Rosemary Garlic White Bean Dip


This white bean dip was one of those happy accidents that happen every so often. I thought I had bought a can of garbanzo beans on my last trip to the grocery store, which I use for making hummus, but discovered instead that I had mistakenly bought a can of cannellini beans! So instead of hummus, I made some white bean dip. I hadn’t ever made this kind of dip before, but I’ve purchased it many times and have always liked it. So this was the perfect time to try making my own! I came up with this recipe, using olive oil and lemon juice like I do when I make hummus.

I thought some garlic and rosemary would be great in this white bean dip, too. I love the garlic-rosemary combination, and lemon juice gives the dip a nice zing. I also used two cloves of garlic but if you just want a light garlic flavor, one clove may be enough for you. This recipe makes a little over a cup, so if  you need a bigger batch you’ll want to double the recipe.


Makes 1 heaping cup

  • 1 (15.5-ounce) can Cannellini Beans (white kidney beans), rinsed and drained
  • 1 to 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 Tablespoons lemon juice (if using fresh, you’ll need 1 to 2 lemons)
  • 1 Tablespoon fresh Rosemary, minced (or 1 teaspoon dried)
  • additional fresh or dried Rosemary for garnish

Combine  beans, minced garlic, olive oil, lemon juice, and minced Rosemary in a food processor. Process until smooth and creamy. Add salt and pepper to taste, if desired. Spoon dip into a small bowl and garnish with fresh or dried Rosemary. Serve with fresh veggies, crusty bread, or crackers.

I really like this white bean dip–I think I’ll be making it pretty regularly, along with the hummus that I love to make! Have you made white bean dip before?

Linked to Full Plate Thursday, Favorite Things Thursday, Foodie Friday, Strut Your Stuff Saturday.

22 thoughts on “Rosemary Garlic White Bean Dip

  1. strictlydelicious

    Ooo I love this! I know that lemon, olive oil, garlic, and rosemary go beautifully together, and I love seeing them in this dip! How fortuitous was your shopping accident!


  2. Butter, Basil and Breadcrumbs

    Now that’s a wonderful accident!! I’m glad you made the mistake of buying cannellini beans! Haha!! I have to say that I’ve never made white bean dip before, but I think you just put an end to that! I’m going to start now!! This is fabulous.. 🙂 xx


    1. nancyc Post author

      Yes, I don’t think I would have made this if I hadn’t bought those cannellini beans by mistake, so this was one mistake I’m glad I made! 🙂


  3. Anne

    That sounds good. I’m rather collecting bean dips and spreads right now – they’re great for adding a little oomph to a lunch of salad or a light soup. I have used various white beans – they blend well with so many flavors. Rosemary is a good thought – I like it, but forget to use it.


  4. Miz Helen

    Hi Nancy,
    This is a fabulous dip that we will just love. Thanks so much for sharing your awesome post with Full Plate Thursday and hope you have a great week!
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen



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