1 cup dried green split peas
1 garlic clove
3 cups water
1/2 tsp salt, divided
1/4 cup olive oil
1 tbsp lemon juice
1/4 tsp ground cumin
Sort peas and rinse.
Bring the water and garlic to boil in a medium saucepan; add the peas. Return the water to boiling, add lid, reduce heat and simmer 25 minutes.
Stir in the half the salt and continue to cook another 15 minutes or so until tender; drain.
In a food processor, combine the cooked peas, olive oil, lemon juice, cumin, and remaining half of the salt; pulse 5 or 6 times until smooth. Stop to scrape down the sides as necessary.
Serve at room temperature with fresh vegetables, whole-grain crackers, or pita chips.