White Bean Dip + Dressing Recipe

Lemony White Bean Dip WM When I’m asked to “bring an appetizer” to a party but I’m feeling lazy, my go-to is this tasty Lemony White Bean dip.

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


  1. Place beans, garlic, lemon juice, olive oil, and parsley in food processor (or vitamix).
  2. Pulse until mixture is smooth. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  3. 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

White Bean Dressing WM2

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!

1 Comment

  • Stacey Hascoe says:

    My vegetarian daughter keeps talking about this veg. Lasagna she had at summer camp that was healthy and really yummy. I have no idea which receipt to try and I love your cooking. Can you offer some help here?

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