When it comes to food, we all have our own preferences but if there’s one thing that most of us can agree on, it’s the fact that hummus is awesome. Made from mashed chickpeas, olive oil, garlic, lemon juice, and tahini, hummus tastes like an indulgence, but it’s actually pretty darn good for you — chickpeas themselves are great sources of fiber, protein, maganese, folate, and copper. Hummus has also been around for quite some time. The earliest known recipe for hummus is from 13th century Cairo! Maybe that’s why May 13th is National Hummus Day — oooor maybe that’s just a coincidence. Who knows?
Not only is hummus good for you, it’s an affordable food that’s easy to make at home. Check out this recipe for Mesabacha Hummus and you’ll never want storebought hummus again. Or, if you want to get creative with your hummus, then read 20 Creative and Delicious Takes on Hummus. Hummus makes a great dip for meze dishes this Grilled Vegetable, Olive Flatbread, and Hummus Plate as well as falafel, but if you like to get creative and thrifty in the kitchen, you can also use it to stretch your budget – after all, beans are one of the most affordable ingredients out there.
So, get ready to try hummus in 15 ways that take it beyond just a bowl on the appetizer table.
Calzones for dinner, anyone? Making your own vegan cheese can be pricey — even the storebought stuff can cost a pretty penny. But these Hummus and Veggie-Stuffed Calzones cut down on the cost by subbing cheese with creamy hummus and savory veggies. These warm, bubbly pizza-like pockets take only an hour to make, start to finish!
These cute Cheesy Hummus Tempeh Pinwheels make the perfect lunch when you’re scrapped for cash. Cheesy hummus, tempeh bacon, and veggies are wrapped in flour tortillas and cut into pinwheel-shaped wraps that are flavorful and easy to make.
Sometimes perfection lies in simplicity and if nothing else this Hummus, Carrot, Cucumber, Avocado, and Sprouts Sandwich is the personification of that. Clean, simple, honest ingredients that will tickle those taste buds, fill your belly and (if we may be so bold) leave you with a self-satisfied grin that only a really good “sammich” can induce.
If pizza night is getting mundane, we’ve got just the thing! Colorful veggies, hummus spread, and a crispy crust sprinkled with everything bagel toppings? This Rainbow Veggie Hummus Pizza is revolutionary!
Twice baked potatoes are a hearty treat but when you throw some hummus into the mix and, BAM — Twice Baked Cheese Hummus Potatoes. The crispy cheese tops are contrasted by the silky-smooth insides of this classic dish.
Need a new kind of sandwich? Try this awesome Beet Hummus Panini. The fresh greens and zucchini are cool and crisp in contrast to the warm, grilled bread, creamy avocado, and the earthy, garlicky beet hummus. It’s great cold as well, but grilling the bread brings a satisfying crispy crunchiness to the entire ensemble.
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You don’t need a lot of ingredients to make a great burger, nor do you need to spend a lot to make them. You don’t even need to spend a lot of time! These Grilled Hummus Burgers require only five ingredients to make, not including the grilled sweet potato slices on the side. They’re soft, but crispy on the outside and they cook in just 10 minutes!
These easy Hummus Pizza Tartlets are a great way to use up extra vegetables you have lying around! The crust comes together in a snap, and creamy hummus stands in for standard marinara sauce. You can add whatever other toppings you like in addition to the veggies listed below. These tartlets make an adorable appetizer or finger food for a party because they’re so eye-catching!
These Hummus Collard Wraps are light, refreshing and make an excellent packed lunch. The crisp collard greens are filled with hummus, crunchy carrots, juicy celery, tomatoes, and pickles. They are easy to make, travel well and can be made the night before you head out on your adventure. They are also gluten-free, 100 percent plant-based, and bursting with flavor.
Dipping chips will be so passé once you try these Tortilla Hummus Cups. Turn ordinary tortillas into a fun, affordable, and creative snack! You can fill the cups with any kind of hummus, so you can customize your flavor profile to your liking. The contrast between the creamy hummus, the crisp and fresh toppings and the crunchy tortilla chips will make these disappear from their platter in an instant.
This Black Bean Hummus Panini is the perfect example of how when simple ingredients are combined they can make a truly amazing meal! This sandwich has savory black beans, creamy hummus, tender eggplant, and deliciously juicy sun-dried tomatoes. A hearty meal that’s easy to eat thanks to two pieces of crunchy bread.
These Roasted Sweet Potato and Cauliflower Hummus Wraps are the best thing in a wrap since burritos hit the scene. These wraps are packed with soft, savory sweet potatoes, tender smokey cauliflower, velvety hummus, and a hearty kale salad. This wrap has everything you need for lunch in a portable form.
There’s nothing quite like an easy, filling meal. These Stuffed Sweet Potatoes are roasted until tender and then stuffed with crunchy spiced chickpeas and topped with creamy hummus sauce and fresh herbs. So simple, yet bursting with flavor and healthy carbs to keep you full! To add even more Mediterranean flavor, try adding a sprinkle of chopped sun-dried tomatoes.
In this Rustic Buckwheat Flatbread Pizza, earthy beet hummus and cashew cheese sit atop a crispy buckwheat flatbread crust. Although all the components of this pizza are homemade, it’s incredibly easy to make. Add a sprinkle of chopped walnuts, green olives, a small handful of arugula, and a few turns of freshly ground black pepper to complete the experience.
Even when we have the best intentions, sometimes there’s just no time for cooking! This Hummus, Avocado, and Sun-Dried Tomato Sandwich is perfect for those times. It’s fast, super easy, and mind-blowingly yummy. The best part is there’s absolutely no cooking involved, so it’s also great for all of those days it’s too hot to turn on the stove.
What’s your favorite way to use hummus? Let us know in the comments below — we would love to hear from you!
Lead image source: Black Bean Hummus Panini