BEST Classic Hummus

BEST Classic Hummus

This hummus, starring nutrient-rich chickpeas, is a staple of my healthy, plant-based kitchen. Providing a rich, tasty source of plant protein, fiber, healthy fats, vitamins, and minerals, hummus offers unlimited versatility: Use this classic hummus as an appetizer dip with whole grain pita bread and vegetables, spread it on a sandwich, serve it with veggie balls or falafels, and dollop it over salads and grains. You can use this basic hummus as the starting place for a variety of hummuses, such as a kalamata olive hummus, avocado cilantro hummus, or smoky pumpkin hummus. Check out this video on how you can make four easy delicious hummus recipes with one basic starter recipe. Gluten-free and vegan, this classic 10-minute, 4-ingredient (minus pantry staples) hummus recipe will be your new best friend!


BEST Classic Hummus

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  • Author: The Plant-Powered Dietitian
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 8 servings
  • Diet: Vegan


Make the BEST ever classic hummus (vegan and gluten-free) with only four ingredients in 10 minutes—the perfect, healthy addition to crackers, veggies, sandwiches, pita and falafels.


Garnish (optional):

  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • Black pepper


  1. Drain the chickpeas, reserving the liquid. Put the chickpeas into a blender or food processor.
  2. Add the garlic, lemon juice, tahini, black pepper, and salt (optional), as well as about half of the reserved chickpea liquid.
  3. Puree the chickpea mixture, adding additional chickpea liquid as necessary to produce the desirable texture. Add olive oil and continue to blend until mixture is very smooth and creamy.
  4. Pour the hummus into a serving dish and garnish with a drizzle of additional olive oil and sprinkle of black pepper, if desired. If not serving immediately, store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.
  5. Makes 2 cups (eight 1/4-cup servings)


To serve hummus as an appetizer, place a small serving dish of garnished hummus in the center of a platter. Arrange triangles of whole wheat pita bread and pieces of fresh raw vegetables, such as carrots, celery, bell peppers, mushrooms, asparagus, broccoli, and snow peas, on the platter.

  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Category: Dip
  • Cuisine: Mediterranean


  • Serving Size: 1/4 cup
  • Calories: 89
  • Sodium: 160 mg
  • Fat: 3 g
  • Saturated Fat: 0 g
  • Carbohydrates: 13 g
  • Fiber: 3 g
  • Protein: 3 g

Keywords: vegan hummus, healthy hummus, hummus

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For more plant-based hummus recipes, check out some of my favorites:

Beet White Bean Hummus
Tomato Pesto Hummus
Cranberry Jalapeno Hummus
Chickpea Sun-Dried Tomato Basil Hummus
Pistachio Hummus
Curried White Bean Hummus

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