It’s time to try something new – dip into a fresh mix of homemade hummus recipes!
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.
And we have 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 homemade options, and expanding your horizons to try different flavors and unique ingredient combinations.
Packed with protein and fiber, thanks to the chickpeas that serve as the base, hummus is a healthy menu option, and it’s a hearty base for dipping and snacking, spreading on toast, or slathering on a vegetarian sandwich.
Continue reading for our top seven favorites, selections from yours truly at Foodal!
7 Gourmet Hummus Recipes
1. Baba Ghanoush
What a tasty start to our roundup!
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, combined with roasted eggplant, garlic, and smoked paprika.
It’s perfect for dipping, and the rich roasted eggplant flavor comes through in every single bite.
2. Dark Chocolate
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 homemade graham crackers and fresh strawberries.
If you’re serving this at a party, top it with some dark chocolate or white chocolate shavings for a pretty presentation.
It’s also delicious spread on toast as a nut-free alternative to chocolate hazelnut spread.
Interested in this unique version? Here’s the recipe.
3. 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 that stands out among the usual crudite and cracker dippers.
And once you dig right in, you can’t help but feel good about snacking away, knowing that you are getting some fresh vegetables into your body.
Feeling green? Make the recipe soon.
Try butternut, acorn, or kabocha squash instead, for something a little different.
5. 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.
It’s an easy, and approachable, way to update the classic spread.
6. Spicy Cilantro Jalapeno
This spicy cilantro jalapeno variation is the best option for those who love heat!
At my house, we love pairing this choice with our favorite Mexican and Tex-Mex entrees.
Of course, it’s also great served with chips or crackers, as well!
7. 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, like on a charcuterie board for a big party.
And if you have Greek olives taking up room in your fridge, you can also throw a few of those into the mix. They’ll be delicious with this combination.
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, spicy or mild, or a combination of everything, you have all of the recipes at your disposal right here in this delightful roundup.
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!
Include roasted 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 bean-based snacking to new heights? Tell us which recipe you’re going to try first in the comments below, and share your suggestions to put a new spin on our favorites.
If hummus alone isn’t enough to quell your chickpea craving, we have many more garbanzo bean recipes to make! Check out three now:
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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.