Caramelized Onion White Bean Dip

  • Caramelized Onion White Bean Dip
    This dip is a great choice if you're looking for healthy appetizer
  • Caramelized Onion White Bean Dip
    Serve with crackers, chips, or veggies


This creamy white bean dip is a delicious and healthy appetizer with a touch of sweetness from the caramelized onions that is perfect for serving with crackers or vegetables.

Caramelized onions are one of my favorite ingredients. I love the way they add a depth of flavor and a hint of sweetness to any dish. Here they are combined with creamy white beans, parsley for some freshness, and chili flakes for a touch of heat.

This easy appetizer is perfect for a pre-dinner snack or with cocktails. Serve with crackers, chips and/or vegetables such as carrots, bell peppers, and celery.


  • 1 tbsp. butter
  • 1 med. onion, sliced into thin slivers
  • 1 15 oz. can white beans such as Cannellini, Great Northern, or Navy
  • 1/4 cup parsley
  • 1/2 tsp. salt (plus more as needed)
  • 1/2 tsp. red pepper flakes
  • 1 tsp. white wine vinegar
  • 1 tbsp. olive oil


Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cooking Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 6 to 8 servings

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Preheat a large skillet on medium-low heat. Add butter, then sliced onions. Reduce heat to low and cook slowly until onions are soft and caramelized. This process should take around 20 minutes or so.

Drain and rinse the white beans. Combine the beans in a food processor with the caramelized onions, parsley, salt, and red pepper flakes. Briefly, pulse several times until the beans are just pureed.

Add the white wine vinegar and olive oil and continue to pulse until smooth.

Taste and adjust seasoning with additional salt if needed. Transfer to serving bowl with a spatula. 


Canned beans can vary greatly in salt content. Start with the smaller amount of salt and adjust as needed. If the beans you use are unsalted, you will probably need another 1/2 tsp. or so of salt.

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