This recipe is a Middle Eastern classic that is sure to draw a crowd at your next party. It has a potent taste of garlic and cumin, but is rounded out by walnuts, tomato paste, and oil. It is extremely flavorful and quite unique next to other appetizer mainstays. Traditionally, it is made with breadcrumbs and Parmesan cheese, but we’ve tweaked the recipe a bit to make it vegan. Enjoy with crackers or toasted bread!


  • 1 1/2 cups walnuts
  • 1/2 cup nutritional yeast
  • 3-4 cloves garlic, mashed
  • 2 teaspoons cumin
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 cup tomato paste
  • 2-3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2lemon, juiced


  1. Mix walnuts, nutritional yeast, garlic, cumin, salt, and paprika in a food processor until mealy and evenly combined.
  2. Add tomato paste and pulse. Add olive oil and lemon juice and continue to mix until mixture is uniform.
  3. Store in a glass container in the refrigerator prior to serving. Flavors intensify if served the next day.