Love hummus but need some variety? Why not give this delicious and tasty beet hummus a try? It is a great alternative to ho hum hummus + so pretty!
Confession: I am a hummus freak. I mean, a snack that is healthy, filling and tastes so good? I mean it is made of things like chickpeas, olive oil, garlic, etc (but all thing that are so good for you). Plus, you are basically getting double your vegetables if you chop carrots, celery or cucumber to eat with it so it is a no brainer to eat this. If I’m honest, I could snack on this for dinner a couple time a week and be totally satisfied.
Another confession about hummus? I only rarely make it at home even though I should do it all the time because it is so easy. However, I usually buy my hummus at Aldi because it is delicious (Roasted Red Pepper is the bomb!). But you can’t buy beet hummus at the grocery, or at least not the grocery stores I tend to frequent, so I decided that since I love beets and I love hummus why not combined the two and see what happens. Well as you can tell from the pictures, it turns out to be a lovely pink hue. And if it is true that you eat with your eyes first, then this hummus recipe is definitely a feast for the eyes. But wait until you try it! It’s fantastic too!
Ingredients for this unique alternative to traditional hummus
• 2 cooked beets
• 1 can chick peas (15 oz)
• 1 tbsp sesame oil
• 1 lemon (juiced)
• 1/4 cup olive oil
• 2 tbsp minced garlic
• 1 tsp salt
• 1 tsp pepper
• 2 tbsp minced shallot
• 1 green onion (chopped)
• Fresh cilantro as garnish
You know what else? This beet hummus recipe is the perfect thing to take to your next pot luck or serve at your own. You know how people always gravitate to the prettiest dishes, right? Well this recipe is a surefire way to be the most popular person at your next potluck!
Another tip – have you ever noticed that beets can be polarizing? People either seem to love them or hate them. I wouldn’t make a huge effort to let people know there are beets in this hummus. I would simply put it out there as hummus and let people make their own conclusion as to whether they love this alternative hummus dish or they are repulsed by it. The reason I say that is that the beet flavor in this hummus is not that overpowering. So, it may be that someone who doesn’t exactly LOVE beets, could really enjoy this hummus. So my suggestion is, don’t let them determine they don’t like it before they have even tried the hummus.
Directions for this pink hummus recipe that will be your new go to favorite hummus recipe
1. Set aside 1 cup of chick peas
2. Add beets, chick peas, lemon juice, garlic, shallots ,sesame oil, salt, and pepper to food processor or blender.
3. After well blended, slowly stir in olive oil
4. Heat 1 tsp olive oil over medium-well heat
5. Add remaining chick peas. Saute until lightly browned 6. Toss in curry seasoning
7. Add beet mixture to a bowl
8. Top with chick peas, pepper, green onion, and cilantro 9. Serve with your favorite veggies or pita bread!