Take your snack game to the next level with this crave-worthy combo: Marinated Butter Beans and Whipped Cottage Cheese! It’s not just an appetizer; it can also be a flavor-packed, nutrient-rich plant-based meal that’s as easy as it is delicious. Savory, spicy marinated butter beans are nestled atop the creamy indulgence of whipped cottage cheese, creating a winning combination that’s perfect for dipping with veggie sticks and pita bread.

A bowl of marinated butter beans and cottage cheese with a pita chip dipped in.

Let Us Introduce You to Your New Snack Obsession: Marinated Butter Beans and Cottage Cheese

We love a good marinated recipe around here! From marinated chickpeas to marinated feta cubes, and marinated cucumbers, we always have something in the fridge. 

However, when we want a snack that’s a little more filling, this marinated butter beans recipe is our go-to. A perfect make-ahead recipe, it comes together with minimal prep time and tastes even better the next day. 

Plus, it’s made with just a handful of simple ingredients and is loaded with healthy fats, fiber, and plant-based protein. Pair it with your favorite dippers for a fun appetizer or snack. Or, serve it with your favorite main course. 

Either way, it’s a quick recipe you’ll make again and again! 

Marinated butter beans with whipped cottage cheese and a pita chip on the side.

Ingredients You Need

Below is an overview of the ingredients and instructions. Be sure to scroll down to the recipe card below for the complete details and nutrition information! 

Marinated Butter Beans

  • Butter Beans – Named appropriately, these beans are buttery in flavor and fairly soft. To save time, we opt for canned beans. However, you can prepare dry beans instead if you have the time. 
  • Olive Oil – This forms the base of the marinade, infusing the beans with a bold, peppery flavor. 
  • Herbs and Spices – Salt, chives, paprika, and oregano create a savory, herbaceous taste with just a subtle hint of heat. 

Whipped Cottage Cheese Dip

  • Cottage Cheese – Full-fat varieties will provide the best taste and texture. However, low-fat options will also work. 
  • Tahini – A smooth paste made from sesame seeds, this creates a velvety, slightly thick texture and adds a nutty taste. 
  • Yogurt – We recommend using plain, full-fat Greek yogurt, but regular yogurt also works. 
  • Feta Cheese – This adds a tangy flavor that pairs fabulously with the buttery beans. For easy mixing, opt for crumbled feta instead of block varieties. 
A bowl of marinated butter beans with cottage cheese.

Marinate, Whip, Serve! How to Make Butter Beans and Cottage Cheese

  1. Prepare the cottage cheese dip. Add the cottage cheese, tahini, yogurt, and crumbled feta to the bowl of a food processor or blender. Pulse until the ingredients are smooth. 

Tip: Add more water as needed to thin out the ingredients and create a smooth, creamy dip! 

  1. Marinate the beans. Drain and rinse the butter beans. Then, combine them in a bowl with the marinade ingredients, and set aside. 
  2. Layer. Spread the whipped cottage cheese evenly over a plate. Then, spread the beans on top. Garnish with chives or a sprinkle of paprika, and enjoy! 
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Serving Suggestions

Indulge in the full experience of this mouthwatering marinated butter beans and whipped cottage cheese by pairing it with the perfect dippers. We love to serve this recipe with pita bread, pita chips, or veggie sticks for dipping. You could also spread it over crunchy crostini! 

Common Questions About This Marinated Butter Beans and Cottage Cheese Recipe

What is the difference between butter beans and lima beans? 

Butter beans and lima beans are the same things! In South America and the United Kingdom, they’re referred to as butter beans. However, in the United States, they’re typically called lima beans. 

Are canned butter beans good for you? 

Yes, as long as they’re canned in water, butter beans are a healthy option. For instance, butter beans are rich in vitamins and minerals such as potassium, magnesium, iron, zinc, and calcium

Can I make this recipe ahead of time? 

We don’t’ recommend assembling the cottage cheese and marinated beans ahead of time. However, you can store them in separate airtight containers in the fridge. The cottage cheese dip will stay fresh for two to three days, and the marinated beans will stay fresh for up to one week. 

More Delicious Ways to Use Cottage Cheese

Marinated Butter Beans and Cottage Cheese

5 from 5 votes
Author: Food Dolls
Servings: 6 servings
Prep: 10 minutes
Marinade Time: 30 minutes
Total: 40 minutes
Discover your new favorite snack or appetizer with this quick and easy healthy marinated butter beans and cottage cheese recipe! 


For the Dip:

  • 16 oz cottage cheese
  • 2 Tablespoons tahini
  • 1/4 cup yogurt
  • 4 ounces crumbled feta
  • 2 Tablespoons water for thinning

For the Topping:

  • 1 can butter beans
  • 4 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3 tablespoons chives
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon butter beans


Start by making the dip:

  • In a blender or food processor, combine the cottage cheese, tahini, yogurt, and crumbled feta.
    16 oz cottage cheese, 2 Tablespoons tahini, 1/4 cup yogurt, 4 ounces crumbled feta
  • Blend the mixture until smooth.
  • If the dip is too thick, add 2 tablespoons of water and blend again until the desired consistency is achieved. Add more water if needed.
    2 Tablespoons water

Prepare the topping:

  • Drain and rinse the canned butter beans.
    1 can butter beans

Marinate the butter beans:

  • In a separate bowl, mix the drained butter beans with 4 tablespoons of olive oil, 1/2 teaspoon of salt, chopped chives, paprika, oregano and the additional 1/2 teaspoon of butter beans. Toss everything together until well coated. Set aside for at least 30 minutes.
    4 Tablespoons olive oil, 1/2 teaspoon salt, 3 tablespoons chives, 1/2 teaspoon paprika, 1/2 teaspoon oregano, 1/2 teaspoon butter beans


  • To serve, spread the whipped cottage cheese dip on a plate or in a shallow dish.
  • Top the dip with the marinated butter beans mixture.


  • Optionally, garnish with extra chives or a sprinkle of paprika for added flavor and presentation.


  • Serve the Whipped Cottage Cheese with Marinated Butter Beans as a delicious dip with choice of bread, pita chips, or vegetables.


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 301kcal | Carbohydrates: 16g | Protein: 16g | Fat: 20g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 9g | Cholesterol: 31mg | Sodium: 896mg | Potassium: 297mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 280IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 195mg | Iron: 2mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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  1. 5 stars
    I made this & it’s really delicious! I served it with toasted mini pita bread & it was a big hit! Easy to prepare & that was a bonus!

  2. 5 stars
    I’m working my way through your recipes for different dips. This was first up. Delicious! My husband loved the beans so I had to make a double batch of just the beans. So much flavor in these simple ingredients. I think I’ll do the roasted tomato dip next. I made your chopped Italian salad three times for our monthly church potluck. I multiplied the recipe 5x and it was devoured each time.

  3. is the last ingredient supposed to be ½tsp of water/juice from the butterbeans can? I’m a bit confused here as well on that last ingredient😅

  4. is the last ingredient supposed to be ½tsp of water/juice from the butterbeans can? I’m a bit confused here as well on that last ingredient😅