Creamy lemon-herb dip



5 min


1 Cup

Creamy lemon-herb dip

Creamy lemon-herb dip
Photo, Angus Fergusson


  • 3/4 cup sour cream
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 3 tbsp finely chopped preserved lemon peel
  • 1 tbsp finely chopped parsley
  • pinch cinnamon


  • 5 medium lemons
  • 2/3 cup kosher salt


  • Combine sour cream, mayo, peel, parsley and cinnamon in a bowl. Serve with pita, blanched green beans and endive.

Nutrition (per serving)

  • Calories
  • 41,
  • Carbohydrates
  • 1 g,
  • Fat
  • 4 g,
  • Sodium
  • 57 mg.

Looking for a creamy dip to serve? A dash of fresh parsley and a hint of cinnamon add bold flavour to this lemon-infused dip.

To Make Preserved Lemons:

Scrub lemons under running water with a stiff vegetable brush to remove any waxy coating. Trim off and discard stem ends. Quarter lemons lengthwise.

Coat wedges with salt, then pack into a 1-L jar with a lid. Press lemons very firmly into the jar to get the juices flowing. Add remaining salt and, if needed, more lemon juice to cover. Cover jar with a piece of plastic wrap and secure lid. Refrigerate.

Turn and gently shake jar once a day. After 1 week, lemons will be soft and ready to use. They’ll continue to develop flavour. Keep refrigerated up to 6 months.

To use, remove and discard pith and pulp using a small sharp knife. Rinse peel well to remove excess salt. Slice or dice peel. Lemons become saltier the longer they sit. Adjust the amount of peel used in recipes below accordingly.

makes 1L
Per tbsp 3 calories, 1 g carbs, 1 g fibre, 515 mg sodium.

Substitution Tip:

Try this recipe with preserved orange instead by using 4 medium oranges, plus 1 for juice, and 1/2 cup kosher salt