The Many, Many Ways to Love Hummus


A staple of Middle Eastern cuisine, hummus is creamy, endlessly customizable and packed with nutrients, including healthy fats, fiber and protein. If you love hummus already, there are countless tasty new iterations you can try. And if you’re still a hummus holdout, please have a read — I hope to sway your opinion.

Craft Your Favorite Hummus
If you’re completely new to hummus and want to get a sense of what the traditional flavor tastes like, start with a base recipe such as Ina Garten’s Hummus (it only takes 10 minutes to prepare).

There’s also Alton Brown’s Hummus for Real, which is made with the traditional sesame paste, tahini.

If you don’t have access to tahini, this Hummus Dip is a similar recipe that uses sesame oil instead.


Make a Spin-Off Hummus

With the base in place, you can add a range of ingredients to transform the flavor of the hummus: roasted garlic, rosemary or thyme, za’atar, sun-dried tomatoes, olives, chipotle chiles, pesto or Sriracha. Experiment and enjoy!

While the chickpea is the traditional bean of choice as the base for hummus, modern-day cooks tweak the recipe with different types of beans and …read more