Vegan white bean dip with harissa

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Are you looking for an easy white bean dip recipe that is vegan friendly? Well then you are in the right place! This vegan white bean dip with harissa is made with just six vegan-friendly ingredients. None of the ingredients need to be cooked before being added to the dip, so this tasty dip can be made in a matter of minutes.

This creamy white bean dip is gluten free, egg free, dairy free, nut free, and vegan friendly. That means that it is perfect for households with multiple food allergies or dietary restrictions. It is also a great protein-packed snack for anyone who is looking to work a little more protein into their diet.

Vegan white bean dip in a clear glass bowl. There is olive oil and additional harissa seasoning sprinkled on top of the white bean dip.

What does white bean dip taste like?

What does this vegan white bean dip taste like? In general, white bean dips tend to have a creamy flavor that is relatively mild. That is not the case with this vegan white bean dip. This vegan white bean dip with harissa is packed with bold, tangy Mediterranean-inspired flavors. It is perfect for anyone who is looking for a white bean dip that has a little extra pep in its step.

What beans should be used for white bean dip?

There are a few common varieties of white beans out there and not all white beans are created equal. So what kinds of white beans are best for making white bean dip? In general, cannellini beans are a great option for making white bean dips. This is especially true when the dip is Italian-inspired or Mediterranean-inspired (like this one).

Cannellini beans have buttery flavor and tender texture, so they tend to work well for dips. If your want to read more about the differences between different types of white beans, check out this article.

What is in this vegan white bean dip?

What is in this vegan white bean dip other than the white beans? Here are all of the ingredients that are used in this creamy white bean dip.

  • Cannellini beans. The first ingredient you need to make this vegan white bean dip is white beans. We prefer to use cannellini beans to make this white bean dip, but you can also use another type of white beans if necessary.
  • Garlic. The next ingredient that is used in this vegan white bean dip is garlic. The garlic is not cooked before it is added to the dip, so it is added in relatively small quantities. If you are sensitive to the flavor of raw garlic then you should use a little less garlic than recommended.
  • Olive oil. Olive oil is another key ingredient in this recipe for vegan white bean dip. The olive oil adds some much needed fat to the dip and enriches the flavor or the dip. For best results, you should use a smooth, buttery olive oil such as California Olive Ranch olive oil.
  • Lemon juice. Lemon juice plays another important role in this white bean dip. The lemon juice adds a little acidity to the mixture and brightens up the flavor of the dip. It also pairs with the citrus undertones in the harissa dip to give the dip a nice tangy flavor.
  • Harissa seasoning. Harissa seasoning is another one of the main flavors in this white bean dip. You should use dried harissa seasoning. We use McCormick harissa seasoning and we love it.
  • Salt. Finally, some salt is added to finish the white bean feta dip off.
Ingredients for a vegan white bean dip in the bowl of small blender. There is white beans, olive oil, garlic, and harissa visible in the blender.

How to make vegan white bean dip

How do you make this vegan white bean dip? One of the best things about this vegan white bean dip is that it is so easy to make! All you have to do to make this white bean dip is mince the garlic and blend all of the ingredients together in a blender or food processor.

This recipe for vegan white bean dip makes a relatively small serving of white bean dip. For best results, you should consider using a smaller blender or food processor. We use the lender attachment of our favorite Ninja blender and it works perfectly.

How to make white bean dip more creamy?

How can you make white bean dip more creamy? If you find that your white bean dip is not as creamy as you would like, the first thing you should do is look at the texture of your dip. If you white bean dip is thick and lumpy that means that the dip needs a little extra liquid. Add some olive oil or water to the dip about 1/2 teaspoon at the time while continuing to blend the dip.

How long does white bean dip last?

How long does this vegan white bean dip last? And how should this white bean dip be stored? This white bean dip should be stored in the refrigerator in an airtight food storage container. If stored in an airtight container, this white bean dip will keep for up to 3 days.

The ingredient in this white bean dip that will go bad the fastest is the garlic. That means that if you want the dip to last long, you should make sure to use fresh garlic. If you use older garlic that is on the way out the door, this dip will not last as long.

Is this white bean dip healthy?

Is this vegan white bean dip healthy? The answer to that question is an enthusiastic yes! This dip is made with a few simple ingredients that are packed with nutritional value. The white bean base the dip is made with ensures that there is lots of protein and fiber in this vegan white bean dip.

If you want to make this white bean dip particularly healthy, we recommend serving it with fresh or roasted vegetables.

Vegan white bean dip with harissa

This simple vegan white bean dip is loaded with bold and tangy Mediterranean-inspired flavors. All you need to make this simple white bean dip is cannellini beans, olive oil, lemon juice, garlic, harissa seasoning, and salt.
Prep Time10 mins
Total Time10 mins
Course: Sauce, Side Dish
Cuisine: Mediterranean
Diet: Gluten Free, Vegan, Vegetarian
Keyword: dairy free, egg free, gluten free, nut free, vegan, vegetarian
Servings: 1 cup

Ingredients

  • 1 can cannellini beans (15 oz)
  • 1 clove garlic (small)
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tsp lemon juice
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp harissa seasoning

Instructions

  • Mince the garlic into small pieces.
    You can skip this step if you are in a rush, but mincing the garlic ahead of time helps to ensure that it gets evenly dispersed throughout the dip. Add the garlic sparingly if you are sensitive to the taste of raw garlic.
  • Combine all of the ingredients in the bowl of a blender or food processor. Blend until smooth.

Notes

Texture. If you find that your white bean dip is a little too thick and has some clumps in it, you should add a little more liquid to it and continue to blend the dip. We recommend adding a little water 1/2 tsp at a time. 

Substitutions for vegan white bean dip

  • Cannellini beans. If you do not have cannellini beans then you can also use another type of white beans. In general, you should try to stick to tender white beans that have a buttery flavor.
  • Lemon juice. If you do not have lemon juice then lime juice might also work. Lime juice is a little more tart than lemon juice so that flavor will not be exactly the same, but the dip will still taste good.

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