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Lemon Basil Hummus Recipe

Lemon Basil Hummus for a fresh and vibrant take on a classic hummus recipe

Course Snack
Cuisine Mediterranean
Keyword best hummus recipe, easy hummus recipe, hummus, hummus recipe, tahini recipe
Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 10 servings
Calories 208 kcal
Author Samantha


  • 2 cups dried chickpeas OR 2 x 14 oz. canned chickpeas
  • lots of cold water omit if using canned chickpeas
  • 1/4 cup tahini (sesame paste/butter found in the nut butter section of the grocery store)
  • 1 medium lemon, juiced
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 3/4 cup fresh basil leaves, roughly chopped
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • 1 cup ice water possibly more depending upon how smooth you'd like the consistency to be


  1. Place dried chickpeas in a large bowl and cover with 2" of water. Allow to sit for at least 8 hours or overnight.

  2. Drain chickpeas and place in a large pot with 6 cups of water. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for 1.5-2 hours. Drain and allow to cool slightly.

  3. Place chickpeas, tahini, garlic clover, lemon juice, olive oil, basil leaves, and sea salt in a food processor. Pulse until a mixture is roughly chopped.

  4. With the processor running on low, slowly add ice water until a smooth paste forms, or hummus has reached a consistently desired, adding more ice water by 2 tbsp at a time if needed.

  5. Suggested Garnishes: chopped basil leaves, lemon zest, flaky sea salt, ground pepper, paprika, olive oil drizzle, minced chives, minced parsley, etc.

  6. Serve immediately or keep in fridge in an airtight container.

Nutrition Facts
Lemon Basil Hummus Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 208 Calories from Fat 72
% Daily Value*
Fat 8g12%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Sodium 71mg3%
Potassium 386mg11%
Carbohydrates 26g9%
Fiber 7g29%
Sugar 4g4%
Protein 9g18%
Vitamin A 122IU2%
Vitamin C 2mg2%
Calcium 55mg6%
Iron 3mg17%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.