An Uncomplicated Life Blog: Zesty Summer Hummus Recipe

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Zesty Summer Hummus Recipe

It's SO easy to make your own hummus and so much cheaper than store bought!

I always thought people who made their own hummus were weirdos. It's so easy to just grab a container at the store, why would I go through the trouble of pulling out my food processor, getting garlic and lemon and chickpeas and making my own? And then I was trying to think of a good appetizer or snack to have out side while the boys play in the pool and I thought, heck, let me try to make some of my own so that I can control the garlic in it, and maybe just mayyyyyyybe my picky toddler will eat it. Lo and behold, he did! Not much, but he sure tried it, and that's a win in my book. Also lo and behold, it's super cost effective to make your own. Lo and behold x3, I put together this zesty summer hummus recipe in less than a minute and a half. Seriously. Post contains affiliate links.

Like I said, I wanted to control the garlic in this hummus to appeal to little taste buds. Plus, ever since I had Henry, I just don't like garlic-y foods! It doesn't taste right and it doesn't sit well after it's eaten. Pregnancy, right? Anyway, I've found some store bought stuff that isn't too dry (Grandma's Hummus which is at Whole Foods) but it's really sharp with heavy lemon and garlic. So, you know, the kids won't touch it.

This recipe gets a little zest from the one clove I included, and a big hit of flavor from the whole lemon. The sweet paprika balances out the flavor, and the navy beans add a smooth texture. If you're looking for a crowd-pleaser to serve at your next party, make this! Little and big taste buds will enjoy it, and there's nothing in it to spoil, so you can leave it out for a few hours if you're hosting a party.

Zesty Summer Hummus Recipe:
- 1 can chickpeas
- 1 can navy beans
- juice from one whole lemon
- 1 clove garlic (don't use that pre-chopped crap. Get a real clove of fresh garlic!)
- 1-2 teaspoons sea salt (start with one and add more if desired after tasting)
- 2 teaspoons sweet paprika 
- olive oil

In a food processor (and seriously, if you don't have one of these, invest in your kitchen and get one! It has come in so handy, so many times. If that price point turns you off, here's a mini one by the same amazing brand) put the salt and the garlic and pulse until finely chopped. The salt will help grind down the garlic so you don't get a huge chunk in your mouth, choke at your party and then offend everyone with your breath the next day!

Drain and rinse the beans and chickpeas and add to the food processor. Add half the paprika and juice the lemon (did you get this juicer yet?! I told you I use it ALL. THE. TIME) Turn the food processor on, and drizzle the olive oil in through the top until you reach your desired consistency. Since you're using half navy beans, you'll use far less oil than you would if you use all chickpeas. Yay, lower calories!

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Taste the hummus and decide if you want to add more salt. Transfer it to a serving bowl and dust with the remaining paprika. This zesty summer hummus recipe is great with fresh veggies, pretzels, rice crackers or tortilla chips. Enjoy!


  1. I eat hummus all the time, but Ive never taken the time to make it. It looks easy enough, I just need to do it. Thanks for the recipe!

  2. Thank you for sharing this. I'm going to give this a shot for my toddler. She doesn't like the version I make :)

  3. Can't wait to try this recipe! I love the combination of ingredients. Thanks for posting!

  4. I like the idea that you can control the salt in your homemade hummus and also I like to cook the chickpeas myself. I admit that I do buy it also, depending on time constraints and I like to taste different brands. The best hummus I ever had was in Israel right off a street cart. So good!

  5. I still haven't tried making my own hummus yet, but I think one of these days I need to try it. And congrats on getting your little one to try it! Mine run away from it. :)

  6. This looks delish! I definitely have it saved for later--can't wait to make it!

  7. I am OBSESSED with hummus. I definitely will have to try this recipe!

  8. I love hummus. It's such a delicious snack and light meal for me!! Plus, it's so easy to make your own!

  9. A bowl of hummus and some fresh veggies for dipping, and I'm set for dinner! Definitely going to give this recipe a try, It looks nice and simple to prepare.
    I love that serving bowl set too!

  10. I always thought the little tub hummus from the store was too bland. Love an extra garlic glove and some tempered cumin in mine. Going to try this zesty one!

  11. I have never tried using navy beans to make hummus. What a great idea! I totally will try it. I should really make my own hummus more often. I have no excuse. It is so easy!

  12. Oh yum! I love a good yummy. Pinning for later.

  13. Oh yum, this looks really good. I really need to try making my own hummus.

  14. I used to buy my own hummus too, until I started my blog and realized how easy it is to make your own! I now have a base of ingredients that I use every time and add flavors to it - it makes it so easy!

  15. Yum! LOVE homemade hummus, definitely worth the extra effort!

  16. I love hummus and carrots with Mary's Gone Crackers herb crackers. It's my favorite snack. I have a beet hummus recipe that is a family and friend favorite.

  17. Yum! I love twists on traditional hummus. They make such great appetizers!

  18. These looks so good and really so easy. I'll have to try this for the kiddos.

  19. I absolutely love hummus! Pinning this!

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