Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Homemade Hummus

This April Janetha who blogs over at Meals & Moves challenged her readers to "Be Adventurous". It was dubbed Adventurous April and I vowed to try something new.
We are over halfway through April, however I am happy to say that I found my "adventure".  I made homemade hummus. And it was FANTASTIC!

Kyle & I went to our favorite healthy, casual restaurant, Greens & Grille on Saturday night.  They are known for fabulous, fresh salads. I had a salmon salad with caramelized onions, peas, tomatoes, sunflower seeds, and blue cheese.
I also happen to think that they have the best hummus around.  It has a bright lemony flavor and a thick texture.  The texture of their hummus is totally different from grocery store hummus.  It's so much better.

I'd asked the cashier if they made their hummus in house and she said that they did.  At first I was bummed, because I couldn't just go buy it.  However, it ignited the adventurer within me and I decided to finally make my own homemade hummus.
I followed a recipe from Tosca Reno's "Eat Clean Diet" book. The only change I made was to add more lemon juice and lemon zest.
I wouldn't say the hummus was "easy" to make.  I have a mini food processor and it took a good 10 minutes to get the consistency right.  I would give the recipe an effort ranking of "moderate" and a taste rating of "dynamite". Kyle and I gobbled up 1/2 of the hummus with carrots and rice chips.

It's a recipe I will be experimenting with and trying again. Kyle was very impressed with how close I came to the Greens & Grille flavor.
Are you ready for some adventure?  How 'bout hummus?

Clean Eating Hummus
Adapted from the Eat Clean Diet

  • 1 1/2 cups chickpeas/Garbanzo beans drained and rinsed
  • 2 cloves garlic (roughly chop so it's easier on the food processor)
  • 1/3 cup Tahini
  • Zest of 1 lemon
  • Juice of 1 lemon + additional lemon juice to achieve desired consistency
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tablespoon EVOO
  • Add all ingredients until combined in a food processor.  The hummus should be well combined, but still chunky.
  • Add additional lemon juice or EVOO to achieve desired consistency.
Can you spot the "intruder"?
Do you make homemade hummus? What's your favorite type?

Edited: my friend Lindsay has a great post and video about how to make hummus if you want more direction.  Check it out here.
Love and adventure,
Carissa & Kyle


  1. I need to git creative with my hummus making!

    I'm in a hummusRUT :-)

  2. good work girl! i make hummus at home all the time. so good!

    1. Thanks! I just added your video link to the post!!!

  3. I always make my own hummus because I hate store bought for some reason. I think its because I dislike tahini! Great job on your adventure!

  4. hmmm, I LOVE homemade hummus. Once I learned how cheap it was to make, I wasn't ever able to go back to store-bought. Some things I learned are 1.) if you cook onions and garlic first in a saute pan, and stick it in the food processor before the beans, it's super yummy; 2.) Really rinsing the beans helped a lot too, because gunk stays on the beans and can make it harder for the beans to break apart and gives it a weird texture. 3.) the variations can be sooo fun! I'm a big fan of roasting red pepper and sticking it into the hummus. artichoke hearts are pretty yumz too. happy mashing! :)

  5. also, using different beans are exciting too. I'm a fan of black bean dip and also black eyed peas hummus.

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