Light, zesty, fresh and utterly delicious, this super creamy white bean dip takes less than 5 minutes to make AND uses just 5 easy to find ingredients. Serve with pita chips, a crudité platter or pile meatballs on top – this is a versatile dip the whole family will love.
I love hummus, but this white bean dip is a quicker, lighter version that still delivers a similar flavour in minutes. Chickpeas need quite a bit of help to become super smooth – they need to be cooked down until very soft before blending – whereas white beans can go straight from the jar to the food processor and create an incredibly smooth dip.
White beans need lots of fresh, bright seasoning to help them sing, so this recipe is loaded with lots of lemon and garlic which I wouldn’t skimp on – it makes for a wonderful zesty dip perfect for spring or summer. The dip is actually equally delicious heated where it becomes a white bean puree. Use it as a base for grilled meat or veggies and watch it transform into a cosy loaded bowl, perfect for cold weather.
It’s also incredibly versatile and a great base recipe – you could throw in some fresh or dried herbs (thyme, basil or oregano would be lovely), chilli flakes or a spicy paste like gochujang to switch up the flavour to make it your own.
You only need five easy to find ingredients for this recipe.
- White beans. I’m using butter beans, but you can use cannellini beans, haricot beans, navy beans or lima beans here. Go for a high-quality bean if you can – canned is fine, but I prefer jarred beans for the best flavour and texture. Bold Bean Co is my go-to when I’m in the UK.
- Lemon. Ideally you want to use fresh lemon juice here, if possible. Lemon is a key flavour in the dip and fresh is always best.
- Ground cumin. I love the subtle warmth the cumin brings to the dip, but you can leave it out if you don’t have any.
You’ll also need a food processor for this recipe, or you could use a blender. If you’re using a blender, you may need to add a little more olive oil or water, just to get things moving.
How to make it
Get all your ingredients into the bowl of a food processor, then blitz for a couple of minutes, until super smooth and creamy. And it’s as easy as that!
Drizzle with more olive oil and scatter over fresh mint leaves and chilli flakes, then dig in.
Three ways to serve the dip
- Serve with a selection of your favourite chips, crackers or crudites. I love it with pita chips!
- Pile it onto flatbreads then top with sweet chilli halloumi or honey harissa halloumi.
- Use it as the base for grilled meat or meatballs – try pairing it with miso grilled chicken, Greek chicken meatballs, lamb koftas or Asian style meatballs.
Got a question?
You can store it in the fridge for 5 days in a covered container. I’ll often make this on a Sunday to enjoy throughout the week!
Ideally, use a high quality jarred white bean for the best flavour. White beans are mild and can sometimes be bland, so choosing a high quality version will help the dip taste the bes and have the best creamy consistency. When I’m in the UK, I love using Bold Bean Co. You can use cannellini beans, butter beans, navy beans or haricot beans.
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