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Easy Beet Hummus is a fun twist on classic hummus using roasted beets, chickpeas, tahini, lemon juice and garlic. This is a healthy, mediterranean style appetizer that works nicely as a dip with vegetables or pita, a spread on wraps or sandwiches or part of a rice bowl. 

Easy Beet Hummus above shot in bowl

EASY BEET HUMMUS

Did you hear that the Mediterranean diet is the #1 ranked diet again by U.S. News? 

I consider the Mediterranean diet to be more of a way of life or a lifestyle but I am glad they are letting others know about the health benefits of it.

Today’s Easy Beet Hummus is an example of an appetizer or dip that you would find in the Mediterranean diet. 

If you have followed my blog for some time you know that my mom’s family is from Lebanon.

I grew up eating many foods that you will find in the Mediterranean diet like hummus, grape leaves, seafood like Mediterranean Salmon, spinach pies, Lebanese green beans and baba ghanoush

I love so many of the foods that come from that region of the world and love sharing those recipes with you guys. 

The nice thing about today’s dip is that it adds in healthy beets to traditional hummus.

Not only does it give it that vibrant color but it adds nutritional benefit to the dip.

Easy Beet Hummus ingredients

WHAT INGREDIENTS ARE IN BEET HUMMUS?

BEETS: The star of this hummus is the roasted beets. When you roast beets it brings out a nice sweetness.

When you add that to this hummus recipe the flavor is wonderful. It is light but adds that extra touch of flavor and brightness. 

CHICKPEAS: Chickpeas is the other main ingredient in this hummus recipe. I use a 15 ounce can of chickpeas that I drain and rinse.

Sometimes I will save a handful of this chickpeas to add on top of the hummus as a garnish. If you want to use dried chickpeas follow these instructions on How to Cook Dried Chickpeas

TAHINI: Tahini is also known as sesame paste. It is made by grinding sesame seeds into a smoothie paste. 

When you open a jar of tahini you will want to give a good stir because the liquid will often be sitting on top of the thicker part of the tahini. 

 

LEMON JUICE: Lemon juice adds a nice, bright flavor to this Roasted Beet Hummus.

If you really like lemon you can add an extra 1/2 of a lemon juiced or even some lemon zest. 

GARLIC: Minced garlic isn’t necessary in hummus but I like the flavor it adds. If you find minced garlic to be too strong you can use about 1/2 to 1 teaspoon of garlic powder instead. 

GARNISHES: You can have a lot of fun with garnishes on hummus. I love adding raw chickpeas or even raw beets.

You can add freshly chopped herbs like parsley, dill or oregano. Feta cheese or goat cheese are also really nice additions. 

Easy Beet Hummus with herbs

WHAT TOPPINGS SHOULD I ADD TO ROASTED BEET HUMMUS?

FRESH HERBS: I love adding freshly chopped herbs to my hummus recipes. You can try chopped cilantro, parsley, thyme, dill, oregano or mint. 

SEEDS & NUTS: Add something crunchy to the top of the hummus is always a nice contrast to the creamy texture. I like pine nuts, sunflower seeds, silvered almonds, walnuts or pistachios. 

OIL: Drizzling extra virgin olive oil over top of the finished hummus is something I almost always do. It adds that extra boost of flavor. 

CITRUS: Lemon zest is a nice addition to the top of hummus. Since lemon is used in the hummus it adds that extra zing at the end. 

Easy Beet Hummus chickpeas

CHICKPEAS: I like to save a handful of the chickpeas from the can before adding them into the hummus.

I often do that when I make this Roasted Red Pepper Hummus, Lemon Hummus and Spicy Hummus. I take those at the end and add them to the top of the hummus. 

CHEESE: I love sprinkling feta cheese on top of hummus, especially on this bright pink beet hummus.

You can check out all the Greek style ingredients I added to this Hummus Platter for inspiration. 

VEGETABLES: Fresh vegetables are often on my hummus like in this Lebanese Style Hummus.

Easy Beet Hummus with napkin

HOW DO YOU MAKE HUMMUS WITH BEETS?

For the roasted beet:

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

Place the beet, olive oil, garlic and onion powder and salt and pepper in a mixing bowl and toss to coat. Transfer the beets in an even layer to an oven-safe skillet, baking sheet or baking dish.

Put in the oven and roast for 35 minutes or until soft.

Remove from the oven and let the beets cool down completely.

Easy Beet Hummus in skillet
To prepare the hummus:

Put the roasted beet in the food procesor and pulese a few times.

Add the chickpeas, tahini, garlic and lemon juice to a blender or a food processor and pulse until smooth, around 2-3 minutes.

With the blender or food processor running slowly pour in the olive oil and continue blending until silky.

Easy Beet Hummus in blender

Add salt and pepper to taste and blend once more.

Taste and adjust the lemon juice, salt and pepper to you tastes.

Place in a serving bowl and garnish with fresh herbs, feta cheese, chickpeas or chopped beets

Easy Beet Hummus in bowl

ARE BEETS HEALTHY FOR ME?

Beets are very healthy. They are low calorie but high in vitamins and minerals. They contain a bit of almost all the vitamins and minerals that you need.

They are a good source of fiber and are antioxidants. 

OTHER HUMMUS INSPIRED RECIPES:

Roasted Red Pepper Hummus

Hummus Platter 

Spiced Beef and Hummus Pita Pizza Recipe

Mediterranean Hummus Toast with Za’atar 

Southwestern Hummus Baked Wonton Cups 

Mediterranean Turkey Humus Panini

Easy Beet Hummus above shot in bowl

Easy Beet Hummus

Yield: 4
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes

Easy Beet Hummus is a fun twist on classic hummus using roasted beets, chickpeas, tahini, lemon juice and garlic. This is a healthy, mediterranean style appetizer that works nicely as a dip with vegetables or pita, a spread on wraps or sandwiches or part of a rice bowl. 

Ingredients

  • 1 small Beet, peeled and diced
  • Salt and pepper
  • 2 Tablespoons of olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder 
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder 
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt 
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper 

FOR THE HUMMUS

  • 1 seasoned roasted beet
  • 1 can of chickpeas, drained and rinsed 
  • 2 Tablespoons tahini 
  • juice of 1 lemon 
  • 1 to 2 garlic cloves
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil 
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper 
  • Garnish with fresh herbs like parsley, thyme or oregano

Instructions

    For the roasted beet:

    1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
    2. Place the beet, olive oil, garlic and onion powder and salt and pepper in a mixing bowl. Toss to coat.
    3. In an oven safe skillet, baking dish or baking sheet spread the beets in an even layer.
    4. Put the beets in the oven and roast for 35 minutes or until soft.
    5. Remove from the oven and let it cool down completely.


    To prepare the hummus:

    1. Put the roasted beet in the food procesor or blender and pulese a few times.
    2. Add the chickpeas, tahini, garlic and lemon juice to a blender or food processor and pulse until smooth, around 2-3 minutes.
    3. With the blender or food processor running slowly pour in the olive oil and continue blending until silky.
    4. Add salt and pepper to taste and blend once more.
    5. Taste and adjust the lemon juice, salt and pepper to you tastes.
    6. Place in a serving bowl and garnish with fresh herbs, feta cheese, chickpeas or chopped beets

Notes

If the hummus is too thick for your liking you can add more olive oil slowly while the food processor is running until you reach the consistency you like.

Optional garnish ideas:

Chopped cilantro, sesame seeds, bee pollen, mint, sunflower seeds, olive oil. feta cheese, lemon zest, fresh chickpeas, chopped cooked beets

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