White Bean Dip

You only need 4 ingredients and 5 minutes to make this creamy white bean dip! Served with pita chips and veggies, it's a delicious snack or appetizer.

White bean dip recipe

If you have cannellini beans, olive oil, and a lemon in your kitchen, you’re well on your way to making this white bean dip recipe. My advice? Go for it! It comes together in seconds in the bowl of a food processor, and it’s absolutely delicious. Lemon juice and zest fill it with bright flavor, olive oil adds richness, and the white beans blend into smooth and creamy perfection. Once you have it on hand, you’ll find yourself scooping it up with carrot sticks and pita chips, slathering it onto sandwiches, dolloping it onto bowls, or (like me) eating it by the spoonful out of the fridge! Trust me, you want to try this recipe ASAP.

White Bean Dip Recipe Variations

I love this simple, lemony white bean dip recipe as written, but feel free to use it as a blank canvas! Here are a few of my favorite variations:

  • Herb it up! I love this fresh twist! I like to blend in basil and rosemary, but other fresh herbs like tarragon, parsley, thyme, mint, dill, or chives would be great too. Dried herbes de Provence would also be a lovely addition.
  • Go the garlic route. Add 1 garlic clove to the food processor along with the other ingredients, or use roasted garlic! To make it, slice 1/4 inch off the top of a head of garlic. Place it cut-side-up on a piece of foil, drizzle it with olive oil, and sprinkle it with salt. Wrap the garlic in the foil and roast for 40 to 60 minutes at 350, or until the garlic cloves are deeply golden brown and tender. Let it cool slightly, and then add 1 clove at a time to the dip, blending in more to taste.
  • Cook the beans yourself. If you have the time, cooking your own beans is totally worth it. You can amp up their flavor by simmering them with an onion, garlic, herbs, or dried chiles, and you can control their final texture. For this recipe, I like to cook them until they’re very soft and almost falling apart. Drain them and allow them to cool slightly before you blend up the dip, but don’t toss the bean liquid! Use it instead of the water in this recipe to add delicious depth of flavor.

How to Serve White Bean Dip

This white bean dip recipe is a fantastic party appetizer! When I’m hosting, I often serve it with fresh veggies, crackers, and baguette as part of a loaded crudité platter.

But because this recipe is so easy to make, it’s also a great everyday dip. Keep it on hand to eat as a snack with veggies and pita chips, slather it onto a veggie sandwich, scoop it into a pita with crispy baked falafel, or add it to any grain bowl for extra protein.

Creamy white bean dip

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White Bean Dip

rate this recipe:
4.86 from 7 votes
Prep Time: 5 mins
Serves 4
This easy white bean dip recipe is flexible, healthy, and delicious! Serve it as an appetizer or enjoy it as a snack with pita chips and fresh veggies.

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups cooked cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 1 small garlic clove
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 to 4 tablespoons water, if needed

fresh herbs, optional but suggested:

  • 2 tablespoons torn fresh basil leaves
  • 2 teaspoons fresh rosemary leaves

Instructions

  • In a food processor, pulse the cannellini beans, olive oil, lemon juice and zest, garlic, salt, and pepper until combined. With the food processor running, slowly add the water and process until smooth. Blend in the fresh herbs, if desired.
  • Serve with veggies or pita.

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  1. Holly
    05.24.2020

    5 stars
    Delicious! I added fresh rosemary, a clove of garlic, and a dash of garlic powder. Left out lemon zest and used slightly less water than called for. Can’t stop eating it on carrots and pita chips! Thanks for a great, easy, healthy dip!

  2. Victoria Garner
    07.08.2020

    5 stars
    WOWZERS!!! This recipe is a definite keeper! I cooked my own beans, and as the pot liquor was getting thicker, I wondered if I would still be able to use the beans. I ate a bowl of them while I considered my next move. I ultimately decided to put the beans in the fridge overnight, and try to make this dip the next afternoon. The beans had thickened, but I was not deterred. I added all of the ingredients, except for the lemon zest and water to my food processor, added some water to the container the beans had been in and used 3 tablespoons of it along with 1 teaspoon of herbs de province. Delish!!!

    • Jeanine Donofrio
      07.10.2020

      Hi Victoria, I’m so glad you loved it!!

  3. Oskar
    08.06.2020

    5 stars
    Holy shit! This was absolutely delicious! I put some dill & parsley in and it turned out great!

    To anyone reading this. Freaking make it already~

    • Jeanine Donofrio
      08.30.2020

      Ha ha, I’m so glad you loved it so much!

  4. Victoria
    09.06.2020

    4 stars
    Very to easy to make! I followed the recipe exactly, using canned beans but it tasted mostly like lemon / pepper so I added about 2-3 tsp each of Paprika and Chili Powder for flavor. Also next time I would omit the water for a thicker dip.

    • Jeanine Donofrio
      09.12.2020

      I’m so glad you enjoyed it!

  5. Rachel
    09.11.2020

    Hey going to make this tomorrow… what’s the storage and how long does it last in the fridge? Thank you. I love you blog and books

    • Jeanine Donofrio
      09.12.2020

      Hi Rachel, I keep it for 3 to 5 days in the fridge. I hope you enjoy!

  6. Kara
    09.21.2020

    5 stars
    I might bring this to every party i go to (in 2021)! Even my husband loved it. Ate it with my freshly baked sourdough and some fresh rosemary. Awesome.

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