Saturday, August 1, 2020

How to Make Scrumptious Hummus, a Recipe Roundup

Hummus Recipe Roundup

Hummus is a scrumptious vegan dish that combines cooked chickpeas, tahini, garlic, lemon juice, and seasonings. 

Post updated 1/17/2022

Hummus is versatile, and much more than just a snack food. It's loaded with plant-based protein

Hummus also contains a wide range of vitamins and minerals including folate, vitamin K, zinc, iron, magnesium, and vitamin C. 

To top the health benefits off, hummus is a high fiber food that helps reduce and prevent inflammation.

Hummus tastes delicious smeared on veggies or bread, as a dip on a crudités platter, stuffed in a wrap, English muffin, bagel, pita pocket, or as a sandwich filling. Hummus looks and tastes fabulous atop luscious salad greens as well. 

Hummus is a food that's economical and good for your waistline as well as your pocketbook.

Hummus has its origins in Middle Eastern and Mediterranean countries. Today this tasty dish is enjoyed by millions of people around the globe. 

I LOVE hummus, and I'm always on the lookout for interesting variations on this main theme. That's why I'm posting this.

 How to Make Scrumptious Hummus,
 A Recipe Roundup

It features flavorful hummus recipes and reveals the secret to making hummus both creamy and savory. 

Each recipe in this roundup is unique. Try them all and learn new ways to tempt your palate, satisfy hunger, and make meal time prep so much fun. 

Here's the first one...

Creamy, Savory Hummus
Recipe from Yours Truly (Nancy Andres)

Hummus Recipe Roundup


30 oz. or approx. 4 cups cooked homemade chickpeas, or 2-15 oz. canned chickpeas rinsed and drained (chickpeas are also called garbanzo beans)
1 teaspoon baking soda
2-3 cloves fresh garlic
1 or 2-1 inch chunks of fresh peeled ginger
¼ cup fresh squeezed lemon juice
1 Tablespoon tahini, a condiment made from toasted hulled  ground sesame seeds. Julie at the Simple Veganista has a one ingredient recipe to make tahini. If you prefer, buy it in most markets or online.
½ teaspoon cumin
1 teaspoon oregano
Optional herbs and spices: I often add fresh chopped basil (2 teaspoons) from the garden, a pinch of fresh ground black pepper, and a pinch of ground turmeric. Select those you enjoy.

For more, check out savory spice blend. Recipe from Dr. Michael Greger and Robin Robertson from The How Not to Die Cookbook.

What to do:

The traditional and most economical way to make hummus is to use dried chickpeas. Soak the chickpeas the night before you want to make this recipe. Here are tips from the bean institute to speed up soak and cooking time. 

Cook chickpeas in an instant pot, slow cooker, or Dutch oven on the stove top or in the oven. To save even more time, use the extra-quick method of opening cans of chickpeas.

The secret to making hummus creamy is this. After using any cooking method you like or opening cans of chickpeas, place chickpeas in a medium saucepan and add the baking soda. Cover chickpeas with several inches of water, and bring the mixture to a boil over high heat. 

If necessary, reduce heat to medium to prevent overflow. Continue cooking for approx. 15-20 minutes. 

You’ll know the chickpeas are ready, when they look bloated, skins fall off, and they are quite soft. Drain thoroughly and place aside.

Prep ginger, garlic, and fresh herbs, while the chickpeas are cooking. Then place a 1 inch knob of fresh peeled ginger (add more ginger to heighten flavor) and any fresh herbs you select, to the chopping bowl of your food processor. Chop them until fine. 

Then add chickpeas, lemon juice, tahini, garlic, cumin, oregano, and any optional dried herbs or spices you've selected. Process until the chickpeas and other ingredients are very creamy. 

If the mixture is dry, add one drop of water at a time until creamy. 

Serve creamy savory hummus the day you make it, and store leftovers in a refrigerated airtight container. Use it all within 5-7 days.

Hummus Recipe Roundup

Here's my favorite hummus tip: Make hummus dishes delicious, and eye-appealing with spices, herbs, and colorful extras including avocado slices. cilantro and lime, sprinkling of toasted pumpkin or other seeds, or shredded zucchini, cabbage, carrots, beets, or tomatoes.

Everyone eats with their eyes as well as their appetite, so make foods look luscious with colors.

To improve health, eat meals that provide a wide variety of colorful plant-based foods. 

Hummus is a fine topping for baked sweet or russet potatoes. Use it in a Greek salad with grape leaves and tofu feta, or combine hummus with brown rice, veggies, and fold into a corn tortilla. 

We especially enjoy eating hummus sandwiches on toasted whole grain bread with sliced red onion, fresh tomatoes, basil, and shredded red cabbage (pictured in the blue framed photo above).

There's no added oil in my recipe, so it doesn't add any unnecessary calories and works well in a vegan, gluten free, vegetarian, whole food, or conventional meal planning repertoire

Just be careful. You may find hummus irresistible

Now on to my blogger guests in this scrumptious hummus recipe roundup...

JD over at In the Kitch offers a hummus dip recipe that mixes hemp seeds, figs, olive oil, and greens with chickpeas.

 Hummus bowl with fresh figs, greens, nuts, hemp seeds and olive oil on a wooden background. Napkin with a fabric flower and small spatula on the side.
Photo from JD at In the Kitch. What a yummy combination of ingredients.

Here's another...

This instant pot hummus recipe is an original from Corrie Cooks, instant pot lover and food blogger.

Corrie's presents his hummus recipe in a crockery bowl with fresh parsley, paprika, and extra-virgin olive oil to create an inviting look. 

My next guest is

Elena from Happy Kitchen.Rocks whose recipe for Roasted Beet Hummus with Pita Chips sure is colorful as well as healthy, and tasty. 

Roasted Beet Hummus in a Bowl with Pita Chips

Kristi Wheeler, the sustainability blogger at is next. She shows us how to use colorful herbs, spices, seeds, veggies and other toppings to make hummus look glamorous. Check out tips at Garnishing Hummus.  

Our last but not least guest blogger is Robin over at the Vegan Dollhouse. Her Vegan Hummus Recipe incorporates red cabbage sauerkraut and dill to heighten flavor and health. Yum, yum.

a plate of sauerkraut hummus with carrots and pretzels

Now that you've seen this array of hummus recipes, I hope it has whet your appetite. 

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  1. Thanks for all of the hummus-making tips and info! These all look delish!

    1. Thanks for your comment and support. Please let me know if you try my recipe or any of the others. Have a beautiful day.

  2. Thank you for featuring my recipe! You've got a great list here. I will have to try some new recipes to make hummus!

    1. Thanks Kristi for participating in the scrumptious hummus roundup. Please let me know when you do try something out. Wishing you a wonderful day.

  3. Thanks for featuring my recipe! You've got a lot of great hummus recipes. I definitely going to have to try a new one!

  4. How interesting to learn of adding baking soda for creaminess! Never heard of that tip. I also sometimes use hummus for salad dressing; particularly if I was eating out and they didn't have a no oil, healthy dressing for me, I would ask if they had hummus (though restaurants would typically have some oil). Great post with all these healthy recipes Nancy!

  5. Thanks Happy Vegan Couple for your comment. I sometimes do that too when I'be run out of salad dressing, even though with the Pandemic all my meals have been at home. Please let me know if you try any recipes and have a wonderful day.

  6. Thanks Nancy for this versatile round up of hummus recipes and ideas. It's such a good idea.We are staying and eating in- so I'm particularly looking for ideas that are inspiring and healthy such as hummus!.

  7. I certainly learned something...baking soda for creaminess. Great post! TFS

  8. Thanks for sharing your post and hummus round up with Souper Sundays this week. Hummus is one of my favorite spreads on sandwiches. ;-)

    1. Thanks Deb for hosting Souper Sundays. I know what you mean about hummus as a favorite spread on sandwiches. Have a great week and be well.

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  10. I'm such a fan of hummus and love trying new recipes for it. Your tip about the baking soda is wonderful, Nancy, and I love that you added ginger to your recipe. I've never had it in hummus before but it's a favourite flavour of mine. Sharing this post on the Hearth and Soul Facebook page. Thank you for being a part of the Hearth and Soul Community. Take care and have a lovely week!

    1. Thanks April. I use ginger in the recipe both for flavor and as an aid to digestion. Some people find beans or any food with a lot of fiber somewhat harder to digest than other foods. I think ginger adds a kick to my hummus that others don't have and I like it that way. If you try it, please let me know.

  11. Thanks so much for sharing. Who doesn't love hummus, amiright?

    1. You are so right about that. Have a beautiful day Robin and stay well and safe.

  12. Thanks for sharing at the What's for Dinner party. Hope your week is great!

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    3. Thanks so much Esme. Glad you enjoyed reading this post and wish you a colorful day.

  14. Love the genius step of baking soda.

    1. Yes, baking soda works fine in all bean recipes. Thanks for your comment and please visit again.

  15. Thanks Christy for the visit and feedback. When you make it, please let me know how it came out. Have a great weekend!