Traditional Hummus + Minty Tomato Salsa

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Hopefully now that Spring has arrived (kind 0f), everyone is starting to get in the mood to party a bit more.  Within my group of friends, we love to have dinner parties where everyone brings a few items that, when combined, create the perfectly themed meal.  It is so fun to experience all 8-12 of us pack into my retro little kitchen, everyone trying to prepare their dishes in time!

This weekend for our dinner get-together, I made a traditional hummus with minty tomato “salsa” on top.  I thought it was a perfect choice for a party because of the familiar taste of the hummus topped with some fresh flavors that reminded everyone of Spring.



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Mmm… time for mojitos

What will you need?

2 cans garbanzo beans

1/2 cup liquid reserved from the canned garbanzo beans

1/2 cup tahini (salted or unsalted, your preference)

6 cloves garlic

1/2 cup olive oil

2 tbsp fresh lemon juice

1 tsp salt

For the salsa…

2 ripe tomatoes, diced

1 large shallot, diced

2 tbsp chopped mint leaves

2 tbsp chopped cilantro

1/4 cup olive oil

How do you make it?

In a medium sauce pan, heat the garbanzo beans and reserved liquid until warm.

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Pour the warm garbanzo beans into a food processor and combine with the garlic cloves, tahini, olive oil, lemon juice and salt.  Blend together until the mixture is well combined and creamy.   Taste the hummus and add more lemon juice, garlic or salt to taste.

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In a separate bowl, combine your chopped tomatoes, shallots, mint leaves and cilantro.

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Plate your hummus and swirl the back of a spoon around the top, creating ridges that you can pour a little more olive oil in.

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Generously add your tomato mint salsa on top.

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Serve with crackers, pita bread, pita chips, tortilla strips… or a variety of other things! Yum. I hope you bring this colorful, fresh dish to your next party!

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  1. This looks amazing! Especially with the salsa. It look me a little while to warm up to hummus, but now I love it!

    • You should definitely try it! I got inspiration from an old vegetarian cooking magazine I came across a couple of days ago that made something similar. I totally agree about the hummus, though. It took me a long time to come around to it too!

  2. Wow this looks amazing and so fresh! I want a bite right now. I lived in Israel for 1 year and they had a market in Jerusalem where you can buy freshly made authentic Israeli hummus- since having that I have a hard time appreciating store bought.

    • Oh my gosh, I would love to live in Israel for a while. I feel like I am not totally in touch with my Jewish roots having not ever been to the promised land :) What is Israeli hummus like?

    • I love it there!! I have been many times. Israeli hummus is rich, fresh, what hummus is supposed to taste like. We top our hummus with olive oil and za’atar. Have you ever used za’atar? It is amazing and in Israel they top hummus with it. In our house we put it on pizza, pita chips, omelets, home fries..

  3. I LOVE hummus. And playing around with it, adding a salsa, a spice or just some pine nuts on top. This salsa sounds great, and the minty taste must really be refreshing!

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