It’s refreshing, it’s healthy, it’s easy, and best of all, the ingredients are all pantry staples.
Recently I went to one of my favorite I-talian restaurants here in CT and had a super-satisfying salad with a “creamy” dressing made with…white beans.
Genius – it wasn’t much more than this dip with a bit more water.
So, if your friends show up unexpectedly, keep these ingredients in your pantry so you can easily whip together a gourmet snack.
Then when those suckers leave, transform the leftovers into a hearty dressing for tomorrow’s lunch!
You can do the same thing with hummus by the way – see the recipes below.
Lemony White Bean (or Chickpea) Dip
1 (15 oz.) can cannellini or garbanzo beans, drained and rinsed
1 garlic clove, peeled
2 tbsp fresh lemon juice
1/3 cup olive oil
1/4 cup fresh Italian flat-leaf parsley leaves
Salt and pepper
- Place beans, garlic, lemon juice, olive oil, and parsley in food processor (or vitamix).
- Pulse until mixture is smooth. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
- Transfer puree to a small bowl and sprinkle with more parsley.
Serve with crostini, Belgian endive leaves, fresh vegetable sticks (like carrots or celery), or pita chips. Or have it for lunch in a wrap with veggies!
Lemony White Bean (or Chickpea) Dressing
½ cup lemony white bean dip (above) or hummus
a few tablespoons of water
Add ingredients to a food processor or blender and keep adding water until you get it to your desired consistency for a creamy dressing. Toss with mixed greens and enjoy!
Have you had something at a restaurant recently that you’d like to re-create at home? Let me know in the comments below!