Beet and lemon zest hummus

Colorful enough to draw a crowd; delicious enough to keep them coming back and feeling good during the holidays.

Beet and lemon zest hummus

Let's face it - hummus is an easy crowd pleaser. It's vegan, gluten-free, nut-free and dip-able, so ever since it's widespread usage in the U.S. you'll be hard pressed to find a party table absent of the chickpea-tahini spread. Variations on hummus, while not as common, are similarly appreciated and, with its bright eye-catching presence, this variation brings the party (my kind of party). The flavor is similar to classic hummus, but lighter and brighter with the beet and lemon zest. A more classic Middle Eastern take on this spread, lebna bil schwendr, includes yogurt and beet instead of chickpeas and tahini. Serve with crudités, crackers, toasted pita, or as a sandwich spread. Makes 2 cups.

  • 1 large or 2 small beets, about 4 ounces, scrubbed clean
  • 1 cup cooked chickpeas
  • Zest of one lemon, about 1 tablespoon
  • Juice of one lemons, 2-3 tablespoons
  • 2 tablespoons tahini
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • Up to 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1-3 tablespoon(s) water
  • Fresh ground black pepper to taste (optional)
  1. Cut tops off beets and place into a small saucepan. Cover with water, bring to a boil, and cook until tender, about 15 minutes. Slide skin off of beets while cooling under cold running water. Chop and add to food processor. 
  2. Add chickpeas, lemon zest, lemon juice, tahini, salt, and 2 tablespoons olive oil. Blend until smooth. Drizzle in more olive oil and water until desired consistency is reached. Incorporate black pepper to taste. Hummus will keep in the refrigerator for up to one week.
There are many ways to eat this hummus!

There are many ways to eat this hummus!