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Hummus However You Like It

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Hummus However You Like It

Hummus is not only easy and delicious—it’s also a great source of protein, which means your vegetables and dip will really sustain you. Make the classic, or any of our variations, or create one of your own.
Prep Time 20 mins
Total Time 20 mins
Servings 2 cups

Equipment

  • Can opener
  • Strainer or colander
  • Cutting board
  • Sharp knife (adult needed)
  • Food processor or blender (adult needed)
  • Measuring cups
  • Measuring spoons

Ingredients
 

  • 1 can can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 1 garlic clove, peeled and coarsely chopped
  • 1⁄2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1⁄2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1⁄2 cup tahini
  • 1⁄4 cup olive oil
  • 1⁄4 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoon warm water

Instructions
 

  • Put the chickpeas, garlic, salt, and cumin in the bowl of the food processor  fitted with a steel blade and process until the chickpeas are finely chopped.
  • Add the tahini, olive oil, lemon juice, and water and process until the mixture is silky-smooth. Add an extra tablespoon of water if you want it smoother. Now taste the hummus: does it need a pinch of salt or a squeeze of lemon? If so, add it and then taste again.
  • Serve right away or transfer to a lidded container and refrigerate up to 4 days.

Notes

For our variations, the method stays the same, but the ingredients change a bit. Or feel free to make up your own recipe! Kids Advisory Board member Hannah Stein adds capers and cayenne to her “very tasty” version.
Lemony Scallion Hummus
INGREDIENTS
1 (15-ounce) can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
1 garlic clove, peeled and coarsely chopped (or 1⁄2 teaspoon garlic powder)
1⁄2 teaspoon kosher salt
1⁄2 teaspoon ground cumin
1⁄2 cup tahini (sesame paste)
1⁄4 cup olive oil
3 scallions, greens and whites, chopped
Grated zest of 1 lemon
1⁄4 cup fresh lemon juice
2 tablespoons warm water
Pesto Hummus
INGREDIENTS
1 (15-ounce) can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
1 garlic clove, peeled and coarsely chopped (or 1⁄2 teaspoon garlic powder)
1 cup packed fresh basil leaves
1⁄2 cup toasted almonds 
1⁄2 teaspoon kosher salt
1⁄4 cup olive oil
1⁄4 cup warm water
2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
Guacamole Hummus
INGREDIENTS
1 (15-ounce) can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
1 garlic clove, peeled and coarsely chopped (or 1⁄2 teaspoon garlic powder)
1 ripe avocado, peeled and pitted
1⁄2 teaspoon kosher salt
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
2 tablespoons warm water
1⁄4 cup chopped fresh cilantro leaves
Pinch chili powder
 
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