This easy homemade lemon garlic hummus is a healthy and delicious appetizer or snack. Customize it with a variety of Mediterranean flavors to suite your taste.
If you have never made hummus before then you are in for a treat. It is so easy to make and you can make it for fraction of the cost.
What is hummus?
Hummus is a Mediterranean and Middle Eastern dish that is served as a dip or side dish.
Do I need special ingredients to make hummus?
Hummus is characterized by two distinctive ingredients: chickpeas (garbanzo beans) and tahini. You can find chickpeas in the canned bean section of your local grocer. Tahini is a sesame paste that gives hummus its unique flavor. Hummus is a source of protein, vitamins, and fiber.
What ingredients are in hummus?
Hummus can be made with a variety of ingredients but the base typically consists of:
- chickpeas (garbanzo beans)
- tahini (sesame paste)
- olive oil
- lemon juice
Can I add additional ingredients to lemon garlic hummus?
This recipe is delicious on it’s own, but you can take it to the next level with the addition of other ingredients. The lemon garlic base is just perfect for the additional flavors. Customize it to your tastes! Here are a few ideas:
- add roasted red pepper
- top with olive tapenade
- add avocado prior to processing or top with avocado salsa
What to eat with hummus?
The options for using hummus are endless. Here are just a few of my favorites:
- make a wrap by adding the hummus to to a tortilla
- pita or pita chips
- veggies (cauliflower, red peppers, celery, cucumbers)
Is homemade garlic hummus healthy?
Lemon Garlic Hummus is not only a crowd pleaser but it’s full of healthy ingredients and is gluten free.
How do I make homemade garlic hummus?
Making your own hummus at home is incredibly easy. All you need are a few ingredients and a food processor.
First, add of the ingredients to the food processor.
Next, process the hummus until it is creamy and smooth. This usually takes about 2-3 minutes.
Does hummus need to be stored in the refrigerator?
Yes, hummus needs to be stored in the refrigerator.
How long can I store hummus in the refrigerator?
The homemade hummus can be stored in the refrigerator for up to one week.
Looking for other Mediterranean inspired recipes? Check out this Mediterranean salad with Honey Dijon Vinaigrette
Lemon Garlic Hummus
- food processor
- 16 oz can chickpeas (drained but reserve 1/4 cup chickpea liquid)
- 1/4 cup chickpea liquid
- 1.5 tbsp tahini
- 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
- 2 cloves crushed garlic
- 4 tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice
- 1 tsp salt
- 1/8 tsp cayenne pepper
- 1 dash paprika for garnish optional
- Add all ingredients to a food processor.
- Process until smooth and creamy, approximately 3 minutes.