Sagey White Bean Dip

What are the secrets to transforming a can of humble white beans into an elegant appetizer—especially if your guests follow a gluten-free and/or vegan diet? Creamy, nutritious and infused with sage, lemon and garlic, this Sagey White Bean Dip is so versatile! Amazing as a dip, yes, but also great on sandwiches!

Smelling the amazing aroma as the sage leaves sizzle is just the start—something magical happens when they fry—the flavor becomes more subdued and a bit toasty. Often, white bean dips appear as a chalky and bland alternative to hummus, typically why it’s not one of my favorite appetizers. But this riff definitely raises the bar.

Ours was served with gluten-free crackers, bell red pepper strips and carrot sticks, and guests went crazy over the dip! The final consistency is a little loose, however just decrease the amount of water to thicken the dip if desired.

Sagey White Bean Dip

  • Servings: Yields 1 1/4 cups
  • Difficulty: easy
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  • 10 sage leaves
  • 4 garlic cloves chopped
  • Pinch red pepper flakes
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 15-oz. can cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 1/2 tsp. fresh lemon juice
  • Pinch salt


  1. Heat the oil in a nonstick skillet. When hot, add the sage leaves, chopped garlic and red pepper flakes. Fry for 3-4 minutes, stirring a few times.
  2. Add the drained cannellini beans and water. (if you want a thicker dip, use less water.) Warm through, about 2 minutes. Purée in a small food processor.
  3. Transfer into a small serving bowl and stir in the lemon juice and salt. Cover and let rest for at least 30 minutes.
  4. Uncover, drizzle with a little bit more olive oil, garnish with a sage leaf and serve with your choice of chips and/or veggies.
  5. You can make the dip up to 24 hours in advance, but wait to drizzle it with oil until right before serving.

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