PointsPlus Crudités with Garlicky White Bean Dip

PointsPlus Crudités with Garlicky White Bean Dip
Staff Writer
Crudités with Garlicky White Bean Dip

Hummus is great, but for something a little different, try this cannellini bean dip. It’s got some zip to it from the lemon juice, and crunchy vegetables make for the perfect dip delivery device.

Ingredients

  • 1 teaspoon extra-virgin olive oil   
  • 3 medium-sized cloves garlic, minced   
  • One 15 ½-ounce can cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 ½ tablespoons fresh lemon juice   
  • 1-2 tablespoons water   
  • Salt and black pepper, to taste
  • ½ teaspoon paprika, or fresh parsley, chopped, for garnish (optional)
  • 1 small red or yellow pepper, sliced thickly   
  • 12 medium cherry tomatoes
  • 1 small cucumber, cut into spears   
  • 3 medium carrots, cut into sticks    

Directions

To prepare the dip, heat the oil in a small saucepan over medium heat. Sauté the garlic, stirring constantly, until the garlic just begins to turn golden, about 1-2 minutes. Remove from heat and let cool slightly.

In a food processor or blender, combine the garlic-oil mixture, beans, and lemon juice. Process until smooth, slowly adding 1-2 tablespoons of water to obtain a thick yet creamy consistency; season to taste with salt and pepper.

Transfer the dip to a small bowl and garnish with paprika or chopped parsley, if desired. Serve with the prepared vegetables.

Crudité Shopping Tip

Stocking up on no-cook items like cheese, nuts, olives, crackers, and dips will cut down on prep time and help ensure you have enough food for any unexpected guests.

Crudité Cooking Tip

When preparing appetizers try to avoid repetition of similar foods and flavors - aim for variety in textures, colors, and cooking methods.