9 Healthy Hummus Dips Worth Making Yourself

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Creamy and spreadable, this Middle Eastern dish is a favorite tableside dip for good reason: It’s one of the few that both tastes good and is healthy. Typically made with chickpeas, lemon juice, garlic, olive oil and tahini, hummus offers a host of health benefits in addition to being delicious. Chickpeas (aka garbanzo beans) are a good source of fiber, healthy fats, protein and vitamins A and C. Mix in tahini (a creamy paste made from sesame seeds) for antioxidants as well as vitamin E to round out this healthful, addictive dip. Sure, you can buy packaged hummus, but once you have the classic hummus recipe down, you can mix up a batch in a snap that’s seasoned precisely to your liking. Whether scooped up with crunchy veggies and pita chips or used as a sandwich spread, try these hummus variations to spice up your next dinner party.

Classic Hummus

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The key components of a good hummus are texture (read: smooth and creamy) and a precarious balance of the garlic, tahini and lemon juice. There are different preferences, of course, with some leaning toward more garlic or more lemon juice, but you can always amp up either ingredient as listed in the following recipes. For this classic recipe, a touch of smoked paprika provides an earthy, sultry flavor that rounds out the mix for a rich mouthfeel. Pro Tip 1: If your hummus is looser than you would like, put it in the fridge for a couple of hours to firm up. Pro Tip 2: For a smoother, more batter-like hummus, pat dry the canned chickpeas and sprinkle with baking soda while warming them in a pan. Then rinse them while rubbing the skins off with your thumb and forefinger.

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Roasted Carrot Hummus

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The vibrant color of this hummus comes from the roasted carrots, which also adds a depth of flavor and gets a kick of heat from red chili flakes. For even more flavor, season the carrots with fresh rosemary or thyme or play around with the spices, depending on what you’re serving it with. It works nicely as a dip, but it’s even better as a spread for turkey burgers or veggie sandwiches. Depending on the carrots you’re using, the hummus might be on the thicker side, so add water in increments until you get the desired texture.

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Lemon Zing Hummus

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A finishing touch of lemon is the crucial component missing from most dishes -- it provides that necessary hit of acidity. For those who like bright citrus flavors, increasing the amount of lemon in the classic recipe offers just that. Finish with a sprinkle of smoked paprika for color and scallions for crunch and flavor, and you’ve got a dip just begging to be scooped up.

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Chipotle en Adobo Hummus

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Heat lovers, this is the recipe for you. Adding one of these dried peppers and a touch of the sweet, red sauce they’re bathing in is the best way to add heat and a subtle, smoky flavor to your hummus. While you’ll have to open an entire can for the recipe, the rest can be used in chili recipes, soups or as marinades for chicken or steak for an easy taco dinner. Or freeze them for next time. Chop up fresh chili peppers to use as a garnish and add an extra hit of heat.

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Pesto Hummus

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What do you get when you combine two addictive dips together? Pesto hummus -- aka a genius recipe that will quickly become a household mainstay. Spread on sandwiches, burgers or scoop onto salads for instant flavor and creaminess. Short on time? Buy premade pesto and stir two tablespoons into the classic recipe, tasting as needed to adjust the amount of lemon or pesto for your desired flavor.

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Feta Cheese Hummus

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Stirring feta into the hummus adds a tangy saltiness to the dish as well as gives it a creamy texture. Garnishing the dish with herbs like fresh oregano, chives or dill and some extra crumbled feta just makes sense, doesn’t it? Bulgarian feta in the brine is preferable, if you can find it, as it has a slightly stronger flavor and remains creamy and crumbly in the salted water.

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Black Bean Hummus

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The beauty of hummus is that it’s open to change and variation. Swap chickpeas for your preferred base, be it beets, carrots, black beans or a mix of these. This darkened version is great on salads or as a spread for its creaminess and added flavor. Or mix it up as a base for vegetarian tacos or burritos for more protein and fiber.

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Curry Hummus

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Full of aromatic spices, curry powder adds instant depth of flavor and a beautiful color to hummus. Serve as a dip with other Middle Eastern dishes for a spread of appetizers, or mezze, complete with tabouli, fattoush salad, baba ganoush and a creamy feta dip. Or use it to top roasted vegetables like carrots or Brussels sprouts for a snack or side dish. For extra color, sprinkle some curry powder on top and along the rim of the plate.

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Garlic and Pine Nut Hummus

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Vampires won’t stand a chance after you’ve eaten a few nibbles of this garlicky hummus. Garlic, full of health benefits, offers a strong flavor that’s balanced out by the sweet, soft flavor of pine nuts. Toast the nuts lightly in a pan until they are fragrant to use as a garnish in the center of the hummus. Use a spoon to create a well, drizzle a touch of oil and then add the nuts for extra overall oomph and flavor.

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What Do YOU Think?

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Do you like hummus? How do you like it to serve it? Which of these recipes look the best to you? Tell us in the comments!

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Creamy and spreadable, this Middle Eastern dish is a favorite tableside dip for good reason: It’s one of the few that both tastes good and is healthy. Typically made with chickpeas, lemon juice, garlic, olive oil and tahini, hummus offers a host of health benefits in addition to being delicious. Chickpeas (aka garbanzo beans) are a good source of fiber, healthy fats, protein and vitamins A and C. Mix in tahini (a creamy paste made from sesame seeds) for antioxidants as well as vitamin E to round out this healthful, addictive dip. Sure, you can buy packaged hummus, but once you have the classic hummus recipe down, you can mix up a batch in a snap that’s seasoned precisely to your liking. Whether scooped up with crunchy veggies and pita chips or used as a sandwich spread, try these hummus variations to spice up your next dinner party.

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