The humble chickpea is to thank for the delicious and nutritious spread we call hummus. Whether you’re a fan or just trying hummus for the first time, you will appreciate this unique creamy dip as an appetizer, side dish, or condiment.
Chickpeas, also known as garbanzo beans are ground up and blended with olive oil to create this whipped delight. Similar to the texture of peanut butter, hummus is lighter and more refreshing than most heavy cream based dips.
Hummus lovers will agree there is no shortage of ways to eat hummus, you can put it on everything! But if you’re looking for a creative way to use your hummus keep reading.
17 Side Dishes To Serve With Hummus
Hummus is much more than a side dish or token appetizer. Here are some ideas to serve your hummus at lunch, dinner, breakfast, and even as a dessert!
1. As a Sandwich Spread
Sandwiches are a quick and easy lunch or a great middle of the day pick me up. Use hummus as a spread instead of your usual jam or peanut butter for an extra healthy treat.
Try your favorite hummus on whole grain or wheat bread. Add thinly sliced cucumber to your sandwich to give it a fresh kick.
2. Fancy Crudites
Vegetables, or crudites if you’re fancy, are a great vehicle for hummus. You can dip all you want with no regrets when you indulge in a veggie platter of your favorite flavors of hummus.
Cut carrot, cucumber, bell peppers, and celery into sticks for scooping up mounds of creamy hummus. You can also pair endive cups, radishes, and cherry tomatoes with hummus. Make your platter a rainbow of color and deliciousness.
3. Classic Pita Chips
This is a traditional way to eat hummus but definitely worth mentioning. The perfect combination of crisp pita chips with velvety hummus is a treat for any time of the day.
If you like things original, stick to that. If you are adventurous and like to try new things, spice things up with flavored hummus (think roasted pepper, spicy sriracha, and roasted garlic) for your chips. Or switch it up and do flavored chips with plain hummus.
Avocado hummus is a delicious blend of our favorite pitted fruit with chickpeas, but did you know that you could have avocado and hummus without all the fuss?
Simply dig the pit out of your avocado and fill it with your favorite hummus. Sprinkle some salt and pepper over the top and scoop up all that goodness with a big spoon.
Another chickpea creation that we absolutely adore is falafel. This blend of chickpeas and herbs is battered and fried and served in a toasty pita.
Many people serve falafel sandwiches with tahini but why not chickpea-it-up and use hummus to make your falafel sandwich nice and moist to the bite.
6. Deviled Egg Filler
Deviled eggs are a party favorite. They look impressive and taste great at a summer BBQ or birthday party.
Instead of using an egg yolk mixture for your deviled eggs, try filling the hollowed-out middles of your eggs with hummus. The texture will be similar to the classic one, but a lot healthier!
7. Veggie Roll-up
If you love wraps and you’ve never tried a carb-free veggie wrap, try one today!
Take a large eggplant and slice it lengthwise, thin enough that you will be able to bend and shape it. Bake the eggplant until it is soft and fill it with your favorite vegetables (cooked or uncooked). Use hummus-like mayo to stick it all together. Voila! A vegetarian’s delight indeed.
8. Mashed Potato Hummus
This may sound a little bizarre but give it a try, you won’t regret it.
After cooking your potatoes, mash them as you would a classic mashed potato recipe. When this is done, you’ll stir the hummus into the mashed potatoes and season with salt and pepper. Drizzle with olive oil and garnish with parsley. This is a perfect dish for entertaining!
9. Chicken Marinade
You may not think hummus can be used as a marinade, but guess what, it can! The savory flavor of hummus makes for a great chicken marinade.
Try taking a whole chicken and rubbing hummus under the skin before baking. If you prefer chicken breasts, cover them with hummus and marinade for a few hours before baking. This is sure to bring a unique spin to dinnertime.
10. Hummus Pizza
It seems there is nothing that can not be made into a pizza. We’ve seen crust made of cauliflower, sauce made from guacamole, and toppings of all kinds. Now it’s hummus’ turn to shine!
Simply switch out your traditional red sauce with hummus. Spread it over the top of your crust and garnish it with cheese and your favorite toppings. Bake for a warm and toasty take on your standard pizza.
11. Risotto Hummus
This mouth-watering combination is great for a cold winter night. Hummus mixed with risotto simply warms your tummy most satisfyingly.
Vegans, try a hearty beetroot hummus risotto by combining rice with a sauce made from blending beets and hummus. Add some miso and nutritional yeast to make this a truly filling vegan meal.
12. Pasta Carbonara
Pasta lovers grab some hummus and toss it into your noodles for a creamy rich ‘carbonara’ type dish.
After your pasta is cooked, combine it with spinach, tomato, and cooked chicken. Spoon your hummus and an extra bit of water from the pasta liquid into the cooked pasta and stir. Decked out with parmesan cheese, this is a quick and easy weeknight meal.
13. Scrambled Eggs and Hummus
You may have never thought of hummus at breakfast time but hey, why not. Hummus is nutritious and packs a vitamin and mineral punch that will get your day started right.
Simply scramble your eggs as you normally would. Put the eggs all on a plate or in a mug, and add a heaping scoop of hummus to it. Mix it all together and enjoy!
14. Salad Dressing
As a salad lover, I am always looking for the right dressing to go with my veggie creations. A hummus dressing is just right for a hearty salad of cucumbers, tomatoes, and romaine. Simple yet delicious.
Combine olive or sesame oil with Dijon mustard, honey, and garlic. Add your hummus to this and shake, stir, and blend until it has the consistency of a creamy dressing.
15. Served with Apples
Surprise, hummus can be served sweet! Try this recipe for apple butter hummus by combining chickpeas with apple butter, lemon juice, olive oil, brown sugar, and cinnamon. Puree this all together for a dip that is sweet and savory.
Serve your hummus with apple slices and coffee or tea for a light and refreshing afternoon snack.
Don’t shake your head until you’ve tasted chocolate hummus brownies. It may sound odd but the creamy texture of the hummus does a great job as a substitute for butter.
You’ll want to find some chocolate hummus at your local supermarket (don’t use the garlicky kind!) and substitute the butter or oil in your favorite brownie recipe with it.
17. Fruits and Nuts
You may already be a fan of vegetable platters served with hummus but if you’ve never tried this “end of a meal” platter of fruits, nuts, and hummus, save room in your tummy, it’s delicious.
Make a platter of fresh and dried fruits (apricots and raisins are great with hummus). Add some almonds and walnuts to your platter and serve with your favorite sweet hummus blends like chocolate or pumpkin spice hummus.
Hummus simply “works” on many things. The creamy blend of chickpeas with its pungent olive oil flavor and a hint of lemon, make this an irresistible condiment.
We know that hummus is delicious and good for you. Packed with proteins and vitamins like magnesium, iron, and fiber, hummus can give you that pick-me-up you need to get through the day.
Versatile and imported enough to stand out in a crowd, hummus is a great treat to bring to a summer party or autumn bonanza. Don’t delay, try some today!