Easy Fava Bean Dip

Savor the richness of our Easy Fava Bean Dip, a creamy dream perfect for parties or spreading on sandwiches and pita bread. Irresistibly flavorful!

Greek fava bean dip in a pot with bread.

I’ll admit, I’m a bit obsessed with dips – especially the Mediterranean dips. It all started when I learned to make an Authentic Greek Tzatziki in Athens, and believe it or not, I didn’t even think I liked it at first!

Now, let’s explore some quick and easy dips together. Got 5 minutes? Make a tasty Red Pepper and Feta Dip. Have too much basil? Whip up a flavorful Hot Basil Parmesan Dip. Want to jazz up a plain veggie tray? Give the Turkish Nut and Yogurt Dip a shot. If your kitchen is stocked with potatoes (and maybe some almonds hiding in the freezer), try out the Greek Potato Skordalia. Join me in the dip world – it’s a journey worth enjoying!

What are Fava Beans?

Fava beans, also known as broad beans, are a type of legume. They have a mild, earthy flavor and a slightly creamy texture when cooked. Fresh favas are rich in protein, fiber, vitamins, and minerals, making them a nutritious addition to various dishes. They are commonly used in Mediterranean and Middle Eastern cuisines, particularly in Greece.

Over time, different regions have added their own twists to the basic recipe, incorporating ingredients like garlic, lemon, tahini, and various herbs to enhance the flavor. Fava beans are sometimes confused with yellow split peas, but they are distinct in taste and texture.

A bowl with creamy fava bean dip served with a slice of crusty bread.

Reasons to Love This Fava Bean Dip

  • People love the smooth, velvety consistency of Easy Fava Bean Dip.
  • It’s packed with a delicious, savory taste that’s hard to resist.
  • Fava Bean Dip is versatile. It’s perfect as a dip, spread for wraps and sandwiches, or for your salad.
  • This dish tastes like a gourmet creation without the effort.
  • Fava beans are a great source of vitamins and minerals.

Recipe Ingredients

Pouring olive oil on fava bean dip.
  • Dried Fava Beans: Dried fava beans add a creamy, earthy, and slightly nutty. It forms the dip’s base and imparts a rich, hearty flavor and smooth texture.
  • Garlic: Pungent and aromatic that adds depth and a mild spicy kick.
  • Lemon Juice: Zesty and tangy, it brightens the dip with a refreshing citrus note.
  • White Wine Vinegar: Mildly acidic and slightly fruity, it complements the lemon, adding complexity to the dip’s flavor.

See the recipe card for full information on ingredients and quantities.

Variations

  • Add Fresh Mint: For a refreshing twist, add a handful of finely chopped fresh mint leaves to your Fava Bean Dip. It imparts a delightful, herbaceous aroma and a burst of cool, minty flavor.
  • Incorporate Lemon Zest: To enhance the citrusy notes, consider adding lemon zest to your Fava Bean Dip. Grate the zest from a fresh lemon and fold it into the dip for a zesty and aromatic twist.
  • Ground Cumin Infusion: Elevate your Fava Bean Dip by incorporating a little ground cumin. This addition introduces a warm and earthy spice that complements the creamy fava beans.
Fava bean dip in a bowl.

How to Make Fava Bean Dip

Step #1: Place the cooked beans, garlic, salt, lemon juice, and vinegar in the bowl of a food processor. Pulse until well combined.

Step #2: Continue to pulse the machine as you slowly drizzle the olive oil in through the lid opening. Process until smooth.

Step #3: Transfer to a serving bowl. Garnish as desired and serve with crusty bread or pita chips.

A pot with fava bean dip with bread on a table.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I incorporate goat cheese into this Fava Bean Dip for extra creaminess and flavor?

Absolutely! Adding goat cheese is a wonderful way to enhance the creaminess and impart a delightful tang to your Fava Bean Dip. Simply blend in your desired amount to achieve the desired texture and taste.

Is there another way to peel my Greek fava beans?

Yes, if you don’t buy skinless dried beans. Another way to remove the skin of fava beans is by blanching them briefly in boiling water for about 30 seconds. After this, transfer them immediately to a bowl of ice water. This quick blanching and ice bath method helps loosen the outer skin, making it easier to pop the beans out of their skins by gently squeezing them.

Can I use fresh fava beans for this recipe?

Yes, you can use fresh fava beans. When using fresh fava beans, you’ll need to boil and shell them first to access the tender, edible inner beans. After that, you can follow the recipe as usual, ensuring to drain and peel the cooked beans for the best texture of your fava dip.

Can I use cilantro as a garnish in this Fava Bean Dip?

Certainly! Cilantro makes an excellent garnish for Fava Bean Dip, adding a fresh and herbaceous touch. You can finely chop cilantro leaves and sprinkle them on top before serving.

Storage Info

To properly store Easy Fava Bean Dip, transfer it to an airtight container and refrigerate it. It can stay good in the refrigerator for up to 3-4 days. Freezing is possible, but it may alter the texture slightly. If you choose to freeze it, do so in a freezer-safe container. Leave some space for expansion, and it can last for about 2-3 months. When reheating, allow it to thaw in the refrigerator overnight and then gently heat it in the microwave or on the stove.

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A pot with fava bean dip on a table.

Easy Fava Bean Dip Recipe

Savor the richness of our Easy Fava Bean Dip, a creamy dream perfect for parties or spreading on sandwiches and pita bread. Irresistibly flavorful!
4.5 from 57 votes
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Course: Appetizers
Cuisine: Mediterranean
Diet: Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Vegan, Vegetarian
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 377kcal
Author: Linda
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Ingredients

  • 2 cups cooked fava beans - *(see notes below on how to cook from dried beans)
  • 2 cloves garlic - pressed
  • 1/8 tsp sea salt
  • Juice of one lemon
  • 1/2 tsp white wine vinegar
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • Garnishes: chopped walnuts, smoked paprika or quality olive oil
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Instructions

  • 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.

NOTES

* 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. If your dried beans are already skinless, you are good to go. If not, remove the outer skins and throw the skins away.
Storage Info:
To properly store Easy Fava Bean Dip, transfer it to an airtight container and refrigerate it. It can stay good in the refrigerator for up to 3-4 days. Freezing is possible, but it may alter the texture slightly. If you choose to freeze it, do so in a freezer-safe container. Leave some space for expansion, and it can last for about 2-3 months. When reheating, allow it to thaw in the refrigerator overnight and then gently heat it in the microwave or on the stove.

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 377kcal | Carbohydrates: 44g | Protein: 20g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 10g | Sodium: 83mg | Potassium: 803mg | Fiber: 19g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 40IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 80mg | Iron: 5mg

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  1. Last week I had to make some finger food for my bookclub vegetarian ladies. I had to work that day and was cracking my head what I can do that is easy and fast. I used your Fava bean dip but use just plain white kidney beans in a can instead. Puree, olive oil, s&p and a drizzle of truffle oil. I smeared this onto some cut up baguette and top with saute kale with some garlic slices and finished with lemon scented olive oil. I was impressed with myself, thanks to you.
    Faye