time for hummus!

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with a new season upon us, we’ve been enjoying cooking more hearty, slow cooked and warm meals at the apartment and trying new recipes as we go along.  our long time blog partner, sweetgreen, just revamped their entire menu with more seasonal ingredients, and they’re using hummus as a new ingredient this fall (and in their mediterranean inspired salad, the hummus tahina salad). we were really excited to hear they are adding hummus to the menu, because our family can’t get enough of that stuff!  we don’t usually do much with our hummus at home besides using it to dip our vegetables or pita bread into, so we were inspired by sweetgreen’s new menu to try our hand at making some at home this week and incorporating it into other dishes.

we share a hummus recipe below if you’d like to try it out!


classic hummus

  • 1 cup dried chickpeas
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 cup tahini
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 cloves minced garlic
  • 2 tablespoons water (best to use the leftover chickpea water)
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • salt to taste
  • paprika to sprinkle on top, to taste

let the chickpeas sit overnight, covered in about two inches of water and the baking soda. rinse well the following morning.  boil the chickpeas in a pot, covered slightly with water. once boiling, reduce the heat and simmer under you can crush the chickpeas between your thumb and finger easily.  peel the chickpeas (just pop them out of their loose skins.) puree everything in a food processor or blender adding a bit of the saved chickpea water occasionally to smooth over the paste. (you can continue to add more water if you’d like it thinner, and the hummus will thicken a little over time.)  after you dish the hummus, drizzle olive oil over it and sprinkle paprika on top. enjoy!

serves about 6-8. orginially adapted from this recipe.

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^^^it’s incredibly helpful if you can find a little one to be in charge of making sure the top of your blender does not go anywhere. i’m not sure i’ve ever seen samson take a job so seriously. :) ^^^


^^^also, get yourself some button pushers. i guess it’s perfect timing since eleanor and samson just sort of figured out how to really push each others buttons and have learned how to get under their siblings skin throughout the day.  only seemed fitting that they both would want to push all the blender’s buttons, too!^^^


^^^and there you have it! what i think to be some of the smoothest, most delicious homemade hummus around! enjoy!^^^

ps. if you can’t make it into sweetgreen to try their new seasonal menu, you can see a full menu of salads they create HERE if you’d like to try your hand at making them on your own, at home.  this post is in partnership with sweetgreen, a long time partner to this blog and our favorite place to get in our greens.

  1. maryam

    OMG that DOES look smooth!!! and the recipe sounds just right!!! :) i will have to try it! i usually use the chick peas in a can but i think boiling them might give it that extra creaminess….

    thanks for sharing and you look great in your pregnancy :)

  2. Tammy

    Looks absolutely delicious! I could live off of hummus for the rest of my life. No joke!

    Have a fab weekend.


  3. Leanne

    I got a Vitamix for Christmas last year and am always looking for simple, new recipes to try with it. This hummus just made it to the top of the list! Also I usually get into a pretty boring routine with my vegetables so those salad ideas are gonna come in real handy.

    Have a cozy weekend:)


  4. arielle

    hummus is soo good! I’ll have to try this homemade version out soon!

    love, arielle
    a simple elegance

  5. Cat

    Hummus is one of those foods that’s so easy to make, there’s no reason you can’t do it yourself! I love mixing it up with other ingredients too, like garlic. Looks like the kiddos had a lot of fun helping you :)


  6. Erin

    That hummus is so gorgeous/professional looking!
    I acquired some dried chickpeas awhile ago, but used all of them in a curry recipe…

    I’d like to buy some more in bulk (they’re so freaking cheap!) and make huge quantities of hummus. Maybe some more curry too though ;p


  7. hummus. is. life.

    happy weekend, Davis family!

  8. Erika

    Oh I’m so glad you posted this! I used chickpeas earlier this week in a recipe (the recipe was a fail LOL) and have so many left over. I wanted to make Hummus, but didn’t have a clue how to go about it! YAY! thank you thank you, looks so yummy.

  9. sam-c

    sounds tasty. Oddly enough, my son loves chickpeas but doesn’t like hummus, oh well.
    do you have a photo of the cans your chickpeas came in? I have ALWAYS wondered why recipes call for chick peas, HOWEVER, when you buy them in the store, it says garbanzo beans. I have never seen a can of ‘chick peas’
    or, are you buying the dried version of chick peas (not in a can) I am so curious. I wonder if it makes a difference.

  10. Bea

    Thank you Naomi!
    I now know whay hummus is made of!!!
    Thaaank you!!!

  11. tRiSh

    I love hummus! I add sesame seeds to my recipe and it’s incredibly delicious. I’m going to try yours as well to change the tone a bit. Thanks for sharing! :)

  12. Janis

    Nice! Never actually thought about making my own hummus! Might try it! :)

  13. Christina

    Looks sooooo good! I can’t wait to try it! Is it baking soda or baking powder? You mention soda in the ingredient list and powder in the directions. Thanks so much for sharing!

    • TAZA

      oh! thank you so much for catching that! i just fixed it in the recipe. it’s baking soda. sorry!

  14. Teresa

    This is a great recipe! We love hummus over here and use it as a topper/dipping sauce and consider it a “vegetable” when we haven’t had any all day long.

  15. OOooohhh lovely! I’ll try it one of these weekends. I’m a huge fan of hummus <3

  16. Ariana

    My mom and I actually made some hummus a few weeks ago! It’s honestly so enjoyable to eat it homemade:)

  17. Samantha

    Yum! I worked at a Mediterranean restaurant one summer and seriously fell in LOVE with hummus and baba ghanoush (eggplant hummus). One ingredient I always ALWAYS add to my hummus is chili powder – I’m a huge advocate for spicy foods! Sometimes I’ll squeeze a little hot sauce (Valentina is my preference) into the mix for an extra kick, too.
    ~ Samantha

  18. Elena

    We love-love hummus. It is such an easy way to give your child all the nutrition he/she needs. I also sometimes toss cooked chickpeas in rice flower and fry them quickly in a little bit of oil. De-li-cious! – and my 3 years old thinks it is a great treat.

  19. Mariska

    I am a hummus newbie. I tried it out for the first time past summer at a Lebanese restaurant. He had me at “Table for two?” I’ve tried three other Lebanese restaurants since, and they’re all so good!
    It is fantastic to include the kids when preparing easy recipe’s. They have fun, feel included and you know exactly where they are.. No time for them to turn the living room into a zoo while the blender drowns out their animal-like screams. ;) (I work with kids, I’ve seen it all…)

  20. Teffy

    Oh how I love hummus! I have it almost every single day (the days I don’t, it’s because I’ve run out!)

    {Teffy’s Perks} X

  21. emily

    I really need to try this! I love hummus but I’d never thought of making my own. Next time I go shopping I’ll pick up these ingredients and give it a try!

    Beauty and Lifestyle Blog


  22. Hannah

    Such a great post! I’m such a lover of hummus, it great to see there are different ways to incorporate it into meal. I will definitely be doing that. Samson is adorable keeping be blender lid down! What a sweetheart.

    Have a great weekend.



    Ps, your one of the blogs that inspired me to start blogging! Thanks Naomi!

  23. Cathy

    Thank you for the recipe! I looooove hummus. :)

  24. laura

    your button pushers have the cutest little fingers! Love hummus

  25. L

    Sounds good! Will try it! Happy to notice lately that you have been featuring your children less and less. Even in pictures. I am happy to see some form of privacy has been established. Excited to see how your blog will evolve.

  26. awesome, so delicious :'( can’t wait to try it, thank you for the recipe!

  27. This looks SO delicious. We’re big hummus fans over here so we’ll have to try it. Do you have a good falafel place near you?

  28. Gioia

    If you have a second would you share the brand of your blender? Thanks ;)

  29. justine

    where’s your cute little plaid top from? :-)

  30. Melanie

    Yum! I love hummus! I can’t wait to try this recipe.

    Melanie @ meandmr.com

  31. Allison

    I have wanted to try homemade hummus for about a year now and it seems like it always gets pushed to the back burner. This recipe looks fantastic and, since I have two weeks off for my honeymoon, there’s really no excuse not to try it! Lemon & garlic…my mouth is watering!

  32. Molly

    I love store-bought hummus and I’ve been told homemade tastes even better. This recipe looks really easy, too, so I’ll have to try it!


  33. Jackie

    My sister always made homemade hummus – in fact, my niece and nephew have been addicted to it since they began experimenting with different foods as babies.

    It’s such an easy snack to make with a food processor. My husband and I love to experiment with different flavors. So far roasted red pepper & sriracha are my favorites!

  34. Veronica

    Hi Naomi!
    Your blog inspires me every day and the new look is wonderful and more affordable.
    Thank you for sharing your moments of life :)
    Have a nice day!

  35. Natalie

    We love hummus in this house, but my little lady Z adores it. She will eat anything that I spread hummus on it! And since we stick to organic and as much homemade as possible, I will be making this!
    Thanks for sharing. And love the new site!

  36. Danna

    What a beautiful post! I couldn’t believe my eyes when I saw the pics because you are using the absolute BEST tehini in the universe! I am an Israeli living in Chicaho and I get it delivered from Israel regularly. Did you buy it in the US? It would be amazing to have it available here :-)