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I had the incredible opportunity to visit Fresno, California to learn all about California Ripe Olives: how they’re grown, made and how delicious they are! In this post I’ll be telling you about these things AND I have a Paleo + Whole30 Seven Layer Dip recipe for you! (Yes, I’m serious. It’s going to blow your mind!)

We got to visit the farm of the Ricchiuti family. It was so lovely to meet Vincent Ricchiuti, a fourth-generation olive farmer. His family came to California from Italy!

Vincent showed us his gorgeous olive groves and taught us a ton about the growing process! His family grows two types of California Ripe Olives: Sevillano and Manzanillo.

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The thing that shocked me the MOST was that these California Ripe Olives can be green or black- it totally depends on the processing!! For REAL. They are the SAME OLIVE. These olives come off the trees bright lime green, then they are cured for seven days. The green olives aren’t exposed to any oxygen during this process, while the black olives are exposed to oxygen, which gives them their black color.

I was really impressed with the Ricchiuti family’s transition to Organic! I love learning more about the environmental impact of eating organic.

I’m SO excited to share this Paleo + Whole30 Seven Layer Dip recipe with you! Because of the dairy-free queso blanco and “sour cream,” it is so much lighter than a traditional seven-layer dip recipe… And get this: my dip-loving husband even said he liked it BETTER than the traditional seven-layer dip recipe! Seriously!


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If you aren’t doing Whole30 or need dairy-free, legume free options, check out the notes for how to make this more of a traditional recipe! But you may be surprised how great the cashew “refried beans” are – and this pine nut based queso is incredible! The California Ripe Olives on top make this recipe perfect. I hope you enjoy!

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Paleo + Whole30 Seven-Layer Dip Recipe

  • Author: Caroline Fausel



For the Cashew “Refried Beans”:

4 cups of roasted, salted cashews

4 teaspoons chili powder

2 teaspoons ground cumin

1 1/2 teaspoon sea salt

1 teaspoon black pepper

1/2 teaspoon garlic powder

1/2 teaspoon onion powder

1/2 teaspoon paprika

1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes

1/4 teaspoon dried oregano

3/4 c beef bone broth

For the “Queso Blanco”:

1 T olive oil

1 small jalapeño, chopped

1 1/4 c pine nuts

1 can diced green chilis, drained

1 cup full fat coconut milk

2 t kosher salt

2 T nutritional yeast

2 T tapioca starch

2 T ghee

1 scoop gelatin

1/2 t ground garlic

Remaining Ingredients:

Pre-made Guacamole

2 cans coconut cream

2 T lime juice

1 T kosher salt

Sliced California Black Ripe Olives

Sliced Cherry tomatoes, about 1 cup

1 bunch of green onions, sliced


For the Cashew “Refried Beans”:

Place half of the cashews in a bowl and cover them with boiling water. Let sit for 10 minutes to soften, then drain the water.

Add half of the cashews plus all of the spices into a food processor and process. Once the mixture turns into a powder, start adding the bone broth slowly. Once the mixture is completely blended, add to a mixing bowl.

Add the softened cashews to the mixing bowl and stir to combine. Using a spatula, flatten this mixture in the bottom of a 9 x 13 glass casserole dish.

For the “Queso Blanco”:

Add the olive oil to a pan and turn on medium high heat (a cast iron skillet is preferred). Add the jalapeño and pine nuts and cook for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Add the drained diced green chilis and cook another 5 minutes. You want everything to get a little browned, but not charred.

Remove from heat and add to a high-powered blender. Add all remaining ingredients and blend.

Add the queso to a small pot and cook on medium high heat until it has reduced to a queso consistency.

Pour this layer on top of our cashew “refried beans,” then stick in the fridge for about 30 minutes until the gelatin has set and the queso layer bounces back to the touch.

Remaining Instructions:

While the queso chills, chop your tomatoes and green onions and set aside.

In a mixer using the whisk setting, whisk the coconut cream, lime juice, and salt on high until it reaches the consistency of whipped cream.

Let’s assemble! When the queso is ready, spread pre-made guacamole on top.

Add your “sour cream” layer on top of the guacamole.

Top your Seven-Layer Dip with the Sliced California Black Ripe Olives, tomatoes, and green onions.

Serve with grain free tortilla chips (for Paleo) or carrot and celery sticks (for Whole30). Enjoy!


Note: You can get Paleo and Whole30 approved “queso” and “sour cream” to make this recipe easier and quicker! If you don’t need legume and dairy free options, replace the cashew refried beans with prepared refried beans, and use traditional queso and sour cream!

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Paleo + Whole30 Seven-Layer Dip Recipe