Creamy Lemony White Bean Dip Recipe

Lemony white bean dip – Are you in need of a break from your usual hummus routine? Look no further because I’ve got the perfect solution for you! Prepare to be amazed as we take the classic flavor combination of lemons, white beans, and garlic and elevate it to new heights. Plus, there’s an added bonus: this recipe only requires 10 simple ingredients and can be made ahead of time.

Say goodbye to boring dips and get ready to indulge in a creamy sensation that will leave your taste buds begging for more. This unique twist on a traditional favorite will have you wondering why you didn’t discover it sooner. Get ready to wow your guests with a dip that’s bursting with flavor and incredibly easy to prepare. Trust me, you won’t want to miss out on this delightful creation!

Prep Time: 10 minutesCook Time: 8 minutesTotal Time: 18 minutes
Course: Appetizer, Dip, Side DishDiet: VeganServing size: 6

Ingredients Needed to Make Lemony White Bean Dip

  • ⅓ cup (54g) pine nuts
  • 1 (15-ounce) can of cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 medium lemon
  • 1 tablespoon white miso paste
  • 3/4 to 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • Freshly cracked black pepper
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons ice water
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 6 garlic cloves, thinly sliced (try to slice as evenly as possible for even cooking)*
  • 1 teaspoon whole cumin seeds
  • 1 teaspoon whole coriander seeds
  • 1 heaping teaspoon Aleppo pepper, or ½ to ¾ teaspoon red pepper flakes**
  • 1 small handful of parsley (optional) chopped

Lemony White Bean Dip

Instructions for Making Perfect & Creamy Lemony White Bean Dip Recipe

  1. Toast the pine nuts***. Heat a medium frying pan over medium heat. Allow the pan to heat up for a few minutes to get hot. Add the pine nuts and shake the pan frequently until toasty and golden but not dark brown, 2 to 4 minutes. Scoop out 1 teaspoon of the nuts and set aside for the topping.
  2. Using a vegetable peeler, shave off 4 to 6 strips of lemon peel, about 2 inches in length. If you only get shorter strips, just use more. Try to not peel too deeply to avoid the white pith; set aside.
    Juice the lemon.
  3. In a food processor bowl, add the toasted pine nuts, cannellini beans, 2 tablespoons lemon juice, 1 tablespoon miso paste, 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt, and black pepper. Blend until the dip comes together and is relatively smooth, scraping down sides as you go.
    Stream in 2 tablespoons of ice water and blend again until creamy but spoonable; add one more tablespoon if you want a looser consistency.
    Taste, adding more lemon juice or salt as needed (I usually add an extra ¼ teaspoon kosher salt).
  4. Transfer the dip to a serving bowl and make ridges with the back of a spoon.
  5. Make the topping. Lightly crush the cumin and coriander seeds in a mortar and pestle, or use the back of a heavy chef’s knife or sturdy mug to lightly crush them. Fit a small or medium bowl with a fine-mesh sieve.
  6. Heat the olive oil in the same frying pan used in Step 1 over medium heat. Once the oil is warm (but not too hot), add the garlic and crushed spices. Cook, swirling the pan or stirring frequently, for 2 to 2 ½ minutes, until the garlic just turns golden (don’t wait until it browns). Add the lemon peel and chili flakes and cook for another 30 seconds. Pour the oil and aromatics over the sieve, so that the aromatics sit in the sieve and the oil sits in the bowl.
  7. Pour the infused oil over the dip. Top with the garlic-lemon topping, along with the reserved pine nuts and chopped parsley.

Creamy Lemony White Bean Dip Recipe’s Notes

*If you have a mandoline and a cut-proof glove, you can use that to slice the garlic evenly. I have this handheld mandoline and safety glove and they work great.
**If using red pepper flakes, use 1/2 teaspoon for a subtle background heat; a bit more for a noticeable spiciness.
***You can also toast the pine nuts in the oven. Preheat the oven to 350ºF/175ºC and spread the pine nuts out on a sheet pan. Roast for 6-7 minutes until golden brown.

Nutrition Information on Creamy Lemony White Bean Dip Recipe

Calories: 199kcal | Carbohydrates: 16g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 5g | Monounsaturated Fat: 6g | Sodium: 355mg | Potassium: 135mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 64IU | Vitamin C: 11mg | Calcium: 63mg | Iron: 3mg

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About the Author: Rachel Michaels

A food photographer and travel blogger from New York City. Rachel's interest in cooking and travel began during her study abroad program in Italy, where she fell in love with Italian cuisine. She now captures the beauty of food and travels through her photography and blog posts.

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