White Bean Dip with Fresh Herbs


All the herbs in pots outside my kitchen door are well loved and well used. I love the easy access of having them nearby so I can run out and snip mid-recipe. You don’t need a full-on veggie bed to feel like you’re cooking from the garden.

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A few pots in a sunny spot, filled with a mix of potting soil and good organic compost will make a happy home for herbs. I like the look of one herb type per pot – it looks pretty, lush and guarantees you’ll have plenty to snip away. As the seasons change, I rotate what’s in each pot — it’s almost time for the dill to go out and the basil to go in.


Here, I grab a handful of dill and mint, mixing them up with pantry staples and voila! A beautiful white bean dip in minutes.

This dip is beautiful, zippy, fresh and clean. Serve alongside radishes, carrots, the first cucumbers of the season and/or some triangles of grilled pita and you’re good to go.


Try it for Mother’s Day, a crudités spread for the Kentucky Derby or just an afternoon treat with a girlfriend — Justine, I’m looking at you.


Herbalicious White Bean Dip


Note: I call this the double dip, all you need to remember is two and you won’t have to look up the recipe again. It doubles well if you’ve got a bigger group, then you would just need to remember four.


2 tablespoons fresh dill, packed

2 tablespoons fresh mint leaves, packed

2 tablespoons lemon juice

2 tablespoons olive oil

1 16 ounce can cannellini beans, rinsed

2 cloves garlic, small in size

1/2 teaspoon of sea salt

Pinch of red chili flakes


Add ingredients to the bowl of a food processor and pulse until desired consistency, feel free to add a splash of water if things seem a little thick. Serve.


And the winner of Michelle’s book, The Touch Remedy and a new garden apron is Tina — Congratulations, Tina. May your days be stress-free and filled with time in the garden!

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4 thoughts on “White Bean Dip with Fresh Herbs”

My goodness, am I the winner? If so what a complete surprise, and thank you so very much!
This dip looks perfect for the warm spring and summer days ahead- simple, nourishing, and special with the touch of fresh herbs.

Love all your bean recipes, Val! My insta pot has me making beans galore, I literally love this machine as much as my vitamix which is amazing. I’m making beans and rice for my dog just for the excuse to use it more and get him on a vegetarian diet. Anyway, thanks for giving me another good excuse to make fresh cannellies:)! Looks delish!

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