I’ve finally hit upon a hummus recipe that I like.  The recipe I’ve had for years and kept making (but wasn’t really wild about) had too much tahini in it; that’s what I finally decided was wrong with it.  With a little tweaking, voila! it came out much more delicious (at least to my taste). So, without further ado…


  • 1/3 cup tahini (sesame seed paste)
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 2 Tablespoons lemon juice
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 2 cans garbanzo beans (chickpeas), well drained
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon coriander
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon za’atar mix (completely optional, but delicious!)


  1. Combine the tahini, water, olive oil, lemon juice, and garlic in a blender or food processor and blend until smooth.
  2. Add the remaining ingredients and blend until pureed.  If you’re using a blender, you may need to give it some time to rest in the middle of the blending process.  Those chickpeas/garbanzo beans take some serious effort to grind up!
  3. Serve with a well of olive oil on the top and garnish with olives and grape tomatoes for a festive (and quite tasty) touch.

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