Classic Hummus

Make this classic Middle Eastern dip with a collection of everyday ingredients. You can throw it together in just 10 minutes!


16 servings


1 (15 ounce) can chick peas (garbanzo beans), drained, reserving 1/3 cup
3 tablespoons lemon juice
1/2 cup sesame seed
1 garlic clove, crushed
1 teaspoon salt
chopped fresh parsley
pita bread wedges, crackers or raw vegetables, for dipping, if desired


Place beans, reserved bean liquid, lemon juice, sesame seed, garlic and salt in blender or food processor. Cover and blend on high speed, stopping blender occasionally to scrape sides if necessary, until uniform consistency.

Spoon dip into serving dish. Sprinkle with parsley. Serve with pita bread wedges.

Estimated Time

Preparation/Total Time: 10 minutes

Additional Information

This great-tasting cocktail dip began to show up at parties in the 1970s, perhaps spurred by the growing vegetarian movement or by American travels to the Middle East.

Serve this melt-in-your-mouth dip like they do in Turkey. Make an indent in the middle of the bowl of hummus, and spoon in 1 to 2 tablespoons of olive oil.

Nutritional Information

1 Serving (1 Serving): Calories 70 (Calories from Fat 25), Total Fat 3 g (Saturated Fat 0 g); Cholesterol 0 mg; Sodium 190 mg; Total Carbohydrate 8 g (Dietary Fiber 2 g); Protein 4 g; Exchanges: 2 Vegetable; 1/2 Fat

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