White Bean Dip with Fresh Herbs

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Author Notes: The perfect celebration of fresh herbs, this dip is wonderful with crostini, pita, radish slices, or even wrapped up in kale or romaine leaves. Serve with an extra drizzle of nice, fruity olive oil.Gena Hamshaw

Serves 4

  • 2 cups cooked white beans
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 4 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided into 1 tablespoon and 3 tablespoons
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh rosemary
  • 2 teaspoons fresh thyme
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt (or to taste)
  • Black pepper, to taste
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 3 tablespoons fresh parsley
  1. In a medium-sized pan, heat the garlic in 1 tablespoon olive oil. Cook for two minutes, and then add the white beans, rosemary, and thyme. Sautee for another 4 to 5 minutes, or until garlic is soft and fragrant.
  2. Transfer the beans to a food processor. Add the salt, pepper, lemon, and remaining olive oil. Process on high, stopping every now and then to scrape the bowl down, until mixture is totally creamy and smooth.
  3. Pulse in the fresh parsley. Serve with an extra drizzle of olive oil.
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about 1 year ago laurenlocally

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If you were serving this on a crostini (like I am tonight!), would you heat up the dip with the toast or just smear it on warm, crusty bread?

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about 1 year ago Regine

Yummy I must make this. But I may buy canned white beans and rinse them several times prior to using, rather than boiling them myself.

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over 1 year ago MamaCanela

I did not have any fresh rosemary so I used dry. Fresh parsley and lemon thyme from my garden. No lemon so I used lime. Nice healthy snack with jicama sticks.

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over 1 year ago Chris Nelson

I made this recipe after work. I bought the herbs at the farmer's market for $1/bunch, organic! The beans were soaked overnight and cooked for close to an hour. The final product looked just like the picture above and it was delicious! Thanks for the recipe!

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over 1 year ago Frances Peets

Looks great but can you add garlic raw to save on time? Thanks

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over 1 year ago KristiW

Frances, I've used a similar recipe but without heating it up first and it turns out great. Cannellini beans, evoo, lemon juice, salt. I also use a little curry powder and pinch of cayenne for variety. I am interested to see how much more infused the flavors are with this recipe.

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over 1 year ago Gena Hamshaw

Definitely! As Kristi says, you can simply process all of the ingredients.