Nov 012011

white bean spinach dipLooking for something to fill you up, but keep you slim? Try this delicious healthy snack / finger-food / appetizer. Serve it with a variety of veggies to add color, texture and even more nutritious benefits. White Bean Spinach Dip is also a great dairy-free dip option.

Ingredients for White Bean Spinach Dip:

  • 4 tsp extra-virgin olive oil, divided
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 10 ounce bag fresh spinach, or 2 (6-ounce) bags baby spinach
  • 1 14.5 ounce cannelloni beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 T (or more to taste) fresh lemon juice
  • 1 T balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • ¼ tsp freshly ground black pepper

Preparation of White Bean Spinach Dip:

In a large nonstick skillet, heat 1 teaspoon olive oil over medium heat. Add half the garlic and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds to 1 minute. Add 1/2 the bag of spinach and cook until fully wilted, about 2 to 5 minutes. (If there are still large unwilted stems at that point, cut them off.) Remove spinach to a bowl to cool, and repeat the whole process with another teaspoon olive oil and the remaining half of the garlic and spinach.

Combine the remaining olive oil, spinach, beans, lemon juice, balsamic vinegar, salt, and pepper in a food processor. If it all doesn’t fit at first, pulse a few times with 1/2 the spinach, and then add the rest.

Blend until mixture is to the consistency you like. Serve with tortilla, pita, or veggies.

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