Herb Hummus – the perfect recipe

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by Nancy Buchanan on February 28, 2011

And I don’t say that lightly.

I am somewhat of a  hummus officionado, having first tried it years ago in a Vegetarian cooking class and found it’s earthy and slightly tart taste addictive.  I  frequently order it as an appetizer. Sometimes it’s good and sometimes, well, it would probably work better as wallpaper paste.

So, last week my cousin and I met for lunch – I was eager to try a relatively new restaurant in our area – True  Food Kitchen. This “green”  restaurant focuses on fresh, local and sustainable food choices and the  menu is  based upon  Dr. Weil’s  anti – inflammatory diet.  Since my cousin has some food allergies I knew that the menu would offer her plenty  of dishes to choose from.

We weren’t disappointed. In fact, everything on the menu was appealing – as was every dish I saw coming out of the kitchen. Deciding on what to order is definitely  a challenge when what you really want is one of  one of everything!

Naturally, we started off with hummus.. but this, my friends in no ordinary hummus.

No, It  is the best hummus I’ve ever had.

Period.

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Creamy, tart and spicy with  just a touch of sweet and salty it hits all your taste receptors with the perfect balance. Paired with warm pita bread I could have happily made a meal just on that.

But of course, I didn’t.

Each of us ordered a salad and they were equally delicious – and so it looks like I will be returning to True Food Kitchen soon because I still want “one of everything”!!

Lucky for you (and definitely for me) the recipe for this perfect hummus can be found  on Dr. Weil’s site and I have included it here as well – you know, just to tide you over until a True Food Kitchen opens in your neighborhood.

Note: I was not paid to write this and although I don’t typically do “restaurant reviews” I enjoyed my experience so much (to say nothing of the hummus!!) I just had to share it here at the Table!!

Herb Hummus – the perfect recipe

Prep Time: 15 minutes

15 minutes

Adapted from True Food Kitchen. For this recipe I used canned chickpeas that I rinsed and drained so I added about 2 tablespoons of water to the hummus. I really enjoyed the addition of the kalamata olives, tomatoes and red onion. If serving to guests I would recommend putting out small bowls of these with the hummus and let guests "mix and match"!

Ingredients

  • 4 cups cooked chickpeas
  • 1/4 cup tahini paste
  • 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tsp. ground cumin
  • 1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tsp. chopped fresh jalapeno
  • 1/2 bunch cilantro, chopped
  • 1 tsp. chopped garlic
  • 1 Tbsp. agave nectar
  • 1 Tbsp. salt
  • Topping:
  • 1/4 cup liced kalamata olives (optional)
  • 1/4 cup diced fresh tomatoes (optional)
  • 1/4 red onion, peeled and thinly sliced (optional)
  • Pita bread, whole wheat crackers and/or vegetables for dipping

Instructions

  1. Place the chickpeas, tahini and lemon juice in bowl of a food processor and process until smooth. Add the remaining ingredients and process until the mixture is smooth. Taste and adjust seasonings. Garnish with the kalamata olives, tomatoes and red onion if desired
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Medifast Coupons February 28, 2011 at 12:47 pm

Lovely hummus recipe, look forward to trying your recipe, thanks for sharing.

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Gaby February 28, 2011 at 3:21 pm

Hummus is my all time fav! Can’t wait to try this one :)

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marla {family fresh cooking} February 28, 2011 at 3:22 pm

Nancy, I will take your word for it. This hummus does sound amazing and I had no idea that restaurant was based off of Dr. Weil. Must try it out soon.

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Nancy March 1, 2011 at 8:41 am

Hi Marla!!

We should get a group together and meet there for lunch – it is so good!!!

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Priscilla - She's Cookin' February 28, 2011 at 3:49 pm

True Food Kitchen – say no more! How great that they had the recipe on Andrew Weil’s website for you to share with us. Love the ambiance, the food, and the scene at TFK!

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Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen February 28, 2011 at 4:06 pm

I’ve never heard of that place before, but if I’m ever in the are I’ll have to check it out, I’m a big fan of Dr. Weil. Until then I’ll be trying out this lovely recipe, thank you.

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Amanda February 28, 2011 at 4:15 pm

That restaurant sounds wonderful!! What a neat recipe and site!

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the urban baker February 28, 2011 at 4:36 pm

I, too, love hummus. I love that you are posting and giving insight into this very healthy snack!

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Allison [Haute Box] February 28, 2011 at 5:42 pm

Hummus is one of my fave dips. Reminds me of childhood.

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paul jennette March 1, 2011 at 7:48 am

Perfect, I love making homemade Hummus! I haven’t done so in years, thanks for the inspiration!!

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Nancy March 1, 2011 at 8:40 am

Hi Paul!!

This one is definitely worth making – but I warn you, it’s addictive!!

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Lynne @ CookandBeMerry March 2, 2011 at 5:18 pm

Hi Nancy! It was great seeing you at the FBLA meeting last Saturday. Your salad was so beautiful and tasted delicious. I loved all the red ingredients.

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Nancy March 2, 2011 at 8:55 pm

Hi Lynne,

So glad that you liked the salad – I’ll be posting the recipe soon!!!

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Ben March 2, 2011 at 6:49 pm

That looks delicious and so pretty! I love your blog :)

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Nancy March 2, 2011 at 8:53 pm

Hi Ben!!

I am so glad that you stopped by!! I hope you enjoy the hummus!!

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Magic of Spice March 3, 2011 at 8:32 pm

I love hummus and this sounds like a wonderful place, will have to check it out…

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Diane {createdbydiane.blogspot.com} March 6, 2011 at 7:29 pm

mmm…delicious, I love hummus. Great presentation.

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Nancy March 7, 2011 at 12:41 pm

Thanks Diane!! This hummus is really addictive – I’ve been having it every day for lunch and I’m still not tired of it!!

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Kim March 23, 2011 at 10:40 pm

Agree that hummus can be hit or miss – this one looks like a hit! Let’s get a group to go there for lunch!

[K]

P.S. Beautiful colors in your photos!

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Vicky March 12, 2012 at 6:19 am

I love hummus and this sounds delicious with the addition of all the extra ingredients! Think honey would work in place of agave?

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Nancy March 13, 2012 at 9:04 am

Hi Vicky!

Yes, honey would be a terrific substitution!! Although it seems strange to add something sweet to something that is savory, it really works – I was amazed when I tried it!!

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