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Recipe: Artichoke Hearts with Caramelized Onions and Herb Dressing

Recipe: Artichoke Hearts with Caramelized Onions and Herb Dressing

THIS RECIPE can be part of a great antipasto, and is best made ahead of time.

Artichoke Hearts with Caramelized Onions and Herb Dressing


2 cups red onion

2 cups yellow onion

1 can (9 ounces) artichoke hearts

4 tbsp olive oil

4 garlic cloves, minced

¼ tsp red pepper flakes

¼ tsp paprika

½ tsp fresh parsley

½ tsp fresh tarragon

2 tbsp lemon juice

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Julienne the red and yellow onions.

Drain and rinse the artichokes. Combine artichokes with 2 tbsp of olive oil, minced garlic, and spices in a bowl. Spread out mixture onto a sheet pan and bake for 35 minutes at 350 degrees, artichokes will be slightly soft and browned—do not burn.

On medium heat, in a sauté pan, heat the remaining 2 tbsp of olive oil. Add the red and yellow onions and sauté on medium for 5–6 minutes. When the onions start to brown, reduce the heat and cook for an additional 15–20 minutes, stir as needed to keep from burning. Once the onions are caramelized, stir in the lemon juice and cook until the liquid is evaporated. Do not burn the onions.

In a large bowl, combine the roasted artichokes and caramelized onion mixture. Gently mix until everything is evenly combined.


Makes:                                     4 servings

Prep time:                   15 minutes

Cook time:                   50 minutes

Mark Hyman MD is the Medical Director at Cleveland Clinic’s Center for Functional Medicine, the Founder of The UltraWellness Center, and a ten-time #1 New York Times Bestselling author.

Comments (30)

  • Most strange you recommend using Artichoke from a Tin Can, fresh is far superior to what is offered in a Tin Can…plus the High Sodium found within all Tin – Canned foods…not good at all. Not to mention the possible contamination, toxins found in the Metal tin can…most certainly leach direct into foods contained within Metal/tin. Canned…tinned foods are not safe to eat…Best avoided…do not not use…always eat/use fresh vegetables, when preparing your meals…fresh vegetables for a healthy body & soul…the truth.

    • I have to say, I’m also baffled (disappointed actually) that you would recommend canned goods for the recipes on your web-site.

      You’re information is usually spot-on, but considering that canned goods contain a lining proven to cause numerous health problems, you lost me on this one.

      There are only a handful of companies that have removed B.P.H. from their can linings..even worse, it’s been found that most of them have actually replaced it with substitutes that are also toxic–while highlighting on their labels that their product is ‘B.P.H.-free’ !!

      Considering all that, I’d expect to see recipes calling for fresh foods, preferably local and organic, when possible.


      • Hello Joseph,

        Of course fresh is best, but not always available to everyone.

        Wishing You the Best of Health!

        Dr. Hyman Staff

        • Well, if fresh is best, as most of us know it is, why not recommend fresh or frozen or from a jar. Many people are not aware of what is best and that is what should be recommended. Personally, I would not make the recipe if I had to use canned.

    • I use artichokes in glass jars, drain, and rinse to remove clinging salt. I can’t find frozen or fresh ones where I live. I hope this helps you and my fellow viewers on etvsc. Dr. Hyman has great recipes and great over-all information. I love his newsletters and I’m not overweight, but I appreciate his info.

  • I have just purchased your book “The Blood Sugar Solution” and can’t stop reading it. I have had type 2 Diabetes for about 20 years and am being put on more and more oral medications. I have lost about 20 lbs but my blood sugars are not going down and my doctor wants to start me on insulin. I am fighting doing this and am so happy to read about your program. Finally, something that makes sense to me. I will probably start the program after I’ve read all of the book.

    Thank you for bringing this important information to light.

  • I really need to see nutritional information for recipes. We don’t usually use canned veggies because of the sodium content.

  • How do we get more recipes??? I love them so much and not opening any other cookbook in my house. More recipes please!-

  • Nick, I agree that it’s strange to include canned vegetable in a recipe. A great percent of my meals are fresh, too. However, I think about the my friends and family members who would think of this recipe as highly healthful – a change from their mayonnaise filled potato salad, American cheese covered broccoli and boxed macaroni and cheese. So, if you look at this recipe somewhere in the middle, it can be included since it also has unprocessed onion, garlic, lemon, olive oil and tasty herbs.

    • You can buy frozen Artichoke hearts they taste and work in recipes just the same. My Italian Jewish mother-in-law could not find her preferred brand of artichokes for her antipasti while visiting us so I suggested we buy frozen ones and she made a marinade and roasted some and we ate the rest fresh from the marinade. I agree with Margaret and think our bodies (and I can only speak for mine) agree too, they need all the help they can get and if we have to use a can of something here or there it’s all good.

  • Canned artichoke hearts?? I thought that was weird too. Don’t even need to bake-they are already ready to eat.
    Might as well top canned green beans with the sauteed onions.

  • I bought your book, Dr. Hyman. But where on the website can I find downloadable printable cheat sheet: Eat Your Medicine? And where can I find where to order your favorite protein powders?

  • Still no answer about the canned artichokes???

    I noticed it says in the recipe “Drain and rinse the artichokes”. That’s the only reason I see to use the canned artichokes in a healty recipe. That way, you drain the excess sodium, as with any canned veggies. You do the same with canned fruits to eliminate “most” of the sugar.

    But that was only my opinion about this recipe. Fress is still better for recipies…

    • Fresh is always best, some people may not have access to fresh artichokes.

      Wishing You the Best of Health!

      Dr. Hyman Staff

  • I find it very interesting to see that the Nutrition Staff responded immediately to a request for something they could sell but not one word about the complaint of using canned artichokes instead of fresh or frozen. Is Dr. Hyman and his staff only concerned with the sale??????

    • Not at all. Our nutrition staff is busy seeing clients in the UltraWellness Center as well as personally responding to comments. Depending on the season and activities response time can be slow, please be patient. We can tell you that using fresh is always best, but in some cases canned is the only available option.

      Wishing You the Best of Health!

      Dr. Hyman Staff

  • Artichokes in a jar usually have soybean oil as a marinade, at least that has been my experience. Interestingly Time Magazine just did a cover story by Dr. Oz saying that canned and frozen were as good as fresh. While the article ignores food allergies, extra sugar, etc., it does make the point that canned vegetables is still better than eating the highly processed food in much of the store. What you can get frozen depends on the stores in your area. I do buy frozen when I can.

  • Wow. Tough crowd. Surely, we understand that eating fresh is best but not always an option. I personally do not know anyone who takes the time to cook at all anymore – eating McDonalds and frozen meals in lieu of anything remotely healthy. That being said, is one can of artichoke hearts worse or better than the number 5 value meal that’s most likely going to fill the gut for supper? I think it’s an acceptable first step for people just starting out – at least they’re taking the time to cook for once. In a perfect world we’d all be getting our local and seasonal veggies from our own farms or local farmers markets but is that a reality for everyone? Baby steps will help this process become a healthy sustaining habit. Where’s the love, people?

  • I am reading the ultra metabolism book you speak against the white menace, white flour, white tortillas ect.. how do you feel about wheat tortillas I bought some whole wheat tortillas, then after I got home I see it’s wheat flour, is it any better ?

  • OMG by using can artichokes or can anything tells me that you don’t truly understand health and nutrition, fresh or frozen is far better than can I would have thought you would have known that….