Apr 11, 2012

Cilantro-lime hummus

I’ve come to the conclusion that hummus is one of the most perfect foods. It has protein, fiber and all that jazz … and it’s deliciously satisfying. But (isn’t there always a but?) if you’re eating standard-issue, store-bought hummus, it can get monotonous. And the ingredients in some brands can be questionable, especially when it comes to the kind of oil the commercial manufacturers use.

So I’ve sworn off store-bought hummus in favor of making my own every time. Here’s why:

  1. It’s cheaper.
  2. It tastes better. Always.
  3. You control the ingredients, and the nutrition.
  4. You can vary the flavor in endless ways.
  5. It literally takes just a couple minutes.

I whipped up a cilantro-lime hummus, and I can’t believe how good it is.  It doesn’t contain any tahini, so it has a super light flavor and texture. I threw this fresh-tasting green dip together by the seat of my pants, and I urge you to do the same. I didn’t give exact proportions in the recipe below, because you really don’t need them.

And guess what happened when I brought this particular hummu into work? Two of my co-workers developed an unhealthy obsession with it (well, I guess it was a healthy obsession), and urged me to package and sell this green gold. But that would invalidate my no-storebought-hummus rule, now wouldn’t it?!

Cilantro-Lime Hummus

  • Put 1 1/2 cups of chickpeas into the bowl of a food processor.
  • Add about a quarter cup of extra virgin olive oil.
  • Toss in a big handful of cilantro (I have small hands….adjust if you are giant)
  • Add a clove or two of garlic.
  • Add a good pinch of ground cumin (fresher the better)
  • Squeeze in the juice of two limes.
  • Add a bit of salt.
  • Process until super smooth.

Serve with baked tortilla chips, pita bread, carrots or any other healthy dip vehicle.

Other unusual variations on the hummus theme, from my healthy blogger friends:

Beet Hummus from Lentil Breakdown
Black Eyed Pea Hummus from Lentil Breakdown
Lots of hummus variations from Jolly Tomato
Roasted Vegetable, Walnut and Green Lentil Hummus from Cooking in Westchester
Hot Guacamole Hummus from A Healthy Jalapeño
Cheezy Hummus from Oh She Glows
Chili Garlic Pumpkin Hummus from Manifest Vegan


See more recipes: Appetizers, Gluten-free, Vegan


  • Have tried many hummus combos, but this one has eluded me. Sounds refreshing! Thanks for the links.

  • Oh yes please!

  • I go through hummus binges where I eat/make tons of it, then take a few months off because I get sick of it. This is beautiful and seems very flavorful :)

  • This sounds so good! I eat store bought hummus from time to time but don’t absolutely love it. Looking forward to making my own using this recipe!

  • Yum!! This hummus looks perfect, I love the flavors in this one!!

  • This looks so amazing and I love the vivid color! Just beautiful, great recipe!

  • whatwouldcathyeat

    Let me know if you make it, Claudia. And yes, the color is pretty great, especially considering I took the picture with my iphone!

  • Holly

    How do you buy chickpeas? I have always bought hummus and would love to make my own.

  • whatwouldcathyeat

    Holly, you can buy chickpeas (garbanzo beans) in any grocery store. Either canned, or dried to cook your own.

  • Cathy, LOVE this flavor combination! So yummy & good for you!

  • Karen

    This sounds great – perfect for spring! Lemon instead of lime?

  • Cathy, this hummus looks fantastic! I’m like you, I always make my own hummus; and I love how the variations are endless. I can’t wait to try this : )

  • Woohoo! Homemade humus all the way! It’s true, there really are endless ways to flavor humus but I can’t say that I’ve ever seen this flavor before. I LOVE cilantro so I cannot wait to make this!

  • whatwouldcathyeat

    Karen, thought I answered you but it’s not showing up. The lime is so good I’d hate to lose that, but if you try lemon let me know how it comes out. Valentina, Rachel and Jenné, thanks for your comments, too! Let me know if you make this hummus.

  • Joan Clifford

    Loved this hummus. So refreshing! Healthy making it youself.

  • Ba!rbara Holley

    I not only loved this hummus but took it to a potluck of non vegans (or even healthy people) and was asked for the recipe. I even left out the oil to make it more healthy. It was fabulous!

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  • Angela

    I love love love your hummus recipe! I found it through Gojee and now I can follow you on your site – doing my best to eat cleaner too for health reasons. I made it this morning for a birthday party I am going to tonight – took a risk because the ingredients sounded so amazing. I also have to say I added a ripe avocado just for the hell of it because I was afraid it wouldn’t last another day and it came out even extra creamy. Thank you for the inspiration I will be making this often.

  • whatwouldcathyeat

    Thanks, Angela. I’m glad you like that recipe – I think it’s underappreciated!

  • Angela

    Well I must let you know it was such a hit at dinner last night that it disappeared very quickly…everyone loved it!

  • Cat

    mmm this looks great! I love hummus with a spoon. Ok, ok! That’s not right! I should use a vegetable, but sometimes ya gotta have a bite of that yummy stuff. mmm I will try this recipe. Thanks for sharing.

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