Homemade Lemon-garlic Hummus

With Thanksgiving just around the corner, I’m having trouble thinking of appetizers. The main course and dessert for Thanksgiving are so easy, because we know what we’re supposed to make. But the appetizers for Thanksgiving seem a little vague. Throw in the fact that I’ve been gluten free and dairy free for a month now (byproduct of living in California), and that limits me on what I’m going to cook up. I’ve decided on mushrooms stuffed with ginger rice and a warm roasted beet and orange salad topped with olive oil, hazelnuts, and shallots.

I know that my gluten-eating guests will need something to put on those baguettes they’re bringing. Hummus pops into my head. It fits into the “earthy” category, so I think it’ll go great before the butternut squash and sweet potatoes we’ll be serving. I recently brought this hummus recipe to a housewarming party.

In other words, it’s a no-fail easy recipe appropriate for any occasion!

Here’s what you need:


2 cans garbanzo beans (save 1/2 water from one of the cans)
1/3 cup Tahini
5 or 6 cloves of garlic
juice from 2 lemons
10 – 12 dashes of Tabasco
10 – 12 pinenuts
Lots of sea salt and black pepper from a grinder
Not pictured is the olive oil I use for the pine nut and black pepper garnish.
(I adapted this recipe from Ina Garten, the Barefoot Contessa.)

I put everything into my Ninja blender from Target. I pulse everything (instead of blending) so that it maintains a lot of chunks.


It is exciting to get an unexpected garlic chunk while eating the hummus! Drizzle with olive oil and top with more black pepper and pine nuts. I served the hummus at the housewarming with radishes, carrots, celery, and cucumber spears. It’s healthy, light and refreshing! (Did you know that Tahini packs seven grams of protein, while you get six grams from the chickpeas?)

Quick, fun , easy, healthy hummus recipe in your blender!

Quick, fun , easy, healthy hummus recipe in your blender!

I can’t wait to share photos and food stories with you after I host Thanksgiving this week! I’m trying out a lot of new healthy recipes.

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7 Comments on “Homemade Lemon-garlic Hummus”

  1. Martha LaValette November 22, 2014 at 15:31 #

    Will you make this for us???

  2. thefolia January 19, 2015 at 09:31 #

    Viva la hummus. I make it weekly! Cumin is a must with this dish…it transforms the flavor to the point where you will just spoon it from the bowl.

    • Marisa LaValette January 19, 2015 at 09:37 #

      I really appreciate your comment- cumin has never occurred to me for making hummus. I will try it today!

  3. Allison June 14, 2015 at 20:42 #

    I am going to try this version of hummus! Yum!

    • Marisa LaValette June 14, 2015 at 20:50 #

      Hi Allison! Thanks for reading! I have fallen so far behind with reading Jeanne’s basil and spinach recipes, but I’ll get back on track. On another note, I spilled iced tea on our Clark’s, the beige pair. I wonder if I can scrub that out, or if I’ll just have to go out and get a new pair! I’m thinking the royal blue!


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