My love affair with turmeric is still going strong. Up next in my "Golden" series: an easy, nourishing, protein-rich, show-stopping turmeric hummus. If you love this magical, healthful, golden spice as much as I do, make sure to also check out my Golden Pasta, Golden Granola and Golden Farro. And although it's not technically part of this series, my Turmeric Tahini Drizzle is a staple in our kitchen that I make at least once a week.
This turmeric hummus is simple to make yet has a surprisingly complex taste. The turmeric itself is both fresh and cozy and the resulting color is a vibrant, sunny yellow. Garnish it with sweet figs, crunchy pistachios, fresh mint, and lemony sumac and you have an explosion of Middle Eastern inspired flavors. I can't wait for you to try this Golden Hummus for your next get-together!
Health Benefits of Turmeric
Although turmeric has been enjoyed in some cultures for centuries, it has only recently become trendy in the western world. It has many health benefits but is most often touted for its anti-inflammatory properties. Turmeric generally comes in two forms: powdered (like any powdered spice) and fresh (as a root). Although fresh turmeric is a fabulous treat, I suggest using powdered turmeric in this recipe so that it will blend into the golden hummus more evenly.
Turmeric can work well in both savory and sweet recipes, so it's a versatile spice that you can use frequently. I use it in smoothies, mix it into oatmeal, and try to cook with it a couple times a week. If you're new to turmeric, try my Turmeric Tahini Drizzle since it's very easy to tweak the proportions based on your preferences, plus you can taste it and adjust as you go.
What Does Turmeric Taste Like?
Turmeric has a unique flavor that is hard to describe. It has a subtle ginger vibe, but it's much less zingy. It's earthy and has some tropical notes, and overall is somewhat similar to saffron (in fact, it can be used as a less expeisive substitute for saffron in some reipes). It's also a bit of an acquired taste. Therefore, if you're new to turmeric, I suggest starting with less than what the recipe calls for and working your way up; that goes for this turmeric hummus recipe in particular and any other recipe. This easy superfood hummus is a great place to start experimenting with turmeric since you can taste, tweak, and re-blend as needed.
Golden Hummus Variations
There are a lot of ways to change up this superfood hummus to make it work for you. In terms of garnishes, I've gone with a Middle Eastern theme, but you can certainly choose your own toppings. This hummus is relatively neutral and turmeric pairs beautifully with a lot of different flavors, so you could easily take this in an autumnal/holiday or Mediterranean direction. Additionally, see the paragraph above for ideas about varying the amount of turmeric you use depending on whether you're a turmeric newbie or a turmeric lover.
However you decide to vary this hummus though, make sure you have a good tahini! Using a subtle, creamy, nutty tahini is critical in this recipe since the turmeric could be overwhelmed by a tahini that is assertive or bitter. I absolutely love the tahini from Seeds of Collaboration; use the code ROGUE to get 20% off your entire tahini order.
Hummus is one of those foods that's great to have on-hand in the fridge, regardless of whether you're planning for a party or a busy week. If you're hosting an event, make this turmeric hummus the day ahead and keep it in a sealed container in the fridge. When you're ready to serve, just transfer it to a bowl and garnish. You can also make a big batch and use this hummus for meal prep; it's a great (and very easy) way to add protein to a salad, bowl meal, or sandwich.
Ingredients and Substitutions
Here's what you'll need for this superfood hummus recipe, as well as some thoughts, tips, and possible substitutions. If you make any substitutions, I'd love to hear about it in the comments section below.
Tahini. I adore the tahini from Seeds of Collaboration; it's absolutely the best tahini I've ever had. Use the code ROGUE to get 20% off.
Turmeric powder. The key to this golden hummus! I suggest using turmeric powder rather than fresh turmeric since the flavor (and color) will distribute more evenly.
Fresh figs. It's not critical if you can't find them, but they make this hummus feel so special.
Pistachios. I prefer roasted and salted for maximum flavor.
Fresh mint leaves
Sumac. This vibrant spice has a beautiful lemon flavor and a stunning red color. Add it to your spice collection and use it on everything! A bit of paprika could also give this golden hummus a nice finish if you can't find sumac.
This turmeric hummus has such sunshine vibes. I love its vibrant yellow color, its unique flavor, and its versaitlity. For all those reasons, this is one that we've come back to again and again since I first created the recipe. We enjoy it most for a Friday evening happy hour along with some cocktails (see the Negroni in some of these photos) and with dipping items like cucumber slices, carrot sticks, and local bread.
How will you enjoy this hummus? Will you serve it at a party? Make a big batch over the weekend so that you can dollop it into salads and spread it onto sandwiches on busy days the following week? Serve it alongside some other Middle Eastern inspired dishes? However you use this superfood hummus, I hope you love it as much as we do!
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In a food processor, combine all the hummus ingredients (chick peas, tahini, turmeric, olive oil, and salt). Process for several minutes until a smooth, creamy texture develops, scraping down the sides as needed. If you have trouble getting a smooth hummus, add a little splash of water or additional olive oil.
Place the hummus in the center of a large serving bowl, flatten it out, and create a swirl pattern.
Add an additional drizzle of olive oil.
Top the hummus with sliced figs, pistachios, mint leaves, and a sprinkle of sumac.