It’s time for something new.
Instead of serving yet another bowl of plain, store bought hummus at yet another party, change things up for your friends and family with these exciting variations on the classic. There’s one for each day of the week!
For those of you who love this amazing dip (and I know there are many of you!), consider exploring our suggestions, and expanding your horizons to try different flavors.
Protein-packed, thanks to the chickpeas that serve as the base, they’re great for dipping and snacking, spreading on toast, or slathering on a sandwich.
1. Roasted Garlic
Roasted garlic makes everything better, and this roasted garlic version proves exactly that!
The rich and powerful flavor, not to mention the delicious scent that fills your home from homemade roasted garlic, is mouthwateringly memorable.
2. Spicy Cilantro Jalapeno
This spicy cilantro jalapeno variation is the best option for those who love spice.
At my house, we love pairing this dip with our favorite Mexican entrees. Try it spread inside your favorite tacos or on top of nachos. Of course, it’s also great served with chips or crackers as well!
3. Sun-Dried Tomato
If you want to serve up an epic antipasti platter, consider adding sun-dried tomato chickpea dip to the mix. The tangy and savory flavors are well-balanced, making it a great pairing with cheese and meat.
If you have Greek olives, you can also throw a few of those into the mix. They’ll be delicious with this combination!
4. Kale Basil
Don’t let the green color of this kale basil dip discourage you – this healthy take isn’t just a pile of rabbit food. It’s an herbaceous explosion of flavor, enhanced by nutrient-packed kale!
Thanks to the leafy greens and fresh herbs, you get a bright green color. And digging in you can’t help but feel good about snacking away, knowing that you are getting some fresh vegetables into your body.
5. Baba Ghanoush
If you love hummus, you are going to love this baba ghanoush version. It’s a smooth and creamy eggplant dip that has the classic flavors that keep you coming back to this dip again and again, paired with roasted eggplant and garlic.
It’s perfect for dipping, and the rich roasted eggplant flavor comes through in every single bite.
6. Dark Chocolate
For a surprisingly sweet twist to pair with berries and other seasonal fruits, serve up this decadent dark chocolate hummus. I was hesitant myself before I tried this version for the first time, but now I’m hooked! I love snacking on this version with sweet cinnamon-sugar tortilla chips, or fresh strawberries.
If you’re serving this at a party, top it with some chocolate chips or white chocolate shavings for a pretty presentation. It’s also delicious spread on toast as a nut-free alternative to chocolate hazelnut spread.
Pumpkin isn’t just for desserts and lattes! Winter squash enriches this dip with a sweet and savory, roasted flavor that you’ll love to serve as soon as the leaves begin to change in the fall, or whenever pumpkin is available.
Try butternut, acorn, or kabocha squash instead, for something a little different.
Time to Get Dipping
Now that we’ve given you all of our favorite options to start your hummus adventure, it’s up to you to decide which one to indulge in first.
Whether you’re looking for something savory or sweet (or a combination of both), spicy or mild, you have all of recipes at your disposal right here, in this delightful round up. And if you’re craving chickpea dip and don’t want to limit yourself to making just one, think about hosting a hummus party for your next gathering!
Make each of the flavors, and serve them up with everything you’ll need for dipping – pita bread and chips, fresh fruit and cut vegetables, and even sweet biscuits and graham crackers.
Think about adding olives, pickles, nuts, marshmallows, and other goodies that pair well with your chosen flavor profile. You’ll have an incredibly varied grazing centerpiece that everyone will be crowding around in pure excitement.
Feeling inspired to take your garbanzo-based snacking to new heights? Tell us which flavor you’re going to try first in the comments below, and share your suggestions to put a new spin on our favorites.
Photos by Meghan Bassett and Felicia Lim, © Ask the Experts, LLC. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. See our TOS for more details. Originally published by Sarah Hagstrom on January 15th, 2016. Last updated: May 21, 2018 at 19:13 pm. With additional writing and editing by Allison Sidhu.
About Sarah Hagstrom
Sarah is a health food advocate and loves to spend her time whipping up something healthy and delicious in the kitchen and then sharing either on Foodal or on her own blog "The Seasonal Diet" (www.theseasonaldiet.com). She lives in Sunny San Diego with her husband, where they enjoy running on the beach and weekend adventures.