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Lemon Garlic Hummus



How are you doing this fine day?

I’m doing pretty good!

Well… honestly… I’m struggling. Struggling with words to describe this hummus. This hummus is good. Really. Really. Good.

Ways I like to eat hummus:

  • With crackers (wheat thins, triscuits, pretzels, basically any cracker will do.)
  • With pita chips (of course)
  • In sandwiches
  • With flat bread
  • I dip olives in hummus… yes, you read that correctly…
  • In a quesadilla, with cheddar cheese and onions… its awesome. you should try it.
  • Sometimes after I make hummus I like to throw 1/2 cup or so of garbanzo beans for added crunch and texture.
  • On occasion, I eat it with veggies to make me feel healthy 🙂

If you haven’t noticed by now, my husband and I are big hummus fans. Huge!

I like basic hummus… but my husband… he comes home with all sorts of flavors.

We’ve had green onion hummus, jalapeno, spicy, horseradish, eggplant, you name it , we’ve had it in our fridge.

Some of them weren’t bad, but the horseradish… gross!

I never use to be picky about my hummus until one day… one day I got a taste of the good stuff. My dear friend from Jordan had been telling me for weeks she would make me hummus. One day she was kind enough to bring me a batch. IT. WAS. DELICIOUS. The flavors were simple… and perfect.

The key ingredient…. LEMON. You will need one or two of these.


You’ll need a 16 oz can of garbanzo beans, rinsed and drained.


1/4 cup olive oil

A couple cloves of garlic


And tahini


Plus some water and kosher salt.


This hummus is simple, incredible, creamy, and delicious!


  • 1 – 16 oz can garbanzo beans drained and rinsed
  • Juice of one large lemon or more depending on your taste
  • Two cloves garlic (crushed)
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup tahini
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 cup or more of water

Throw all ingredients except the water in a food processor or blender. Blend until nice and smooth. Be sure to scrape down the sides. Slowly add the water in and continue to blend until creamy. I end up using about 1/2 of water to get the creamy consistency I like.

Place hummus in serving dish or air tight container, drizzle with a bit of olive oil on top. ENJOY!!


Question of the Day?

What’s your favorite way to eat hummus? You know my answer 🙂

26 Responses

  1. Jessica said on January 14, 2010 at 9:52 am

    Never made my own – totally going to make this!! 🙂

  2. Heather @ The Joyful Kitchen said on January 14, 2010 at 10:40 am

    i like basically the same recipe, but roast the garlic first! sooo good, and the roasting process brings out a little bit of sweetness too 🙂 it’s also good with a little pico de gallo on top!

    my husband recently discovered a love of flavorful hummus, so i WILL be making this for him soon!

  3. Alyson said on January 14, 2010 at 10:52 am

    I made my own hummus for the 1st time right after my fitness competition because I’d been craving it like crazy (what a funny, but fantastically healthy thing to crave). It was a Pumpkin Hummus and it turned out soooo good! My favorite way to eat it is with Kabocha Squash slices.. yummmm 🙂

  4. Beth at DiningAndDishing said on January 14, 2010 at 11:20 am

    that hummus looks so good!! i love a big blob of hummus on a salad. yum!!

  5. Anna@ Newlywed, Newly Veg said on January 14, 2010 at 11:25 am

    I’m a huge hummus fan! Looks like a great classic recipe– thanks for sharing!

  6. Anne @ the doctor takes a wife said on January 14, 2010 at 11:53 am

    isn’t it awful, I just can’t get into hummus!! My husband bought some, but I just couldn’t figure out a way to eat it that I liked 🙁

  7. Jenna @ Health and Happiness said on January 14, 2010 at 12:33 pm

    Oh gosh I love hummus. I have made dill, cilantro, roasted red pepper, and spanish olive, but never lemon garlic, which are two of my favorite flavors actually! Can’t wait to give this a try, I put hummus on almost everything!

  8. Mommy RD said on January 14, 2010 at 12:53 pm

    For some reason I don’t get the appeal of hummus. I like it alright, just don’t go out of my way for it. That said, I do enjoy it as a sandwich spread.

    I usually make my own, as my husband loves it. I’m going to give your recipe a try.

  9. Casey @SpicyandSweet said on January 14, 2010 at 12:53 pm

    Oooh…that looks SO yummy!!!

  10. Pilar said on January 14, 2010 at 1:23 pm

    My sweetie makes hummus all the time and I have never loved hummus so much as when he makes it. He likes to put fresh herbs in his (hello: basil! it’s incredible), but otherwise uses basically the same recipe as yours! yummmmmmie.

  11. katie said on January 14, 2010 at 2:03 pm

    yumm girl! i love hummus! LOVE it for dippage..i dont like it as much on wraps bc i cant taste it as well!

  12. Shannon (The Daily Balance) said on January 14, 2010 at 2:10 pm

    you little tease. my mouth is now watering, thanks a lot! 😉

    this looks fantastic and your photos are so stunning!

  13. Emily (A Nutritionist Eats) said on January 14, 2010 at 2:52 pm

    I just had hummus, veggies and pita for lunch! Except my last batch was a little dry, yours looks great!…I always make my own – I can’t even eat store hummus anymore! My recipe is very similar to yours as well – lots of lemon is key! Love the top picture by the way!

  14. Lu said on January 14, 2010 at 2:56 pm

    I love hummus. I remember the first time I had it. I happened upon it in my mom’s fridge and I tasted it. Homemade deliciousness. I ended up eating a serving of it all on its own. All of the flavors were so right. Now I ask for it as comfort food. And…I need a ton of comforting sometimes.

  15. Janna (Just Flourishing) said on January 14, 2010 at 3:06 pm

    Love lemony hummus. I should really try making my own.

    How long does it last in the fridge?

    My favorite way to eat hummus is in a “crack wrap”. Melt cheese in a whole weat pita and then spread on the hummus. So additing and delicious!

  16. The Candid RD said on January 14, 2010 at 3:12 pm

    Yep, I’m going to make this soon. I only wish I didn’t have IBS…as I don’t do well with beans. But, that’s the good thing about hummus, it’s not JUST beans, and it’s meant to be eaten in small amounts, which I can handle. Thanks for the recipe, my Magic Bullet will be put to work soon.
    I like dipping fresh veggies in hummus, anything form carrots to cucumbers! I also like it with wraps. Yum.

  17. Whitney @ Lettuce Love said on January 14, 2010 at 3:20 pm

    Hummus is the best. I love when there is a ton of olive oil and garlic mmmmm

  18. Kelly said on January 14, 2010 at 5:32 pm

    Love this recipe! I have never made my own hummus before…I should start!

  19. Danielle (Coffee Run) said on January 14, 2010 at 8:30 pm

    I love hummus; especially with tons of garlic 🙂
    My favorite way to eat it would be with crackers

  20. Nicole said on January 14, 2010 at 9:56 pm

    SO saving that recipe! Thank you! It looks wonderful! I love to eat hummus on raw carrots best!

  21. Total Fit Girl said on January 14, 2010 at 11:01 pm

    That look so good! I tried making hummus without a recipe once and it was a disaster – I’m def going to try your recipe! I like hummus with carrots and pita chips!

  22. Jenn ( said on January 15, 2010 at 5:45 am

    I seem to eat hummus with everything these days, that looks so good! I really need to try to make some of my own instead of buying it pre-made. 🙂


  23. Joanna Sutter (Fitness & Spice) said on January 15, 2010 at 6:35 am

    Lucky for me I have everything in the house to make your recipe sans the pita but I just like to eat hummus with a spoon so I’m good to go! Thanks!

  24. Diana @ frontyardfoodie said on January 15, 2010 at 11:09 am

    haha that’s awesome! Funny but that’s actually my recipe for homemade hummus already! I don’t really use tahini but I’ve been thinking about it lately since my grocery store finally started carrying it.

  25. Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen) said on January 18, 2010 at 12:15 pm

    I love lemon and garlic in my hummus! That is the way I make it too!

  26. Morgan @ Healthy Happy Place said on January 18, 2010 at 9:55 pm

    New reader here!
    I always buy store bought hummus but now that I have a new fancy food processor I’m eager to make some from scratch! i’m going to use your recipe very soon!