Recipe: Artichoke Skordalia

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From the Vitality Food Feature: “The Ketogenic Diet”

Skordalia is a lemony dip from Greece that I find truly addictive. Normally made with insulin-spiking potato, this artichoke version will cleanse your liver while making all the food you eat with it taste sweeter. Artichokes can relieve the pain and discomfort associated with indigestion, acid reflux, bloating, lack of appetite, nausea, and mild diarrhea or constipation. Artichokes are also rich in fibre that breaks down into short chain fatty acids to boost ketones! (Makes 2 cups.)


  • 3 cups water-packed artichoke hearts (sold in a jar), drained well
  • ½ cup raw cashews
  • 3 Tbsp organic lemon juice
  • 2 Tbsp hemp hearts (or extra cashews)
  • 1 to 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • ½ tsp pink rock or grey sea salt
  • ⅓ cup extra virgin olive oil, plus more for garnish
  • ½ cup fresh parsley leaves
  • ½ tsp dried oregano, to serve
  1. In a food processor, blend the artichokes, cashews, lemon juice, hemp hearts, garlic and salt. With the motor running, slowly add the olive oil and parsley, processing until smooth.
  2. Transfer to a serving bowl. Garnish with a drizzle of olive oil and oregano.
  3. (Tip: The leaves of the artichokes should be very soft; otherwise, the dip may be slightly stringy. If you only have stiff artichoke leaves, separate them from the bottoms (the hearts), and save them for stir-fries. Just remember to buy two jars of artichokes! Look for artichoke hearts that are water-packed and in glass.)

Nutritionist and TV personality, Julie Daniluk is the award-winning, bestselling author of Meals That Heal Inflammation & Slimming Meals That Heal. Her 3rd book, Hot Detox, was on the Canadian Bestseller’s list for 11 weeks in 2017. Julie’s 4th book, Becoming Sugar-Free, will be released on September 7, 2021. Julie has appeared on hundreds of television and radio shows, including The Dr. Oz Show. She is in her 11th season as a resident expert for The Marilyn Denis Show. Check out more information at and connect with her on Facebook & Instagram @juliedaniluk

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