I devour vegan pesto all year long, but summer is of course the season in which making big batches of it in my food processor feels most appropriate. Summer is also a good time for herb-infused white bean dip, which is another personal favorite (check out this New Veganism recipe if you’re curious). I’ve had a can of cannellini beans sitting around for well over a month now, and when some fresh broccoli crowns arrived in my most recent From the Farmer delivery box, an idea began to form. Mightn’t broccoli be a good (and colorful) addition to white bean dip? And if so, wouldn’t pesto be a delightful topping?
Yes. This dip is uber nutritious, thanks to a winning combination of protein and fiber rich legumes and micronutrient-rich broccoli. This combination also makes the dish rich in iron (the beans alone boast about 10% of your daily value). You can play around with texture and add more broccoli if you’d like to, but I thought two (heaping) steamed cups were just about perfect. Certainly enough to impart a delightful color.
Here’s the recipe.
This is what you’ll get once your pesto has been swirled in nicely. Such a perfect summer appetizer!
Hope you enjoy this. I’m adding it immediately to my hummus (and hummus-like things) repertoire.
So, this has been a big week for me–copies of the book have finally shipped! I’m incredibly excited, and also totally nervous to see how folks will like it. Some of the jitters have been assuaged by my friend Ashley’s marvelous post today, in which she gave the book a very kind review. She also made one of my favorite of the book’s recipes: the “zucchini pasta with quinoa meatless balls.” And of course, because she’s Ashley and she’s an unbelievable photographer, she made the recipe look ah-mazing:
Ashley’s giving away a free copy of the book, so please check her post out if you’re interested in entering to win! While you’re visiting her site, explore the exquisite, creative, and lovely food, and also take a peek at her book, Baked Doughnuts for Everyone. It’s a user-friendly and wonderful collection of doughnuts that are a little lighter and more creative than the norm, and I reviewed it some time ago!
Thank you for such a lovely review, Ashley.