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7 Ways to Spice Up Hummus

Man dipping sliced carrots in fresh hummus.
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The versatile, healthy, and naturally vegan dip we call hummus has a home at every gathering. But don’t let this crowd-approved condiment become boring or over-played. Be it beets, tomatillos, or carrots, there are all sorts of ways to spice up ho-hum hummus.

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Roasted Beet Hummus: If pink is your color, this is your new favorite snack. Roasted beets add earthy flavor and lots of health benefits to already healthy hummus. Plus, they lend a bold fuschia hue that’s downright stunning on any crudite platter.

Get the Recipe: Downshiftology.com

Lemon Spinach Hummus: Forget traditional spinach dip. Switch out the heavy, dairy-filled topping for this healthier, hummus-based take. Lemon and spinach not only add incredible flavor to hummus, but they also turn it green, which is decidedly more enticing than the standard beige hue.

Get the Recipe: SpoonfulofFlavor.com

Roasted Red Pepper Hummus: Okay, so lots of stores sell pre-made roasted red pepper hummus already. To make this one a little less expected, try serving it warm. Hummus is traditionally served cold, or room temp, but roasted red pepper flavors taste best when slightly heated. Try it, and everyone will wonder why they hadn’t done it before.

Get the Recipe: TheSpruceEats.com

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Curry Hummus: This recipe uses curry powder and curry paste to maximize the flavors. It’s great for snacking, but it really shines on wraps, sandwiches, and spreads.

Get the Recipe: PinchOfYum.com

Avocado and Tomatillo Hummus: Tomatillos and avocado give a vibrant green spin to traditional hummus. And, the addition of greek yogurt in this recipe keeps things extra smooth and creamy.

Get the Recipe: TheMediterraneanDish.com

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Carrot Hummus: Here, carrots are sauteed to tender and mixed with a whole mess of spices. The result is a bright orange hummus, sure to shock and satisfy.

Get the Recipe: BonAppetit.com

Roasted Jalapeno Hummus: If spicy is your jam, this is the hummus to pick. Smoky and full of flavor, this recipe could easily replace a typical salsa or any other tortilla-chip-friendly dip.

Get the Recipe: MinimalistBaker.com

In a world where pink hair is perfectly acceptable and drinking fruit juice out of lightbulbs is a thing, it’s only reasonable that hummus finds a 21st century take. So use one of these recipes to ruin hummus’s humble reputation and reveal it as the all-star it really is! Your guests and your taste buds are sure to thank you.

Lauren Sakiyama Lauren Sakiyama
Lauren Sakiyama is a freelance writer with over a decade of experience in the hospitality industry. She has managed restaurants, country clubs, and large-scale event operations, but her passion has always been about the food. Read Full Bio »

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