Sun-Dried Tomato White Bean Dip

Morning! Who’s excited for Olympic women’s gymnastics tonight?! Me me me!

Gymnastics is the only summer olympic sport that I truly love to watch. The other stuff is fun to watch if I have nothing better to do, but I actively try to watch gymnastics. *If you watch the competition live during the day today and spoil who wins in the comment section I will go nuts! Please don’t! It’s hard enough keeping my eyes averted from all the news sites.*

Gymnastics was one of my long-term sports as a kid (along with dance and a brief love affair with ice skating). I spent countless hours having my Dad “spot me” trying to do back handsprings and the like. Those were the days! I think I remember quitting because as I got more advanced they started requiring us to run during practice. Ha!

I’ve been trying to decide if I’d prefer that Aly Raisman win tonight (or this morning really) or Gabby Douglas. I’m leaning towards Aly – her story resonates with me more and I love her parents! (If you haven’t watched them watching her compete, please do it now). I also dislike that Gabby is 4’11 because one of my hurdles with many gymnastics moves back in the day was that I was too tall. I would have envied her when I was 10!

Let’s hope one of our two ladies wins the gold!

Sun-Dried Tomato White Bean Dip

Moving on to food! One of the staples in my fridge every week is a dip or spread. Whether I’m having a homemade panini or a wrap for lunch, I always need a little extra flavor and it’s the easiest way to give my lunch some oomph!

For the past couple of weeks, I’ve been “too busy” to make a lot of the things that I usually try to avoid buying at the grocery store simply because they are so easy to make at home, like hummus and granola. I finally convinced myself that yes, I in fact do have 5 minutes to make my own dip and I was just being lazy. I wanted to switch things up from my usual hummus, so I made this Sun-Dried Tomato White Bean Dip instead.

Delicious? Yes. Easy? Yes. Healthy? Yes. Worth making my own and not being lazy and buying it at the store? Yes.

Versatile too! Spread it on your sandwich or toast, dip your veggies or crackers in it, add it to your eggs or breakfast burrito – the possibilities are endless. I’ll be making this dip again, that’s for sure!

Just put all of the ingredients in a food processor or immersion blender and blend until smooth! Add salt and pepper to taste.

Garnish with paprika and enjoy!

Sun-Dried Tomato White Bean Dip

Makes about 1.5 cups


  • 1 can of navy beans (other white beans would work too, canneloni etc.)
  • 12 sun dried tomatoes, either in oil or that have been soaked in water
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 2 tbsp olive oil (add more or less to your thickness preference)
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • paprika for garnish


  1. If you are using dried sun-dried tomatoes, first soak them in boiling water for 30 minutes to make them soft and pliable.  If you are using the kind that are soaked in oil, you do not need to do this step.
  2. Put all of the ingredients in a food processor or immersion blender and blend until smooth.
  3. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  4. Garnish with paprika (optional) and enjoy!
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18 Responses to Sun-Dried Tomato White Bean Dip

  1. Can’t wait for gymnastics tonight too! It’s the only one I religiously watch! I’m rooting for Aly too only cause she’s from MA and literally from 1 town over from my hometown!! Love Gaby too! I think she’s adorable!
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    • Caroline says:

      I’ll be glad if either one of them wins, but since I’m in New Hampshire right now, Aly is sort of from my area too – at least she’s from New England!

  2. I love the color of it, so summer!
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  3. Min says:

    Yes yes!! Gymnastics!! You’re such a talented lady! Ice skating, gymnastics, dance, cooking…no fair..
    I wish I did more sports when I was young, but I had music, so I guess it’s all ok in the end. I always have some sort of dip in the fridge also! Just pinned it! I also made sun dried tomato pesto last night too! Love sun dried tomatoes! Do you prefer the oil-packed or the dried ones. I actually like the latter as I feel I have more control over how much oil to use.
    Oh and btw how do you set it up so that other people can pin it?
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  4. Oooh, score for this dip! I’m getting sundried tomatoes for a crispy quinoa burger recipe I’m doing next week, and had been wondering what to do with the leftovers. This one looks like a winner! Do you think it would work well with garbanzos, since that’s what I already have on hand?
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  5. I absolutely LOVE watching gymnastics! It has been my favorite part of the olympics since 1992 (the first one I remember watching) and I am pumped for tonight!
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  6. this sounds so good, and you just reminded me I need to add an immersion blender to the list of things I need!

  7. Kailey says:

    Gymnastics & the marathon event are the only two sports that I pay attention too haha but the swimmers are nice to look at 😉
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  8. Since tonight’s competition is over, and I know you watched, let’s chat about the results! YAY! I’m SO happy for Gabby; she’s adorable! However, I think Aly should have been given the bronze. What a bummer! Crazy Olympic rules. 🙁

    I am definitely lazy when it comes to dips and spreads; I rarely ever make them, unless I’m hosting a party (but even then, I usually buy a fancy brand at the store). You’re inspiring me though, Caroline! This dip looks delicious!
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  9. Loved watching the gymnastics last night! All of the girls are straight amazing!
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  10. Ohh. LOVE this recipe. Light and clean. So my style 🙂
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  11. I am super bummed I missed gymnastics. That is my favorite to watch as well! I just never know the times of anything. I did watch US win in basketball.
    This dip looks fantastic!!
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  12. Wow that dip looks soo yummy. I don’t think I could control myself around it though 🙂

    I love the gymnastics too – they are so talented!
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