This time of year is perfect for Artichokes, I am seeing them every week at the farmers market, and sometimes I eat them almost every day as a side to any dish I am making. I wanted to share how I make them and the two dips I most commonly eat them with. You can decide which one you would like to make or make them both for dipping variety.
The ranch dip is the perfect flavor compliment to artichokes, with dill, garlic, onion and parsley you just can’t go wrong! I also like to mix it up and eat them with a lemon vinaigrette so light and simple, it also brings out the flavors of the artichokes. The best thing about artichokes is that the leaves make for such a natural scooper so they are excellent with dips.
1/2c. Vegan Mayo (any brand you like)
1 Clove Garlic Chopped
1 tsp. Onion Chopped
1 TBLS. Fresh Dill (if using dried use 1/2TBLS.)
Sea Salt and Pepper to taste
1 tsp. Apple Cider Vinegar (optional)
1/4 c. Olive Oil
2 tsp. Lemon
1/8 tsp. Sea Salt (adjust to taste)
- Prepare Artichokes: Cut off stems till they just meet the start of the bottom of artichoke
- In a pot large enough to fit artichokes fill with water and add ¼ tsp of Sea Salt and bring to boil
- Place Artichokes in water and cook on a low boil for approx. 20 min, cooking time will vary depending on size of artichoke. To check if artichoke is fully cook prick bottom near steam with a fork if it pierces through the bottom stem area all the way and easily then they are done
- While the artichokes are cooking make your dip
- Ranch Dip: Combine all ingredients just till mixed
- Lemon Vinaigrette: Combine all ingredients just till mixed
- Once artichokes are fully cooked, remove from pan and let drain upside down for a minute
- Place Artichokes on plate and serve with dip of choice
- To Eat Artichokes: peel back leaves piece by piece dip in sauce, and eat only the bottom white fleshy part, continue till you get to hair of artichoke. Cut off hair parts and then you are left with the heart to dip and eat
Feel free to double amounts to make more for larger serving.