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  • Writer's pictureJamie McDermott

Simple, Versatile, White Bean Dip

Create a savory, healthy, crowd pleasing dip with just a few simple ingredients!

Hello, friends! With the holidays quickly approaching, I wanted to share with you a dip that I have been making for many years. I came up with the recipe on a whim when I was trying to figure out creative ways to get my family to eat more beans. I wanted to create something that was versatile, easy, and outside of the standard realm of bean soups, refried beans, etc.

Dips are one of those foods that everyone seems to enjoy. They are so versatile in that you can tweak things here and there and create a totally different result. This recipe is an example of that - the base remains the same, but you can change the add-ins and toppings easily.

Personally, I love it as is, with the exception of switching up the toppings. In these photos I used shredded smoked gouda cheese as a garnish; but I've also used fresh grated Parmesan, Asiago, crumbled bacon, and/or chives. This is probably why I do not love baking - it's too fun to add a little of this and a little of that! :)

The versatility of this dip is wonderful - it can be served with raw veggies (my fave!), crackers, pita wedges, or tortilla chips. We love it with Parmesan crisps also!

A few important notes before we get to the recipe:

  • Drain and rinse the beans very well.

  • Ideally, use fresh lemon juice. I have this little juicer and it works like a charm - the kiddos love to do this part for me :)

  • Please use fresh garlic and not garlic powder.

  • The same goes for the rosemary. I buy the little packets of fresh sprigs in the winter, and grow my own in the summer. Alternatively you can use fresh rosemary paste found in the produce section..

  • Process until VERY smooth, which usually takes 2-3 minutes. Lumpy dip is not what we are going for!

Okay, now let's get to it!


Preparation time: 5 minutes

Serves 6-8

1 can cannellini beans (white kidney beans)

2 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil

juice of 1 fresh lemon (3 Tbsp)

1 Tbsp water

1 tsp finely chopped fresh rosemary, divided

1-2 cloves fresh garlic

1 tsp stevia or sugar (optional, but without can be a quite tart)

1/4 tsp sea salt and pepper, adjusted to taste

Garnishes such as grated Parmesan, crumbled bacon, chives, etc.

1) In a food processor (this is the mini one I have and LOVE), combine the white beans, lemon juice, water, garlic, 1/2 tsp rosemary, salt and pepper.

2) Process 2-3 minutes until very smooth, scraping the edges if needed.

3) Spoon into a serving bowl and garnish with the remainder of the rosemary and toppings if desired.

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