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.
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.