Made from store cupboard ingredients, White Bean Dip with Sundried Tomato can be ready in just minutes, whenever you want it. Colourful & punchy this dip is perfect for parties or any time you need a snack to keep your glass of wine company.
If I’m having dip to accompany nibbles of any kind, I want a concoction that has got a bit of character about it. A dip that not only looks appealing but also delivers a wheelbarrow full of texture and flavour. I don’t think that I’m asking too much.
I also think that homemade dips are under-rated. It’s just so easy to slip a pot of salsa or soured cream & chives into the supermarket trolley and be done. I realise I’m on slippery, slovenly territory here, but I do have standards. I draw the line at guacamole. That is one customer I insist on making fresh – every time.
Homemade dips are usually really quick to make with the bonus that you know exactly what goes into them. Or rather what does not go into them. I’m talking about those added nasties needed to keep a dip looking fresh on the supermarket shelf. For precisely how long? Sometimes that can be a revelation to me.
Homemade, on demand, is as fresh as things can get. Nasties are not required.
Cue my White Bean Dip with Sundried Tomatoes. Made with store cupboard ingredients, this is one dip that can be on standby for whenever the need for dipping and scooping arises. It also looks the part – coming in a pretty shade of salmon pink. And it delivers full-on flavour.
This dip is ready in a matter of minutes and, bonus; it’s also quite a healthy little pot to serve up.
I’m particularly keen on serving a pot of White Bean Dip up with fresh, crunchy vegetables such as blanched asparagus or finely sliced carrots, a little stack of seeded crackers and a few quality olives to round off my not insignificant snack platter. Oh, and a glass of wine – white or red. I’m not fussy.
I’ve made this White Bean Dip using butter beans and again using cannellini beans. My personal preference is butter beans (aka lima or sieva beans). They seem to create a slightly creamier, softer dip. But if butter beans are not your thing, then cannellini beans will be fine too. Likewise, the texture can be adjusted to suit your whim: keep it thick & chunky or blend until it’s as smooth as Clive Owen (oh lala).
Want more dips? I have plenty for you to choose from:
- Paprika Dip with Spring Onion & Chives – light and lovely
- Creamy Beetroot Tahini Dip with Dill – splendid with crudites or chips
- Avocado Feta Dip – this one goes great with sweet potato cubes
- Caramel Apple Dip with Cinnamon – sweet and delicious
White Bean Dip with Sundried Tomatoes
- 1 x 14oz tin White beans (butter beans or cannellini work well) reserve the liquid from the tin
- 12 (approx 90g) Sundried tomatoes (packed in oil but drained)
- 2 tbsp olive oil (or oil from the tomatoes)
- 3 tbsp tahini
- 1 small clove garlic
- 2 tbsp Tomato puree
- ¼ tsp Salt
- Black pepper to taste
- Put aside 2 tomatoes and ⅓ of the beans
- Pile all remaining ingredients into a food processor, along with 2 tablespoon liquid from the bean can and some black pepper – try 8 grinds
- Blend until relatively smooth. Taste – add more pepper if desired
- If the dip is too thick for your liking add an extra tablespoon of canning liquid and ½ tablespoon of oil and blend again
- Add remaining tomatoes and beans to the processor. Pulse until desired consistency is reached – I like my dips a little course and chunky, but it’s fine to blend into a smooth dip if preferred
- Store in a covered pot in the fridge until required. Keeps for up to 5 days
Whaat? Beans and sun-dried tomato dip? Haven’t tried this flavor combo but I bet it tastes amazing!
Thanks Julia. It’s definitely a good combination. Nice and punchy.
Nicola @ Happy Healthy Motivated
A protein-packed veggie dip that’s not loaded with cheese? Yes please!!
I know! The cheesy ones really suck me in, but they are not especially healthy. At least this one is reasonable on that score, as long as it’s served with healthy stuff 😉
Amy | The Cook Report
I really want to start making more of my own dips and this one looks like a good place to start!
Do it, Amy. You won’t look back. I need to make my own more often for definite.
Helen @ Fuss Free Flavours
A really great recipe, with so much goodness and taste. Something I could make and have in the fridge for a handy and quick lunch.
Definitely – healthy protein, bags of flavour and a fun thing to have when the munchies kick in.
Bintu - Recipes From A Pantry
This looks sup healthy and perfect to keep in the fridge for snacking on
Thanks Bintu – slightly addicted to opening the fridge door when it’s in there though 🙂