This easy Fava Bean Dip is creamy and full of rich flavor! Perfect for any party, or spread onto sandwiches or pita bread.
I might have a little bit of an obsession with dips.
Not with just ANY dips, though. Mediterranean dips. I think it all started with this authentic Greek tzatziki I learned to make while I was in Athens. Before I went on that trip, I didn’t even think that I liked tzatziki!
Let’s take a quick tour de dip, shall we?
For when you only have 5 minutes: red pepper and feta dip
For when you need to use up a bunch of basil: hot basil parmesan dip
For when you need to make a boring veggie tray all fancy: turkish nut and yogurt dip
For when all you have in the house is potatoes (and maybe some almonds somewhere in the freezer?): greek potato skordalia
Alright, and for today’s dip, it’s all about that fava.
Here’s where things get a bit confusing. If you’ve ever had traditional Greek fava, what you’ve actually eaten was a puree of yellow split peas. Absolutely freakin’ delicious, but that’s besides the point.
This fava bean dip is, in fact, made from fava beans. So it’s different from fava. I discovered this a few years ago when, arriving home from a trip through Greece where I ate more fava than anyone ever should, I took it upon myself to recreate the recipe. Pretty massive failure, considering I wasn’t even using the right main ingredient, but it led me to this super tasty fava bean dip so I suppose it was a happy accident.
I’ve made this with both canned fava beans as well as from dried beans, and I recommend taking the time to cook your own beans. Plus, it’s kind of hard to find canned fava beans… I had to drive to a halal market on the other side of town just to find them in the first place.
Bob’s Red Mill sells dried fava beans and they are perfect for this recipe. Here’s what they look like for reference.
Once you’ve cooked the beans, just toss ’em into the bowl of a food processor (I love my mini version; works perfectly for all of the dips I’ve mentioned!) along with some garlic, lemon juice, vinegar, salt, and olive oil. Blitz it into pureed perfection, scoop it into a bowl, then garnish with pretty toppings.
I recommend chopped walnuts, high quality olive oil, and smoked paprika. Now grab some toasted crusty bread and dig in!
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Here’s Your Recipe!
- 2 cups cooked fava beans
- 2 cloves garlic, pressed
- 1/8 teaspoon sea salt
- Juice of one lemon
- 1/2 teaspoon white wine vinegar
- 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
- Garnishes: chopped walnuts, smoked paprika, walnut or quality olive oil
- Place the cooked beans, garlic, salt, lemon juice, and vinegar in the bowl of a food processor. Pulse until well-combined.
- Continue to pulse the machine as you slowly drizzle the olive oil in through the lid opening. Process until smooth.
- Transfer to a serving bowl. Garnish as desired and serve with crusty bread or pita chips.
To prepare from dried beans, bring 1 cup of dried beans and 3 cups of water to a boil in a large saucepan. Once boiling, turn the heat down to low, cover, and simmer for 40 to 45 minutes until tender.