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Hummus recipe variations for all you hummus-lovers

In the spirit of my previous post, Garbanzo beans…chickpeas, delicious either way, thought to close the loop and share some recipe or so honoring chickpeas. As hummus, by far, is the most wonderful dish where garbanzo beans really come to the front, I’ll spare you from yet another hummus recipe as no doubt you already have at least half a dozen on file, so I'll share some hummus recipe variations instead.

I can't imagine my fridge ever being void of hummus – what would life be without hummus? True that at heart, I am a hummus puritan, but through my journey of creating that perfect bite, I've come across a few combinations that have tintillated by curious palate. So, if you're a hummus-lover like me, think you'll appreciate some of these variations. So I submit to you for your consideration and culinary pleasure.

Hummus Variations

As good as the classic hummus is (chickpeas + tahini + garlic + lemon juice + cumin + evoo) I’ve experimented with a dozen or other variations that, I must admit, have entertained my hummus-loving palate. Variation is a good thing, and though I always come back to the classic, there’s something comforting knowing that I have so many other options so I’m resilient, as my mood strikes.

Here are over a dozen easy hummus variations – for most of them, you just need to add the additional ingredient(s), purée, season to taste, and serve with your favorite compliments.

Artichoke hummus

  • Add 1 c steamed artichoke hearts

Arugula hummus

  • Add 1 c fresh arugula leaves

Bean variations hummus

  • Instead of chick peas, try using another kind of beans like yellow lentils, soy beans, black beans, cannellini beans, fava beans, or mix it – my favorite combination to date is 1:1 ratio chickpea + yellow lentils

Beet hummus

  • Add 1 lb cooked beets

Beirut hummus

  • Add handful of flat-leaf parsley and garnish it with Aleppo pepper and cumin

Chipotle, chili powder, cumin and cilantro hummus

  • Add 1 chipotle in adobo sauce, 1 tsp chili powder, ½ tsp cumin, and handful of cilantro. Use 1:1 ratio lemon and lime. Turn up the heat if you so wish…

Curried hummus

  • Add 1 tbsp curry powder

Garlic hummus

  • Double or even triple the amount of garlic

Green onion hummus

  • Add 3-4 green onions, process the white part with hummus, garnish with the green

Labneh (strained yogurt) and fresh mint hummus

  • 4:1 ratio of chickpea puree and labneh, finish it with fresh mint

Mexican hummus

  • Add ¾ c fresh cilantro
  • Add 2 jalapeños, seeded
  • Replace lemon juice with lime juice

Olive hummus

  • Add ½ c black or green olives

Pesto hummus

  • Add 1 c packed fresh basil leaves

Roasted Garlic Hummus

  • Add pulp of 1 whole roasted garlic

Roasted red pepper hummus

  • Add two peeled, roasted red peppers and 1 tbsp fennel seeds, pulverized (or process fennel seeds first, then add the rest of the ingredients

Rosemary, lemon, garlic hummus

  • Add leaves of 1 large rosemary sprig (more/less to taste), balance it out with a bit of cumin, lots of lemon juice, and garlic

Spinach hummus

  • Add ½ c fresh spinach

Spinach and feta hummus

  • Add ½ c fresh spinach
  • Add 2-3 ounces feta cheese

Sun-dried tomato and mint

  • Add 2-3 oil-packed sun-dried tomatoes

Toasted pine nuts hummus

  • Add 2 tbsp toasted pine nuts

Have a unique hummus variation that you've created? Send me an email. I'd love to try it!

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