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the best hummus recipe

Easy Hummus Recipe

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  • Author: Sylvia Fountaine| Feasting at Home
  • Prep Time: 10
  • Total Time: 10
  • Yield: 2 cups 1x
  • Category: appetizers, vegan, dip
  • Method: blended
  • Cuisine: Middle Eastern
  • Diet: Vegan


Learn how to make the best authentic hummus—creamy, flavorful, and ultra-smooth. Serve with pita bread & veggies for an easy, healthy 15-minute appetizer! Vegan.


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  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 1/23/4 cup tahini paste (See notes. Make sure it tastes fresh, not bitter or rancid.)
  • 23 garlic cloves
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup ice cold water, more to the desired consistency
  • 1 teaspoon salt, more to taste
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper (I love white pepper here, up to you)
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 1/2 cups cooked chickpeas (canned: rinse and drain)


  1. Place lemon juice, garlic cloves, tahini paste,olive oil and water in a food processor, and whip this up until creamy.
  2. Add the salt, pepper, cumin, chickpeas and blend until really smooth. Add more cold water, a tablespoon at a time, until it is the consistency you like, and blend for 3 more minutes.
  3. Taste and adjust salt and lemon. Add any optional additions you like.
  4. To serve, spoon the hummus into a wide, shallow bowl or onto a plate or platter, using the back of your spoon to create a “well” for the olive oil (or other sauces). Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with Za’atar. 


If using dried chickpeas, soak 1/2 cup chickpeas in cold water (for 8-24 hours), then cook them in salted water until extra tender. Cool, then follow instructions. I always make a double batch if going with dried chickpeas and cook these ahead.

Tahini Paste. In winter I use 3/4  cup tahini for a richer, creamier version. In summer, I use a 1/2 cup. Most recipes out there call for a 1/4 cup- do as you like.  I prefer hummus that is “heavier” on the tahini, because I love the taste of it and this is how I grew up eating it. Truly authentic.  If you go with a 1/4 cup tahini- you will most likely need less garlic and less water. Taste as you go. 🙂

A TIP on Sauces: Sometimes like in the photos above, I’ll “loosen up” a sauce (like harissa paste, gremolata, or zhoug, etc) by adding extra olive oil to it. Then I’ll put it in a squeezy bottle and drizzle it around the hummus. An extra burst of flavor!

Optional Additions: See post body for creative ideas.


  • Serving Size: ¼ cup
  • Calories: 198
  • Sugar: 1.6 g
  • Sodium: 376.4 mg
  • Fat: 15.9 g
  • Saturated Fat: 2.2 g
  • Carbohydrates: 11.5 g
  • Fiber: 3.5 g
  • Protein: 4.9 g
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg