Green Goddess Hummus

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Hummus Gets Herby

Today I'm giving hummus a very fresh and summery update with not one but THREE fresh herbs! This hummus uses the combination of basil, cilantro, and mint to create a remarkably versatile and wonderfully green dip or spread that's loaded with summer vibes.

I started making this hummus in April and haven't looked back since. I've made so many versions of it throughout the spring and summer, as evidenced by the wide variety of photos in this post. We've mostly been enjoying it as a hearty dip to slather onto veggies and bread, but hummus has so many uses in the kitchen. Spread it on sandwiches... mix it into salad dressings or pasta to add a creamy texture... it can become pretty much anything!

The key here: lots of high-quality, super-fresh berbs! Because this green beauty uses basil, cilantro, and mint, it can be at home alongside pretty much any type of cuisine from Italian to Mexican to Middle Eastern.

Simple, Flavorful Ingredients

The star of the show here is, of course, the fresh herbs. You can load this hummus up with as many herbs as you like. I like to use basil, cilantro, and mint for the most summery combination, but you could certainly throw in some chives, thyme, oregano, or whatever else you love.

One unexpected ingredient: baby spinach! It disappears into the creamy hummus and you'll never know it's there, but adding in some spinach really helps this hummus to become bright green. It will be just as delicious without the spinach, but not quite as colorful. The spinach adds some great nutrients too!

A Tahini Discount!

The other powerhouse in this recipe, both in terms of the flavor AND the texture, is tahini. I always use Seeds of Collaboration tahini since it's so delightfully nutty and creamy and delicate. Use the code ROGUE at check-out to get yourself 20% off your entire order! And guess what? SoCo has a brand new Tahini & Pesto, which I started using in this hummus mid-summer once it became available; it adds some extra depth of herby flavor. This recipe works beautifully with their Artisanal Tahini too though, so do what works best for you.

Variations

This is a recipe I've made many times recently and it has never been the same way twice. There are a lot of ways to change it up, so make it work for you. Sometimes I like to use pine nuts instead of pistachios, and I often add a big sprinkling of sumac on top (see the photo above for both of these variations).

One time this past spring, I even made this hummus into an intricate hummus/veggie platter to celebrate all things green (see the photo below). I added in cucumber slices, edamame, asparagus, sugar snap peas, and pepitas as garnishes. How fun is that?? I'd like to tell you that I made this platter for a big party, but to be completely honest, we just engulfed it ourselves one April Friday evening.

Anyways, this hummus can become a lot of things, so don't be afraid to get creative with it.

Make-Ahead Tips and Thinking Ahead

Hummus is one of those things that's great to have on-hand in the fridge.

Having people over? You can make it completely ahead of time if you're hosting a get-together; just keep it in the fridge in a sealed container for a day or two. When you're ready to serve, transfer it to a serving bowl and garnish as simply or as intricately as you like. I think hummus is pretty much the best party appetizer since it's easy, versatile, everyone likes it, and I can do 95% of the work the day before.

Or, just make a big batch of this for the week! It's a great (and very easy) way to add protein to a salad, a nourish bowl, or a sandwich. I often make a double-batch so that we'll have plenty of leftovers for scooping onto salads the next couple days.

Let's Talk Ingredients

Here's what you'll need for this 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.

  • Chick peas
  • Tahini. I adore Seeds of Collaboration. Remember to use the code ROGUE to get 20% off!
  • Baby spinach. To add additional color! Don't try to use regular spinach or kale, since it won't break down as well and you'll be left with annoying stringy bits. Or you can omit it, but your hummus won't be as green.
  • Fresh basil
  • Fresh cilantro
  • Fresh mint
  • Olive oil. Choose something really robust and flavorful.
  • Salt and pepper
  • Pistachios. Roasted and salted are the tastiest. I like them because they're green and on-theme, but pine nuts work great too.
  • Sesame seeds. Optional, but pretty to scatter on top if you have them on-hand.
  • Sumac. Optional but totally delightful if you have it. Just a little sprinkle at the end adds lots of lemony aroma and a pretty color contrast.

Closing Thoughts

As you can see from the variety of photos above, this is one that I've made again and again and again over the past few months. We just can't get enough of it. It comes together quickly and is super useful to have on-hand, but you can also dress it up and make it feel special enough for a summer party.

You guys know I love my summer flavors, and this hummus really epitomizes that love. Why choose one summery herb when you can have them all?? Using basil, cilantro, and mint together creates such an explosion of fresh flavor and makes this hummus feel like a bowl full of summer sunshine.

Share It!

It makes me so happy to hear from you and see your creations! Please leave a comment below and let me know what you think about this recipe. If you post a photo on Instagram, hashtag #TheRogueBrusselSprout and tag me (@TheRogueBrusselSprout) in the post text so that I'm sure to see it.

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Green Goddess Hummus

Hummus goes green goddess style in this bright, fresh, herby creation. The combination of basil, cilantro, and mint together is wonderfully summery and allows this hummus to pair with a wide variety of cuisines.

Author:
Lee

Ingredients

For the Hummus

  • Two 15-oz cans of chick peas
  • 0.5 c creamy tahini
  • 1 c baby spinach
  • Large handful of fresh basil
  • Large handful of fresh cilantro
  • Small handful of fresh mint
  • Big drizzle of robust, flavorful olive oil
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • Generous grind of black pepper

For the Garnishes

  • Additional drizzle of robust, flavorful olive oil
  • Small handful of roasted salted pistachios
  • Sprinkle of sesame seeds
  • Additional basil, cilantro, and mint leaves
  • Sprinkle of flaky sea salt, like fleur de sel
  • Optional sprinkle of sumac

Instructions

  1. Drain and rinse the chick peas.
  2. In a food processor, combine all the hummus ingredients. 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.
  3. Place your hummus in a serving bowl and give it a nice swirl on top.
  4. Drizzle additional olive oil into the hummus swirl, then surround the swirl with pistachios, sesame seeds, and herb leaves. Finally, sprinkle the surface of the hummus with some additional salt and perhaps some sumac.

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LW
September 2, 2021
Wow!! Can't wait to try! Thx for the fun idea. I have so much mint in the garden that I don't know what to do with.