Jasmine Savery
Founder & Director

Hi! I'm Jasmine, and I launched Savery Grazing in 2022. I’ve always had a passion for food, with a particular love for how social it can be. Follow along as I share my favourite tips, tricks, and delicious recipes with you.

Ingredients

  • 1 400g tin of cannellini beans
  • A large handful of fresh basil
  • 2 small garlic cloves
  • Half a lemon, juiced
  • 3 tablespoons of good-quality olive oil
  • Salt and pepper, to taste

You’ll also need a blender, a tin opener, and a bowl for serving your dip!

If you’re looking for a unique alternative to basil, try substituting the leaves for fresh wild garlic if it’s in season in your area! If you do, forgo the additional garlic cloves and add a squeeze more lemon to balance the flavours.


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Ingredients
Ingredients
  • 1 400g tin of cannellini beans
  • A large handful of fresh basil
  • 2 small garlic cloves
  • Half a lemon, juiced
  • 3 tablespoons of good-quality olive oil
  • Salt and pepper, to taste

You’ll also need a blender, a tin opener, and a bowl for serving your dip!

If you’re looking for a unique alternative to basil, try substituting the leaves for fresh wild garlic if it’s in season in your area! If you do, forgo the additional garlic cloves and add a squeeze more lemon to balance the flavours.

Hummus is a hugely versatile dip but it can sometimes feel like a predictable option for summer BBQs and packed lunches. So, we created this dip as a delicious alternative! It pairs well with a variety of dishes, plus, it only requires 6 ingredients (mostly store-cupboard staples!), as well as 5 minutes of your time to make it!

This dip can be prepared in big batches as it keeps really well in the fridge. We portion it out into single-serve containers to take on the go! 

Read for step-by-step instructions and serving ideas.


Method

Follow these steps to make our White Bean & Basil Dip

1. Add All Ingredients To a Blender

Start by draining a can of cannellini beans into your blender, alongside the fresh basil, the juice of half a lemon, peeled garlic, most of your olive oil, as well as a generous crack of sea salt and black pepper.

2. Blend & Adjust Seasonings To Taste

On a high-speed setting, blend all of the ingredients together, using a spatula to wipe down the sides of the container as needed. 

Blend your dip until it reaches a semi-smooth consistency with no obvious lumps (whilst big bits of cannellini beans aren’t an issue, you don’t want to bite down on half a garlic clove!). Taste and adjust the quantities of salt and pepper to your liking.

3. Garnish & Enjoy!

Once the dip has reached your desired taste and consistency, spoon it out into a large serving bowl, garnishing with a few basil leaves and a drizzle of olive oil. 

We served ours on a platter with a selection of crudités, but you could also serve it alongside fresh bread, crackers, or nachos! 


What To Serve With White Bean & Basil Dip

This dip is delicious with so many cupboard staples, which is why we love to make a big batch! Try serving your basil and white bean dip with: 

  • Grilled pitta breads
  • Toasted baguette
  • Breadsticks 
  • Nacho chips 
  • Crudités (such as chopped cucumber, carrots, baby tomatoes, or peppers) 

You can also use the dip as a sandwich spread, or thinned down with water for a simple salad dressing!

If you’d like to learn how to use this dip as part of a gorgeous veggie platter, read our helpful blog: What Is a Crudités Platter & How Do You Keep One Fresh?

 

How To Store White Bean & Basil Dip

If you didn’t eat all of your dip in one go (although we almost always do!), then you can store it in an airtight container. We use individual/one-portion containers for easy meal prep (these glass containers with lids on Amazon are our go-to choice). The basil and white bean dip will last for up to 4 days in the refrigerator. 

If you’re making the dip ahead of time, perhaps for a garden or dinner party, then we’d recommend garnishing the dip right before serving to your guests – this keeps the basil garnish fresh and vibrant! 

 

Easy Seasonal Recipes From Savery Grazing

We hope you enjoy making (and sharing!) this dip with family and friends at your next summer get-together. For more staple summer recipes, keep up to date with our seasonal food blog. You can also find us on Instagram, Facebook, and Pinterest!

 

Frequently Asked Questions 

Can I Make This Dip Ahead Of Time?

Absolutely! Our basil and white bean dip keeps well in the fridge for up to 4 days. Simply store it in an airtight container and garnish just before serving to maintain freshness.

I Don’t Have Basil, What Can I Use Instead?

Fresh basil adds a vibrant flavour to this dip, but you can use dried basil if it’s your only option. However, keep in mind that fresh basil will give the best results. Alternatively, you can use other fresh herbs, such as parsley or wild garlic!

What Can I Use Instead Of Cannellini Beans?

While cannellini beans work best for this recipe, you can experiment with other white beans as most of them offer a creamy base, which doesn’t have a lot of flavour all on its own. Instead, you could use:

  • Butter beans
  • Chickpeas
  • Cooked sweet potatoes

 


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