Basil, Lemon and Pinenut Dip


Serves 6
Difficulty Easy
Preparation 10 MINS
Cooking 0 MINS
Serve this dip at your next barbecue and you will be hunted down for the recipe.


125g reduced fat cream cheese
1/2 cup basil leaves
3 teaspoons toasted pinenuts
1 small clove garlic
1/2 teaspoon finely grated lemon rind
freshly ground black pepper, to taste
24 crackers, for serving
fresh vegetables, for serving
Handy Tips
This is a simple and delicious dip to serve at a party. Try using the leftovers as a sandwich spread. Dinner Tip! Creamy Chicken Filo Parcels: Spread 1 tablespoon of this dip over half a skinless chicken breast, top with slices of mushroom, wrap in 3 layers of filo pastry, like a parcel. Spray lightly with olive oil and bake for 35-30 minutes until golden and chicken is cooked through.

Nutrition (per serve)

Energy (kj) 602
Sugars (g) 16.9
Protein (g) 5.9
Dietry Fibre (g) 1.4
Fat Total (g) 3.8
Sodium (mg) 90
Saturated (g) 2.3
Calcium (mg) 209
Carbohydrates (g) 17
Iron (mg) 0.6
All nutrition values are per serving.


  1. Place cheese, basil, nuts, garlic, rind and pepper in a food processor and process until smooth and combined. Transfer to a serving bowl, cover and refrigerate until required.
  2. Serve dip with crackers and fresh vegetables.

Discover Great Recipes