May 06, 2012

Lemon Artichoke Hummus



Hope you're all having a great weekend and enjoying the warm weather!  Yesterday morning I walked to the farmer's market and picked up my usual fruits and veggies.  This was the first time this year that the market was held outdoors, and also my first sighting of local radishes and rhubarb, so I was sure to pick those up!  I've already made one recipe with the rhubarb that I can't wait to share!

After my shopping, I hung out upstairs at the market where they were having some Cinco de Mayo festivities.  I listened to some songs and sat in on a free Mexican cooking class where the chef showed us how to make salsa and a roasted red pepper soup in a pressure cooker - both of which were very fresh tasting and definitely had some heat to them too!

I'm looking forward to getting outside in the sun again today, but first I have a recipe to share with you!  I actually made this hummus a few months ago when it was still winter.  I loved the bright citrusy flavor but I thought it was more suitable for springtime, so I've been saving the recipe until now!




Along with the standard hummus ingredients of chickpeas, tahini, olive oil, garlic, salt and pepper, this recipe includes marinated artichokes, fresh lemon juice and zest, a bit of parsley and some spices.

I love the combination of artichokes, chickpeas and lemon in other dishes, like one of my favourite salads, so I knew that I would love these flavours together in a hummus too!

The lemon and artichokes both provided a nice amount of acidity to the hummus, and the spices and parsley added more layers of flavor.  This was also one of the creamiest hummuses I've ever made - the secret is adding some of the chickpea liquid and artichoke liquid at the end.

This would be a nice snack to serve with crackers, pita chips, or any other dippers that you like.  This was definitely a big hit in my house, so if you have a potluck or picnic coming up, this hummus would be a great item to bring!




Lemon Artichoke Hummus 
Adapted from What's Cookin' Chicago?


1 15 ounce can chickpeas, drained and rinsed (reserve some liquid)
1 cup drained and chopped artichokes from a jar (reserve some liquid)
Zest and juice of one lemon
1/4 cup tahini
1 tbsp olive oil
2 garlic cloves, minced
1/2 tsp salt
freshly ground pepper to taste
1/2 tsp cumin
Pinch cayenne
1 tbsp chopped fresh parsley
1 tsp artichoke liquid
1-2 tsp chickpea liquid

Place all ingredients except for the artichoke and chickpea liquids in a food processor and process until everything is fully broken down and mixed together, scraping down the sides of the bowl if necessary. 

Add the artichoke liquid and 1 tsp of the chickpea liquid and process until it is incorporated.  If the hummus looks like it needs a bit more liquid, add the remaining teaspoon of chickpea liquid and process again.  Taste and adjust seasoning if desired. 

Serve with veggies, pitas, or crackers.  Store in the refrigerator. 



This was submitted to Wellness Weekend at Diet, Dessert, & Dogs

14 comments:

  1. i love artichokes and chickpeas together and this hummus looks like something i would absolutely love. will definitely be making this soon ;)

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    1. It's a great combination - I've only ever used jarred artichokes though, so I wonder how much better it would taste with fresh ones! Hope you like it too!

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  2. Mm - love the combo of lemon and artichoke, but never would have thought of it in hummus. I have to admit I've only made hummus a few times, and yours looks so thick and smooth - jealous! ;)

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    1. Thanks! I love making hummus, but sometimes it turns out a bit too thick. Now I know that adding some of the chickpea liquid can help to smooth it out!

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  3. I agree! Lemon and artichokes are such great components to any dish. I've really grown to love artichokes as of late. Especially the marinated ones. I can only imagine how much the artichokes and lemon juice elevate the hummus. I must try this! Sounds great! I try to make hummus every 2 weeks, so we can use it in our sandwiches for lunch. It will be nice to change things up a little with this recipe. Great post! :)

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    1. Thanks! I agree, it's nice to change up your hummus, especially if you eat it a lot. I think this would go nicely in a sandwich or wrap with some roasted veggies, or even quinoa!

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  4. Your hummus recipes always turn out amazing....I made Hummus once a long time ago and it was horrible, the taste & texture was way off....I am thinking I have to try this hummus making thing again soon. I love artichokes and lemon - nicely done!

    Your weekend sounds like so much fun - we have a few more weeks before out first outdoor farmers market - My farmer did open up their stand this weekend :)

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    1. Yay for farmers being open again - I love spring/summer produce! I'm surprised you don't make hummus - compared to all the other things you make, I would think hummus would be a breeze! I usually taste as I go and keep adding little bits of spices or herbs or liquid until I have it the way I like.

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  5. i know where to come for some super fun hummus combinations! it surely is springy.. we are finally getting some sun too! and yay for farmers markets and some amazing produce indeed.

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    1. Haha...thanks Richa - I guess I do like to make fun hummus combinations! The sun has been hiding again the last two days here so I hope it comes out again soon :)

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  6. YUM! I love artichokes, and I love hummus. Oddly I don't LOVE my favorite hummus brand (Sabra)'s artichoke hummus (it's good but not my fave), but the ingredients you have listed here sound like this would taste awesome. Pinning!

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    1. Thanks! I don't think I've ever seen an artichoke hummus available in the stores...only artichoke and asiago dip which I don't like. I definitely like the artichoke-lemon combination better!

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  7. I love when the farmers market moves outside again--it's a definite sign that spring is here and soon the market will be full of fresh veggies again (instead of all root veggies!). I have bad luck trying to make hummus myself, but I might just have to try this one. I love artichokes and lemons together!

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    1. I know - It was so exciting just to see some new things available at the market! I still buy the storebought hummus sometimes too, but the homemade kind is so easy and I like to add my own spices and flavors!

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