EZ Restaurant-Style Hummus


This hummus recipe was perfected after a weekend of experimentation. Everyone that has tried it has loved it! Several people have said it's the best they've tasted. It tastes best if the beans and lemon juice sit first, but if you're in a hurry everything can be blended together without waiting. To serve, create wells in the hummus and drizzle with olive oil and ground paprika. If desired, garnish with diced cucumbers, tomatoes, and Greek olives for a festive salad/dip with pita bread.

Prep Time:
10 mins
Additional Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
25 mins
3 cups


  • 1 ½ (15.5 ounce) cans garbanzo beans, drained with liquid (aquafaba) reserved

  • cup fresh lemon juice

  • ¼ cup well-stirred tahini (Middle Eastern sesame paste)

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

  • 3 cloves garlic, minced

  • teaspoon ground cayenne

  • teaspoon white sugar

  • 1 pinch salt and ground black pepper


  1. Place garbanzo beans, 1 1/2 tablespoon reserved aquafaba, and lemon juice in a food processor. Let soak until flavors combine, about 15 minutes.

  2. Pulse soaked garbanzo beans until roughly chopped. Add tahini, olive oil, garlic, cayenne, sugar, salt, and black pepper; blend, thinning with reserved aquafaba, until hummus is smooth and reaches desired consistency.

Cook's Notes:

Though most popular as an appetizer to be eaten with pita, hummus also works great on sandwiches and wraps, particularly on lavash (soft, cracker-like bread) bread, available at Middle Eastern grocery stores.

For Kalamata olive hummus: Blend together desired amount of olives and 1/2 teaspoon olive juice per cup of hummus. Stir into hummus. Be cautious as you add olive juice; the brine is very salty. This variation is always a big hit, sometimes more so than the original version.

For creamy, Persian-style hummus: Add slightly more chickpea liquid and plain yogurt as you blend.

Lemon hummus: Add extra lemon juice to your hummus to give it that extra "zing".

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

54 Calories
2g Fat
7g Carbs
2g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 24
Calories 54
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 2g 3%
Saturated Fat 0g 2%
Sodium 92mg 4%
Total Carbohydrate 7g 3%
Dietary Fiber 2g 5%
Total Sugars 0g
Protein 2g
Vitamin C 3mg 14%
Calcium 20mg 2%
Iron 1mg 3%
Potassium 64mg 1%

* 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.

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