Friday, February 03, 2017

Double Dip: Baby Greens and White Bean Dip

Let's face it: sometimes a delicious, creamy dip makes all the difference when trying to eat your raw veggies. But what if that dip already had veggies in it? I'd call that brilliant! As a bonus, this dip just happens to be dairy-free, perfect for sharing with anyone who might need to avoid it. With beans for a boost of protein, and heart-healthy olive oil as well, go ahead—keep dipping!

Baby Greens and White Bean Dip with Mini Peppers

Baby Greens and White Bean Dip

Extra-virgin olive oil
1-2 cloves garlic, sliced lengthwise (remove "sprout" in center if starting to turn green)
5 oz. baby spinach, baby kale, baby Swiss chard, or a combination
1 15-oz. can cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
Red wine vinegar (or fresh lemon juice, if you have it)
Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste

In a large saucepan over medium-low heat, gently sautee garlic in a few Tablespoons of oil until fragrant, then add beans and stir to coat and warm through, absorbing the garlicky oil. Add greens in batches and wilt, seasoning sparingly with salt and pepper with each batch, until all the greens are cooked (at this point, you actually have a nice little side dish of greens and beans - keep that in your back pocket for another time!). Let the mixture cool.

In a blender or food processor, blend greens and beans with a few more Tablespoons of olive oil, a splash or two of vinegar, and salt and pepper to taste. The dip should be creamy, but still retain some texture. Serve with veggie sticks, pita chips, or use as a spread on sandwiches!

Notes: Adapted from this recipe, which is extremely delicious in its own right :-)


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