Snack in style with this healthy Tomato Basil White Bean Dip. It comes together in minutes and can be made in advance for easy peasy snacking, without the fuss!
Thanks to my overly boisterous basil plant, I can’t make enough basil recipes right now. I’m plowing though pesto pizza, pasta, and veggies, and even pouring my tasty basil dressing on everything in sight.
As fast as I pick it though, I cannot for the life of me keep up with this plant. It’s borderline out of control and I’m loving every bit of it! It’s practically free basil at this point.
The only thing that grows as fast as my basil are my cherry tomatoes, so I whipped up this super luxe white bean dip to celebrate both.
Hearty cannellini beans are transformed into a luscious whipped spread flecked with garlic and herbs, then topped with sweet-as-candy ripe cherry tomatoes tossed with a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil and fresh, fragrant basil. <— run on sentence for the sake of YUM!
As a bonus it’s…
- protein packed
- no-bake + no-cook
- good — it’s flipping good!
uh…. what are you waiting for?!
Tomato Basil White Bean Dip
This easy breezy appetizer doubles as a healthy snack! It comes together in minutes and can be made/prepped in advance too. Pop leftovers in the fridge for an extra snack sesh or two throughout the week.
Tomato Basil White Bean Dip
Yield 12-16 servings
- 4 cloves of garlic, smashed and minced
- 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil, plus extra for drizzling
- 2 (15 oz) cans cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
- 1/4 tsp lemon zest
- juice of 1 lemon, approx. 4 TBSP
- 1/2 tsp dried oregano
- 1/8-1/4 tsp dried thyme (or fresh if you have it!)
- 1/4 tsp salt + extra to taste
- black pepper, to taste
- 1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
- 1/4 cup fresh basil leaves, chopped
- 1/4 tsp paprika (optional)
- toasted pita bread/chips and assorted veggies for dipping
- To take the bite out of the garlic and amplify the flavor, microwave 4 smashed + minced cloves 1/2 cup of olive oil. You can also sauté them stove-top.
- In a food processor, combine beans, lemon garlic, olive oil, lemon juice, lemon zest, oregano, thyme and pulse until well blended. For an even creamier dip, add some extra EVOO and blend.
- Season with salt and pepper to taste, as well as any additional oregano... let your taste buds be your guide!
- Toss tomatoes and basil in a drizzle of EVOO and toss.
- Spread bean mixture onto a shallow bowl or plate and top with tomatoes and basil.
- Sprinkle with paprika and serve with freshly warmed pita bread, pita chips, and/or assorted veggies for dipping.
See post below for tips, swaps, and add-in suggestions.
Dip may be made in advance and will keep for up to four days. Add tomatoes and basil just before serving.
Recipe yields 3 cups of dip.
A hearty drizzle of balsamic glaze is a scrumptious addition to this dip!
Hellooooo sweet and savory!
bowl. licking. good.
tips, tricks, and variations:
- garlic lovers: take things to the next level by roasting your garlic first. It’s a tad irresistible!
- You can use anything from your go-to Italian seasoning blend to a smattering of fresh herbs to flavor your bean dip. Have fun with it and let your tastebuds be your guide!
- A hearty swirl of pesto would be an amazing sub or addition to this dip!
- No fresh tomatoes? No problem! You could snag a can of jarred organic diced tomatoes or opt for a seasonal spin on the recipe, using what’s fresh at the moment. You’re also not limited to cherry tomatoes, use any variety you have on hand!
- Grape seed oil or avocado oil would also taste amazing blended with the white beans. A drizzle of good quality EVOO on top is extra yummy too if you have it! And a garlic infused olive oil on top? Ohmygooooosh even better! Let your tastebuds be your guide and have fun with this tasty tomato basil white bean dip!