White Bean Dip

This super easy recipe provides a tasty appetizer or snack when served with vegetables and whole-grain crackers. You’ll also be getting a healthy alternative to so many of the commercial dips with a high fat and sodium level. I personally like a good dip and veggie plate with crackers for lunch.

In the past, I have shared quite a few hummus dips which are similar to white bean dip. Hummus is a Middle Eastern dip, spread, or savory dish traditionally made from cooked, mashed chickpeas blended with tahini, lemon juice, and garlic. I’ve shared various versions of hummus before in all kinds of flavors and with several kinds of legumes. The main difference between white bean hummus and white bean dip is tahini, a crushed paste made from sesame seeds. I know several people who cannot eat tahini.

White Bean Dip

Use organic when available. Serves 10 as appetizer.


White Bean Dip

A tasty and healthy alternative to commercial dips which is easy to make in minutes.
Course Appetizer, lunch, Snack
Cuisine American
Keyword bean dip, white bean dip
Servings 10


  • 2 cans cannellini beans, rinsed and drained (15 oz)
  • 1/3 cup fresh cilantro or Italian parsley
  • 1 tbsp garlic chopped or to taste
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp crushed red pepper
  • salt and pepper to taste


  • Place all ingredients except olive oil in food processor
  • Process and slowly pour in olive oil
  • Continue until smooth and thick
  • If too thick add a tbsp of reserved fluid from beans
  • Season with salt and pepper
  • Serve with fresh vegetables sticks, pita bread, or whole grain crackers


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I was raised in Tennessee but have lived in Florida for many years. Love my small home in the Tampa Bay area and its developing garden. My decorating style is eclectic - some vintage, some cottage, all with a modern flair. Pursuing a healthier lifestyle. Spent many years in social services but am happily retired.

15 thoughts to “White Bean Dip”

  1. That sounds (and looks) so good Carol and it was interesting to learn why it is different from humus. I didn’t know people had allergies to tahini! Bill makes a good humus with garbanzo beans and tahini and from your blog I learned that you could make humus with other legumes but we’ve never tried those since we like the recipe he has.

  2. I love hummus. I bet using white beans here would be delicious. Pinning to save! 🙂 Thank you for sharing this post at the Will Blog for Comments Linkup #11. Hope to see you again next week.

  3. That’s very similar to a dip we enjoyed in Greece. It does need the garlic for sure. Thanks Carol.

  4. Awesome, love a great dip and this does check off all the boxes for me.?
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