White bean dip with sundried tomato, rosemary and sage

While hummus, in all it’s wonder, flexibility and glory, tends to be my go-to dip, I find that white beans make a nice light and creamy alternative – and they’re just as easy to mix up the flavour combinations with.

A couple of weeks ago I went to the markets as they were packing up and bought a whopper box of tomatoes for a measly $2 ($2!!!!!!!!). I turned all the slightly bruised ones into jars of tomato basil sauce for pizza/pasta/etc, kept some for salads, and chucked the rest in the dehydrator and sucked the juice out of those babies. For this recipe, I simply rehydrated a bunch of them and added them to a few things that were already lying around – leftover shallots from another recipe, and rosemary and sage from the garden.



White bean dip with sundried tomato, rosemary and sage

4 cloves garlic, minced
2 shallots, finely chopped
1/3 cup sundried tomatoes, rehydrated
Juice of half a lemon
2Tbsp olive oil + 1/2tsp oil for frying pan
1 can (400g) cannellini
1/2 tsp fresh rosemary, finely chopped
5 fresh sage leaves, finely chopped
Salt and pepper

Heat 1/2 tsp oil in a pan over medium heat. Add shallots and sautee for a couple of minutes, until translucent. Add garlic and cook for another minute or so until golden. Take off heat and transfer to food processor.

Add lemon juice, olive oil and tomatoes and process until fairly smooth.

Add cannellini beans and process again until smooth.

Season to taste with salt and pepper, and add rosemary and sage. Process to combine all ingredients.

Serve immediately, or store in the fridge until ready to use.



  1. Laura says:

    I love white bean dips – a great alternative to hummus! This looks delicious!

  2. cloudthyme says:

    Such a lovely combination- yummy!

    1. Thanks for stopping by Theresa 🙂 Yes, the rosemary and sage just make the flavours in this one!

  3. I love white bean dips! Sundried tomatoes must add a nice little taste!

    1. They’re great, aren’t they? Yes the sundried tomatoes are yummy in it, and the herbs add a nice depth to the flavour too 🙂

  4. I made a white bean dip once and I liked the taste even more than hummus! This recipe with the sundried tomatoes looks fab chica! Celeste 🙂

    1. Thanks Celeste! I was surprised at how much I loved this one, because I am pretty set in my hummus ways 😉

  5. rika@vm says:

    White beans are a great alternative to chickpeas 😉 and I love them in everything else from creamy Alfredo to even sweet frosting! Tasty white bean dip with sun-dried tomatoes, mmm!

    1. Ooh, frosting! I’ve heard of using beans for this but it’s not something I’ve tried yet. I’ll have to give it a go.

  6. laurasmess says:

    Yum! What an awesome bean dip Caeli! I’ve only used white beans for dip on one occasion but I love the extra smooth, creamy consistency that you get from them. I will be trying this one. And… $2 for a box of tomatoes?! Ah, jealous!! xx

    1. Yes, they’re so beautiful and light! I KNOW. $2…especially when tomatoes have been so expensive lately. Going to the markets right before close is the best trick…I also got a box of mangoes for my folks for $5. Bargains! X

  7. Sophie33 says:

    I made your tasty dip & loved it so much! It was so yummy too! xxx

    1. Glad to hear you liked it Sophie x

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