An easy-to-make, light and zesty Mediterranean-flavored hummus. A hit with my friends and family, this is great as an appetizer, side dish, or versatile dip for veggies, pita or chips.

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Ingredients

8
Original recipe yields 8 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Place garbanzo beans, olives, and garlic into the bowl of a blender or food processor. Pour in olive oil and lemon juice; season with basil, cilantro, salt, and pepper. Cover and puree until smooth. Hummus can be served immediately, or covered, and stored in the refrigerator until ready to use.

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Nutrition Facts

121.6 calories; 2.8 g protein; 13.3 g carbohydrates; 0 mg cholesterol; 295 mg sodium. Full Nutrition

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 4 stars
09/30/2007
Simple and tasty. Be careful on the seasoning. Between the olives and about 1/2 teaspoon of salt it had plenty! 1/4 teaspoon might be a good place to start. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 2 stars
07/02/2011
Not impressed. Not sure what I did wrong I made it exactly to the recipe but I was underwhelmed. Don't find it "zesty" or "light". Maybe add'l lemon juice or some cayenne pepper would help things. Consistency was thick and it lacked pizazz for me.:( Read More
(4)
161 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 109
  • 4 star values: 46
  • 3 star values: 2
  • 2 star values: 3
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 4 stars
09/30/2007
Simple and tasty. Be careful on the seasoning. Between the olives and about 1/2 teaspoon of salt it had plenty! 1/4 teaspoon might be a good place to start. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
04/27/2008
I think this is really tasty. Be aware that this tastes like an olive hummus rather than a hummus with a traditional tahini taste so I consider this more a recipe for a specialty hummus than for a basic hummus. That being said this was a hit with my family and friends. We enjoyed the rich Mediterranean olive taste and I enjoyed snacking on the leftovers at work knowing that it was a relatively low-calorie version of hummus. The olives are cheaper than tahini too. I think I'll definitely make this again -- for basic snacking I like that it gives a hummus flavor with less calories. Thanks for the recipe! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/02/2008
Thanks for the hummus recipe. I altered the recipe by adding two roasted red pepper strips cayenne pepper and used green and black olives. I think it is a good base hummus recipe for anyone who likes to add other God-made things to their foods.:) Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/05/2008
I LOVE hummus and this is a really great basic recipe. Personally I'm not a friend of olives so I left them out and I bumped up the amount of garlic to 4 cloves minimum (dude hummus is ALL ABOUT garlic!) and it's excellent every time. My husband raves whenever I make it.;) Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/18/2008
I looove this hummus! I needed a good hummus recipe that didn't require tahini and this is it! I eliminated the olives added a bit more garlic and about half a little jar of roasted red peppers. It was DELICIOUS and there are so many variations you could make on this. I'll never eat store-bought again! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2007
What have I been spending $3.99 on tiny tubs of hummus for??? Had no idea how easy it would be to make this - thank you so much - delicious! I can't wait to try my favorite variations i.e. roasted red pepper, roasted garlic, etc... YUM! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/14/2008
Very Good! I used a few sprigs of fresh cilantro and a few sprinkles of dried basil. I like to save and add 1-2 T. of juice from the beans and cut back on the oil a bit. I added less garlic because I was afraid it would be overpowering by the next day. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
06/13/2008
this is a great recipe for hummus I was so afraid not to use tahini and not get the measurements "just right" but i made some awesome hummus today thanks to this recipe!! I used black olives (left overs from last night) and a dash of everything else. Its a great basic recipe to add to! Thanks! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/26/2008
This is tasty and the olives are a good substitute for tahini which can be quite expensive. I added extra garlic basil and cilantro for my personal taste. It was very thick so I added a little water bit by bit until it was the consistency I wanted. It was fantastic with my homemade pita chips and raw carrots. Read More
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Rating: 2 stars
07/02/2011
Not impressed. Not sure what I did wrong I made it exactly to the recipe but I was underwhelmed. Don't find it "zesty" or "light". Maybe add'l lemon juice or some cayenne pepper would help things. Consistency was thick and it lacked pizazz for me.:( Read More
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