What I love about hummus is that it is such a simple dip to whip up at short notice and its easy to keep the ingredients on-hand! Hummus is a Middle-Eastern dip mostly made up of chickpeas, which makes it super healthy and so tasty. Everyone should know how to made up this dip! It’s great to have something nearby for those afternoon peckish cravings or in case unexpected visitors arrive.
If you’ve got extra ingredients on-hand, its easy to put a spin on a traditional hummus by making a pesto and beetroot version. Here is my hummus three ways recipe for three delicious and healthy flavours!
Hummus Three Ways
Can of Chickpeas
Clove of garlic
For a traditional recipe, start by draining a can of chickpeas. Some people like to use the liquid from the can to smooth out the dip. You can also use regular water. Empty the can of chickpeas into a processor.
Add in a clove of garlic, juice of a quarter lemon, a pinch of salt and a drizzle of olive oil. Blitz the mix, adding water until it becomes a smooth ‘dip’ consistency. That’s all there is to a basic hummus dip! To jazz it up, you can add roasted chickpeas, paprika, sesame seeds or a drizzle of olive oil to the top of the dip for serving.
Pesto-flavoured hummus is as easy as making the traditional recipe. Then, add 1/2 cup of fresh basil leaves, or a couple of spoons of store-bought pesto to the processor (whichever you prefer). I love the bright flavour that basil gives to pesto hummus! Serve with some fresh basil leaves and a sprinkle of pinenuts on top.
Beetroot hummus is sweeter than the traditional version and also looks fabulous when served! It adds a bright pink punch to a dip platter. Simply make up the traditional recipe, then add a few whole baby beets (canned) into the processor. It doesn’t take much to get that bright pink colour and you can add more or less to your liking. Serve with a couple of beet slivers on top.
Hummus is such a versatile dip. In the Middle East it is eaten with pita bread or served in pita wraps alongside tabouli, salad and falafels. Yum! I love to use it on toast for a savoury snack, alongside grilled veggies for dinner or of course on a platter.
Toasted slivers of pita bread make a great companion for these dips. Some more great options to add to a healthy hummus dip platter include carrot sticks, water crackers, cherry tomatoes, capsicum (bell peppers), celery, and roasted chickpeas.
What do you think of my hummus three ways recipe? Hummus makes it so easy to create a healthy platter while still being tasty. Sometimes I even create a single-serve platter like this for dinners, it’s so good! With so much fresh food alongside wholemeal pitas, its a great healthy alternative to an indulgent cheese platter. The more I talk about it, the more I want to get back to eating it!
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