Hummus is an extremely versatile spread that can be enjoyed in many different ways and it’s incredibly easy to prepare. All you need to do is blend some chickpeas, garlic, tahini, lemon juice and olive oil in a food processor until a thick, creamy paste has formed.
In this blog post, we’ve prepared a list of some amazing ways to enjoy hummus and a few tips on how to serve it so it looks just as appetizing as it tastes.
What to Eat with Hummus
Fruit and Vegetables
If you’re trying to eat healthily but can’t convince yourself to eat vegetables as they are, you can try pairing them with hummus and turn an otherwise boring meal into something you wouldn’t want to say no to. The vegetables can be anything from sliced peppers, radish, celery, cucumbers to broccoli florets and cauliflower.
If you enjoy eating apple slices with peanut butter, you should definitely try them with hummus. It makes for the most delicious pairing of sweet and savory flavors that’s incredibly difficult to resist.
Chips and Bread
There’s nothing wrong with enjoying hummus the traditional way. Chips and bread are the perfect vehicles for hummus and add the much-needed crunch to supplement the creaminess of the spread.
- Rice Crackers
- Bagel chips
- Potato Chips
- Tortilla chips
Ways to Use Hummus besides Dip
1. Salad Dressing
Instead of drenching your salads in the same old oils and sauces, you can make it thick and creamy by using hummus as a salad dressing.
If the consistency is too thick for your liking, you can try thinning out your hummus with a little bit of olive oil and water until it gets to the consistency of a creamy salad dressing. Sprinkle it with salt and pepper to taste before mixing into your salad.
You can also toss it into a big bowl of your favorite pasta salad. I’d suggest using cold hummus from the fridge to make sure the cooked pasta can cool down a lot quicker.
2. Sandwich Spread
Instead of using mayonnaise as a spread in your sandwiches and wraps, it’s time you tried something new. Hummus can be the perfect addition to your favorite turkey sandwich as the nutty flavors are known to work surprisingly well with turkey slices.
3. Pizza Sauce
There are truly no rules you need to follow when it comes to pizza toppings. If you love hummus and are always looking for new ways to enjoy it, you should try using it as a pizza sauce.
All you need to do is spread some creamy hummus instead of marinara sauce over a pizza crust and top it with fresh vegetables like bell peppers, spinach, and cucumbers. You can even sprinkle some feta cheese on top.
You can also use hummus as a marinade on fish, chicken, and even vegetables to give them a boost of flavor. Simply marinate your meat or vegetables in hummus before cooking them.
How to Serve Hummus
Instead of serving your hummus as it is in a bowl, you can adorn it with your choice of toppings to make it look just as delicious as it tastes. Let’s take a look at some tips on how to serve hummus.
- Spread it in a shallow bowl and use the back of a spoon to flatten it. Try to create the shape of a circle. Use the tip of the spoon to make swirls on the surface while rotating the plate in the opposite direction. This will give hummus the look of a frosting.
- Drizzle a generous amount of extra virgin olive oil over the swirls in the hummus and sprinkle some paprika on top to give it a beautiful hint of color.
- You can also add some chopped parsley, diced pickles, or a little bit of jarred caponata on top to make it look all the more irresistible.
Now that you’ve learned all the different ways you can enjoy hummus, there’s truly nothing stopping you from getting out of your comfort zone and making hummus a regular part of your diet.
You can pair it with falafel or crackers, mix it into your salad and pasta dishes, and even use it as a pizza sauce, the possibilities are endless. Don’t forget to add your choice of spices or herbs on top to give it a pop of color before serving.