Smooth, creamy, fresh, nourishing - hummus is one of those dips that hits the spot and provides many positive nutritional qualities. It's high in fiber and protein while at the same time, is versatile and easy to make. If you don't have a food processor or blender, this could also be made by hand with a large mortar and pestle. Heck, I'm sure you could get by with mashing by hand with a potato masher (might not be as smooth, but it'll taste good!).
1 can chickpeas, drained
1/3 cup tahini
2 garlic cloves
2 Tbsp olive oil
Juice from 1 lemon
¼ cup water
Kosher salt, to taste
1. Using a food processor, add chickpeas, tahini, garlic, olive oil, and lemon juice. Pulse until combined. Mixture will be somewhat chunky at this point. Using a spatula or rubber scraper, scraped down the sides of the food processor.
2. Add ¼ cup water and 2 pinches of kosher salt. Blend continuously until smooth. If needed, scrape down the sides of the food processor and blend again to achieve even consistency throughout.
3. Taste and adjust seasoning to your preference!
1. Add your favorite seasoning powder for a new flavor! I personally love adding 1 Tbsp of curry powder or za’atar seasoning.
2. Add pickled or jarred vegetables: Jalapenos, Roasted Red Peppers, Artichokes, Green or Black Olives, etc. They will blend in nicely and give wonderful flavor! Or, chop separately and sprinkle on top for a nice presentation.
How to enjoy:
Serve with raw vegetables, crackers, or pita chips as a dip
Use as a sandwich spread instead of mayonnaise
Serve with grilled meats and vegetables