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Authentic Hummus

This is a traditional Middle Eastern Hummus dip; it is a blend of garbanzo beans, garlic, olive oil, and tahini. A great dip for a party or picnic. Who doesn't enjoy delicious hummus? The other great thing about this dip is that it is dairy-free and gluten-free too.
Course Appetizer, Side Dish, Snack
Cuisine gluten-free, Mediterranean, vegan, vegetarian
Keyword chickpeas, Gluten-free, hummus, Vegan, vegetarian
Author Diana Herrington


  • 2 cups cooked chickpeas
  • 3 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 Tbsp light tahini
  • 1/2 Tbsp lemon juice from half a lemon plus more to taste
  • 1 small clove garlic
  • 1/2 tsp ground cumin
  • paprika to taste
  • Himalayan salt to taste


  • First cook your dry chickpeas as in the recipe How To Cook Beans and Lentils To Prevent Gas
  • Drain the chickpeas, save some of the water to use later. Keep a few chickpeas aside for a garnish.
  • Roughly chop the garlic.
  • Put all of the ingredients in a blender or better is a food processor.  You can add some of the saved water if it needs it for blending.
  • Blend until it is very smooth which will be 1 to 3 minutes. You may need to scrape the inside of the blender to blend large chunks.
  • Taste to see if this is the hummus you enjoy. You can add more lemon juice or olive oil to make the hummus creamier.
  • Put the hummus into a bowl, drizzle a little olive oil, sprinkle with paprika and cilantro leaves. Or garnish with few chickpeas or olives.
  • Serve the hummus with pita chips or raw vegetables. It will keep for up to a week in a sealed container in the refrigerator.


I use only healthy ingredients for this recipe: chickpeas, olive oil, tahini, lemon, garlic, Paprika, Salt.

First cook your dry chickpeas using this recipe: How To Cook Beans and Lentils To Prevent Gas
Hummus Variations:
  • Cook your own chickpeas from scratch.
  • Add more cumin for more flavour.
  • For a lemony hummus, add more lemon juice.
  • Make an olive hummus, mix in 1/2 cup of chopped green or black olives.
  • Create a nutty hummus by blending in some walnuts or pine nuts.
If time and patience allow, pinch the skins from each of the chickpeas; this will make your hummus smoother. I never do it as it does not make it taste any different and for me, it is all about taste.
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