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Plate of Hummus

Hummus Without Tahini

  • Author: David Lewis


  • 15-ounce can garbanzo beans, drained and rinsed
  • 2-tablespoons lemon juice, freshly squeezed (about 1 lemon)
  • 2-cloves garlic, pressed or minced. 
  • 1-teaspoon ground cumin
  • ½-teaspoon sea salt
  • 3-tablespoons extra virgin olive oil



  1. Combine the garbanzo beans, lemon juice, garlic, cumin and salt in your food processor. 
  2. Pulse the blade until ingredients are roughly combined
  3. Turn the machine to a continuous high speed. Drizzle the olive oil across the surface while it mixes, and continue to blend for 1-2 minutes. It is difficult on some machines to add oil while actively mixing. If this is true in your kitchen, you can also add oil while the machine is stopped.
  4. Stop periodically to sample the flavor, and adjust ingredients to taste. For example, you might add a dash of salt or teaspoon more lemon juice as needed.
  5. Spoon the hummus into a serving bowl, and then drizzle lightly with olive oil. You have the option to add flavor by sprinkling a spice like paprika over the surface. When our kids aren’t involved, we’ve also used a mild hot sauce like Frank’s Red Hot for extra flavor.


If you don’t have a food processor available, a powerful blender will suffice. Our food processor is currently out of commission so that’s what we did. Using the blender required several stops and starts, scraping down the sides and blending again. It slowed the process, but the end result was similar. If the option is available to you, a food processor is better suited for this recipe.