Green Hummus with Watercress & Fresh Herbs

Unique and delicious looking hummus combinations seem to be popping up everywhere! And why not, everybody loves hummus and it is very easy to change it up a bit just by adding a few additional ingredients.

I decided to try a “green” hummus by adding healthy mineral rich watercress & fresh herbs like basil, parsley & mint from my garden. I also switched out the chickpeas for white beans and edamame. So it really is a healthy snack since the beans, edamame & tahini have lots of fiber and protein. By adding raw vegetables as dippers & pita crackers, it actually is a good choice for a vegetarian lunch.

Green Hummus with Watercress & Fresh Herbs:

  •  1 /4 cup of tahini
  •  juice of one lemon or lime (or both)
  •  zest of the lime or lemon
  •  2 TB. of olive oil
  •  1 green onion chopped into large pieces
  •  1 cup of watercress
  •  1/4 cup of Italian parsley
  •  1/4 cup of fresh basil
  •  1/4 cup of fresh mint
  •  1 can of white beans
  •  1/2 cup of frozen edamame ( lightly blanched & drained)
  •  1/2 teas. of coriander

* salt & pepper to taste

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Using a Cuisinart blend the tahini, lemon juice, olive oil and lemon zest until smooth and creamy.

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Next add the basil, mint, parsley and chopped green onions.

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Blend until smooth, then add the beans, edamame the coriander and salt & pepper. Blend until smooth and creamy.

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Raw vegetables make great dippers for hummus, as well as pita chips and crackers. Some vegetables that work well are; carrots, zucchini, yellow squash, red peppers, broccoli, cauliflower, green beans, snap or snow peas, and jicama.

Scrape the hummus into a bowl and embellish the top with some extra chopped herbs, a little olive oil, a squeeze of lime or lemon and some more salt & pepper. (I added a citrus sea salt seasoning I had on hand)  I loved the flavor of the peppery watercress and the herbs together with the touch of citrus.

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This will be a big hit with guests or family and is a healthy alternative to other appetizers like potato chips and dip.

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Enjoy!

 

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