Spinach Artichoke White Bean Dip with Feta {Gluten-free}

by Beth @ Tasty Yummies

Spinach Artichoke White Bean Dip with Feta - Gluten-free

Besides all of the many obvious things that we love about living here in California, one of my favorite things is the fact that we get to entertain so often. Our house here in Long Beach was meant for having guests. We have a really open living room, with tons of windows and great light and great fireplace for the cool nights, plus when the weather warms up we can host cookouts and dinner parties like crazy on our large deck. I am certain we have entertained far more in the first year of living in this home, than all 9+ years living in our home in New York.

Spinach Artichoke White Bean Dip with Feta - Gluten-free

I love well planned dinner parties with a theme, where everything matches and has a purpose. But just as much – I love a good thrown-together spur of the moment get-together where we just toss some burgers on the grill, pop open some bubbly wine or beers and enjoy the company of our wonderful friends. A few weeks back we did just that with our friends Dan and Debbie. We decided to get together and just grill some burgers and catch up. Nothing fancy. Just easy and simple. I swore I wasn’t going to fuss, it was going to be simple as can be and just about spending time together.

Of course, as it got closer to the time they would be showing up, I started to panic that I didn’t have any snacks or appetizers so I decided to check out what I had on hand and pull together a quick appetizer. I had to. I am like an addict when it comes to having guests and serving food.ย This dip wasn’t premeditated in any way, it literally was a slightly more organized version of a dish from that cooking show Chopped, where they give the contestants a basket with random ingredients and they have to make a delicious dish.

Spinach Artichoke White Bean Dip with Feta - Gluten-free

Obviously, this wasn’t quite as challenging since I had the pick of everything in the kitchen, but still – getting creative on the fly simply with what is around is one of my favorite things to do. Some of my most favorite dishes have come out of those moments. This dip is certainly one of them. It is easy to put together and it has so much flavor. It is reminiscent of a classic spinach artichoke dip but without the mounds of mayonnaise and insane amounts of cheese. It’s light, creamy and totally satisfying. I like to serve it with endive leaves to keep it really light, but it is also good on your favorite cracker or tortilla chip.

I made this dip from what was on hand in the pantry and refrigerator, but you can certainly make it completely fresh too by opting for your fresh artichokes that have been marinated and steamed, fresh spinach that has been lightly steamed, you can even cook your own beans. But let’s be honest, appetizers are meant to be fast and easy, so I really recommend keeping it that way.

Spinach Artichoke White Bean Dip with Feta - Gluten-free

{ 14 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Kelli @ The Corner Kitchen April 1, 2014 at 7:41 am

This dip sounds nothing short of amazing! I love it! The seed-y crackers look great….what kind are they?

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2 tastyyummies April 1, 2014 at 8:20 am

Thanks so much Kelli. The crackers are a flaxseed cracker from a company called “Doctor in the Kitchen” here is a link to one of their flavors http://amzn.to/1gYddnK – I use the regular unflavored ones. They are great. I need to try making them myself.

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3 Brita April 1, 2014 at 8:56 am

I was going to ask about the crackers too. Those look good!

AND this dip looks amazing! I’m a sucker for a good dip

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4 Simply called food April 1, 2014 at 11:27 am

This is such a great recipe especially that Easter is coming up. Something that can be put on the brunch table! Thanks for the idea!

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5 Hari Chandana April 2, 2014 at 6:49 am

Very beautiful photographs.. looks amazing!!

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6 tastyyummies April 2, 2014 at 9:08 am

Thanks so much Hari!

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7 Amy | Club Narwhal April 2, 2014 at 7:11 am

Beth, I love spur of the moment gatherings, too, and this dip looks like the perfect thing to whip up for just such an event! Also, all your California talk has me missing my home state like nobody’s business. Please send some of those good vibes my way in cold, cold Michigan ๐Ÿ™‚

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8 tastyyummies April 2, 2014 at 9:09 am

The best things always come when you create on the fly, I have found ๐Ÿ˜‰ Sorry to make you miss California. I can imagine that Michigan isn’t quite the same!

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9 Lisa Hospodar April 2, 2014 at 9:44 am

Do you think crumbled goat cheese would taste just as good as feta?

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10 tastyyummies April 2, 2014 at 9:47 am

Absolutely Lisa. I actually have been excited to try that out myself! I think it would be delicious and even creamier ๐Ÿ˜‰

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11 Brandy @ A Mindful Mantra April 3, 2014 at 5:26 pm

This looks so great! I love that you used sheep’s milk feta – I’m obsessed with the stuff!

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12 Chrissy September 7, 2015 at 7:01 am

Hi Beth,
OMG I just made this and its to die for. I used Kale and added Arugula only because that is what I had at home.

Thanks
Chrissy

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13 Beth @ Tasty Yummies September 21, 2015 at 7:01 am

Yay!! So glad you enjoyed it. Thanks for the comment.

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14 Peter A Coldren February 2, 2016 at 6:51 pm

…there is that “create on the fly” again.
Thank you Beth and Chrissy.

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