Classic Lemon Garlic Hummus

With Thanksgiving just around the corner, I’m having trouble thinking of appetizers. The main course and dessert for Thanksgiving are so easy, because we know what we’re supposed to make. But the appetizers for Thanksgiving seem a little vague. Throw in the fact that I’ve been gluten free and dairy free for a month now (byproduct of living in California), and that limits me on what I’m going to cook up. I’ve decided on mushrooms stuffed with ginger rice and a warm roasted beet and orange salad topped with olive oil, hazelnuts, and shallots. Nom, nom!

I know that my gluten-eating guests will need something to put on those baguettes they’re bringing. Hummus pops into my head. It fits into the “earthy” category, so I think it’ll go great before the butternut squash soup and sweet potatoes we’ll be serving. I recently brought this hummus recipe to a housewarming party. In other words, it’s a no-fail easy recipe appropriate for any occasion!

Classic Lemon Hummus:

2 cans garbanzo beans, drained and rinsed
1/3 cup tahini

3 tbsp olive oil (2 for mixture, 1 for garnish)
juice from 2 organic lemons

2 cloves fresh garlic, chopped
handful pinenuts for garnish
Sea salt and black pepper to taste

I put everything into my Ninja blender from Target. I pulse everything (instead of blending) so that it maintains a lot of chunks.


This batch was for the garlic-lovers!

It is exciting to get an unexpected garlic chunk while eating the hummus! Drizzle with olive oil and top with more black pepper and pine nuts. I served the hummus at the housewarming with radishes, carrots, celery, and cucumber spears. It’s healthy, light and refreshing! (Did you know that tahini packs seven grams of protein, while you get six grams from the chickpeas?)

Quick, fun , easy, healthy hummus recipe in your blender!

Quick, fun , easy, healthy hummus recipe in your blender!

I can’t wait to share photos and food stories with you after I host Thanksgiving this week! I’m trying out a lot of new healthy recipes.

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7 Responses

  1. Martha LaValette says:

    Will you make this for us???

  2. thefolia says:

    Viva la hummus. I make it weekly! Cumin is a must with this dish…it transforms the flavor to the point where you will just spoon it from the bowl.

  3. Allison says:

    I am going to try this version of hummus! Yum!

    • Hi Allison! Thanks for reading! I have fallen so far behind with reading Jeanne’s basil and spinach recipes, but I’ll get back on track. On another note, I spilled iced tea on our Clark’s, the beige pair. I wonder if I can scrub that out, or if I’ll just have to go out and get a new pair! I’m thinking the royal blue!

  4. […] deal with the tedium of picking through all that, I’ll just grab a straw and guzzle down the hummus I brought (just kidding, but it feels like that […]

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