Sorry, guacamole and ranch, but hummus is the holy grail of dips. I’m guilty of eating it all on its own by the spoonful. But it’s also the perfect dipping sauce for pretzels, pita chips, carrots, celery sticks, and other crunchy vegetables.
Yes, hummus may be simple, but it makes a myriad of dishes taste even better. And, it is good for your health to boot! Hummus is packed with healthy fats, calcium, and protein. It can even aid in weight loss. What more can you ask for?
So go ahead, add this nutritious and delicious dip to your daily regimen, and watch how it transforms your regular meals from good to great. Here are 16 creative ways to eat more hummus.
1. Bread or Sandwich Spread
Whether you use hummus to dip your favorite crisp and chewy bread, or as an alternative to mayo or mustard in sandwiches, it will never disappoint. Hummus is creamy and oh so flavorful, it will make any bread or sandwich taste even more amazing.
2. Pita Chips
Want a Mediterranean element to go with your hummus? Dunk some pita chips into that rich and creamy dip! Pita chips have the perfect thickness and crunch, which makes these two a perfect combo.
3. Mashed Potatoes
Mashed potatoes are incredibly luscious, but that makes them very sinful, too. Make it a little less guilt-inducing by using hummus instead of sour cream. It will taste just as creamy and decadent but minus a ton of the calories.
4. Deviled Eggs
Deviled eggs are seriously to die for, but the fillings are not always ideal for your health. If you still want all that decadent flavor, use hummus instead of mayonnaise. It’s easy, just boil the eggs, slice them lengthwise, take out the yolk, and mix it with hummus. Then scoop back the yolk mixture into the egg whites and they’re ready to serve!
Veggies make a wonderful snack to dip into hummus. Be sure to use crunchy veggies, though! Carrots, celery, broccoli, cauliflower, snap peas, peppers, jicama, radishes, and cucumbers all make a fantastic option.
If this feels a little boring to you, here’s an idea: make an exciting veggie bowl instead. Just add some salad greens and quinoa or brown rice to your crunchy veggies and top them with hummus. Delicious.
6. Crunchy Snacks
Aside from vegetables, there are a ton of other crunchy snacks that pair oh so beautifully with hummus. Try dipping tortilla chips, sun chips, bagel chips, rice crackers, and pretzels into your flavorful hummus and you’ll be hooked instantly!
For those who don’t know, falafel and hummus are made of the same ingredient: chickpeas. So, it only makes sense that the two make an awesome pair! Combing those fried balls of goodness and their crispy crust with the creaminess of the fresh hummus is simply perfect.
Hummus has got that creamy salad dressing consistency, so why not use it as one? Instead of the usual caesar, vinaigrette, and oil dressings, try topping your salad with 2 tablespoons of hummus. Easy and delicious.
9. Fruits and Nuts
Apart from veggies, fruits can also be elevated to a new level when dipped with hummus. Sweet and crunchy fruits, such as apples and pears, both are a great with hummus. Try it and you’ll be surprised just how tasty the combo is!
Oh and did you know that there is such a thing as a chocolate hummus dip? They’re available in many stores, but you can also make it yourself. Just combine chickpeas, cocoa powder, maple syrup, tahini, and vanilla extract. Dip some fresh strawberries into your concoction and it will surely blow your mind.
If you want a more earthy or nutty combination, go for nuts! Cashews and almonds taste great on their own, but when dipped in hummus? Phenomenal. Plus, they are loaded with vitamins and minerals, making them them a power-packed snack.
10. Pasta Sauce
Again, since hummus is so creamy, it works as a great substitute for sauces and dressings. Apart from being a great salad dressing, it also tastes fantastic as a pasta sauce! It makes any sauce creamy, rich, and delectable, just the way I like it.
11. Pizza Sauce
While we are on the subject of sauces, hummus also works as a fantastic alternative to pizza sauce! For a Mediterranean twist, spread some of that hummus on your pizza dough, and top it with pickled peppers, olives, and feta cheese. What you’ll get is an out-of-this-world pizza that’s packed with a lot of flavors and nutritional benefits.
Yup! It may sound strange, but adding a bit of hummus instead of solid shortening to your brownie mixture will help keep moisture in the pastry. It’s a great healthy alternative, plus it gives the brownies a wonderful texture.
13. Scrambled Eggs
Scrambled eggs are already fantastic on their own, but you can make them even richer and more flavorful by topping with a dollop of hummus.
Want an irresistibly rich, decadent, yet nutritious snack? Avocados are already packed with nutrients and healthy fats, but you can take it to another level by pairing it with hummus.
Slice some avocados in half, scoop out the pit, and top them with hummus, black olives, tomatoes, and any other toppings you want! The result will be a healthy and tasty treat indeed.
Want your soup to be a lot thicker and creamier? Add a few spoonfuls of hummus to your favorite broth or stock.
For instance, how about a warm and comforting bowl of sweet potato hummus soup? Top it with a dollop of Greek yogurt to make it even more flavorful.
By now you probably already agree that hummus is extremely versatile. If you think it couldn’t get any better, think again! Because apart from being a dip, sauce, thickener, and spread, hummus can also be used as a marinade.
That’s right, use it to flavor your favorite protein or veggies to make an unforgettable meal. It’s so simple – just brush some hummus onto fish, chicken, or vegetables before cooking them.