These white bean artichoke wraps are bright, tasty, and packed with nutritious ingredients. They’re made with a garlicky white bean artichoke spread, kale, and a green herb dipping sauce. A fresh, plant-based lunch option!

Quesadillas aren’t necessarily a summertime food, but I do tend to make them more often than usual when the weather is warm. They’re low key and require very little cooking time, which is a boon on hot and humid days. Plus, they’re endlessly versatile, a perfect vehicle for all sorts of vegetables, spreads/sauces, beans and other proteins.

These white bean artichoke quesadillas–which I’m calling kale-sadillas, just to be cute–are my newest favorite! I love the contrast of creamy white beans, tangy marinated artichoke hearts, and the slight bite and bitterness of kale. It’s optional, but if you have time, adding roasted garlic to the white bean spread makes the flavors of this simple dish sing.

White Bean Artichoke Kale-sadillas with Green Herb Dipping Sauce | The Full Helping

I’ve mentioned in the past that one of the decided downsides of blogging is that pressure to create new recipes can sometimes prevent one from reusing and re-interpreting old ones. The green herb dressing from my first cookbook is one of my all-time favorite summer dressings–a lemony mixture of tahini, parsley, basil, dill, and green onion–yet it’s been ages since I made it. As I was preparing the kale-sadillas for lunch this past weekend, it occurred to me that a bright, herbaceous dressing or sauce would help to enhance all of the flavors.

I’m so glad that I brought the green herb dressing (which I’m calling “dipping sauce” here, but it’s all the same) has re-entered my life. It’s a keeper, and while it’s not necessary for this recipe, it certainly helps to add flavor and color. Plus, it’ll yield leftovers, which you can use in your salads and bowls throughout the week!

White Bean Artichoke Kale-sadillas with Green Herb Dipping Sauce | The Full Helping
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White Bean Artichoke Kale-sadillas with Green Herb Dipping Sauce

Author – Gena Hamshaw
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 50 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour
Yields: 2 -4 servings


For the white bean artichoke spread:

  • 1 head garlic top sliced off crosswise (or 1-2 cloves minced raw garlic)
  • 1 teaspoon + 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 1/2 cups cooked white beans 1 can beans, drained and rinsed
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 6 ounces about 3/4 cup marinated artichoke hearts, drained
  • Black pepper to taste

For the quesadillas:

  • 4 cups loosely packed chopped kale
  • 4 large or 6 small corn or whole grain tortillas

For the green herb dipping sauce:

  • 1 cup fresh parsley leaves and stems
  • 1/4 cup fresh dill
  • 1/2 cup fresh basil
  • 1/4 cup tahini
  • 1/2 teaspoon Herbamare or sea salt
  • 3 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1-2 green onions green parts only, roughly chopped
  • 1/4 cup olive oil


  • To prepare the white bean artichoke spread, preheat oven to 375F. Drizzle a teaspoon oil over the head of garlic and rub the oil over the exposed cloves. Wrap the garlic in foil and roast for 35-40 minutes, or until the cloves are very tender and browning.*
  • Place the white beans, lemon juice, salt, and remaining olive oil into a food processor fitted with the S blade. When the garlic is ready, squeeze all of the roasted cloves into the mixture. Process the mixture for about 2 minutes, or until it’s very smooth. Add the artichoke hearts and pulse to incorporate them; they should be chopped into small pieces and the dip should be a little chunky. Add black pepper to taste.
  • If you’re using the green herb dipping sauce, blend all ingredients together in a blender or a food processor till smooth and set the sauce aside.
  • Steam or sauté the kale until it’s wilted and bright green.
  • Top each of 2 large or 3 small tortillas with a layer of white bean spread that’s about 1/4-inch thick. Top the white bean spread with the steamed kale. Place another tortilla on top. Heat a small sauté pan or grill pan and gently toast each side of the quesadilla, until the two tortillas are each gently browned. Slice the quesadillas into quarters and serve with the green herb sauce.


*If you don’t have time to roast the garlic, simply add 1-2 raw cloves to the white bean spread at the same time you add the beans, lemon, oil, and salt. Leftover white bean artichoke spread will keep for up to 4 days in an airtight container in the fridge.
White Bean Artichoke Kale-sadillas with Green Herb Dipping Sauce | The Full Helping

You can pair these nutritious kale-sadillas with a simple, summery soup (like my easy summer gazpacho or  Thai coconut carrot lemongrass soup) or a quick salad for a very easy, low-stress meal. You may find, as I did, that you love the white bean dip all on its own, in which case, no need to use it in this recipe specifically! I look forward to spreading it on toast or enjoying it with raw veggies as an afternoon snack.

Hope you enjoy the recipe. If you dig it, you might also want to check out my sweet potato and roasted red pepper quesadillas, which are also super summery (and very tasty).

I hope your week is off to a good start. Till soon,


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  1. 5 stars
    I made this tonight and it was more than delicious. I’m new to the vegan scene, so most of what I have been making has been centered around taste. This, however, was not only yummy but felt downright nourishing. I feel full and grounded after eating it. Thank you for the recipe and for your honest posts. Following along 🙂

  2. These look delicious, Gena! I have been so into white beans lately (ya, kind of a weird thing to be into) and they pair so well with the other flavours in this recipe 🙂 Beautiful pictures, too <3

  3. I have all the ingredients for that perfect sauce up there, so I’m totally making it tonight! The pressure to constantly have a stream of brilliant recipes is real, so I appreciate your honesty about it. Sometimes it’s wonderful to return to old favorites!

  4. Wowsa! These look great Gena! A long time ago there was a version of a white bean artichoke dip I found on Gluten Free Goddess that was pretty good, but this spread is much more no fuss and I bet the roasted garlic really makes it soar. I will have to put this on my “to try” list when I circle back round to having some white beans around. Thanks! 🙂 xo

    Oh, and by the way, I love the cute name. 🙂