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.
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.
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.
In a separate bowl, combine your chopped tomatoes, shallots, mint leaves and cilantro.
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.
Generously add your tomato mint salsa on top.
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!