Smokey Red pepper Walnut Spread

This Smokey Red Pepper Walnut Spread is a vegetable appetizer they’ll keep coming back for!

Red pepper spread with raw veggies

Smokey Red Pepper Walnut Spread

This scrumptious beautiful spread gets its smokiness from the roasted red peppers and smoked paprika. 
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Prep Time:20 minutes
Cook Time:5 minutes
Total Time:20 minutes
Servings: 8


  • 3 medium red bell peppers
  • ½ Tablespoons + ¼ Cup olive oil divided
  • 2 slices whole grain bread
  • Cup toasted walnuts
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • Tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 Tablespoons honey
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • ¾ teaspoon smoked paprika
  • ½ teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • ¾ teaspoon salt

To Serve

  • variety of raw veggies


  • Slice peppers into quarters lengthwise, lay in single layer skin-side up on baking tray. Brush with ½ Tablespoon olive oil. Broil 2-5 min until skins start to wrinkle and brown. Let cool 5 min.
  • Place bread and walnuts in food processor and process until fine.
  • Add roasted bell peppers, garlic cloves, lemon juice, honey, cumin, smoked paprika, crushed red pepper, and salt. Blend until finely minced.
  • While food processor is running, add remaining ¼ Cup olive oil in a stream through chute. Process until blended.
  • Serve with raw veggies.


  • To make this a light lunch or grazing board, I add feta or grilled halloumi chunks and whole wheat pita wedges in addition to veggies when serving.
  • This also makes a great spread for sandwiches.
  • To make this recipe even quicker, use jarred roasted red bell peppers instead of making them. Make sure to check ingredients.
Preferred ingredients – olive oil for drizzling: McEvoy Ranch Organic Olive Oil


Serving: 0.25Cup | Calories: 136kcal | Carbohydrates: 12.7g | Protein: 2.2g | Fat: 9.3g | Saturated Fat: 1.2g | Sodium: 271mg | Potassium: 64mg | Fiber: 2.6g | Sugar: 6.5g | Calcium: 23mg | Iron: 1mg
Calories: 136kcal
Author: Emily Haygood
Nutrition facts for Smokey Red Pepper Walnut Spread

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Why I Love This Red Pepper Walnut Spread

  • It’s the perfect veggie appetizer.
  • I find that veggie-lovers and the veggie-adverse enjoy it.
  • It has one of my favorite spices – smoked paprika!
  • It’s a great way to get in an extra serving of healthy veggies.
  • It’s super quick to make.
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