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Ya’ll, this homemade olive hummus is legit. I don’t toot my own horn very often, but for this, I must.

Charleston farmers market olives

I got these meaty, zingy olives from the downtown Charleston farmers market. They come from a farm in California and are packed locally in Charleston with rosemary, oregano and red pepper flakes. Earthy, slightly spicy and mouth watering salty. They add such a lovely flavor to simple ground chickpeas seasoned with a little fresh lemon juice and tahini.

Hummus is so simple to make – no need to always buy it! When you make it at home, you control what goes into it. That means no preservatives and typically , a lower sodium content.

Chickpeas. Lemon juice. Tahini (or not). Garlic. Salt and Pepper. Plus the ingredients for whatever flavor you would like; the possibilities are endless.

Here are some of the hummus creations I hope to make soon:

spinach & feta 

beet!

pine nut & parsley

sun-dried tomato

roasted garlic rosemary

coconut curry

make your own hummus

If you follow my blog, then you’re probably sick of hearing me talk about my awesome new vitamix, but I can’t stop. I used that incredible machine to make this too. It creates such a smooth and creamy consistency in less than 60 seconds. It’s magic I tell you. However, you don’t need a Vitamix to make hummus, which brings me to sharing a few helpful tips when making your own hummus at home.

  • A simple food processor works just the same. I have tried using a blender in the past and have had some mediocre results. I found that (with my blender at least) I needed to add far more liquid than was desirable in the final product. The end result was a liquid chickpea-ness that tasted good, but wasn’t optimal as a dip or spread.
  • Remember your basic ingredients: chickpeas, lemon juice, garlic, tahini, and salt and pepper. Then add your flavoring ingredients to this mixture.
  • No tahini? Tahini is basically sesame paste; ground up sesame seeds. You don’t NEED tahini to make hummus, but it is traditional and it sure rounds out the flavor nicely. I’ve seen people add a tiny bit of peanut butter instead so I imagine you could experiment with different nut butters. Additionally, if you are using a vitamix, you could add 1/2 cup to 1 cup of sesame seeds. The vitamix will grind those little seeds up into a paste, creating tahini.
  • Consider cooking your additional flavoring ingredients before adding them to the hummus for a deeper flavor. Think roasted red pepper and roasted garlic.
  • Not sure what measurements to use? Start with 2 cans of chickpeas (1 drained), 2 small or 1 large clove of garlic, 1/4 cup lemon juice (freshly squeezed makes all the difference), 2 TBS tahini (or whatever nut butter) or 1/2 cup sesame seeds (if using a vitamix and don’t have tahini), and a pinch of salt and pepper. Taste and adjust to your liking.

vitamix hummus

 

Olive Hummus

2 cans chickpeas, one can drained

2 cloves garlic

1/4 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice

2 TBS tahini

10 green marinated olives

1 tsp cumin

hearty dash of salt and pepper

-Blend all ingredients and enjoy 🙂

 

Happy Friday!

 

 

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