If you keep track of foodie type holidays then you might already know that May 13th will be National Hummus Day. In my house we celebrate hummus pretty much every day but I'm certainly in favor of some national recognition for this Middle Eastern staple. It's a dip, it's a spread, it's healthy, easy to make and totally delicious. And as great as a basic hummus is, here are a few ideas for some tasty variations. Try some of these or come up with some new flavors of your own.... Either way, hummus is definitely worth celebrating!
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Learn how to make the classic dip with chickpeas, tahini and lemon! Get the recipe here.
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A little extra lemon is always a welcome addition to hummus and cilantro (a common herb in the Middle Eastern kitchen) gives it a big boost of flavor and aroma. Get the recipe here.
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Although chickpeas are the standard base of hummus, lots of other beans can stand in for them. The creaminess of white beans works especially well. Get the recipe here.
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You may think of tomato and basil as Italian cuisine staples but they play beautifully together in the Middle Eastern kitchen as well. Get the recipe here.Continue to 5 of 10 below.
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Olives are frequently found on an appetizer tray alongside the hummus so why not put them together? Get the recipe here.
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Just as creamy white beans can work in place of chickpeas in hummus, black beans add their own earthy taste and texture. Get the recipe here.
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The classic Greek pairing of spinach and feta cheese make fantastic additions to hummus. Get the recipe here.
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There are very few savory foods that would not be improved by some garlic but roasted garlic is definitely next level flavor and the little bit of extra work is well worth it. Get the recipe here.Continue to 9 of 10 below.
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One of the easiest substitutions to make is replacing the traditional tahini with yogurt. Although you lose some of the nutty flavor, you gain the tang and creaminess of the yogurt. Get the recipe here.
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The smooth and creamy taste of hummus is typically pretty mild. But there's no reason not to give it a bit of a kick with the heat and smokiness of choptle peppers. Get the recipe here.
Have Fun Customizing Your Hummus
This classic Middle Eastern dip is nothing if not versatile so don't be afraid to play around with different flavors and ingredients and find your own perfect recipe.