Originating from the Middle East, this simple snack has been enjoyed for thousands of years. Hummus only requires a few ingredients and can be made in about 15 minutes. While there are many ways to make hummus, the ingredients chickpeas, tahini, lemon juice and garlic are always used. This healthy, protein rich snack can be enjoyed with fresh cut veggies (bell peppers, carrots, or tomatoes), whole grain crackers, or can be mixed into a salad.

Recipe Ingredients (1 1/2 cups hummus)

  • 1 (15-ounce) can chickpeas, also known as garbanzo beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 medium garlic clove, peeled and smashed
  • Juice of 1 medium lemon
  • 1/4 cup roasted tahini
  • 1/4 cup water, plus more as needed
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil, plus more to serve
  • Salt

Combine chickpeas, garlic, half of the lemon juice, tahini, water, olive oil, and a pinch of salt in a food and blend until smooth. If the hummus is too thick, pulse in more water, a tablespoon at a time, until the desired consistency is reached. Taste, adding more salt and lemon juice as needed. To serve, place in a bowl and drizzle with olive oil. Paprika and fresh cilantro can be sprinkled over the top as a garnish!

What’s your favorite way to eat hummus?