By JJ Virgin

Roasted Artichoke Dip


December 13, 2016

Artichokes are full of antioxidants and disease-fighting polyphenols. One bite of this amazing, creamy dip, and all you’ll care about is how great they taste!

Virgin Diet compliant: Cycles 1, 2, and 3
Sugar Impact Diet compliant: Cycles 1, 2, and 3

  • Prep: 15 mins
  • Cook: 1 hrs
  • Yields: 6 to 8 servings


2 (9-ounce) packages frozen artichoke hearts, thawed

6 garlic

2 tbsp olive oil

1 medium Vidalia or other sweet onion, chopped

1/2 avocado

3 tbsp Sugar Impact Mayonnaise (recipe below)

1 tbsp lemon juice

1/2 tsp sea salt

2 tbsp chopped fresh parsley or basil (optional)


1Preheat the oven to 450F. Lightly oil a large baking sheet

2Combine the artichoke hearts, garlic, and 1 tablespoon of the oil in a medium bowl.

3Spread the artichokes and garlic out in a single layer on the prepared baking sheet. Roast, stirring occasionally, until the artichokes are lightly browned and the garlic is tender, 20-22 minutes.

4Remove from the oven and let cool for 5 minutes.

5Meanwhile, heat the remaining 1 tablespoon oil in a medium nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add onions and cook, stirring occasionally, until golden, 12 to 15 minutes; let cool for 5 minutes.

6Combine the artichoke hearts, garlic, onion, avocado, mayonnaise, lemon juice, and salt in the bowl of a food processor. Process until smooth, and transfer to a bowl.

7Top with the parsley or basil, if using. Then ENJOY!

This recipe is part of the Holiday Party menu, with the Champagne Twist Cocktail; Smoked Paprika and Cayenne Roasted Almonds; Virgin Stuffed Mushrooms; Roasted Artichoke Dip; and Herbed Salmon Cakes with Tartar Sauce. Check out the Holiday Party Menu and Guide for links to all the recipes, plus more handy tips and tricks for a fun, festive party.

Originally published in The Virgin Diet Cookbook, Grand Central Life & Style, 2014

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Nutrition Facts

Sodium240 mg
Protein3 grams
Total Fat10 grams
Saturated Fat1 gram
Total Carbohydrates11 grams
Dietary Fiber5 grams