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Lemon, Sesame, and Garlic Hummus

For anyone who doesn't like to eat meat every day, legumes are a great source of plant protein. Serve this hummus with rice crackers or fresh veggie slices for a healthy snack. For a light lunch, stuff in pita bread with baby spinach leaves. For a zesty, enticing dip, puree guacamole into the mixture. Per 1/4 cup: 75 calories; 2 g protein; 4 g fat; 8 g carb; 2 g fiber.

  • Yield: Makes about 3 1/2 cups
Lemon, Sesame, and Garlic Hummus

Source: Body+Soul, April/May 2005


  • 1-3 garlic, peeled and crushed
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons white sesame seeds, toasted
  • 2 tablespoons tahini
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 (15-ounce) garbanzo beans, drained, liquid reserved
  • 1 tablespoon orange peel, minced
  • Salt and white pepper, to taste
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons lemon peel, minced


  1. In a blender or food processor, combine garlic, olive oil, sesame seeds, tahini, lemon juice, and garbanzo beans (reserve about a tablespoon of beans for garnish). Blend, adding reserved garbanzo-bean liquid if needed until hummus reaches desired consistency. Season with salt and pepper.

  2. Transfer the mixture to a medium serving bowl. Garnish in the middle with reserved garbanzo beans. Sprinkle orange and lemon peel around the beans. Chill in the refrigerator, tightly covered, until ready to serve.


Reviews (3)

  • pepperarttherapy 4 Apr, 2013

    One of the best homemade hummus recipes I've tried - the orange is a refreshing change from standard hummus. Very addictive!! I didn't add any garnish because frankly, I'm not Martha Stewart.

  • pixienicki 27 Jul, 2009

    I really liked this recipe. It even impressed my somewhat picky in-laws! The lemon peel makes a really interesting addition.

  • lauramgs 22 Jun, 2009

    I decorated with olive oil to prevent drying and fresh parsley instead of orange and lemon peel. Delicious!!!

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