Easy, Creamy Kale & White Bean Dip (Vegan)
The most impressive vegan appetizer I have ever served my friends is Minimalist Baker’s Kale & White Bean Artichoke Dip— amazingly rich and creamy, it is a huge crowd-pleaser. In fact, I have probably made it a dozen times (many of them special requests) and shared the recipe countless times since I discovered it years ago. I mean… creamy, cheesy kale & white bean dip, yum!
It is TOTALLY WORTH the multiple steps of soaking, sauteing, blending, and baking.
However, over the holidays a few years ago, I was craving this dip but feeling lazy after a few nights of entertaining…so I started experimenting with a simpler dip inspired by that recipe.
After a few tries, this tasty one-pan kale dip emerged. Not only is it quick and easy to make, it still hits the spot: creamy, cheesy, rich, and addictive…without the guilt. Definitely still a crowd-pleaser! In fact, it is a perfect dish to bring to a game day gathering, poolside BBQ, or park picnic. It is delicious warm or at room temperature.
Here is my Easy Creamy Kale & White Bean Dip recipe, ENJOY!
(See below recipe for detailed tips and photos.)
Easy, Creamy Kale & White Bean Dip
- 1/2 cup onion, finely chopped
- 2 tsp olive oil (sub water if avoiding oil)
- 2 tbsp fresh garlic, finely chopped
- 5 heaping cups finely chopped kale, ribs removed
- 1-2 dashes ground nutmeg optional
- 3/8 tsp sea salt
- black pepper to taste
- 1 dash cayenne (or more to taste)
- 2 tbsp water
- 6 oz plant-based cream cheese (I prefer Kite Hill brand)
- 1-2 tsp nutritional yeast (start with 1 tsp, can add more at end for cheesier taste)
- 3/4 cup white beans
- 6 tbsp unflavored, unsweetened plant-based milk
- In large skillet, saute onion in olive oil on medium heat until soft, about 4 minutes.
- Reduce to medium low heat. Add garlic, kale, nutmeg, sea salt, pepper, and cayenne to skillet and mix. Use tongs to easily turn/mix in kale.
- Add water to avoid burning.
- Saute until kale is wilted, about 2 minutes.
- Reduce to low heat. Add in cream cheese. Use spatula to break apart, allowing it to melt slightly.
- Add in 1 tsp nutritional yeast and milk. Mix until combined.
- Turn off heat.
- Mix in white beans.
- Optional: add additional tsp nutritional yeast for cheesier flavor.
- Serve warm or room temperature with tortilla chips, crackers, veggies, or bread.
When adding the kale, I find it easier to use tongs to turn and mix until they wilt:
Before adding cream cheese, be sure to reduce heat to low. Then, use a spatula to break up the cream cheese, allowing it to more easily melt:
After mixing in the nutritional yeast and almond milk, it should look belended and creamy:
Add your beans and optional nutritional yeast, and you are ready to serve!
I look forward to hearing what you think about this easy one-pot dip recipe; please rate and review below once you try it!
Looking for more easy appetizers? Check out Easy Trader Joe’s Vegan Appetizers for even simpler crowd-pleasers!