If hummus hasn’t already stolen your heart, get ready to fall in love with this dreamy dip. Made from nutrient-dense chickpeas, the creamy spread hails from the Middle East, where it’s traditionally flavored with tahini, lemon juice, and garlic.
But the real beauty of hummus resides in its versatility: Apart from being an excellent dip, its smooth consistency and light flavor make it great for incorporating into all kinds of savory dishes. Whether you’re a hummus novice or a die-hard aficionado, you’ll love these 10 tasty ideas for using hummus in your everyday cooking!
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Hummus Base Recipe
30 minutes | Makes 1½ cups
First, here’s our foolproof recipe for a basic oil-free hummus that’s rich in nutrients and low in calories. For the lightest, creamiest results with no added oil, boil canned chickpeas with a pinch of baking soda to soften them before blending. (Looking for more varieties? Find our full archive of hummus recipes here!)
1 15-oz. can chickpeas, rinsed and drained (1½ cups)
Pinch baking soda
¼ cup lemon juice
1 tablespoon tahini paste
2 cloves garlic, minced
Sea salt, to taste
Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
1. In a medium saucepan combine chickpeas, baking soda, and 2 cups water. Bring to boiling; reduce heat. Simmer, uncovered, 20 minutes or until chickpeas can be easily mashed with a fork. Drain.
2. Transfer hot chickpeas to a food processor. Add lemon juice, tahini, garlic, and 2 tablespoons water. Process 2 to 3 minutes or until smooth and creamy, adding 1 to 2 tablespoons water if needed to reach desired consistency. Season with salt and pepper.
10 Tasty Recipes that Use Hummus
Using our base recipe or any oil-free hummus, try whipping up one of these delicious recipes.
Makes 4 cups
Cook 2 cups whole grain pasta according to package directions, adding 2 cups chopped mixed vegetables the last 5 minutes of cooking. Drain, reserving ½ cup of the cooking water. Return drained pasta and veggies to pot. Toss with the reserved cooking water and ¼ cup hummus.
Tangy Tomato Tart with Hummus
Makes one 10-inch tart
Preheat oven to 400°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. In a medium bowl combine ½ cup whole wheat flour, ½ cup hummus, ½ teaspoon baking powder, and 2 tablespoons water; stir to combine. Roll out dough into a 10-inch disk. Transfer disk to prepared baking sheet; turn up edges to make a pizza-like crust. In a separate bowl stir together 2 tablespoons hummus and 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard; spread mixture over dough. Sprinkle with 2 tablespoons chopped scallions, then top with 2 tomatoes, thinly sliced. Bake 20 to 25 minutes. Garnish with fresh basil.
Sriracha Stuffed Sweet Potatoes
Makes 2 stuffed sweet potato halves
Preheat oven to 425°F. Prick a sweet potato a few times with a fork and place on a baking sheet. Bake 45 minutes. Let cool slightly, then halve lengthwise. Scoop out potato flesh and place in a bowl, leaving a ¼-inch-thick shell. Mash potato flesh with 2 tablespoons hummus and ½ teaspoon sriracha sauce or other hot sauce. Fill potato skins with mashed sweet potato and place on baking sheet; broil 4 inches from heat 3 to 5 minutes or until beginning to brown on top.
Easy Stuffed Zucchini Boats
Makes 4 boats
Preheat oven to 400°F. Halve 2 medium zucchini lengthwise. Scoop out and discard seeds, then scoop out enough zucchini flesh from center to make room for filling. Finely chop the scooped- out zucchini flesh and transfer it to a bowl; add ½ cup cooked quinoa, ½ cup prepared salsa, and 3 tablespoons hummus. Fill zucchini boats with quinoa mixture. Place in a baking dish with 1 cup water and cover with foil. Bake 30 minutes; uncover. Bake 30 minutes more or until zucchini is tender.
Picnic Potato Salad
Makes 4 cups
In a large pot of boiling water cook 3 cups 1-inch potato chunks just until tender; drain. In a large bowl whisk together ⅓ cup hummus, 1 tablespoon yellow mustard, and ½ teaspoon apple cider vinegar. Add the hot potatoes, ½ cup chopped celery, and ½ cup finely chopped red onion; toss to coat vegetables. Let cool before serving.
Makes 2 pitzas
Preheat oven to 450°F. Split a whole wheat pita pocket through the center to make two thin rounds; place on a baking sheet. Spread each round with 2 tablespoons hummus. Sprinkle each with 1 tablespoon za’atar spice blend and ¼ cup cooked or canned chickpeas, rinsed and drained. Bake 5 minutes or until crusts are crisp.
Roasted Veggie Wraps with Roasted Red Pepper Hummus Spread
Makes 2 wraps
Preheat oven to 400°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Arrange ½ cup each sliced zucchini, eggplant, and onion on baking sheet. Roast 25 minutes, turning once. In a blender combine ½ cup jarred roasted red peppers, ⅓ cup hummus, and 2 teaspoons paprika; cover and blend until smooth. Spread hummus mixture over two 8-inch whole grain tortillas; top with roasted vegetables and, if desired, chopped lettuce. Roll up.
Summer Vegetable Gratin
Makes one 8-inch square gratin
Preheat oven to 350°F. Slice 3 small tomatoes, 1 small eggplant, 1 medium zucchini, and 1 large yellow bell pepper into ¼-inch-thick slices; chop 1 small onion. Sprinkle onion over the bottom of an 8-inch square baking dish; top with remaining vegetables, alternating slices. Sprinkle with 2 teaspoons dried herbes de Provence, pour ½ cup water over vegetables, and cover dish with foil. Bake 30 minutes; uncover, dollop with ½ cup hummus, and bake 15 to 20 minutes more or until vegetables are tender.
Green Goddess Sauce
Makes 1 cup
In a small blender or food processor combine ½ cup each lightly packed fresh parsley and arugula, ¼ cup hummus, 2 tablespoons chopped fresh chives, 1 tablespoon chopped fresh tarragon, 1 small clove garlic, and ½ teaspoon miso paste (optional); cover and blend until combined. Add ½ cup water or vegetable broth; cover and blend until smooth. Serve with grain bowls or Vegetable Fritters (recipe below), or use as a salad dressing.
Makes 6 fritters
Preheat oven to 350°F. Mash together ⅓ cup cooked or canned chickpeas, rinsed and drained; ¼ cup hummus; ¼ cup chopped fresh parsley; 1 clove garlic, minced; and 1 teaspoon ground cumin. Stir in 1 cup grated carrots, beets, parsnips, and/or cabbage. Shape mixture into six ¼-cup patties. Arrange on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Bake 25 to 30 minutes or until browned. Serve with Green Goddess Sauce (recipe above).
Megan Edwards contributed to this article.
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