Detoxing Gluten-free Greek Walnut and Garlic Dip with Milk Thistle (Skordalia/ Σκορδαλία)

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'Skordalia' is a traditional Greek dip made with walnuts, bread, garlic and quality olive oil. You'll find variations of this recipe made with mashed potatoes, but this is the traditional Northern Greece version I grew up with, but with a twist for added detoxing health benefits.


It goes great with seafood, on veggies or spread over wraps, gluten-free toast and crackers or served with other mezzes like my melitzanosalata Greek aubergine dip and my immune boosting hummus.


It's very easy to prepare and this will soon become one of your favourites!

SERVINGS.

4-6 Servings

PREP TIME.

10 Minutes

COOK TIME.

No Bake

INGREDIENTS.

  • 100g walnuts, shelled with skins on

  • 50g gluten-free bread

  • 3 cloves garlic, minced

  • 3 tsp apple cider vinegar (with the monther)

  • 5 Tbsp Greek extra virgin olive oil

  • Sea salt to taste

  • A good grind of black pepper

  • 1 Tbsp fresh mint, finely chopped (optional)

  • 2 Tbsp milk thistle powder (optional)

METHOD.

  1. Dip the bread into a bowl of cold water, then immediately remove and squeeze out all the excess water.

  2. In a food processor, add in the bread, minced garlic, walnuts, Greek extra virgin olive oil and cider vinegar and blend until it roughly forms a paste.

  3. Stir in the salt, pepper (and mint here if using), and combine well.

  4. Transfer to serving bowl and drizzle over with Greek extra virgin olive oil and serve.


Storage:


  • This will keep in an air tight container in the fridge for about 5-6 days.


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HEALTH BENEFITS.

Walnuts - rich source of monounsaturated fats, protein, Omega-3 fatty acids, Vitamin E and a good source of Manganese, Copper, Molybdenum and the B vitamin Biotin. (Source)


Garlic - contains antioxidants that protect against cell damage and ageing, helps improve blood pressure, cholesterol and bone health. (Source)


Apple cider vinegar (with the mother) - not only helps to strengthen dough by making it more springy and allowing it to rise more easily, but has various healthful properties, including antimicrobial and antioxidant effects. (Source)


Greek extra virgin olive oil - specifically Greek oil, has the lowest acidity (approximately 0.5%) and is packed with essential vitamins and minerals. Benefits may include anti-inflammatory properties, lowering cholesterol and blood pressure and improves bone calcification. (Source)


Black pepper - is rich in a plant compound called piperine, which is said to have potent antioxidant properties and may help prevent or delay the damaging effects of free radicals. (Source)


Fresh mint - is a potent source of antioxidants, especially when compared to other herbs and spices. Antioxidants help protect your body from oxidative stress, a type of damage to cells caused by free radicals. (Source)


Milk thistle - is native to the Mediterranean and commonly used as a detoxifier by cleansing the liver, which is responsible for filtering toxins out of the body caused by pesticides in food and environment, heavy metals and chemicals. Milk thistle seed powder has a pleasant, slight nutty flavour which works well with the walnuts in this recipe and is a good source of protein and amino acids. (Source)

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  • Many of my recipes call for Greek products like Greek extra virgin olive oil, Greek honey or Greek oregano. It is not mandatory for it to be Greek in order to make the recipe, you are more than welcome to use a good quality alternative; just keep in mind if you are after the authentic flavours of Greece these details do make all the difference in Greek cuisine. You can shop these ingredients here.​

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  • Disclaimer: None of the health benefits listed are intended to diagnose or treat any pre-existing health conditions. Always consult a health care practitioner before making any health decisions. The benefits listed are from my own research and personal interest, and encourage you to follow the Source and do further research.

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