Lima Bean Spread / Dip

Total Time
Prep 20 mins
Cook 0 mins

This is from the Culinary Institute of America book, "Breakfast and Brunch". I have not made this yet, but the picture in the book looked delicious! A healthy alternative to some of the dips out there, with a beautiful vibrant green color. I would serve this with crostini or some crusty bread. The book also states that you could use this also as a pasta sauce, thinned down with a bit of pasta water. Prep time does not include 30 min. chill time.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Heat 1 tablespoon of the olive oil in a large saute pan over medium heat. Add the onion and garlic and saute until translucent, 3-5 minute Add the beans, peas broth and salt. Reduce heat to low and simmer about 5 minute Drain, reserving the remaining liquid.
  2. While the mixture is still warm, puree in a food processor. Slowly drizzle in remaining olive oil while pureeing. Add parsley, lemon juice, rosemary and black pepper and continue to puree. Adjust the consistency with the reserved liquid if needed. The spread should be thick but spreadable.
  3. Transfer to a bowl, add the cheese, and mix thoroughly.
  4. Refrigerate at least 30 minute before serving. Garnish with sea salt if desired.


Most Helpful

Excellent flavor. Even friends that "don't" like lima beans gobbled this up. Definitely in my cookbook.

Chef HRL April 12, 2009

What a delight this was. The whole family said "Mmmmm, Mmmmmm" I thought i had overdone the parmesan (i used vegan), but once recipe had cooled, all the flavours had blended beautifully. I thought it may have been yummier served at room temp after initial cooling. Well worth the trouble.

barefootbabe September 24, 2008

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