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Middle Eastern bean dip

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Total Time
10 min
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Lima beans are the base for this creamy bean dip seasoned with lemon zest and juice and ground cumin. With just a few ingredients and 10 minutes, you can prepare this to bring to an impromptu gathering or just to make for a snack at home. Serve it with pita chips or fresh vegetables, or use it as a sandwich spread. Feel free to substitute fava or broad beans instead. If your dip is too thick, use water and extra lemon juice to thin it out to reach the desired consistency. You’ll need 1 1/2 lemons to yield enough fresh zest and juice for this dip.


Olive oil

2 Tbsp, extra-virgin

Lemon zest

1 Tbsp, freshly grated

Fresh lemon juice

1½ Tbsp

Ground cumin

½ tsp, or less to taste

Table salt

¾ tsp, or less to taste

Black pepper

¼ tsp, freshly ground, or less to taste

Canned lima beans

19 oz, rinsed and drained

Fresh parsley

½ cup(s), Italian flat leaf, chopped (or less to taste)


  1. Combine all ingredients in a blender or food processor; process to desired consistency. Yields about 1/4 cup per serving.