Hummus - the Arabic word for chickpea - has been eaten for centuries. The earliest known recipe dates to 13th century Cairo, and chickpeas have been a major cultivar throughout the Middle East and India for thousands of years. Some even say chickpeas grew in the famed garden of Babylon.
Hummus as a dish consists of chickpeas (you may know them as garbanzo beans) that have been cooked and mashed, then flavored with garlic, olive oil, lemon, salt and tahini, a bitter, nutty paste made from ground sesame seeds.
Hummus is also a historically healthful food, loaded with vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. This heart-healthy snack is rich in fiber and protein and low in cholesterol, too.
In the kitchen, hummus is ultra-versatile. While most use it as a dip for crackers and fresh veggies, it also makes a great spread - use it in place of mayo on your favorite sandwich.
1. Classic Hummus
Find this recipe for classic hummus - and loads of hummus history - here.
2. Roasted Red Pepper Hummus
This popular variation on classic hummus blends in the sweet-spicy flavor of fire-roasted red peppers.
The recipe is available here.
3. Avocado Hummus
Served cold, hummus is a perfect dish for the dog days of summer; this recipe is made that much better with the creamy, California twist of avocado.
4. Chipotle Lime Hummus
This recipe gives the Middle Eastern mainstay a spicy, south-of-the-border spin with the flavors of tart lime and smoky chipotle.
5. Cucumber Dill Hummus
Cool things off with this cucumber dill hummus recipe, perfect for dipping!
6. Creamy Edamame Pea Hummus
Garlic, lemon, cumin and tahini team up with the crisp, healthful flavors fresh edamame and peas in this recipe.
7. Sriracha Pumpkin Hummus
It's time for #allpumpkineverything.
Spice things up with this spicy, smoky and all-around surprising recipe.
8. Balsamic Caramelized Onion Hummus
Who says hummus has to be ho-hum?
This recipe elevates the classic spread to high art with sweet, savory balsamic-caramelized onions.
9. Roasted Beet Hummus
Let's face it - hummus' beige is boring - boost that with the bright-red blush of roasted beets with this recipe.
10. Artichoke Hummus
Hearty and healthy, this artichoke hummus dip is great for any occasion.
11. Kalamata Olive Hummus
This recipe uses the rich, intense flavor of those glorious, aubergine Kalamata olives for a Mediterranean hummus unlike any other.
12. Spicy Peanut Hummus
Peanuts, spicy peppers, chili and paprika with tickle your taste buds in this Asian-inspired hummus recipe.
13. Sun-Dried Tomato and Basil Hummus
Sun-dried tomatoes, basil and pine nuts lend their unique flavors to this recipe.
14. Nutella Dessert Hummus
That's right: dessert hummus. The flavors of tahini and Nutella make this recipe a doubly nutty delight.
Do you have your own unique hummus recipes? We'd love to hear them!