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Lebanese Style Hummus

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Lebanese Style Hummus is a simple twist on classic hummus using ingredients you already have.  Creamy hummus is topped with diced tomatoes, fresh parsley and mint, chickpeas, pine nuts and a squeeze of lemon juice. Serve this with a rainbow of vegetables and whole wheat pita. The perfect unofficial meal!

Lebanese Style Hummus - healthy appetizer

Lebanese Style Hummus

Today’s recipe for Lebanese Style Hummus is a special one for me. Hummus is what I grew up eating before meals, as a snack, or an appetizer at a party or family get together.  Ok, lets be honest, even if we eat hummus before a meal, it still makes an appearance on the actual dinner table to accompany our kibbehLebanese Green Beans, pita and yogurt.

I was lucky to grow up with a Lebanese family that embraced our country’s food and shared it together time and time again. We would always start our family get togethers with creamy, plain hummus made by my Mom and Grandma {and still do} with a variety of toppings. Some days it might be toasted pine nuts, other days chopped parsley and a sprinkle of paprika, or chickpeas, a drizzle of olive oil and diced tomatoes.

Hummus is a wonderful, versatile food. It is a blank canvas for so many different ingredients and offers a chance to stand around a table with family and friends after a long day to unwind, reconnect and enjoy fresh food. You can think of this Lebanese Style Hummus as an unofficial meal. Set it out on the counter while you are making dinner and let your guests enjoy a healthy appetizer.

Lebanese Style Hummus - healthy

Since I grew up eating hummus it naturally carried into my adult life. I always have hummus in the refrigerator for a healthy snack, spread on sandwiches and wraps or that unofficial meal before dinner. In my house, that hour before dinner can be the hardest. My kids are starting to get hungry, but we wait for Mike to get home from work so we can eat dinner as a family. To help tide my kids over until dinner I like to have a lot of fresh vegetables and whole wheat pita ready for snacking. My kids eat that stuff up like candy! I don’t know about your kids, but mine love to dip, especially Drew. He is the ultimate dipper. I think he gets that from his Mom!

Today’s Lebanese Style Hummus takes my two favorite things, hummus and tabbouleh, and mixes them together into the perfect dip. I always have fresh parsley, tomatoes, mint and chickpeas on hand, so it is an easy topping for a tub of hummus. I also love to have a spread like this out when I have friends over. It is a nice appetizer before heading out to dinner or having dinner in.

Lebanese Style Hummus - dip

I used Sabra’s Roasted Pine Nut Hummus as the base because I love pine nuts and wanted that extra flavor in the dip. If you want to start with just a plain hummus you can easily add pine nuts on your own. I then topped the hummus with freshly chopped parsley, diced tomatoes, lemon juice, a drizzle of olive oil and a handful of chickpeas. I always set the extra chickpeas out in a bowl because my toddler will snack on them.

You could try topping with these Crunchy Roasted Chickpeas if you want to get creative.  The parsley, tomatoes and lemon juice are inspired from my favorite Lebanese salad, tabbouleh, but I left out the bulgur, because I don’t always have a pre-made tabbouleh salad in my fridge. If you happen to have some leftover tabbouleh {lucky you!} you can use that! Another ingredient I like adding from time to time is feta cheese. I think it pairs great with the hummus and fresh vegetables.

Lebanese Style Hummus - snacking

Lebanese Style Hummus - snacking

Lebanese Style Hummus

Yield: 4
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 container of Sabra Roasted Pine Nut Hummus
  • Freshly chopped parsley
  • Diced Tomatoes
  • Freshly chopped mint
  • Chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • Lemon Juice
  • Olive oil for drizzling

Instructions

  1. Top your favorite hummus {we like to use the Sabra Roasted Pine Nut} with freshly chopped parsley and mint, diced tomatoes, chickpeas and a drizzle of lemon juice and olive oil.
  2. Serve with a big plate of freshly cut vegetables and whole wheat pita bread.

Notes

I didn't give exact amounts because it really is up to you on how much you want to top your hummus with. I like to use some of the ingredients and then when the hummus is half gone, I top with more!

Try adding feta cheese to the hummus too!

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Wednesday 28th of September 2016

Hummus is a great thing. I've seen so many recipes but this and on the website I;ve shared are one of the best. So tasty, juicy and sophisticated.

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