Apr 7
2011

White Bean Dip with Kalamata Olives & Mint Recipe

White Bean Dip with Kalamata Olives & Mint Recipe

Last week I reviewed each recipe that I made in my second year of blogging in preparation for writing Top Recipes of Year Two and a Giveaway (be sure to enter your name into the drawing for a gorgeous Shun knife). It quickly became apparent that my blog is sadly lacking in the dip and spread department. With more than 300 recipes, I had only…count them…three dip recipes – black bean, artichoke pesto and roasted vegetable. That is a sad state of affairs for someone who enjoys watching sports and feeding finger foods to fellow fans. (My high school English teacher would squeal in delight at that use of alliteration. I digress.)

In an attempt to reclaim my tail-gating, fist-pumping swagger, I pulled out some basic ingredients that can be found in many pantries and fridges, and set to work. White bean dips are always a favorite and pair well with herbal flavors, such as rosemary or sage. With this recipe, however, I went in a slightly different direction. Cannellini beans are pureed with olive oil, lemon juice, cumin, garlic and fresh mint to form a smooth and creamy spread. To add a burst of brine (I do love my salt), minced kalamata olives are stirred in before serving. Before long, I find myself soaking up the dregs of the dip with one last triangle of pillowy pita bread.

Not only would this dip be welcome at any playoff party, but it is an original accompaniment to a soup and salad lunch. Serve it with crudite, pita bread or crackers.

The recipe:

In the bowl of a food processor, combine cannellini beans, olive oil, lemon juice, ground cumin and garlic. Puree until smooth. Season with salt. Add mint and pulse to combine. Transfer the dip to a serving bowl.

Bean Kalamata Dip Collage

In a small bowl, stir together minced kalamata olives and olive oil. Arrange kalamata olive mixture over the bean dip. Stir in just before serving. Serve with pita bread wedges and crudite.

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Other bean dips:

Cookin’ Canuck’s Spicy Black Bean Dip with Roasted Red & Chipotle Peppers
Savoring the Thyme’s Layered and Lightened-Up 7-Layer Dip
She Wears Many Hats’ White Bean Spread with Roasted Garlic
Andrea Recipes’ Cannellini Bean Dip with Garlic Scapes

White Bean Dip with Kalamata Olives & Mint

1 can (15 oz.) cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
1 tbsp fresh lemon juice
3/4 tsp ground cumin
1 clove garlic, roughly chopped
1/4 tsp salt
2 tbsp minced fresh mint leaves
1 1/2 oz. kalamata olives, minced (about 1/3 cup minced)

n the bowl of a food processor, combine cannellini beans, olive oil, lemon juice, ground cumin and garlic. Puree until smooth. Season with salt. Add mint and pulse to combine. Transfer the dip to a serving bowl.

In a small bowl, stir together minced kalamata olives and olive oil. Arrange kalamata olive mixture over the bean dip. Stir in just before serving. Serve with pita bread wedges and crudite.

Makes about 1 1/2 cups.

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1 Heather April 7, 2011 at 10:03 pm

Hi there! Just stumbled on your blog – I’m not sure what’s taken me so long to find it! It’s lovely!! So many recipes I want to try already and I’ve only just found you! Looking forward to following a fellow-Canuck’s blog. P.S. Your dip looks delish!

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2 Dara (Cookin' Canuck) April 8, 2011 at 9:23 am

Thanks so much for stopping by, heather. I’m always happy to gain a new Canadian reader!

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3 Laurie @SimplyScratch April 7, 2011 at 11:36 pm

Oh yum! I just might have to make your dip this weekend! Wonderful recipe!~

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4 Dara (Cookin' Canuck) April 8, 2011 at 9:23 am

Thanks, Laurie. I hope you enjoy it.

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5 Lora April 8, 2011 at 4:11 am

LOVE this dip. The combination of white beans and olives in irresistible. Great idea to add the mint.

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6 Dara (Cookin' Canuck) April 8, 2011 at 9:24 am

Thanks, Lora. The mint adds a nice layer of flavor.

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7 claudia lamascolo/aka pegasuslegend April 8, 2011 at 5:04 am

This is one of my fav’s havent tried with olives will do that the next time!

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8 Dara (Cookin' Canuck) April 8, 2011 at 9:25 am

I love the saltiness of the olives. It makes for something a little different than standard white bean dip (though I enjoy those, too).

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9 Heather (Heather's Dish) April 8, 2011 at 5:37 am

you had me at kalamata olives…add those to anything and i’m a happy, happy girl!

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10 Dara (Cookin' Canuck) April 8, 2011 at 9:25 am

I hear you, Heather! I’m happy to eat them straight.

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11 Drick April 8, 2011 at 5:53 am

two of my favorite dips are bean dips and the cream cheese & olive types – now by combining these I can only imagine what a winning score this is in the playbook… and not just for sporting fans but all fun-loving, dip eating folks

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12 Dara (Cookin' Canuck) April 8, 2011 at 9:25 am

Thanks, Drick. I ate this for lunch yesterday alongside a salad and was a very happy lady.

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13 Lori @ RecipeGirl April 8, 2011 at 7:15 am

What’s not to love about this gorgeous dip??

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14 Dara (Cookin' Canuck) April 8, 2011 at 9:26 am

Thanks, Lori.

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15 Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen April 8, 2011 at 7:34 am

Oh that olive topping sounds wonderful! I love a healthy white bean dip with veggies.

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16 Dara (Cookin' Canuck) April 8, 2011 at 9:26 am

Thanks, Sylvie.

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17 Kristi Rimkus April 8, 2011 at 7:40 am

What an appealing platter. I love the mint, cumin and lemon combination with the beans. Your blog might be lacking in dip recipes, but you have an incredible collection of wonderful foods here.

Kristi

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18 Dara (Cookin' Canuck) April 8, 2011 at 9:26 am

Thanks so much, Kristi. That’s very kind of you.

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19 Pretend Chef April 8, 2011 at 7:49 am

I love going to parties and seeing the dip or spread being served. This would be perfect for a table scape. The flavor combination would be perfect with some grilled chicken and added into a pita. Yummy!

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20 Dara (Cookin' Canuck) April 8, 2011 at 9:27 am

Great idea. I am definitely going to try that.

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21 Dana April 8, 2011 at 7:50 am

The addition of olives to this creamy white bean dip sounds like a great choice! Love this idea!

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22 Dara (Cookin' Canuck) April 8, 2011 at 9:27 am

Thanks, Dana. The olives add a really nice flavor and texture to this dip.

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23 Kalynskitchen April 8, 2011 at 8:31 am

This dip has just the kinds of flavors I like most! The addition of the kalamata olives is a great touch!

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24 Dara (Cookin' Canuck) April 8, 2011 at 9:28 am

Thank you, Kalyn. Kalamata olives are a favorite of mine and they work really well in this dip.

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25 Barbara | VinoLuciStyle April 8, 2011 at 9:24 am

I’m probably equally remiss thinking there are plenty of dip recipes to be had but I like this one Dara…creamy, salty…well, what is there NOT to love?

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26 Dara (Cookin' Canuck) April 8, 2011 at 9:29 am

Thanks so much, Barb. It has definitely made its way into my “favorite” file.

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27 Jenny Flake April 8, 2011 at 9:30 am

Oh yah!! Looks great Dara, love those Kalamata Olives!! Happy Friday!!

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28 Dara (Cookin' Canuck) April 8, 2011 at 9:32 am

Thanks, Jenny. I hope you have a great weekend.

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29 Maris (In Good Taste) April 8, 2011 at 9:38 am

This is so beautiful and such a healthy dip!

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30 Dara (Cookin' Canuck) April 8, 2011 at 10:28 am

Thanks, Maris. I definitely feel guilt-free when I’m eating this dip.

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31 Lin Ann April 8, 2011 at 10:35 am

Truly my favorite kind of snack, my family’s too. Just wonderful!

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32 Dara (Cookin' Canuck) April 8, 2011 at 8:51 pm

Thanks so much.

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33 Maria April 8, 2011 at 10:41 am

What a great dip for parties or every day snacking!

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34 Dara (Cookin' Canuck) April 8, 2011 at 8:51 pm

Thanks, Maria.

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35 RavieNomNoms April 8, 2011 at 10:53 am

I am such a dipper! I love dips, they are so great to have for tailgating, watching tv, dinner parties. They awesome! Your bean dip looks amazing, I would happily dunk away with this delightful and delicious dip. ;-)

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36 Dara (Cookin' Canuck) April 8, 2011 at 8:51 pm

You’re right – dips really are multi-purpose. I don’t know why I don’t make them more often.

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37 marla April 8, 2011 at 1:17 pm

Dara, I love the simplicity & sound of this dip! The briny olives do add so much :)

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38 Dara (Cookin' Canuck) April 8, 2011 at 8:51 pm

Marla, I agree. The olives really finish the dip off nicely.

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39 Kate@Diethood April 8, 2011 at 3:02 pm

Oh my, this dip sounds so good…beans, cumin, lemon juice, mint… yummy good! Does it have to be shared?! ;-)

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40 Dara (Cookin' Canuck) April 8, 2011 at 8:52 pm

No way. It’s best eaten in private. =)

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41 Alison @ Ingredients, Inc. April 8, 2011 at 3:07 pm

I want this for an appetizer tonight!

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42 Dara (Cookin' Canuck) April 8, 2011 at 8:52 pm

Go for it, Alison. It takes very little time to make.

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43 HeatherChristo April 8, 2011 at 3:16 pm

I am a great lover of the dips myself- and black olives and mint seal the deal :)

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44 Sense of Home April 8, 2011 at 3:22 pm

Just came across your blog and I’m glad I did, what beautiful photos and recipes you have here.

-Brenda

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45 Jennifer (savor) April 8, 2011 at 3:24 pm

you sweet and sneaky girl….just a few more weeks until blogaway!!!

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46 Squash Blossom Babies April 8, 2011 at 4:17 pm

This is great! It’s like hummus but with cannellini beans!

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47 Kathy - Panini Happy April 8, 2011 at 4:21 pm

I think youcan confidently reclaim your dip-making swagger with this one, Dara – what a beautiful presentation.

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48 Kimby April 8, 2011 at 6:03 pm

That “halo” of kalamata olives is pretty much how I feel about kalamata’s… heavenly! I was thinking this dip would make a great base for a “pita pizza” appetizer, too — maybe with some of your carmamelized onions. :)

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49 Lindsey@Lindselicious April 8, 2011 at 6:51 pm

Oooh the addition of mint is interesting- esp with the olives. Can’t wait to try this combo!

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50 LKG April 8, 2011 at 8:10 pm

Hi, this looks fantastic! One problem for us is that my husband dislikes mint Ina big way – top alternate herb suggestion? Thanks!

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51 Dara (Cookin' Canuck) April 8, 2011 at 8:35 pm

You could try cilantro instead.

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52 Lucy April 8, 2011 at 8:22 pm

My current favorite hummus that I buy is a greek olive hummus, so this would be right up my alley. I love olives in any form and the cannellini beans and olive oil would be delicious. Will definitely have to try this!

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53 Shaina April 8, 2011 at 9:55 pm

This is the perfect party food, and in my book, anything with olives is destined for my mouth. When’s the next big game?

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54 Andrea @ CanYouStayForDinner.com April 8, 2011 at 10:16 pm

Dara, this dip looks delicious. I’m absolutely making it tomorrow :) Thanks for the lovely recipe!

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55 Miss @ Miss in the Kitchen April 8, 2011 at 10:36 pm

You have elevated bean dip to a new level for me, I’ve got to find some cannellini beans and get to work!

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56 avocado to pear April 9, 2011 at 12:37 am

Oh my, what a stunning presentation and it sounds so good I don’t think I’d share it!
Mint is such a pick me up.

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57 Katrina April 9, 2011 at 1:11 am

What a tasty dip! Love this recipe.

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58 Frank April 9, 2011 at 8:11 am

Hmmm. I’ll have to try this! I love hummus and sometimes wonder if I couldn’t do something similar with cannellini beans but always supposed that they wouldn’t have enough intrinsic flavor. But I guess I was wrong!

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59 Damaris @Kitchen Corners April 9, 2011 at 9:44 am

I agree with Katrina, this dip looks very tasty. I love kalamata olives they add a special kick to any dish.

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60 KCintheKitchen April 9, 2011 at 10:51 am

This dip looks delicious and I’m going to try it tonight! Just found your blog and I’m now following you!

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61 erica April 9, 2011 at 1:55 pm

This dip looks amazing………it has some of my husband’s favourite ingredients, beans, cumin, olives and mint. Thanks for sharing your recipe and great photographs.

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62 Parsley Sage April 9, 2011 at 2:36 pm

Mmm…this is a gorgeous dip. I really like that you tossed in some mince olives at the finish line. The perfect addition of savory :)

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63 Sommer@ASpicyPerspective April 9, 2011 at 6:54 pm

So healthy and vibrant! A delicious way to snack. :)

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64 Priscilla - She's Cookin' April 9, 2011 at 10:23 pm

You’ve regained your swagger in a healthy way ;) Love the flavor of mint combined with briny olives!

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65 Delishhh April 9, 2011 at 11:54 pm

I make a similar version of this and it is my favorite snack – i use it for crackers, vegetables and also just as a spread on my bread and LOVE it – next time try this version with :) http://delishhh.com/2011/01/30/white-bean-puree/ I lover your version too i just can’t eat olives but looks fabulous!

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66 Elizabeth April 10, 2011 at 6:47 am

Yum! This looks *very* tasty. Love the addition of the mint–so unexpected.

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67 Mandy April 10, 2011 at 8:53 am

Great photos! I will eat almost anything with kalamata olives and this white bean dip looks and sounds delish!

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68 Tracy April 11, 2011 at 12:57 pm

I just love the look of this dip! Can’t wait to try it!

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69 Jeanette April 13, 2011 at 4:37 am

Dara, this dip looks gorgeous – love the kalamata olives on top and the mint/cumin combination!

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70 cooking rookie April 29, 2011 at 11:10 am

This dip looks great!

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71 Heather Davis May 11, 2011 at 6:36 am

I’m a bit of a dip girl I have to say! This one looks great.

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72 Kari December 20, 2011 at 8:23 am

It’s lovely to see a Canadian food blog. Fabulous recipes! Thank you for sharing!

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