I am a dip kind of girl.
Give me a bag of chips and any dip in sight and I’ll call it dinner.
And when said dip has good-for-you ingredients like white beans and kale, I’m all in.
Let’s do this.
The sauce is made with cashews, vegan cream cheese, and nutritional yeast – which adds a healthy serving of vitamin B12.
Garlic adds zest, while kale adds a punch of green color, fiber, and plenty of nutrients.
Lastly, white beans add even more creaminess to the dish, as well as fiber and plant-based protein.
Artichokes are often overlooked in the food world, in my opinion.
While preparing them whole can be a little intimidating and time consuming, canned artichoke hearts are easy to use, and make such a delicious addition to creamy dips, salads, and pastas.
Plus, they’re loaded with antioxidants and are especially high in fiber, among other benefits.
I think you guys are going to LOVE this dip! It’s:
Loaded with healthy ingredients
Fiber- and protein-rich
This dip would make the perfect side or appetizer to bring along to parties or when hosting. It can be made ahead of time and warmed up in the oven to save time. If you’re trying to imagine the flavor, it’s kind of like spinach and artichoke dip, but better (!!) thanks to the addition of kale, white beans, and nutritional yeast. It’s so creamy and cheesy, I’m hooked!
What to dip with? Great question. My first choice is always tortilla chips, but it’s also great with toasted baguette, crackers, or veggies.
If you give this recipe a try, let us know! Leave a comment, rate it, and don’t forget to take a picture and tag it #minimalistbaker on Instagram! We’d love to see what you come up with. Cheers, friends!
- 3/4 cup (90 g) raw cashews
- 3 Tbsp (45 ml) olive oil
- 5 cloves garlic (2.5 Tbsp or 15 g)
- 8 ounces (227 g) vegan cream cheese (I like Trader Joe’s brand or Tofutti)
- 1/2 cup (120 ml) unsweetened plain almond milk (or sub unsweetened rice milk or water)
- 4-6 Tbsp (12-18 g) nutritional yeast
- Healthy pinch each sea salt + black pepper, plus more to taste
- 4 cups packed (268 g) chopped kale (organic when possible
- 1 14-ounce (400 g) can artichoke hearts, drained and quartered
- 1 cup (180 g) cooked (and drained) white beans
- optional: 2 Tbsp (10 g) vegan parmesan cheese, plus more for serving
- Soak cashews for 1 hour in boiling hot water (uncovered). Then drain and set aside.
- In the meantime, heat a large oven-safe metal or cast iron skillet over medium heat.
- Once hot, add 1 Tbsp (15 ml) oil and garlic. Sauté for 1-2 minutes or until just golden brown. Set aside to cool.
- Once cashews are soaked and drained, preheat oven to 350 degrees F (176 C).
- To a blender add soaked and drained cashews, sautéed garlic, vegan cream cheese, remaining 2 Tbsp (30 ml) olive oil, and almond milk. Purée to a cream.
- Add 4 Tbsp (12 g) nutritional yeast to start, and 1/4 tsp each sea salt and pepper. Blend once more.
- Taste and adjust seasonings as needed. Dip should be cheesy in flavor and well-salted, so consider adding the remaining 2 Tbsp (6 g) nutritional yeast and another 1/4 tsp sea salt. Set aside.
- Heat the skillet you used earlier over medium-high heat. Once hot, add a bit more olive oil and the kale. Season with a pinch each salt and pepper and sauté, stirring frequently for 2 minutes, to wilt and soften.
- Remove from heat and add artichokes, white beans, and all of the sauce. Stir to combine.
- Sprinkle the top with 2 Tbsp (10 g) vegan parmesan cheese for additional texture/flavor (optional). Bake for 10-12 minutes, or until bubbly and completely warmed through.
- Serve hot with assorted vegetables, tortilla chips, crackers, or toasted baguette - tortilla chips being my favorite. If you prefer more cheesy flavor, garnish with more vegan parmesan cheese.
- Store leftovers covered in the refrigerator for 3-4 days, though best when fresh.
- Reheat in an oven-safe dish at 350 degree F (176 C) until warmed through (or in the microwave), adding more almond milk if dip dries out.
*You can make the dip up to 2 days ahead of time by preparing up to the point of baking. Bake as instructed (cooking until completely hot and bubbly) and enjoy.
*Nutrition information is a rough estimate for 1 of 6 servings with sides, calculated with the vegan parmesan cheese.