Store leftover muhammara in the fridge for up to 1 week. You can also store it in an airtight container in the freezer for up to 3 months.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)
119 Calories
9g Fat
8g Carbs
3g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4 to 6
Amount per serving
Calories 119
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 9g 12%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 122mg 5%
Total Carbohydrate 8g 3%
Dietary Fiber 2g 7%
Total Sugars 4g
Protein 3g
Vitamin C 33mg 164%
Calcium 30mg 2%
Iron 1mg 5%
Potassium 151mg 3%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate. In cases where multiple ingredient alternatives are given, the first listed is calculated for nutrition. Garnishes and optional ingredients are not included.