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Zesty Italian Dip

Adding a dip to your picnic basket makes picnic menu planning and preparation simple, giving you more time to focus on your main dishes. 

I love serving this dip because it takes less than 5 minutes to prepare and can be made up to 2 days in advance of the picnic. Moreover, it's such a hearty recipe that it satisfies the hungriest guest with minimal effort, which is important for picnicking!

If you like hummus, you will love this Italian dip made from Cannellini beans and roasted tomatoes and olive oil.


2 cups of cooked Cannellini beans

1 whole roasted tomato

1 clove of garlic

1/2 lemon

Pinch of salt & pepper

1/3 cup of olive oil



Place the Cannellini beans, olive oil and one whole roasted tomato (I used a jarred tomato, but you can always roast your own) into a food processor with a grated garlic clove and the juice of 1/2 a lemon. 

Pulse until you have a smooth white similar to houmous. Once the paste is made, add salt and pepper to suit your taste. Garnish with a basil leaf before serving.

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