White Bean Dip with Garlic Scapes


Skinny Dips

Published by Chronicle

White Bean Dip with Garlic Scapes
White Bean Dip with Garlic Scapes
This image courtesy of Sheri Giblin

Editor's Note: Calling all garlic lovers! This White Bean Dip with Garlic Scapes is one easy appetizer recipe that checks all the boxes. This dip has just a few simple steps, can be made in just a few minutes, and is an easy vegan recipe that everyone is sure to love. If you're short on time, you will also appreciate that this dip can be made in advance. You can easily serve this dip at just about any event on your calendar; we're sure everyone will love it. If you can never seem to get enough garlic in your life, then this recipe is for you!

Garlic scapes, a farmers’ market shopper’s delight, are the curled flower stalks that shoot up from the garlic bulb. Growers cut them off to encourage better bulb growth. Look for vividly green, skinny stalks — some straight, some curled — which often have a tightly closed bud. Scapes have a pronounced crunch and a mild garlic flavor. I snip them and use them in salads, cut them into 2-inch (5-cm) lengths and stir-fry them, or blanch them to use in soups. Stirred into this velvety bean dip, the scapes add flecks of bright color and a mild garlicky bite.



Make Ahead RecipeYes

OccasionBuffet, Buffet Meal, Card Night, Casual Dinner Party, Cocktail Party, Family Get Together, Game Day, Picnic, Tailgate Party

Recipe CourseAntipasto/mezze, Hors D'oeuvre

Dietary ConsiderationVegan

Taste and TextureCreamy, Garlicky, Savory

Type of DishDip/spread


  • 2 cans (15 oz./430g each) cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 to 3 tablespoons water
  • ¾ teaspoon kosher or sea salt
  • Freshly ground pepper
  • ½ cup (50g) finely sliced garlic scapes
  • Crudités, baked pita chips, crostini, bruschetta, baked bagel chips, grilled Japanese eggplant


  1. In the workbowl of a food processor fitted with the metal blade, process the beans until mashed. 

  2. Add the olive oil, lemon juice, 1 tablespoon of the water, the salt, and a few grinds of pepper. Process until puréed and smooth, adding additional water until the spread is smooth and creamy. 

  3. Scatter the garlic scapes over the top and pulse just until incorporated. Taste and adjust the seasoning. Transfer to a serving bowl and serve immediately.

Dip Do-Ahead

This dip can be prepared up to 2 days in advance. Cover and refrigerate. Remove from the refrigerator 20 minutes before serving.


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