White Bean and Roasted Eggplant Dip

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This delicious and healthy snack is full of flavor thanks to roasted eggplant, creamy white beans, garlic, tahini and lemon.

Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time25 minutes
Total Time30 minutes

White Bean and Roasted Eggplant Dip

This delicious and healthy white bean and roasted eggplant dip is a flavorful snack or app thanks to roasted eggplant, creamy white beans, garlic, tahini and lemon.

Dipping a carrot in white bean and roasted eggplant dip.

My White Bean and Roasted Eggplant Dip is a delicious cross between hummus and baba ghanoush. We buy eggplant almost weekly because it provides a meaty texture and adds bulk to dishes without a lot of extra calories. However in this dip, it adds a creamy texture along with lots of good vitamins and a mild sweetness. Eggplant is super common in Middle Eastern cuisine (which I could eat every day), so if you haven’t given it a try before, this dip might be an easy way to test it out since it’s almost hidden among the other ingredients!


Ingredients for white bean and eggplant dip
  • Eggplant: Also called an aubergine, depending on where you live. They are great sources of fiber, iron, and B vitamins and cook to be very creamy in texture.
  • Cannellini beans: Also known as white kidney beans, they blend to a great texture and are full of protein and vitamins. You could also use great northern beans or chickpeas.
  • Olive oil: Used both to roast the eggplant as well as in the dip itself.
  • Tahini: A paste made from sesame seeds, it’s a common ingredient in hummus, and adds nutty taste and creamy texture to the dip.
  • Lemon juice: Adds bright, fresh flavor and a bit of acidity to balance out the other tastes.
  • Garlic: Pungent, aromatic, and delicious flavor. I add garlic to almost everything!
  • Cumin: Adds a bit of warmth to the dip.
  • Water: Used to thin out the dip.

How to Make White Bean and Roasted Eggplant Dip

Liz cutting an eggplant

Start your white bean and roasted eggplant dip by roasting your eggplant! Cut your eggplant into one inch cubes and put on a prepared baking tray.

Drizzling olive oil on eggplant

Then drizzle the eggplant with olive oil.

Seasoning eggplant

Then season with kosher salt and black pepper.

Tossing eggplant

Toss all together until coated evenly, and bake in the oven at 425 until tender. Let cool slightly before continuing with dip.

White bean and eggplant dip in food processor

Once eggplant and cooled, add it to a food processor along with the white beans (drained and rinsed), garlic cloves, tahini, lemon juice, cumin, olive oil, salt and pepper.

Blended white bean and eggplant dip

Puree on high speed until smooth, adding the water slowly until desired consistency is reached.

White Bean and Roasted Eggplant Dip

Serve garnished with some fresh parsley alongside fresh veggies or crackers, and enjoy your White Bean and Roasted Eggplant Dip!

Frequently Asked Questions

What dip is made from roasted eggplant?

Baba ganoush or baba ghanoush is a Middle Eastern dip made from eggplant. My dip mixes the flavors of baba ghanoush with hummus!

What do you eat white bean dips with?

Pita wedges or pita chips, carrots, cucumber slices, crackers, celery. The options are endless, especially because my dip is both gluten-free and vegan!

How do you store leftover dip?

Keep in an airtight container in the fridge for up to a week.

White bean and roasted eggplant dip with veggies and crackers.

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Liz eating white bean and roasted eggplant dip.

Another great aspect of this White Bean and Roasted Eggplant Dip is the fact that it tastes even better the next day once the flavors get cozy with one another. We love making a big batch on Sunday and snacking on it all week long.

No fork required.

White Bean and Roasted Eggplant Dip

White Bean and Roasted Eggplant Dip

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This delicious and healthy snack is full of flavor thanks to roasted eggplant, creamy white beans, garlic, tahini and lemon.
PREP: 5 minutes
COOK: 25 minutes
TOTAL: 30 minutes
Servings: 16


  • 1 large Italian eggplant (cut 1 in cubes)
  • 14 ounce can cannellini beans (drained and rinsed)
  • ¼ extra virgin olive oil (divided)
  • 2 tablespoons tahini
  • 1 teaspoon salt (divided)
  • ½ teaspoon pepper (divided)
  • ¼ cup lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • chopped parsley (optional garnish)


  • Pre-heat oven to 425 degrees and spray a foil-lined baking sheet with non-stick spray.
  • Spread eggplant cubes on baking sheet in one layer and drizzle with half of the olive oil (two tablespoons), half of the salt (1/2 teaspoon) and half of the pepper (1/4 teaspoon). Use hands to mix around to make sure cubes are evenly coated with oli and spices.
  • Bake eggplant until tender, about 20-25 minutes; let cool slightly.
  • In a food processor or high speed blender, add all remaining ingredients as well as the cooled eggplant. Puree until smooth, about 1-2 minutes. Check for seasoning and adjust accordingly.
  • Serve with fresh parsley and vegetables or pita bread.


Feel free to add a bit more water, one tablespoon at a time, to reach desired consistency. Store in an air-tight container for up to 7 days.


Calories: 60kcalCarbohydrates: 6.4gProtein: 1.8gFat: 3.8gSaturated Fat: 0.5gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2.3gTrans Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 235mgFiber: 2.7gSugar: 0.9g

33 thoughts on “White Bean and Roasted Eggplant Dip”

  1. I will def. be trying this recipe out at the next mahjong night, but I have to ask, can I boil the eggplant cubes instead of roasting? Afraid they may end up dried out from the roasting. ( Love eggplant but I am terrible at baking it.)

  2. Liz,
    What a great idea! My spouse and I love baba ghanoush, and one of the kids loves hummus, so I’m going to try this with our CSA farm share eggplants this summer to see if it’s close enough to hummus to pass. Usually the bulk of the eggplants are roasted and added to spaghetti sauce (the kids now complain if there’s no eggplant in the spaghetti sauce) but I would love to have some saved out as a dip.

  3. My husband and I have this conversation a lot and I always say, “I would eat East Asian” b/c I can include a whole bunch of types of food in there lol! Middle Eastern is high up on my list though and this dip looks awesome Liz.

  4. Oh I am definitely making this!! I have made Ina’s roasted eggplant several times & devour it, this sounds amazing. I want to try more Middle Eastern foods!!

    Your pictures look DELICIOUS. :)

  5. I am right there with you—if I could only eat one food the rest of my life it would be Middle Eastern too. Every week at least half or more of my diet consits of things like hummus, tabbouleh, lemon, olive oil, nuts, fish..I just love it. I guess it helps to have a Lebanese family. :) This dip looks wonderful. I am a fan of baba ghanoush so I think I would really like this.

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