It's plant-based dip for your veggies or crackers. It’s a nutty sauce for your pasta or other grains. It’s a tangy topper for your meal’s main event.

It’s Trader Joe’s Romesco Dip.

Never heard of it? “This bright and zesty Spanish inspired sauce is made with roasted red peppers, tomatoes and crushed almonds,” the label helpfully explains.

Zesty is right. Garlic, vinegar, parsley, and crushed red pepper see to that. Just reach into the refrigerator case for a tub, and you’re good to go.

Each serving (2 tablespoons) has only 35 calories and 140 milligrams of sodium. Saturated fat? Zero. And you’re getting healthy fats from almonds and olive oil…so it’s also vegan.

Way to go, Joe!

And while you’re at it, check out his cucumber-dill Tzatziki, which is perfect for veggie dunking. Or spoon his Zhoug (“a very spicy green herbal sauce with Yemeni roots”) on chicken, fish, or anything that could use a fresh-tasting hit of cilantro and jalapeño.

Want a do-it-yourself romesco? It’s a snap, says Healthy Cook Kate Sherwood. In a small food processor, purée 2 roasted red peppers with 2 Tbs. almonds, 2 Tbs. extra-virgin olive oil, 1 tsp. red wine vinegar, and ¼ tsp. kosher salt.

Mmm. Need we say more?—(626) 599-3700