Classic Middle Eastern Hummus

Classic Middle Eastern Hummus

Course Appetizer
Cuisine Mediterranean
Servings 8 servings
Calories 138 kcal


  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 16 oz canned chickpeas drained, liquid reserved
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 2 tbsp sesame tahini paste
  • 1 lemon juiced (be sure to remove seeds)
  • 1/4 c olive oil
  • 2 tbsp liquid from the chickpeas
  • 1/4 tsp Tabasco or other favorite hot sauce optional
  • 1/4 c minced flat parsley


  1. Peel and finely mince the garlic. Use a garlic press or the food processor fitted with the steel blade.
  2. Blend the tahini to mix the oil and solid paste.
  3. Add the garlic, chick peas, salt, tahini and lemon juice to the food processor and process until the hummus is coarsely pureed.
  4. Slowly pour in the olive oil while the processor is running.
  5. Check texture and add the liquid from the chick peas. Process to form a smooth consistency.
  6. Add Tabasco and taste for seasoning.
  7. Garnish with parsley.
  8. Serve chilled or at room temperature.

Recipe Notes

Recipe by Mary C. Merola May 1992