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Basil White Bean Dip and Other Tasty Ideas for Your CSA Share

Basil White Bean Dip

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

Basil White Bean Dip

Yield: 8 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes


  • 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, , to taste


  1. 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.
  2. Whirl the mixture in the food processor until smooth.
  3. Serve with fresh veggies.

Sonya J Mills

Sunday 29th of August 2010

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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Friday 27th of August 2010

[...] brought fresh-squeezed lemonade and cut-up fruit for the kids.  Sarah took care of our salad, an awesome dip which I am SO making this weekend, and sandwiches for the kids.  I had so many things to try and [...]


Thursday 19th of August 2010

Basil and beans. Two of my favorites!


Thursday 19th of August 2010

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

Deb Nevins

Thursday 19th of August 2010

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.

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