Herb Hummus - the perfect recipe (2024)

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Herb hummus is the perfect hummus recipe!! This addictively good hummus has two "secret ingredients" that take it over the top!

And I don't say that lightly.

I am somewhat of a hummus officionado, having first tried it years ago in a Vegetarian cooking class and found it's earthy and slightly tart taste addictive. I frequently order it as an appetizer. Sometimes it's good and sometimes, well, it would probably work better as wallpaper paste.

So, last week my cousin and I met for lunch - I was eager to try a relatively new restaurant in our area - True Food Kitchen. This "green" restaurant focuses on fresh, local and sustainable food choices and the menu is based upon Dr. Weil's anti - inflammatory diet. Since my cousin has some food allergies I knew that the menu would offer her plenty of dishes to choose from.

We weren't disappointed. In fact, everything on the menu was appealing - as was every dish I saw coming out of the kitchen. Deciding on what to order is definitely a challenge when what you really want is one of one of everything!

Naturally, we started off with the herb hummus.. but this, my friends in no ordinary hummus.

No, It is the best hummus I've ever had.


Creamy, tart and spicy with just a touch of sweet and salty it hits all your taste receptors with the perfect balance. Paired with warm pita bread I could have happily made a meal just on that.

But of course, I didn't.

Each of us ordered a salad and they were equally delicious - and so it looks like I will be returning to True Food Kitchen soon because I still want "one of everything"!!

Lucky for you (and definitely for me) the recipe for this perfect hummus can be found on Dr. Weil's site and I have included it here as well - you know, just to tide you over until a True Food Kitchen opens in your neighborhood.

Note: I was not paid to write this and although I don't typically do "restaurant reviews" I enjoyed my experience so much (to say nothing of the hummus!!) I just had to share it here at the Table!!


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Herb Hummus – the perfect recipe

Herb hummus is the perfect hummus recipe!! This addictively good hummus has two "secret ingredients" that take it over the top!

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Course: Appetizer

Cuisine: Middle Eastern

Prep Time: 15 minutes minutes

Total Time: 15 minutes minutes

Servings: 4

Calories: 1722kcal

Author: Nancy Buchanan


  • 4 cups cooked chickpeas
  • ¼ cup tahini paste
  • ¼ cup fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tsp. ground cumin
  • cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tsp. chopped fresh jalapeno
  • ½ bunch cilantro chopped
  • 1 tsp. chopped garlic
  • 1 Tbsp. agave nectar
  • 1 Tbsp. salt
  • Topping:
  • ¼ cup liced kalamata olives optional
  • ¼ cup diced fresh tomatoes optional
  • ¼ red onion peeled and thinly sliced (optional)
  • Pita bread whole wheat crackers and/or vegetables for dipping


  • Place the chickpeas, tahini and lemon juice in bowl of a food processor and process until smooth. Add the remaining ingredients and process until the mixture is smooth. Taste and adjust seasonings. Garnish with the kalamata olives, tomatoes and red onion if desired


Calories: 1722kcal | Carbohydrates: 126g | Protein: 45g | Fat: 123g | Saturated Fat: 16g | Cholesterol: 0mg | Sodium: 8113mg | Potassium: 1499mg | Fiber: 34g | Sugar: 14g | Vitamin A: 725IU | Vitamin C: 40.7mg | Calcium: 378mg | Iron: 14.4mg

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Reader Interactions


  1. Medifast Coupons says

    Lovely hummus recipe, look forward to trying your recipe, thanks for sharing.


  2. Gaby says

    Hummus is my all time fav! Can't wait to try this one 🙂


  3. marla {family fresh cooking} says

    Nancy, I will take your word for it. This hummus does sound amazing and I had no idea that restaurant was based off of Dr. Weil. Must try it out soon.


    • Nancy says

      Hi Marla!!

      We should get a group together and meet there for lunch - it is so good!!!


  4. Priscilla - She's Cookin' says

    True Food Kitchen - say no more! How great that they had the recipe on Andrew Weil's website for you to share with us. Love the ambiance, the food, and the scene at TFK!


  5. Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen says

    I've never heard of that place before, but if I'm ever in the are I'll have to check it out, I'm a big fan of Dr. Weil. Until then I'll be trying out this lovely recipe, thank you.


  6. Amanda says

    That restaurant sounds wonderful!! What a neat recipe and site!


  7. the urban baker says

    I, too, love hummus. I love that you are posting and giving insight into this very healthy snack!


  8. Allison [Haute Box] says

    Hummus is one of my fave dips. Reminds me of childhood.


  9. paul jennette says

    Perfect, I love making homemade Hummus! I haven't done so in years, thanks for the inspiration!!


    • Nancy says

      Hi Paul!!

      This one is definitely worth making - but I warn you, it's addictive!!


  10. Lynne @ CookandBeMerry says

    Hi Nancy! It was great seeing you at the FBLA meeting last Saturday. Your salad was so beautiful and tasted delicious. I loved all the red ingredients.


    • Nancy says

      Hi Lynne,

      So glad that you liked the salad - I'll be posting the recipe soon!!!


  11. Ben says

    Herb Hummus - the perfect recipe (8)
    That looks delicious and so pretty! I love your blog 🙂


    • Nancy says

      Hi Ben!!

      I am so glad that you stopped by!! I hope you enjoy the hummus!!


  12. Magic of Spice says

    Herb Hummus - the perfect recipe (9)
    I love hummus and this sounds like a wonderful place, will have to check it out...


  13. Diane {createdbydiane.blogspot.com} says

    Herb Hummus - the perfect recipe (10)
    mmm...delicious, I love hummus. Great presentation.


    • Nancy says

      Thanks Diane!! This hummus is really addictive - I've been having it every day for lunch and I'm still not tired of it!!


  14. Kim says

    Herb Hummus - the perfect recipe (11)
    Agree that hummus can be hit or miss - this one looks like a hit! Let's get a group to go there for lunch!


    P.S. Beautiful colors in your photos!


  15. Vicky says

    Herb Hummus - the perfect recipe (12)
    I love hummus and this sounds delicious with the addition of all the extra ingredients! Think honey would work in place of agave?


    • Nancy says

      Hi Vicky!

      Yes, honey would be a terrific substitution!! Although it seems strange to add something sweet to something that is savory, it really works - I was amazed when I tried it!!


  16. julie senchak says

    Herb Hummus - the perfect recipe (13)
    By far the BEST humus I've ever eaten/made/devoured!


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Herb Hummus - the perfect recipe (2024)


What to add to hummus to make it better? ›

Next, enhance the blank slate of flavor with a few squeezes of lemon juice, a sprinkling of garlic salt, a turn of freshly cracked pepper, a heavy-handed sprinkle of paprika, and a generous drizzle of your nicest olive oil. Bonus points if you have an herby olive oil on hand with a little color to it.

Why doesn't my homemade hummus taste good? ›

Watch the Salt

It's a simple fix, but a little salt is often the answer to the question "How can I make my hummus taste better?" On the flipside, if you end up with over salted hummus, make a quick second batch, unsalted, and combine the two batches, adjusting the seasoning as needed.

Why do you put baking soda in hummus? ›

Baking soda: Adding baking soda to the chickpeas helps make the legume easier to digest, softer, and makes them easy to peel. Don't skip this ingredient! Lemon juice: I never suggest using pre-bottled lemon juice, but I especially urge you not to in homemade hummus.

Why do you put ice water in hummus? ›

Adding ice cold water to a tahini-based sauce is an important step because it makes for a super fluffy end product. Using ice cold water lightens the color of tahini, creating a hummus that is light and fresh looking. We recommend adding the ice water before adding in the cooked chickpeas.

How do you spice up bland hummus? ›

A simple touch of fresh chopped green onions, chives, parsley, rosemary or dill is another brilliant way to add more flavor to your hummus.

Is cumin necessary in hummus? ›

But this dip is also flexible: cumin and pimentón are optional, as are herbs or blends like za'atar.

Why does sabra hummus taste bad? ›

It tastes bad - the amount of lemon and tahini is off. It has preservatives and it has ingredients that are unnecessary (like salt), it uses soy bean oil, and other stuff like locust bean gum that I'm guessing is added for a smoother texture.

What can I use instead of tahini in hummus? ›

If you feel adventurous, try replacing the tahini with an equal amount of peanut butter, sunflower seed butter, Greek yogurt, chopped roasted peppers, pitted olives, roasted beets, steamed sweet potato, avocado, or thawed frozen peas, to name just a few possibilities.

Why is my homemade hummus bland? ›

As I'm sure you're aware, chickpeas don't have a lot of flavour to them, so they need some pretty punchy ingredients to make it what it is. Yes, adding things like cumin or paprika will make it more interesting, but at the end of the day, if there isn't enough salt and lemon (acid), it will taste bland and insipid.

Should you peel chickpeas for hummus? ›

skins will make your hummus much creamier and. rich.

Why does hummus need lemon? ›

I'll see if I have some white vinegar. Not sure if I have that either... Lemon is vital to make traditional hummus, although commercial hummus producers sometimes just use citric acid to get the tartness exactly right because lemon juice acidity is variable. Without the acid, you're basically making bean dip.

Why does hummus need tahini? ›

Does hummus need tahini? You bet! In fact, tahini is one of hummus' main ingredients, along with chickpeas and olive oil. That's why our favorite dip can be so rich and delicious—in hummus, tahini adds smoothness to the texture, as well as a wide variety of vitamins and minerals.

What thickens hummus? ›

If , for some reason, you ended up using more liquid than you should have or if you still want a thicker consistency, you can add a bit more tahini. And if you chill the hummus for an hour or so before adding any garnish, that should help as well.

What can I add to hummus to add flavor? ›

You can blend with pesto, roasted red peppers, chipotle tabasco or even avocado or guacamole. Drizzle with pine nuts, olive oil, parsley or cilantro for a beautiful mediterranean style presentation.

Why does my homemade hummus taste bland? ›

As I'm sure you're aware, chickpeas don't have a lot of flavour to them, so they need some pretty punchy ingredients to make it what it is. Yes, adding things like cumin or paprika will make it more interesting, but at the end of the day, if there isn't enough salt and lemon (acid), it will taste bland and insipid.

What is the best way to eat hummus with? ›

What to eat with hummus
  1. Sandwiches/wraps. The creamy nature of hummus means that it is an excellent spread for most sandwiches and wraps. ...
  2. Dip for veggies. ...
  3. Pita bread. ...
  4. Chips. ...
  5. Creamy hummus pasta. ...
  6. Mix into mashed potatoes. ...
  7. Falafel. ...
  8. On pizza.

What is the healthiest way to eat hummus? ›

“Get creative with different veggies—sliced peppers, jicama, radish slices, celery, cherry tomatoes, snap peas, cucumbers, cauliflower, and broccoli florets are all great ways to change up what you dip into hummus,” Michalczyk says. You'll get a great crunch and tons of nutrition.


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