Loaded Lemon Hummus

A delightfully zippy lemon hummus gets excessively loaded with ALL THE TOPPINGS! Perfect for weekend snacking, especially during the spring and summer.

Ingredients

For the Hummus and Crispy Chick Peas

  • Three 15-oz can of chick peas, divided
  • Olive oil for cooking
  • 0.5 c tahini
  • Zest and juice of a lemon
  • Generous drizzle of bold, flavorful olive oil
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • Generous grind of black pepper

For the Toppings

  • Pesto
  • Lemon slices or wedges
  • Roasted pine nuts
  • Fresh mint
  • Sprinkle of sumac
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • Baby cucumbers
  • Assorted colorful tomatoes
  • Artichoke hearts
  • Pita wedges and/or pita chips

Instructions

  1. Drain and rinse the chick peas. Set aside about half a can worth, which you'll crisp up and use to garnish the hummus.
  2. Put the chick peas you're going to crisp up on a sheet tray with a dash of olive oil and broil them for 10 minutes. Keep a close eye on them and toss them frequently. They'll turn golden brown and will crisp up. Set them aside for using later.
  3. In a food processor, combine all the hummus ingredients (~2.5 cans of chick peas, tahini, lemon zest and juice, additional drizzle of olive oil, salt and pepper). Process for several minutes until a smooth, creamy consistency develops, scraping down the sides as needed. If you have trouble getting a smooth hummus, add a little splash of water or olive oil (the latter with yield a richer hummus). Repeat as needed.
  4. Place your hummus in the center of a large platter, flatten it out, and give it a nice swirl on top.
  5. Drizzled pesto into the hummus swirl, surrounded the swirl with crispy chick peas, and add some lemon slices. Then, sprinkle the surface of the hummus with pine nuts, ribbons of fresh mint, sumac, and freshly ground pepper.
  6. Cut up the cucumbers, tomatoes, and artichoke hearts.
  7. Finish the platter by surrounding your hummus with the veggies and pita chips. Don't be afraid to pile it up and let things overlap.
  8. Serve immediately with a big spoon for scooping up all the lemony goodness!