Lemony Hummus

This lemony hummus is protein-packed and easy to make, and it’s an ingredient in two of the other recipes — but you could also just pack it up in your lunchbox with some raw veggies and whole-grain crackers for dipping.

By Cris Comerford, White House Executive Chef

Hands-on time:
15 minutes
Total time:
1 hour, 15 minutes

Kitchen Gear

Cutting board
Sharp knife (adult needed)
Food processer (adult needed)
Measuring spoons
Citrus grater or zester


1 (16-ounce) can chickpeas, drained and rinsed well
1 garlic clove, peeled
2 tablespoons olive oil
  juice and grated zest of 1 scrubbed lemon or ¼ cup lemon juice
3 tablespoons cold water
1⁄2 teaspoon salt
1⁄4 teaspoon black pepper
1 teaspoon harissa, if you like harissa


Wash your hands with soap and water, then gather all your kitchen gear and ingredients and put them on a clean counter.

  1. Put the chickpeas and garlic in the food processor fitted with a steel blade and process until the beans start to break apart and the garlic gets chopped.
  2. Add the oil and lemon juice and zest and process again. Add the water, 1 tablespoon at a time, until the hummus reaches the consistency you like. Add the salt and pepper (and harissa) and process until completely smooth.
  3. Cover and refrigerate at least 1 hour and up to 3 days.

Harissa is a very spicy chili paste from North Africa. You can sometimes find it in a tube in the international-foods section of the supermarket.