Hearty white cannellini beans mashed to a rustic hummus-like dip are topped with fresh tomatoes and scallions to make this Healthy Tomato Scallion White Bean Dip. A perfect appetizer, snack, or lunch!
As we, my boyfriend and I, walked into the grocery store this past Saturday we were faced with a couple questions:
What type of meat/fish looks good for grilling?
How should we prepare it and do we have it?
These questions aren’t so bad, and there were some pretty good answers! Some included: pre-seasoned tikka or portuguese spatchcocked chicken, pork tenderloin, steak, chicken brochettes, tuna… all of which I had some pretty good ideas on how to prepare them. However, I do draw a bit of a line at buying brochettes premade and even pre-seasoned meats and fish. I’m a firm believer in make it yourself! That way you get complete control and creativity, plus you get to control the amont of seasoning (*cough* the amount of salt *cough*) used.
On other notes, I knew we already had potatoes, so we were thinking of a side-dish incorporating those, maybe potato salad – needed mayo, so picked up that in case. Then for breakfast the next day I wanted to try making eggs in purgatory accompanied with fresh homemade crusty bread for dipping, so we needed some canned tomatoes and yeast.
Pretty good so far eh? All answers pretty much answered. Everything picked up…
… I want an appetizer comes out of my boyfriend’s mouth.
I hadn’t been brewing an appetizer in my head.
So coming up with ideas I suggested a cheese or charcuterie board, oysters (which we have been having a lot lately), premade sushi from the sushi bar, chips and a sour cream dip (I’ve been experimenting with these), pico de gallo and chips, remaking a tuna tartar we enjoyed at a dinner once… but a smile crossed his face when I said a bean dip – but I mean, of course it would, he adores hummus.
So with making a hummus-like dip on the brain I decided to go with cannellini beans (because I can’t get enough of them), and I thought using red kidney beans and mashing them might look a little odd in photos if not well planned out.
I was just going to go with a mashed white bean, but then a little voice inside said it was summer and we needed to use produce when it tasted the best! So, in that respect I also picked up some tomatoes and scallions having the idea to mix everything together… somehow, to keep it hearty and fresh.
Conclusion of your little adventure at the grocery store and the appetizer debacle? This yummy Healthy Tomato Scallion White Bean Dip recipe, and maybe 4 another top notch recipes that will find their way on the blog in the coming weeks!
Of course, you need a dipper with this recipe! My favourite is Tostitos Rounds, either original or multigrain, because they are sturdy and can withstand a good hearty mouthful of a dip!
Hope you enjoy!
Healthy Tomato Scallion White Bean Dip
- 1 19oz can white beans
- 3 tbsp. olive oil
- 2 garlic cloves minced
- Salt and pepper to taste
- 2 to matoes chopped
- 3 scallions whites removed and chopped
In a bowl, mash beans with garlic, 2 tbsp. oil, salt and pepper until mostly mashed with some whole beans intact, think rustic.
Next, in a new bowl, mix together the remaining oil, tomatoes, scallions and salt and pepper to taste.
Before serving, place the bean mixture in a bowl with a well in the center, place the tomato mix pilled high in that well.
Serve with sturdy chips.
If making the dip ahead, store the bean mix and the tomato mix separately and only combine before serving.
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