Spring Herb Hummus Vegetable Garden


Vegetable platters need not look all look the same. Here, fresh spring vegetables sit in an herb-laced hummus to resemble a spring garden in full bloom. My kids loved plucking the crisp vegetables from the garden, so much so that I think they forgot that they were filling themselves up with such a healthful snack.

Prep Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
20 mins
6 servings


  • 2 (15 ounce) cans chickpeas (garbanzo beans), drained and rinsed

  • ½ cup tahini

  • ½ cup water

  • 1 lemon, zested and juiced

  • ¼ cup chopped fresh basil

  • ¼ cup chopped fresh parsley

  • ¼ cup chopped fresh chives

  • ¼ cup chopped fresh mint

  • 1 clove garlic, peeled

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • 6 small carrots with greens still attached, or as desired

  • 6 sugar snap peas, or as desired

  • 6 fresh asparagus, or as desired

  • 6 radishes with greens, halved, or as desired

  • 6 small stalks celery hearts with leaves, or as desired


  1. Blend chickpeas, tahini, water, lemon zest, lemon juice, basil, parsley, chives, mint, garlic, and salt in a blender until smooth. Spread hummus in a 2-inch deep baking dish.

  2. Arrange carrots, sugar snap peas, asparagus, radishes, and celery in neat rows in the hummus to resemble a garden.

Cook's Note:

Feel free to use your favorite dip here just so long as it's thick enough to help the vegetables stand. It should be at least 1-inch thick in the pan to support the vegetables.

Taste hummus after blending and add more salt or lemon juice, if you'd like.

Use any variety of fresh herbs in place of the ones listed here.

Use fresh vegetables of varying heights, textures and color. My favorites are slender carrots with a bit of their greens still attached, snap peas, radishes cut in half with their greens, asparagus tops (great raw or you can blanch if you'd like), celery (the interior stalks with the leaves are my favorite), and small peppers.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

304 Calories
12g Fat
41g Carbs
12g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 304
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 12g 15%
Saturated Fat 2g 9%
Sodium 549mg 24%
Total Carbohydrate 41g 15%
Dietary Fiber 11g 40%
Total Sugars 3g
Protein 12g
Vitamin C 38mg 189%
Calcium 207mg 16%
Iron 5mg 26%
Potassium 546mg 12%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.