Beyond the Dip: Cooking with Hummus

Twenty years ago, hummus was largely unknown in American households. Today, it’s estimated that 25 percent of homes now have hummus in the fridge. Traditionally made with chickpeas, hummus varieties include edamame, white bean or lentil and can range in flavor from lemon to artichoke. It’s full of protein and fiber to help keep you full. You might know hummus as a healthy dip for your vegetables and chips, but did you know that there are other ways to use the humble chickpea spread?

Move beyond the hummus dip platters with these five ways to get cooking with hummus!

1. Sauces & Salad Dressing

Hummus has a strong, garlicky taste and a creamy base that goes especially well in sauces and salad dressings. Blend together two parts hummus with one part vegetable stock and toss with your favorite pasta for a different twist on traditional pasta dishes. To make a hummus-based salad dressing, simply dilute hummus with an oil like olive oil or water and an acid like lemon juice or vinegar. Add a dash of salt and pepper and whisk together until it’s the consistency of a creamy-style dressing.

Here are some recipes to try:

Beyond the Dip: Cooking with Hummus

2. Substitute for Mayonnaise or Sour Cream

The tangy flavor of hummus makes it the perfect substitute for recipes that call for creamy mayonnaise-based spreads such as on sandwiches, veggie burgers, pitas or wraps. Hummus can also be used as the creamy element in potato or macaroni salads. Try a dollop or two on top of a warm baked potato, or as a healthier alternative for sour cream blended in mashed potatoes.

3. Spreads & Crusts

The bold flavor of hummus is enhanced when it is baked. Replace typical tomato-based sauces on pizzas or flatbreads with a layer of rich, creamy hummus, top with your favorite vegetables, and bake to perfection. Hummus also makes the perfect crust. Simply add a nice layer of hummus on top of tofu or tempeh cutlets and bake until golden and delicious. The hummus will add a lovely soft crust on the outside, while keeping the hummus soft and delicious on the inside.

Recipes to Try:

4. Soups

Hummus in soup might sound strange at first, but don’t let the idea stop you from adding a tablespoon or two of hummus to your next pot of soup. It adds a rich, creaminess to soups and stews without adding cream. Hummus soups are perfect for colder months when you’re craving a warm bowl of soup with a big nutty, garlicky punch.

Warm up with these soup recipes:

Beyond the Dip: Cooking with HummusPhoto: A Virtual Vegan

5. Desserts

Chickpeas and chocolate? Yes! Dessert might very well be the last place you’d expect to see hummus listed as an ingredient, but hummus actually lends itself well to both baked and creamy desserts. Beans have become the go-to secret ingredient that adds protein and fiber to baked goods and pudding-type desserts alike. Hummus can even be whirled into a delicious creamy non-dairy ice cream!

Here are a few sweet hummus recipes that’ll make anyone a dessert hummus believer!

 Have you cooked with hummus before? Let’s talk all things hummus in the comments!

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