Gluten Free Green Bean Basil Pate

This morning my mom gave me a about 2 pounds of green beans from our garden, we were both surprised how many green beans were growing in October! And what was I going to do with a giant bag of green beans? Inspired by a pea pate I bought a few weeks ago at Sowa Market, made by Guy’s Healthy Home Cooking I tried to make my own tonight.

Before I get to the recipe, I have to say I love Guy’s pates and spreads. I tried all 6 varities: Pea Spread, Walnuts Spread, Labane Cheese, Hummus, Feta Spread, Marinated Eggplant with Basil and Garlic. The pea spread was by far my favorite, but at $7 for an 8 oz. container (prices range $5-$10), it is not something I will buy regularly, unfortunately. I used the pate with my gluten free penne in place of sauce, and I also used it as a vegetable dip. And just to be clear, my recipe below tastes nothing like Guy’s, but it’s a good close second now that the market is over for the season.


1/2 pound fresh green beans, trimmed (about 3 cups)
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1 onion, coarsely chopped (1 1/2 to 2 cups)
1 tablespoon minced garlic
3 hard-boiled egg whites
3 tablespoons finely chopped fresh basil (or 1 teaspoon dried Basil)
1 teaspoon lemon juice
1 tablespoon tahini
seasoned salt and pepper to taste


1. Cook the greens beans in boiling water for about 10 minutes until just tender. Simultaneously, boil three eggs. 2. In a skillet, heat oil, add onion and garlic and saute until softened and begins to golden. Cool.

3. In a food processor or with a food chopper, mix the green beans, onions, garlic, eggs, basil, lemon, salt and pepper until roughly pureed. Add in tahini and mix again. Add a little more if needed to hold mixture together.

4. Chill

Serving suggestions:

– Spread on crackers or bread
– Dip vegetables (just like hummus)
– Use as a sauce or dressing in a salad or with steamed vegetables

As Salad Dressing

As a dip for vegetables

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I've been on a gluten free diet since January 2009. It's been an adventure, and a challenge at times. I love to go to new restaurants and try new foods, and being gluten free can make eating out difficult at times. But I will not let my dietary restrictions get in my way of finding new restaurants and products. These are my stories of being a young women in a big city, eating out and trying new foods, all while NOT eating gluten. Like I said, it's an adventure and you are welcome to come along... Please note that as I try to eat gluten free 100% of the time, my intolerance is not as severe as others so please use caution when dining at restaurants that are not certified gluten free.

6 thoughts on “Gluten Free Green Bean Basil Pate

  1. Looks great! I think I will wait to make this when the farmer’s markets start selling beans – snowing today, so it seems far away. I love making hummus from scratch, so this recipe intrigues me!

  2. This looks great. I’ve, of course, used every bean under the sun to make dips with but I’ve never thought of peas. I bet lentils would make great dips too. Thanks for the recipe!

  3. I just got a recipe from my sister for a green bean pate. Crazy. I guess that is the universe telling me it is time to try it!

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