Do you enjoy Middle Eastern food? If so, it’s a sure bet you’ve had hummus, a popular creamy dip traditionally made from chickpeas (garbanzo beans) pureed with tahini, olive oil, garlic, lemon juice and salt.
Hummus is generally served as an appetizer with extra virgin olive oil and pita bread. It may be topped with paprika, cumin or roasted pine nuts. Some hummus is spicy and some is tangy. You can even make hummus with beans other than chickpeas. Regardless, hummus is very yummy!
The good news is that hummus is simple to make at home and you can play around with your ingredients, creating something nutritious and delicious. You can also buy one of the many varieties we carry and add your personal touch to it.
Although popular as an appetizer or a snack, hummus adds depth and flavor to salads, sandwiches, and main dishes. These are some of my favorite ideas and recipes:
Serve hummus cold or at room temperature. Decorate the top with feta cheese, olive oil, paprika, a pinch of cayenne or other spices. Drizzle with olive oil. Top with roasted nuts or seeds.
Use as a dip for favorite crackers, chips, pretzels, pita bread and veggie dippers such as carrots, cucumbers, bell peppers, zucchini and radishes. You can use sliced cheese as a dipper. This quick Sunny Hummus with Dippers recipe uses prepared hummus for a quick treat.
Hummus makes a great side dish or garnish for grilled, roasted or sautéed meat or fish. This Asian-inspired Seared Tuna Salad with Edamame Hummus is really awesome!
Use as a garnish for salads, casseroles, steamed or sautéed vegetables, and grain dishes.
Add to a favorite salad dressing, or skip the dressing and toss the salad in hummus.
Use hummus as a spread on pizzas like we did in this Hummus Veggie Pizzas recipe.
Add to a sandwich. Try it with avocado, salad greens, tomatoes, turkey, cheese, tofu or tempeh. It’s great in pita bread or with sprouted grain bread. This Hummus Tea Sandwiches recipe is great for company or picnics, and this Quick Hummus and Vegetable Stuffed Pitas recipe is ideal for a simple, fast meal or snack. Spinach Hummus Pinwheel Wraps are great for anything from parties to lunchboxes to appetizers.
Stuff baked potatoes with hummus and veggies.
Stuff deviled eggs, bell-pepper boats, celery sticks and cherry tomatoes with hummus. This Cherry Tomatoes filled with Edamame Hummus is a great appetizer.
For something different and unusual, these recipes take “hummus” to a whole new level:
Butternut Hummus is made with green olives and butternut squash.
Black Bean Hummus is made with tamari and Japanese umeboshi plum vinegar.
Green Garbanzo Hummus is made with green garbanzo beans. It’s spiced up with a pinch of cayenne.
Fava Bean Hummus starts from scratch by soaking and preparing fava beans. The recipe is flavored with garlic and oregano.
Red Lentil and Sweet Potato Hummus features cilantro, miso and sweet paprika.
Do you make your own hummus? What ingredients do you use? I’d love to know.