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BEST Classic Hummus

Sharon Palmer

This hummus, starring nutrient-rich chickpeas, is a staple of my healthy, plant-based kitchen. Providing a rich, tasty source of plant protein, hummus offers unlimited versatility: Use this classic hummus as an appetizer dip with whole grain pita bread and vegetables, spread it on sandwiches, and dollop it over salads and grains.

Learn how to make this hummus with this recipe video here.

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BEST Classic Hummus

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  • Author: The Plant-Powered Dietitian
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 9 minutes
  • Yield: 8 servings 1x
  • Diet: Vegan


Make the BEST ever classic hummus (vegan and gluten-free) with only four ingredients in 10 minutes—the perfect, healthy addition to crackers, veggies, sandwiches, pita and falafels.




  1. Drain the chickpeas, reserving the liquid. Put the beans into a blender or food processor.
  2. Add the garlic, lemon juice, tahini, black pepper, and olive oil, as well as about half of the reserved bean liquid.
  3. Puree the bean mixture, adding additional bean liquid as necessary to produce a smooth, very thick, creamy dip.
  4. Pour the bean dip into a serving dish and garnish with a drizzle of olive oil and sprinkle of black pepper. If not serving immediately, store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.
  5. Makes 2 cups (about 8 servings)


To serve hummus as an appetizer, place a small serving dish of garnished hummus in the center of a platter. Arrange triangles of whole wheat pita bread and pieces of fresh raw vegetables, such as carrots, celery, bell peppers, mushrooms, asparagus, broccoli, and snow peas, on the platter.

  • Category: Dip
  • Cuisine: Mediterranean


  • Serving Size: 1/4 cup
  • Calories: 89
  • Sodium: 160 mg
  • Fat: 3 g
  • Saturated Fat: 0 g
  • Carbohydrates: 13 g
  • Fiber: 3 g
  • Protein: 3 g

Keywords: vegan hummus, healthy hummus, hummus

For more plant-based hummus recipes, check out some of my favorites:

Beet White Bean Hummus
Tomato Pesto Hummus
Cranberry Jalapeno Hummus

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