CSA Day: Basil White Bean Dip and Other Tasty Ideas

| August 18, 2010 | 5 Comments

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Last night, a neighbor dropped by as we were starting to sit down to dinner. She took a look at the table and said, “Wow.” Our dinner featured grilled sirloin, which I sliced thin so that we could stretch the portions so that it would feed seven. Then there was Sweet and Sour Red Cabbage, rice pilaf and this vegetable platter with Basil White Bean Dip.

This easy bean dip was one of those things that just came to me when I was trying to figure out what to do with some leftover basil. I didn’t want it to go to waste, and I also didn’t want to turn it into pesto. Instead, I found a can of white beans in the cabinet and set to work. White bean dip, here we come!

Best of all? This Basil White Bean Dip helped me use up some spare veggies too. We had celery, red sweet peppers, and cucumbers with this, but any firm summer veggies would do. The simple, easy, bright flavors of this easy bean dip are a big favorite around here.

Wondering how else to use your veggies this week? Here are some ideas:

Basil White Bean Dip
serves 8
NOTE: Scroll down for the printable recipe

1 cup fresh chopped basil
1 15 oz can white beans, drained and rinsed
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
2 tbsp grated parmesan cheese
sea salt and pepper

In the bowl of a food processor (a mini one works great for this!), combine the basil, white beans, olive oil and parmesan. Salt and pepper to taste.

Whirl the mixture in the food processor until smooth.

Serve with fresh veggies.

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Category: Appetizers, Beans, Budget Eating, Eating Locally, Homecooking, Gardening, Farm Fresh, Recipes

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Sarah Walker Caron is a writer, editor and recipe developer who loves to create delicious recipes the whole family can enjoy together. Her work has appeared in countless publications including iVillage, BELLA NYC Magazine, Yum for Kids magazine and more. She lives in Maine with her two food-loving kids.

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  1. Deb Nevins says:

    Thanks for the great idea, Sarah. I have lots of basil in my garden that isn’t getting any younger… this looks like a perfect alternative to more pesto.

  2. Megan says:

    This looks so fresh and light. I love everything about it. A “must try”!

  3. Ellen says:

    Basil and beans. Two of my favorites!

  4. Yum! I added a small clove of garlic to this as well as 2t fresh lemon juice and it went beautifully with fresh cherry tomatoes and cucumbers warm from the garden. Now to figure out what to do with the other 6c basil I trimmed today!

    Thanks for sharing this one Sarah.

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